West Coast Wilderness Trail

West Coast Wilderness Trail, Hokitika: Hours, Address, West Coast Wilderness Trail Reviews: 4.5/5

West Coast Wilderness Trail

West Coast Wilderness Trail
4.5
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
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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.
Suggested duration
More than 3 hours
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Debra
16 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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laurac
Mosman5 contributions
Apr 2022
Second time I have ridden the Trail; this time as part of Tour Aotearoa. So loved the experience. Sad to hear of Paul's demise at Trappers Rest but we had a memorial boiling of his billy when we rode through.
Written 21 April 2022
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k2LoFlyaNZ
Lower Hutt, New Zealand402 contributions
Apr 2022
We did this from Greymouth to Ross over for days. The norm is the other way around, but for our mind we reckon the climbs involved on the track from Milltown to the highest point (317 mtrs) would be significantly harder than the other way around which we did, with a lot of switchbacks and a very steep climb, which actually provided to a delightful section going downhill the other way. We can recommend West Coast Cycle & Tours to provide bikes and/or baggage relocation.
Written 10 April 2022
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VivJos
Auckland Central, New Zealand27 contributions
Mar 2022
Fabulous cycle trip with great weather. Group of 6 over 60's on a mixture of standard and and e-bikes. Flew into Hokitika , met by Donna and Scott (welcoming, flexible and helpful) , stayed at Amberlea cottages (great hosts and very comfortable , well positioned accommodation) . Explored Hokitika. Next day shuttle out to Hokitika Gorge. This is stunning and a must do! 45 min loop walk. Rode to Ross. Overnight at Ross in the Empire Hotel. Real west coast hospitality in a hotel from yesteryear, returned to Hokitika via Tree Tops Walk (highly recommended). Overnight in Hokitika. Next day, ride to Lake Kaniere - stayed in air bnb - passed Cowboys Paradise - no one around - rode to Kumara. This leg of the journey was the most challenging but scenic. If you're not staying at Cowboys Paradise, this leg from Lake Kaniere to Kumara is long and the first 20km climb is challenging on standard bikes.Theatre Royal Hotel Miners Cottages in Kumara - very comfortable - great meal at hotel. Last leg through to Greymouth and then the Trans Alpine train to Christchurch.

Highlights: (i) mastering the switchbacks and ascent from Milltown to Cowboys Paradise. (ii) stunning scenery (iii) friendly hospitable hosts throughout (iv) great bikes from Donna & Scott

Caution: There is a significant boardwalk on the Hokitika to Ross part of the trail that is very narrow. There is not sufficient room for two people and bikes to pass safely and there is a drop on both sides. We witnessed a lady falling from her bike and dropping off the boardwalk sustained a leg and shoulder injury.

Otherwise, great trail and highly recommended :)
Written 2 April 2022
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Judy
8 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
Best Trail we have cycled. 3 nights 4 days from Ross to Greymouth. Stayed at Cowboy Paradise and the rooms were great and showers fantastic along with a great meal.
Mike was ok. He is who he is!
Written 1 April 2022
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Barb79b
Christchurch, New Zealand32 contributions
Mar 2022
We were so lucky to have perfect weather. Four days of fantastic cycling, accommodation, food and views.
Written 30 March 2022
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Nakitravellers
New Plymouth, New Zealand45 contributions
Mar 2022
We rode from Greymouth to Ross - great weather and the accomodation was good. The over night stay in Cowboy Paradise was fine- our room was ready when we arrived and we were given a warm friendly welcome by Mike. There was plenty of hot water for a shower and the evening meal was lovely.
The trail was in good condition, some parts were quite challenging and demanding and probably riding an e- bike would have been a better option! Some sections were quite narrow and very stoney but overall it was okay.
Written 20 March 2022
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Familyof5
5 contributions
Jan 2022
Our family of 5 (3 teenagers) don't bike regularly. Hired bikes from Scott and Gail at Trail Transport at Coll Sport in Greymouth and they were incredible helpful with excellent service. Biked on 2 ebikes (with panniers to carry our gear) and 3 regulars. Stayed at Sundowner Motel Greymouth (best wifi on the West Coast was teenagers' opinion) very kindly looked after our car. Day 1 biked to Kumara to Theatre Royal Hotel staying in one of the beautiful and spacious Miner's Cottages. In Kumara there's a basic general store (which also makes coffee) and excellent dining at the Hotel (but we were expecting the breakfast to be cooked not continental). Didn't want to stay at Cowboy Paradise so cycled 60km to Lake Kaniere to stay with Grant at Lake Kaniere Homestay which was an unexpected highlight. Huge day on the bikes which was pretty tough for us. Day 3 easy bike to Hokitika through beautiful bush along the water race, staying at Shining Star Hokitika (great location but beachfront family unit was a bit tired). Our trip ended there as planned as 3 days was enough. Family agreed we would cycle this trail again. Feedback? The map could have been more detailed especially for the stretch Kumara-Lake Kaniere (for example, the rivers and roads look pretty similar on the map), the high and low water trails could be marked on the map, the map also doesn't make it clear what is cycle track, gravel road or tarsealed road and Kumara-Kaniere there is a bit of road riding. Also on the trail itself we could have done with a few more maker pegs to reassure us we were on the right track (we had never visited the area before). Still, we had a great time biking in the beautiful West Coast bush, swimming in Lake Kaniere, and it was faster than tramping!
Written 25 January 2022
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