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TRAIL ALERTS: Wednesday 17 July 2024: 

Due to stop bank work along the Hokitika River, the trail is being relocated around the road as per the map below for the next 14 weeks weather dependent. The rest of the trail is open. Directional signage is in place. The Westland District Council apologises for any inconvenience. Please click here to view the map of the detour.

Chasm Bridge - There is major repair work underway 1km either side of the Chasm Bridge north of Kumara. Construction vehicles are on the trail. The work is well signposted. Please take care in this section. 

TRAIL STATUS: All sections of the trail are open. Enjoy your riding.

Cowboy Paradise: If you are not a paying guest staying at Cowboy Paradise please pass straight through without sitting on the decks or entering any of the facilities. Refreshments and toilets are no longer available. Picnic tables are provided on the southern/Hokitika end of the main street of Cowboy Paradise. Please take all rubbish away with you and ensure nothing is left onsite. Thank you.

BOOKING YOUR TRIP: We encourage everyone booking trips to use the operators listed on our website. They are the Official Partners and supporters of the trail.

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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