Kumara Cowboy Paradise
Kumara to Cowboy Paradise
36 km
310 m

After some hearty breakkie, grab your bike and head for the Alps. You'll pass remnants of the gold rush before arriving at the Kapitea Reservoir. Pass the lake then head on to the Loopline Reservoir and its 'spillway', for a close up look at the stone face dam that was hand-laid in 1883 by miners during the gold rush.

Carry on to the sweeping boardwalk that connects Loopline Road, then ride the gravel trail out to Old Christchurch Road. From here you'll follow water race, old logging trams and pack track up the Kawaka Valley, passing man-made dams and fresh mountain-water weirs.

Say 'howdy' to the Southern Alps, and when you reach the Waitaiki Reserve you'll begin your descent through ancient Podocarp forest until you reach a sprawling suspension bridge through the trees.

Nearly there! Day 2 wraps up with a journey through beautiful native bush, ahead of your arrival at Cowboy Paradise, a replica Wild West town.

This section's more challenging than Day 1 but the trail's stellar - making for smooth, comfy riding - and the few short steep sections are also the most scenic. So if you don't feel like riding, no sweat! They'll be just as enjoyable to walk.

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Not a Rail Trail

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

PO Box 2716, Wakatipu, Queenstown 9349
0800 4 CYCLE or +64 3 428 2912
info@NotaRailTrail.co.nz www.NotaRailTrail.co.nz
Kumara

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.

kumarawestcoast.org
Shantytown Heritage Park

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.

316 Rutherglen Rd, Rutherglen, Greymouth
Free Phone: 0800 742 689 or 03-762 6634
office@shantytown.co.nz www.shantytown.co.nz
Theatre Royal Hotel

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.

81 Seddon St, Kumara, Westland
(03) 736 9277
theatreroyalhotel@xtra.co.nz theatreroyalhotel.co.nz
Pure Trails New Zealand

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.

PO Box 1638 Christchurch 8140
+64 21 178 8287 / 0800 222 775
info@puretrailsnewzealand.co.nz www.puretrailsnewzealand.co.nz
Awatuna Homestead

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.

9 Stafford Road, Awatuna, Hokitika
+64 3 755 6834
rest@awatunahomestead.co.nz www.awatunahomestead.co.nz
Kumara Route 73 Motels & General Store

"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.

Rest assured your stay with us will be a pleasurable relaxing and above all enjoyable experience, we look forward to giving you a warm welcome.
57 Seddon Street, Kumara, Westland
03 736 9717
kumarastore@gmail.com westcoastwildernesstrailaccommodation.wordpress.com
Tuatara Tours NZ Ltd

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.

Ground Floor, 148 Victoria Street, Christchurch 8013
0800 377 378 or +64 3 962 3280
info@tuataratours.co.nz tuataratours.co.nz
Wilderness Trail Shuttle

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.

216 Revell Street, Hokitika, 7810
03 7555042 or 0212633299
info@wildernesstrailshuttle.co.nz wildernesstrailshuttle.co.nz
Trail Transport – Bike Hire & Shuttle Services

"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.

2 Chesterfield Street, Greymouth, 7805
0800 867 104 or Matt 0276618024
info@trailtransport.co.nz www.trailtransport.co.nz
Natural High

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.

690a Harewood Rd, Christchurch
+ 64 3 982 2966 or 0800 444 144
team@naturalhigh.co.nz www.naturalhigh.co.nz
Adventure South Tour Operator

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.

PO Box 33153, Christchurch 8244
03 942 1222
info@adventuresouth.co.nz http://www.adventuresouth.co.nz
The Junction Cafe & Honey Centre

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.

Coast Road, RD1, Kumara Junction
022 384 0533
thejunctioncafe@hotmail.com
Active Earth Adventures

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.

PO Box 331, Rangiora, 7440, New Zealand
T: +64 3 310 8188 | NZ : 0800 697 232 | AU : 1800 141 242 | US : 1 844 681 4351
anne@activeearthadventures.com https://activeearthadventures.com/
Lake Kaniere Homestay

Lake Kaniere Homestay overlooks the northern shore of the lake, not 50 meters away. The house is set in native bush, on a cul-de-sac, lakeside road with very little traffic and great views of the lake and surrounding mountains.

70 Sunny Bight Rd, Lake Kaniere,
03 755 7534
grant.hinchliff@xtra.co.nz lakekanierehomestay.co.nz
Tui Lu's

Meet a Local

Paul offers visitors natural and history tours of his West Coast Wildlife Sanctuary in return for a donation towards predator control work he does on his property. Tea & coffee available.

Learn about this early Kawhaka Settlement.

A division of Paul Sinclair Contracting Ltd.

Owner Operator of Portable Toilets and Showers

The Farm; 1804 Old Christchurch Road KAWHAKA - Tom's Hut, Manzoni, Kawhaka, (on day 2 Kumara to Cowboy Paradise)
03 755 6003: Three Mile 03 755 6004: The Farm; 027 246 0266 anywhere
pscl@clear.net.nz
Hurunui Jacks Ltd

Hurunui Jacks is approx. 12km inland from Hokitika, and 5km from stunning Lake Kaniere. Whilst staying next to the river in our luxury tent, or in our cosy cottage for two, The Nest, you can feel free to explore our 30 plus acres of native land, surrounded by National Park and Dept. of Conservation land, take a walk down to the river, then on to our newly developed bush walk, and just breathe in the peace of it all. Feed the rainbow trout in our lake and watch them jump right out of the water on a good day. Due to an unforeseen change in circumstances Hurunui Jacks will not be open every day for food/drinks. If you are looking at calling in please phone or email first to check. All accommodation is operating as usual.

Kaniere Post Centre, Hokitika 7858
(03)7558683 or 0274629190
maureen@hurunuijacks.co.nz hurunuijacks.co.nz
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