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IMPORTANT MESSAGES

11 April 2019 – Latest Update: OPEN

Kawhaka to Cowboy Paradise: OPEN - The Weirs: Please note, there is no high water route. If the weirs are not running at very low levels riders must not cross. Please turn around and bike back.

Switchbacks: OPEN - Please take care on the trail around this area just south of Cowboy Paradise.

Milltown to Lake Kaniere (marked in blue): Milltown Road is to be opened 7pm Friday 12 April to all riders. No further disruptions are expected for trail users in this area.

Caution should be exercised on all sections of the trail as some scour issues still exist including rutting and minor washouts.

There will be further upgrades continuing next week before the Easter riders arrive.

Lake Kaniere to Hurunui Jacks (marked in green and pink): OPEN - Proceed with care.

Mahinapua Creek (marked in yellow) - OPEN - Some scouring, care required.

The final trail top course has yet to be placed on many sections of the trail affected by the storm so please take care when riding in these areas.

Thank you to everyone helping with the repair work. We apologise to riders affected by this essential work being undertaken.

Please watch the Facebook page for more information.




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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