Storm damage 21/2/18: Trail Update: We have no reports of areas remaining closed from storm damage. The Kaniere Water Race and Mananui Walkway windfalls have been cleared. Kumara to Cowboy Paradise is open and the road on to Lake Kaniere has also been cleared.
Taramakau Bridge: Cyclists are urged to take care when negotiating the Taramakau Bridge section of the trail. Click here for more details.
Rugged shorelines. Surging rivers. Moody lakes. Towering trees. Ancient forests. Tidal Lagoons... Get lost, find yourself, go wild.
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.
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.
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.
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'
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!
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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