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.
Langos, Hungarian fried bread. it's a favourite street and fair food, delicious rubbed with garlic salt and topped with pesto, harissa or tomato and feta.
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.
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.
Tucked away on it's "own little corner of the world", with the rugged beauty of the Hokitika River a few steps away and on a crisp clear day unsurpassed views of the majestic Southern Alps and Mount Cook, sits The Pioneer Hotel - Hokitika's true "West Coast Pub".
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.
We are committed to ensuring your complete enjoyment of the trail by providing a professionally run shuttle service that can transport you and your bike to all points on the trail or pick you up at the end of a day's riding. We have plenty of local knowledge and are keen to help you with all aspects of your planning whatever your budget. We look forward to hearing from you so please don't hesitate to contact us.
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.
"Trail Transport" is a shuttle service allowing you easy, convenient access to the West Coast Wilderness Trail between Greymouth and Ross.
We are based in Greymouth at Greymouth Seaside TOP 10 Holiday Park which is located right on the trail. We can offer vehicle storage, bike hire and shuttle services for you and your bikes to all points along the trail as well as plenty of quality accommodation options.
It's early days on the trail and the infrastructure is still being set up so please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions/queries.
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
Hurunui Jacks is approx. 12km inland from Hokitika, and 5km from stunning Lake Kaniere. Whilst staying next to the river in our luxury tent, or in our cosy cottage for two, The Nest, you can feel free to explore our 30 plus acres of native land, surrounded by National Park and Dept. of Conservation land, take a walk down to the river, then on to our newly developed bush walk, and just breathe in the peace of it all. Feed the rainbow trout in our lake and watch them jump right out of the water on a good day. Due to an unforeseen change in circumstances Hurunui Jacks will not be open every day for food/drinks. If you are looking at calling in please phone or email first to check. All accommodation is operating as usual.
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.
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.
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.
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
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:
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.
PureTrails New Zealand operates a 4 day tour of the West Coast Wilderness Trail with a tour leader and full vehicle support, good quality ensuite accommodation, wholesome meals in local hotels, and hot drinks, fresh fruit and energy snacks while cycling. Side trips to the outlying areas such as the stunning Hokitika Gorge are also included. Mountains and ebikes available for hire. Start & finish in Christchurch.
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.
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.
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.
TOTARA BRIDGE STATION
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.
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