33km, Grade 2/easy to Grade 3/intermediate (on-road sections are Grade 3/intermediate). 3–5 hours.
If you're doing the whole shebang, sheesh, bloody good job - you're on the home stretch!
Start the day by crossing the Hokitika Bridge (yep - a very snazzy little view). Then meander along Mahinapua Creek, past the Hokitika Golf Links, until you join the state highway. Stay on this for 3 km, then turn off onto the historic Mahinapua Tramline.
This'll take you through wetlands, native forest and old mill sites, and give you some cracking views of Lake Mahinapua. You'll then follow a rural road past the West Coast Treetop Walkway (well worth a looksie), before taking the State Highway west to Ruatapu.
Fittingly, the final section of the trail is a little corker! You'll get a look at Mount Cook and Mount Tasman, and then the historic Ross rail route will take you over the Totara Bridge (built in 1908) and give you some lovely views of the tidal Totara lagoon.
Leaving the Totara River, you'll wrap up the day with an easy ride to the historic goldfields of Ross, where you can jump up and down and give yourself a good pat on the back. Or you can hobble off for a nice cold beverage.
Today's cycling is an easy journey, suitable for cyclists of all ages.
Hokitika is inspired by local landscapes and raw materials: jade, gold and other minerals, driftwood, timber, clay, shell, bone and fibres. It is, therefore, no coincidence that craft artists, sculptors, jewellers, painters and poets have chosen the Hokitika area as their home. Hokitika has a vibrant artisan community, and the area is now internationally renowned as a centre of creative arts.
The Hokitika Gorge is worth a visit. The vivid turquoise water surrounded by lush native bush looks amazing and it is only 33kms from Hokitika. Visitors can also enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities, including the exhilarating West Coast Treetop Walk, white water rafting, kayaking and canoeing, climbing, hiking and guided walks, scenic flights, helicopter flights and glacier landings. Hokitika also hosts the national Kiwi Centre, museums and theatre, and a choice of fine cafes, restaurants, and quality accommodation.
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
An exhilarating tree top adventure among temperate rainforest giants. Experience life with the birds high in the ancient Rimu and Kamahi tree canopy. Easy access for all to enjoy along a steel platform 20 metres high and over 450 metres long.
252 Beachside Motels and Holiday Park self-contained motel accommodation has ample parking for bikes, boats and trailers. Camper van Parks and budget cabins makes this a complex which caters for all.
Bella Vista Hokitika is a modern 16 unit motel complex, offering 16 superior fully serviced motel units to accommodate corporates, couples, solo travellers and families. The motel is ideally located, with just a four minute flat walk to Hokitika's town centre.
Whether a business traveller needing corporate West-Coast- accommodation, or a family using Hokitika as a base to explore the rest of the unique surroundings that the West Coast has to offer. Fitzherbert Court motel-accommodation is only 1.25 hours drive to Punakaiki, 1.5 hours to the glaciers, 3 hours to Christchurch & 30 minutes from Greymouth.
Westland Pharmacy is the only pharmacy between Hokitika and Wanaka. The pharmacy has a comprehensive range of travel essentials including insect repellant, vitamin supplements and medicines.
Westland Medical Centre is the major provider of primary health care to the local community. The practice now supports three General Practitioners, four full time and a part time practice nurse.
Located 6 km east of Hokitika, Westside Rides have a self-contained cottage overlooking the Hokitika River & the Southern Alps, offering accommodation, bike hire and guiding. They are also able to arrange other activities, such as kayaking, paddle boat cruises, bush walks, & even a wee explore of some of the regions fine old Hostelries.
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.
Stumpers Bar, Cafe & Accommodation is in the heart of Hokitika with everything you need for a hassle free stay on the West Coast of the South Island, New Zealand. They also offer a great option for dining in Hokitika with an onsite bar and cafe that has excellent value.
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.
Roughan Chiropractic offers modern chiropractic and advanced natural wellness care for all cyclists. Don't let joint restriction or pain prevent you from getting the most enjoyment from cycling the trail. Make the most of your time on the saddle, with healthy spinal function and hip and knee flexibility. Roughan Chiropractic also stock a wide range of nutritional supplements, and vitamins, minerals and homeopathics.
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.
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.
Shining Star provides quality Hokitika beachfront accommodation with views of the Tasman Sea and impressive West Coast sunsets. We offer a variety of holiday accommodation to suit your budget and group size – choose from Beachfront Motels and Apartments or affordable Cabins. There is also a spa /sauna complex. Nestled in native gardens with an exclusive walkway direct to the beach our accommodation is an ideal destination after a long ride. Situated 1.5km North of central Hokitika. We offer free car parking whilst you are away on the trail.
Enjoy freedom kayaking or a cruise aboard the Eco Adventurer. Capture the picturesque beauty of the Mahinapua waterways along the original route used by pioneers, gold diggers and early explorers travelling between Hokitika and the rich goldfields of Ross. Experience majestic views of Mt. Cook and the Southern Alps and outstanding West Coast wetlands flora, fauna and native rainforests.
Self-contained B&B open now $125/night.
Sidetracks is a small and personal tour company with a passion for the outdoors. Our small groups offer the possibility to be active, go exploring and have lots of fun together. We offer walking and cycling tours in New Zealand and Germany. We take time to notice the many features, small and big, along the way and really discover the country.
Cycle Journeys provides you with a one stop service when planning your ride on the Wilderness Trail. Choose your bike hire from our 70 hire fleet or our new 10 E-Bike fleet, luggage transfer, accommodation bookings, shuttle to the start and finish of the trail. We can even arrange group transport from Christchurch.
Woodland Glen Lodge is a large and beautiful country house, built in 1987 and only 2km from the centre of Hokitika, offering bed and breakfast accommodation.
Our quality lodge is set in 21 acres of stunning woodland amongst kahikatea (white pine) trees and when you stay with us, you can enjoy:
Located just 3 minutes from Hokitika township and set on an historical, elevated terrace amid pristine countryside. Stations Inn offers luxury accommodation and an award winning restaurant offering a la carte dining complemented by an exclusive range of quality wine & beer. Surrounded by majestic views of the Southern Alps and the Tasman Sea, capturing breathtaking sunsets.
Bike Storage shed available.
Friendly, comfortable, relaxing accommodation. Just one block from the Wilderness Trail and a short walk from Hokitika's restaurants, shops and other attractions. With 12 modern spacious ground floor units, all with full cooking facilities, Sky Guest Select 50+ channels and free unlimited wifi, we are the ideal base for your Wilderness Trail experience.
Discover more of the Coast while on your Wilderness Trail experience. The Hokitika Gorge, Punakaiki, the Glaciers – whatever you want to see and do. We will pick-up and deliver back to your location. Pick-up and drop-off anywhere within the Hokitika or Greymouth area is also available by arrangement. Group discounts available and we hold a DOC concession.
Located in the heart of Hokitika, all our yummy food is baked in a traditional big stone oven. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea served with great coffee, tea, milkshakes and a large variety of chilled drinks including beer and wine. Order a packed lunch to take on your ride. You'll be greeted by friendly staff and a great menu.
Seriously good coffee and a wide variety of food for all dietary needs prepared daily on our premises. Packed lunches on request. NZ craft wine, beer and ciders available. A dedicated cheese room has a boutique selection of New Zealand cheeses and gourmet foods. Live bee display with honey for sale.
We are located right on the trail, just a two minute walk from the centre of Hokitika and all cafes and bars. All units are fully self-contained with 42 inch TVs, laundry facilities on-site and secure covered bike storage. For those wanting a break from the trail we hire golf clubs and have our own 6 hole mini golf course on-site for that social challenge.
Tent, campervan, caravan and standard cabins and motel rooms all with a quiet, relaxing atmosphere available for your stay while riding the trail.
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
West Coast Wilderness Trail Door2Door Service - An easy return transport solution from Christchurch for you AND your bike. Get yourself & your trusty steed to and from the Wilderness Trail at your pace with plenty of opportunities to stop for a cuppa and selfie on the way. Departs Christchurch Sat 12:00pm. Charters are available so tell us your plans and we'll make it work!
If you're interested in early engineering, and things mechanical, a visit to this attraction is a must. View the park's large collection of historic industrial equipment, including early engines, fire appliances, horse drawn vehicles, tractors, trucks, large range of old chainsaws and other logging equipment, historic wooden boats, printing presses, photographic equipment and much much more. Large operational Ruston Hornsby engines, a giant Blackstone engine, a Mirrlees diesel engine and one of New Zealand's last stage coaches to be used in regular service are amongst the features. A narrow gauge railway is also under construction. Meet and chat with the members as they undertake their restoration work.
Open: Saturday 10 am to 5 pm and Wednesday 10 am to 5 pm. Other days opened by request.
Explore NZ's favourite cycle trails with the company that has helped pioneer fully supported cycling trips in New Zealand for over 20 years.
Our West Coast Wilderness Cycle includes transport from Christchurch, accommodation, a qualified guide, vehicle support, most meals, entry to the Treetops Walkway and TranzAlpine train journey to Christchurch.
Visit our website for details
Perfectly situated on Hokitika's famous beach, this spacious home sleeps 10. A perfect home base for exploring the Wilderness Trail without switching accommodation every night. We can assist with arranging vehicle shuttles so you can mix and match rides to suit abilities and energy levels while assuring you and your bikes of a safe and comfortable rest every evening.
Right in the Hub of the West Coast Wilderness Trail, Hokitika Cycles & Sportsworld is the perfect place to hire your bikes & organise shuttle transport for one day or multi days on the trail.
Our quality bikes are carefully selected to be perfect for the West Coast Wilderness Trail. Our Authorised workshop and Shimano service centre keeps all our hire bikes fully serviced and exceptionally maintained.
With huge kilometres spent riding the trail, our expert advice will help you personalise your ride so you get an adventure of a lifetime.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Based in the heart of Hokitika, Mountain Beauty offers an holistic spa experience with fully qualified beauty therapists. Enjoy an extensive range of Sothys facials, massages, manicures, pedicures, waxing, tinting, electrolysis, spa packages. Direct from Paris these advanced treatments are designed to pamper. Relax and take time for yourself. Booking in advance is essential. Call or message us when you make your trail booking. Located upstairs at Mountain Jade.
Experience this unique self-contained accommodation in a luxury caravan just 30 metres from the lake edge at Lake Kaniere, 500 metres from the cycle trail.
This warm spacious caravan was imported from America for its size. It is 11 metres long, containing master bedroom, open plan kitchen, lounge and dining, bathroom and a four bed bunkroom.
Boutique Beauty on the Beach offers nature lovers seaside tranquility. Specialising in luxury facials, head massage, hand and foot treatments using cruelty free products derived from NZ Manuka honey, coconut and apricot kernel oils. Deluxe manicures and pedicures with safe, long lasting Bio Sculpture Gel and paraffin wax, softening tired hands and feet. Relax, unwind, indulge in peaceful pampering, naturally.
This old authentic Kiwi country pub with bar and restaurant is only a 5 minute drive from Hokitika township. Open from 3:30 till late most nights, 7 days. Happy Hour and Jam Music Night on Thursdays. Sunday Roast. Twin, queen and bunk rooms available at very reasonable prices. Free Wifi for guests and customers in the bar.
Distillers of essential oils and producers of Repulse insect repellent, balms and liquid soap. Made with the addition of Coast manuka. We are based in Kumara the gateway to the Coast. Purchase online or from local retail outlets. DEET FREE, the safe choice to use on your Wilderness adventure.
The stunning Beachfront Hotel Hokitika is located in central Hokitika on New Zealand's West Coast and offers a wide range of quality accommodation, full dining and event facilities.
Kiwi Journeys Nelson now offers our premium service on the West Coast Wilderness Trail. Our self-guided itinerary has you enjoying the 'full experience' with inclusions like the Tree Top Walk, accommodation, breakfasts, luggage transfers, trail bike and eBike hire, transport and our first-class customer service. We also operate on Tasman's Great Taste Trail, Otago Central Rail Trail, Roxburgh Gorge & Clutha Gold Trails.
This family-owned business is the newest accommodation on the West Coast. Surround yourself with the latest modern comforts, best beds and awesome views in a quiet setting in Hokitika town. While there take the opportunity to explore the Southern sky with keen astronomy expert Philip Barker.
A professionally run Hokitika based shuttle service that can transport you, your bike or luggage to all points on the trail. We have plenty of local knowledge and are keen to help you with all aspects of your planning. We can arrange bike hire.
Our team know the trail and the West Coast thoroughly. We can provide advice and book your entire trip and experience from accommodation and transportation to bike hire, shuttles and activities.
Opened in January 2019, just a 15-minute walk to Hokitika's town centre and beach, we offer self-catering and serviced accommodation options, spacious grounds and modern, large facilities. With a bike washing station, secure bike lock-up, help arranging bike repairs we are the place to base yourself for your Wilderness and wider West Coast holiday.
'History . . . With a Touch of Class' – Originally the home and medical rooms of renowned mountaineer, photographer and conservationist Dr Ebenezer Teichelmann, this beautifully restored heritage building in the heart of the Hokitika CBD offers comfortable boutique accommodation with delightfully appointed ensuite rooms, including a spa bath ensuite Garden Cottage. Experienced kiwi hosts Frances and Brian offer friendly, informal hospitality with a substantial breakfast all at a moderate tariff.
Made famous by the Mainland Cheese TV advert this old West Coast pub is a must. Stop in for a drink, pie n pint, ice creams, spa, volley ball, jade carving or a photo stop. Accommodation and meal deal $70 pp shared dorm. Slow cooked roast pork (or vege option), continental breakfast, bacon, pancakes AND join the theme dress up party held every night.
Wanting to check up on ancestors, learn about local history, research or search for a photo? The Centre's large collection includes biographical and subject indexes, records relating to births, deaths and marriages, school registers, newspapers (including many that are not on-line), rates books, a reference library, more than 20,000 photographs and much more. Appointments with our knowledgeable staff are recommended.
We operate a 6 day tour of the Wilderness Trail and beyond with full vehicle support, quality ensuite accommodation and wholesome meals. Venture beyond the Wilderness Trail to experience more of the West Coast region. Ebikes available. Start/finish from Christchurch.
Located at the south end of Aylmer Street, Ross, the Info Centre is either the start or end of the Wilderness Trail. We have beautiful park like grounds with picnic tables and clean toilets. Souvenirs, Gold Panning, Walks and Information.
Ross is an easy 25 minute drive south of Hokitika. Originally founded on gold, Ross has a colourful history, and local heritage guides love to introduce visitors to their town. View a working gold mine, pan for gold, just as the old miners did, or visit one of the many historic sites. Ross has a general store, and a service station for motoring needs.
We are an older style motel complex that is family operated. We offer six very spacious, comfortable, clean and warm units. WiFi is free. Each unit has a private ensuite bathroom and full kitchen facilities.
Whitewater rafting trips ranging from grade 2-5. Half, full or multi-day expeditions into the New Zealand wilderness - back country rafting, huge limestone canyons, glacial backdrops, riverside lunches, natural hot pools...
If you are beginning or ending your cycle trip in Ross we can pick you up and drop you off. Day storage for your bike available.
Ross Beach Top10 Holiday Park
Offers stunning, individually designed, quirky accommodation pods, all made from upcycled shipping containers!
Our powered and unpowered sites have great communal amenities and facilities pods. Located at Ross Beach, the head of the cycle trail.
We offer safe overnight cycle storage, car parking (free if accommodation is booked) whilst on the trail.
The perfect place to start or end your adventure.
Sophisticated and spacious, Paramata Lodge is a luxury destination at the southern end of the Wilderness Trail. Just south of Ross in a beautiful and peaceful setting, beside ancient protected forest, and miles of remote sandy beach all three guest bedrooms have stunning mountain, forest and sea views. Super-king beds, a deep bath, artworks, kayaking and walks, with dinner and guided tour options. Free pick up and drop off from Ross.
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