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A cycle experience like no other!

The West Coast Wilderness Trail showcases some of the best scenery on the West Coast with a diversity of landscapes second to non. Best ridden over four days starting in either Greymouth or Ross. The Trail is rated Grade 2 easy and offers opportunities for cyclists of most ablilities.



Bike Hire: 

- Standard Bike

- Electric Bike

- Tandem Bike


- Gel Seat

- Panniers

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29KMS (Allow 3 hours)

An easy ride packed with plenty of history and variety. Follow a dramatic coastline accompanied by the constant crashing of the Tasman Sea, pause at the mouth of the mighty Grey River. Scene of many shipwrecks. Pass though old gold mining and timber milling towns and pedal along a historic bush tramway.

Kumara Accommodation Options:

- Theatre Royal Hotel

- Greenstone Retreat

Baggage Transfers:

Greymouth - Kumara



34KMS (Allow 6 hours)

The most challenging section but with views to die for, its well worth it! Ride in the shadow of dramatic mountain landscapes, pass through old goldfields and follow historic reservoirs, water races and an old stage coach road. This day has it all!

Milltown Area Accommodation Options:

- Cowboy Paradise

Baggage Transfers:

Kumara - Milltown Area



36KMS (Allow 4 hours)

Relaxed riding with plenty of highlights along the way. Discover New Zealand's most picturesque lake - Lake Kaniere, ride through a spectacular mountain ringed valley, alongside an historic waterway and cruise through magnificent native forest.

Hokitika Accommodation Options:

- Beachfront Hotel

- Shining Star Beachfront Accommodation

- Woodland Glen Lodge

- Bella Vista Motel

- Fitzherbert Court Motel

- Hokitika Holiday Park

- Jade Court Motel

- Hokitika Kiwi Holiday Park & Motels

- Fire Station Apartments

- Bird Song Backpackers

Baggage Transfers:

Milltown Valley - Hokitika



33KMS (Allow 4 hours)

Sedate riding with surprises around every corner. Experience the charm of the old gold mining towns of Hokitika and Ross, cross amazing historic railway bridges and cycle through some of the country's most exceptional wetlands, home to native Kotuku (white heron). All this with New Zealand's highest mountains forming a stunning backdrop.

Baggage Transfers:

Hokitika - Ross

Ross Accommodation Options:

- Ross Beach Top 10 Holiday Park

Shuttle Transfers:

Ross - Greymouth including bikes and baggage

Car Relocation Available


Trail Overview

Greymouth to Kumara 29KMS (Allow 3 hours)

The West Coast Wilderness Cycle Trail runs between Greymouth and Ross and the majority of the trail is a grade 2 (easy) bike ride catering for all levels of cycling abilities, including families. The cycle trail starts opposite the Greymouth i-SITE at the Railway Station and follows the Grey River stop bank out to the coastline. The trail continues south with views of the ocean to the historic gold mining town of Kumara. This first section is flat and 29kms long and offers stunning scenery of the ocean, beach and coastline.

Kumara to Milltown Valley 34KMS ( Allow 6 hours)

From Kumara the West Coast Wilderness Trail gradually climbs to Kawhaka Pass. Cyclists pass through native forests, skirt around lakes and follow rushing water races before passing through the Maori owned Mahwera Reserve and crossing a stunning gorge to a replica western town called Cowboys Paradise. This section is 34km long and quite remote with breath-taking scenery.

MIlltown Valley to Hokitika 36KMS ( Allow 4 hours)

From Cowboy Paradise there is a gentle downhill ride to the Arahura River and a slight climb to Lake Kaniere, a popular boating and picnic destination.

Hokitika to Ross 33KMS ( Allow 4 hours)

The final section, Hokitika to Ross is a mix of new trail and historic tram line to the West Coast Treetops Walk, where you can enjoy a coffee and stretch your legs while enjoying the views amongst the tree tops, entry fees apply to West Coast Tree Top Walkway and discounts are available from the Greymouth i-SITE. After a break you will head further on to Ross, a historic gold mining town, laying claim to NZ’s largest gold nugget found in 1909.



The West Coast Wilderness Trail can be cycled in 3 - 4 days. Essential bookings such as Bike Hire, Baggage Transfers, Shuttle Transfers, Accommodation and extra activities can all be arranged through the Greymouth i-SITE.

Bookings are essential during Summer Season Nov- March 

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