30 January 2019
Trail Manager

Trustpower will be undertaking maintenance on the fords on the northern side of Cowboy Paradise. The proposed dates are Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th of February 2019. Signage will be in place at Cowboy Paradise redirecting riders around the high water route as indicated on the attached map. Those wanting to ride through to the Macpherson swing bridge to experience this trail highlight will still be able to. Check our Facebook page and website for any changes. Enjoy your ride.

Trail receives $500,000 from Provincial Growth Fund
24 February 2018
Trail Manager

We are thrilled with the announcement of $500,000 to Westland District Council for the West Coast Wilderness Trail from the new $1billion regional growth fund. This is a real milestone for the trail. It supports five projects and means the trail can reach what is called "completion". From a rider perspective the main additional work is taking the trail off the road through an outstanding extension at Mahinapua Creek incorporating this historic Mahinapua Bridge. A big thumbs up and thank you to everyone who has helped get to this point.

Update on Mahinapua Creek Extension
20 October 2017
Trail Manager

The Trail is open. At present there is a closure and detour on the section of the trail in the area of Mahinapua Creek. This section is OPEN for Labour Weekend and will close again on Tuesday to continue gravel conveyance over the bridge. This section is scheduled to be open again at the end of this month. Below is a video showing the great work being undertaken and the stunning vista being opened up.

Care needed at Taramakau Bridge
28 July 2017
Trail Manager

Cyclists are urged to take care when negotiating the section of cycle trail from southern end of Taramakau Bridge to the new boardwalk at the entry to the Greymouth Kumara Tram. Currently there is intensive construction work occurring on the roadway in this section and the cycleway has been diverted to a narrow path on the seaward side of the highway. The speed restriction for vehicles in the area is 30kph while the present earthworks are proceeding. It is envisaged that the present construction activity in the cycleway area will be completed within the next month.

Ride the Wilderness
09 June 2017
Trail Manager

This inaugural event will give you the opportunity to see the West Coast beauty.

Four events, lots of categories:

  • Ross to Greymouth - 131km
  • Hokitika to Greymouth - 100km
  • Cowboy Paradise to Greymouth - 64km
  • Kumara to Greymouth - 26km
  • For more info, and to enter visit:

    Parking at Kumara
    20 January 2017
    Trail Manager

    If you are parking at Kumara to ride the trail please park at the start of this leg of the trail, the Kumara Sportsground. The sportsground has car parking, toilets, running water, shelter, waste disposal facilities and a picnic table. Please don't park opposite the school. This is presenting issues for locals and the school, especially as no facilities or designated parking space exists. For anyone looking at having drinks, meals and accommodation at the hotel and riding the trail from there, you are most welcome to use the hotel car park. Many thanks.

    Message from Hurunui Jacks
    19 November 2016

    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 (03 7558683 or All accommodation is operating as usual.

    Trail Update
    02 August 2016

    The West Coast Wilderness Trail is open. This includes the stretch through Cowboy Paradise. The attraction and facilities at Cowboy Paradise itself are currently closed for business due to upgrade work being undertaken. This is expected to be completed by the end of September with the likelihood that accommodation may become available for the beginning of October. Enjoy riding the trail!

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