Dust off your bike and tuck away that cell phone. It's time to go Coastal! The trail can be enjoyed ridden in either direction however we've prepared this website overview from north to south, taking in the attractions from Greymouth to Ross.
Departing from the historic Greymouth Railway Station, you'll set off along the mighty Grey River and past a working port, before journeying out toward the wild and wonderful Tasman Sea.
Follow the coast south, behind sand dunes and along tidal lagoons, until you cross the Taramakau. (It's a river… a bigee.)
You'll then wind your way along the historic Kumara Bush Tram through regenerating forest and new farm land. Towards the end of the day, you'll get some rip-snorting (impeccable) views of the Taramakau. With a flat, cruisy day's cycling under your belt, you've got the night to rest up in Kumara!
Make sure you ask the townsfolk at the renovated hotel about the town's bawdy gold mining history. (In its rough, tough heyday it had a whopping 50 pubs!)
West Coast Travel Centre - Greymouth i-SITE is centrally located in the historic Greymouth Railway Station at the top end of town. We can advise and book West Coast accommodation and activities to suit all requirements.
Greymouth is the largest town on the West Coast and the central hub of the region. It offers a wide range of retail, banking, medical, and other key amenities and services.
Greymouth is the start of the West Coast Wilderness Trail and the gateway to the world famous Tranz Alpine Train which arrives and departs to Christchurch daily along with coach and shuttle services to and from South Island centres. Greymouth boasts a wide range of accommodation and activities options, making it a great base to start your West Coast Wilderness Trail experience.
Activities range from the outdoor cave tubing, white water rafting, kayaking and canoeing, to climbing, hiking, guided walks and scenic flights. Visit the historic Gold Mine town "Shantytown" only a few kms off the cycle trail or stop in at the Monteiths Brewery for a West Coast brew. Other activities in the area include 4wd bike tours, knife making, the famous Pancake Rocks and blowholes of Punakaiki, Jade carving, horse trekking and trout fishing tours in and around the Lake District. There is so much to do and see!
Not a Rail Trail are the specialists in South Island Cycle Trails. Tours are fully inclusive (excluding alcohol) to ensure you don't have to pay for anything once on tour. They're fully supported which means mixed ability groups can ride together and we limit groups to no more than 10 people in order to maximize our service. We are also able to customize tours for larger, private groups, if required. Visit our website for full details of all tour options
Charles Court Motel is situated in a 2ha park-like setting right next to South Beach, and on the West Coast Wilderness cycle trail, only 8 minutes drive from the Greymouth town centre. The motel complex has direct beach access, with stunning mountain views and amazing sunsets.
John Wood and Associates Ltd, specialise in providing high quality, personalised financial advice to our clients, whether advising on life insurance, retirement planning or investing.
We sell and hire bikes for the West Coast Wilderness Trail. We have a fully equipped workshop to provide repairs to any brand of bike. Mann Cycles is a locally owned and operated bicycle business. Our qualified bike mechanic has been servicing the Coast for over 20 years. For further information on your bike hire or repair requirements, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Discover fascinating stories of real New Zealanders and experience a recreated gold-rush village. West Coast isolation, extreme weather and rugged terrain produced stories of fortitude and ingenuity. Shantytown tells these pioneering stories through a fascinating mix of experience and displays.
Ride the Steam Train through native rainforest, experience the sights and sounds of a working sawmill, watch the sluice gun blast gold bearing rock and soil from the earth, then follow the races to the gold claim and pan for your own gold.
The village, with 30 shops and buildings to explore shows life the way it used to be. Catch the show in our new holographic theater. For a memento of Shantytown nothing is better than an old time photo.
Coleraine provides for discerning travellers who are seeking quality accommodation without excessive expense. They prepare suites and apartments with care and present these units with pride. The new but very experienced and well travelled owner-operators make every endeavour to provide for the comfort of their guests. Our garage is available for cycle storage. Keen cyclists ourselves, we are really enthusiastic about the trail.
Pure Trails New Zealand tour operators are kiwi outdoor enthusiasts and know what makes a great holiday. Tours are well planned, thoughtfully paced, and full of fun and adventure as well as excellent value. Eat well, sleep well, challenge yourself, discover and explore.
After taking an invigorating ride on the scenic West Coast Wilderness Trail, why not treat yourself to a soak in the spa or sweat it out in the sauna.
This is Greymouth's newest community asset and is the recreation, leisure and sporting hub of Greymouth and the wider region.
We have everything you need to relax after a day's cycling - spa, sauna and pools. But if you still have energy to burn, you can hit the gym or join in one of our group fitness classes.
Pop in and talk to our friendly staff and see how the Westland Recreation Centre can be the icing on the cake of your West Coast Wilderness Trail experience.
CYCLE HIRE & ACCESSORIES
Owned and operated by Coasters with a wealth of cycling and local knowledge. We have the latest bikes and accessories for hire and sale with an on-site bike mechanic. Just arrived - Electric Mountain Bikes for hire - please contact us for further information. We also stock a wide range of sports clothing, Icebreaker Merino, hunting, fishing, camping, sporting equipment and footwear.
History House Museum is proud to bring you a rich collection of photographic images and information spanning over 150 years of history within the Grey District.
West Coasters have earned a reputation for being tenacious and resolute – hard working and loyal people, who forged ahead building towns and industry against daunting odds. They came from every country and put down roots together in this wild coastal land. At History House Museum we honour their stories.
Visitors to the District can access free wi-fi at the Library as well as computers, scanners, printing and copying, and power for a variety of devices. Relax in our Reading Area with a newspaper or magazine while enjoying a refreshing cup of tea or coffee.
Located in Christchurch Tuatara Tours runs 4 day fully guided and catered tours on the West Coast Wilderness Trail. Let us take care of the details, leaving you more time to relax and explore. We can collect you from Christchurch or Greymouth.
We are committed to ensuring your complete enjoyment of the trail by providing a professionally run shuttle service that can transport you and your bike to all points on the trail or pick you up at the end of a day's riding. We have plenty of local knowledge and are keen to help you with all aspects of your planning whatever your budget. We look forward to hearing from you so please don't hesitate to contact us.
We are located right on the beachfront and the WC Wilderness Trail is right on our doorstep so we can provide direct access onto the trail. This, along with bikes for hire, Trail Transport (a shuttle service for the WC Wilderness Trail) and our wide range of modern accommodation from luxury apartments through to our quality motels, self-contained units, cabins and sites makes us the perfect location to base your WC Wilderness Trail experience from.
"Trail Transport" is a shuttle service allowing you easy, convenient access to the West Coast Wilderness Trail between Greymouth and Ross.
We are based in Greymouth at Greymouth Seaside TOP 10 Holiday Park which is located right on the trail. We can offer vehicle storage, bike hire and shuttle services for you and your bikes to all points along the trail as well as plenty of quality accommodation options.
It's early days on the trail and the infrastructure is still being set up so please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions/queries.
Situated adjacent to the start of the cycle trail and opposite the railway station in the heart of Greymouth. The building, known as 'The Brick House', was built in 1909 by the Government to house numerous Government Departments.
Saved from demolition, restored, strengthened and renovated in 2006, this historic Greymouth icon underwent a quality fit-out and now accommodates the Greymouth Speight's Ale House. Pouring great ales and serving good wholesome food, we welcome cyclists before and after your journey.
For easy access to the Wilderness Trail, the wild landscapes and stunning scenery of New Zealand's unspoilt West Coast, look no further than the historic Kingsgate Hotel Greymouth.
Set in the town centre, overlooking the Grey River, this 3-Star Plus Qualmark-rated hotel features 98 rooms and suites is only 300 metres from the start of the trail. With all of the comforts and amenities you'd expect in an international hotel, along with Alberts Restaurant and Albion Bar, where guests have been swapping stories since 1906.
Bike Hire and repair shops are within 100 metres of the hotel and there is on-site bike storage. Book on line for our best rate guarantee.
At Natural High we believe exploring New Zealand by bicycle is the best way to truly experience this remarkable country.
Whether you're looking for bike rental for a weekend or a grand cycle tour of the whole country, someone in our Auckland or Christchurch branches will talk you through all your options, and give you the best possible advice. Contact us for all your bike hire, accessories, touring and group tour needs nationwide.
Adventure South operates a range of guided cycling, hiking and multi-adventure holidays to suit all levels of fitness. Our NZ road cycling tours allow you to do some great bicycling. The West Coast Wilderness Cycle Trail - supported cycling holiday encapsulates the essence of New Zealand.
Newly reopened on the beautiful West Coast of the South Island with mountain views and only 2 km drive to the beach. The junction café has a great range of delicious food for good value, local honey and products, real fruit ice-cream! Buzz on in and see the live bees and check out our daily deals.
Nope, no horses on the West Coast Wilderness Trail, but lots of the bikers we bring here also journey with us elsewhere in NZ - and worldwide. Active Earth Adventures & Hiking New Zealand have cycling, hiking and mountain biking trips from Kumara to Mongolia. Why not hop on a supported trip and enjoy the stress free preparations and seamless adventures.
The tastiest takeaways West of the Alps
Make us your 1st or last stop on the Trail
Located just south of Greymouth, call in for a coffee, ice creams, milkshakes, cold drinks or refreshments.
Select from our full range of quality takeaways and burgers including local fish.
Customer toilets available
The Recreation Hotel is a one-stop shop for visitors to Greymouth. It houses one of the Coast's best restaurants and offers a modern and extremely welcoming atmosphere. With 30 separate accommodation units and a bottlestore, visitors are well catered for.
Treat yourself to our wide range of healthy food and beverages including Hummingbird coffee, 15 varieties of New Zealand and international teas, nutritional smoothies, protein shakes, carrot cake, mouth-watering muffins and lots of gluten free options.
Enjoy vintage high tea, alfresco dining - we cater for small and large groups.
We also stock quality New Zealand souvenirs including t-shirts, caps, jandals, bags, soft toys, soaps and much more.
Off street bike parking.
Cycle Journeys provides you with a one stop service when planning your ride on the Wilderness Trail. Choose your bike hire from our 70 hire fleet or our new 10 E-Bike fleet, luggage movement, accommodation bookings, shuttle to the start and finish of the trail. We can even arrange group transport from Christchurch.
Kumara is a former gold mining town where many came to seek their fortune, particularly the Irish. The town was once the home of the most famous West Coaster, Richard John Seddon, Premier of the Liberal Government from 1893 until his death in 1906.
Today, Kumara is a service town for tourists and farmers. The race course at Kumara provides a base for competitors and their support teams heading off on the annual Coast to Coast endurance race and the annual race meeting brings thousands of visitors each year.
Kumara offers lots for the outdoor enthusiast from tramping, hunting and fishing to fossicking for gold. Lake Brunner and the Taramakau River offer magnificent scenery and great brown trout fishing while the lower Taramakau is famous for its whitebait runs.
Built in 1876, at the beginning of the Kumara gold rush, the Hotel was the meeting, entertaining and playing place for the miners who had arrived in Kumara, from all around the world. When current owners Kerrie and Mark Fitzgibbon purchased the hotel in 2010 it was derelict, vandalised and in total disrepair. Two years were spent with local tradesmen working to restore and rebuild the old building, which holds many special memories for Coasters of today.
Cyclist's haven for end of Day One of your ride on the Trail, Awatuna Homestead is 16 km ride from Kapitea Reservoir on Stafford Loop Road. Either cycle onto Awatuna Homestead or prior arrange transport pick up.
Guest's comfort with timeless, country elegance in private, rural surroundings on the coast. Midway between Hokitika and Greymouth.
Villa style homestead with gorgeous well appointed bedrooms, bathrooms and guest lounge.
The lounge is a favourite gathering room for guests to relax around the cosy open fire, exchange travel stories and share the days photos.
Country kitchen continental breakfast and platter style dinner, also picnic lunch available.
Bike Barn secure storage.
Relax amongst native ferns and birdsong, experiencing the stunning West Coast sunset skies.
Rejuvenate with a glass of bubbles in garden spa, and luxury overnight rest, ready for the next day's adventure.
"For a restful night's sleep after your invigorating ride"
We are a family run motel located right in the heart of Kumara village on the route of the West Coast Wilderness Trail. Whether your group is large or small we cater to your needs.
The rooms come fully equipped with ensuite facilities, Kitchenette, Satellite TV, Free WIFI, Garden, Cycle storage.We run the General store, Café and Post Centre, and so can cater to your every need during your stay with us, whether it be groceries, postal services, gifts or takeaways.
Sidetracks is a small and personal tour company with a passion for the outdoors. Our small groups offer the possibility to be active, go exploring and have lots of fun together. We offer walking and cycling tours in New Zealand and Germany. We take time to notice the many features, small and big, along the way and really discover the country.
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