Wild West Town Day 3
Kapitea Reservoir Day 2
A cycle experience like no other
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Incredible Scenery

Rugged shorelines. Surging rivers. Moody lakes. Towering trees. Ancient forests. Tidal Lagoons... Get lost, find yourself, go wild.

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Smooth Trails

No one likes a bumpy bottom. And on these flat, even trails you can sit back, relax and just soak up the scenery. Or speeeeed along, giggling and squealing excitedly. We won't tell.

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Eateries and fine dining

With crafty cafes and first-rate restaurants, there's no shortage of tasty fodder for weary-legged cyclists. Tuck in like the Coaster you've become! All in the name of "good sustenance", of course.

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Loads to do

Swim, surf, shop, explore, fish, hunt, chat, walk or choose an adventure activity for an off-track adrenaline rush. Yep - this place has got the whole shebang.

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Flora and Fauna

The West Coast is home to some of the cheekiest, cutest, most mischievous creatures you'll ever meet. Not to mention some awesome wildlife. And don't even get us started on the native ferns and 'fabulous foliage'

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History abounds

Discover the tales of the past, stay in award-winning historic accommodation, and prepare to spin a yarn or two of your own. New trail. Historical sites. Cracking stuff!

The Trail

You've probably heard some wild tales about the Coast - of rugged shorelines, intrepid journeys, sordid stories, hidden treasures… But as the Coasters will be first to tell you, "You dunno the half of it…"

Now's the time to discover the last of the wild places and spin a yarn or two of your own, with one of the country's smoothest and most accessible cycle trails. Some sections of the trail are still under construction plus a couple of sections have one or two hills that may require a little more 'oomph'!

On your trusty bike you'll wind your way through ancient rainforests, along glacial rivers, around moody lakes and across some downright cracking wetlands. You can do it all at once - across four days - or just nab the odd day-trip. Either way, it's a fairly spectacular way to journey from the Alps to the sea.

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29 December 2014
Latest Trail Update

Taramakau to Kumara

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The "Kumara Chasm" Suspension Bridge was load ...

10 November 2014
Trail Update 10 Nov 2014

Hurunui Jacks– construction of 2 of 3 abutments starts this ...

14 October 2014
Trail Update 14 Oct 2014

1. General – there is a lot of work planning, ordering ...

30 September 2014
Trail Update - 30 September 2014

1. Kumara – Taramakau Suspension Bridge – plans have been received and ...


The Westland Wilderness Trust is officially responsible for the construction and management of the West Coast Wilderness Trail. The day-to-day operations of both the building programme and the maintenance and management of the Trail are managed by the Westland District Council and the Grey District Council. The staff of both Councils have been actively involved in the design, construction and preparation for the official opening of the West Coast Wilderness Trail.

The ongoing maintenance programme for the Trail will be primarily funded by a small proportion of the bookings made by Trail users utilising companies and organisations that are part of the Trail's Official Partner Programme. This does not add to the cost of the rider's experience: it is a contribution paid by these businesses to actively support the sustainable delivery of the West Coast Wilderness Trail experience.

The two Councils and other supporters of the Trail will also support maintenance.

Contributions to the maintenance and further development of the West Coast Wilderness Trail can be sent to: West Coast Wilderness Trail, c/o Diane Maitland, Westland District Council, Private Bag 704, Hokitika 7842


If you are thinking about basing a commercial activity on the Wilderness Trail, such as guiding trips or running an event, that's great!

Over 20% of our Trail is on stunning public conservation land, managed by DOC.

Early on in your planning contact our local DOC office to find out about what permission (called a concession) you need to use the Trail commercially, or follow this link

http://www.doc.govt.nz/about-doc/concessions-and-permits/concessions/ to explore the concessions process.

DOC Hokitika, phone 03 756 9100 - Email permissionshokitika@doc.govt.nz