West Coast Wilderness Trail

West Coast Wilderness Trail

West Coast Wilderness Trail
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
The West Coast Wilderness Trail is a 132 km Grade 2 easy cycle trail that takes the rider through some of the most stunning and diverse scenery the West Coast of the South Island has to offer. The Trail is part of the Great Rides Nga Haerenga network and can be ridden in entirety over 4 days or there are many options available for one day rides and shorter multi day rides.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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KristinNewZealand
Whangamata, New Zealand11 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
Fantastic trip. We were really well supported by the friendly Hokitika staff who provided local background information, shipped our gear between stops and arranged really good accommodation. We were supplied with KTM ebikes and they were perfect for the trail, allowing a couple of 70+ year olds to do the trail with ease and there were a couple of good climbs. We had 1 day only of wet weather but go prepared to soak it up. Didn't deter us at all and we maid new friends and had a good time.
Written 7 May 2023
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TonyM
6 contributions
Jan 2023
We biked the trail on acoustic bikes (not electric) over 4 days and will savour the experience forever and recommend it to our whanau. Everyone should do it.
Written 30 January 2023
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Dave P
13 contributions
Jan 2023
All of it but especially the water races, weirs, the native bush, Cowboys Paradise (see my separate review) and Hans Bay at Lake Kaniere.
We rode from Paroa to Ross with nights at Paroa, Cowboys Paradise and Hokitika. We used our own bikes leaving our car at the Paroa Hotel (where we stayed at the start of the ride). We arranged for a rental car from RAD in Greymouth to drop a rental car for us at out hotel in Hokitika at the end of our 2nds day riding. We then drove back to Paroa (about 35 mins) to get our car and bring it back to Hokitika where we stayed that night. The next day we positioned our car down to Ross and returned in the rental car to Hokitika to start our 3rd day's ride. RAD collected the car from Hokitika, all within a 24hr 1-day rental for $139 plus petrol all up. Very reasonable, much cheaper and more flexible than using a trail transport company. RAD. Pauline at RAD was very helpful in sorting out this arrangement for us - highly recommended.
Written 26 January 2023
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kestonr2018
Wellington, New Zealand261 contributions
Oct 2022
We did the day from Milltown to Kumara, with a length of about 38kms. People had told us this was the best day to do if we had limited time. We understand that the portion from Hokitika to Kaniere is also good as it goes along the old water race, but we really enjoyed our ride. The trail maps are very good and give a good indication of the altitude of every part of the track. From Milltown, the first part of the track is a switchback up to just before the old Cowbays' Paradise. Then the track flattens out to run up toward the Kawhaka Saddle. There is a small number of further uphills before you hit the pass. The track after the pass is very good. and mostly downhill, and you really feel as if you are out in the wilderness. It also runs past the waterworks which nowadays feed the local hydro scheme, but were originally built to provide water to the sluicers seeking gold in Kumara. As the descendant of gold miners and someone who had a gggg uncle who was responsibile for building some of the races, I found this very interesting. You emerge onto the Old Christchurch Road, before turning off to the west to head for the Kapitea Reservoir. The trail runs along old coaching roads through this section, which were used originally to link Kumara with the Christchurch to Hokitika coaches, also very interesting, if any of your forebears, like mine, were coach drivers. The track emerges onto a boardwalk along the Kapitea Creek, which is very scenic. We were a bit surprised that the board walk was not longer than it was, as after crossing the reservoir the track is back on old coach and other roads. It ends up running along the dam itself, before heading up a short hill and onto Larrikins Road. The final portion of the track is off road, down the hill back towards Kumara, and runs through the bush regenerating on top of the old gold workings , so keep to the track! We had two eleven year olds and a thirteen year old with us. There were some slower parts with our twins, but all three coped well with the up hills and the downhills. West Coast Cycles were also great, providing us with a transfer to the beginning of the trail and then transporting our bags and car to Kumara.
Written 26 December 2022
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tom p
Rotorua, New Zealand15 contributions
Dec 2022
This was a 4 day ride from Ross to Greymouth with stops in Hokitika and Kumara. Lovely secondary and occasional primary forests with a number of tourist attractions and historical gold mining sites along the way. Best parts were the high elevation forests around Milltown. Well signposted on mostly graded gravel paths and quiet sealed roads, with only a few short stretches along highways. Well worth the ride!
Written 22 December 2022
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Anne C
4 contributions
Nov 2022
Fabulous cycling week even though it was wet and wild. Extremely grateful to Clair and her team for taking amazing care of us on the trail, and transporting us daily. Highly recommend the trail, we experienced such incredible scenery, waterfalls and swollen waterways after a great deluge of heavy rain, amazing week, everyday was different
Written 5 November 2022
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Roger B
Christchurch, New Zealand19 contributions
Oct 2022
If you haven't already biked from Ross to Greymouth this is a must do. The scenery is incredible and we recommend Kiwi Journeys to plan your experience, they went the extra mile for us when one of our personal bikes broke down.
Written 31 October 2022
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Debra
18 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
This ride is very achievable and the scenery is fantastic and varied. I would recommend booking through Kiwi Journeys & staying at Scenic Waterways.
Written 5 May 2022
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Pat F
Auckland, New Zealand8 contributions
Apr 2022
We used Scott at Coll Sportsworld for bike hire. Very helpful and knowledgeable on the area. He made sure our bags were transported between venues. We booked our own accommodation enroute.
Written 24 April 2022
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Kurt S
2 contributions
Apr 2022
Mum, Dad, 12yr and 10 yr old. We thoroughly enjoyed this trip. The leg of Miltown - Kumara was a bit of a push for my 10yr daughter but achievable with a little encouragement. The sections between Camerons - Treetop I would rate as excellent for challenge and interest. The 10km at each end of the trail are good easy riding tracks but fairly open and straight, so not as fun as the rest. The weather in late April was a mix of 2 fantastic summer days and 2 wet days with it never getting cold. We travelled with another family using 2 cars and based ourselves in Hokitika.
Written 21 April 2022
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