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IMPORTANT MESSAGES

Covid - 19 Restrictions - 

The Trail is open for public use for walking, jogging and riding during the lock down however there are some important restrictions that those on it must abide by as follows:
· All cyclists should only ride in proximity to the location they are locked down in.
· Only ride within your lock down bubble.
· You are not allowed to drive to and from sections to ride from.
· Riding into remote sections like Kawhaka is not allowed. Should anything happen to people in these places it will put others at risk assisting. The trail will not be maintained during the lock down so the            condition will not be known.
· Using the trail as a means of transport into town is not allowed.
· If you come across anyone else whilst on the trail remember the social distancing rules!

Further guidelines include:
When approaching other people slow down so that it’s easier to maintain this separation. Don’t pass in narrower parts of the trail and on bridges where maintaining this separation is impossible or may be difficult.
Where possible, avoid touching any surfaces that could be contaminated such as gates, squeeze bars, handrails, fences, benches and picnic tables. The virus can remain on surfaces for three days.
Don’t touch your face while you’re riding. Wash your hands and disinfect your handlebars when you get home.

Put simply, ride the trail, stay safe, keep within your bubble and stay close to home. This is a serious situation. We must beat this virus. We will post any further notifications from officials and changes to this status.

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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