West Coast Wilderness Trail Trust Annual Forum
West Coast Wilderness Trail Trust Annual Forum
05 August 2020

Wilderness Trail Annual Forum Wednesday 5th August
Hokitika RSA Networking from 12 noon. Forum 1-4 pm
All Welcome

Guest Speaker - Phil Rossiter 

Phil Rossiter is one of the leaders in cycle trail construction and management in New Zealand. Rossiter has an environmental sciences, engineering and project management background. He chairs The Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust and is behind in the construction and ongoing operations of the Old Ghost Road (OGR).  A former member of the New Zealand Cycle Trails Inc. executive, he is involved in a wide range of projects.

The OGR has achieved international success as one of the best multi-day rides in the world. Its construction took several years and the trail now attracts in excess of 13,000 riders and walkers each year. Lessons learned from this trail have a bearing on the recovery of the West Coast and the development of a cycle trail network capable of creating a strong base for future economic growth on in the region.

In his presentation Phil will share his experiences on a range of topics relevant to our trail and operations. From the trail building, management and finances, he will also cover current issues such as operators dealing with the change in land status to national park and the role of New Zealand Cycle Trail, governance and the trail’s place in the Nga Haerenga network.

We work closely with Phil and the OGR trail on a number of aspects of trail planning, including our thinking around the potential of the trail network regionally, something else Phil will share his thoughts on.

Trail Updates - The forum will also include updates on the work of the Trust by Chairperson Geoff Gabites and Trail Manager Jackie Gurden. The Westland District Council Group Manager for District Assets, Louis Sparks, will also outline the developments planned for the trail.

Business Networking - The forum is the main opportunity each year for businesses and stakeholders to come together, meet, discuss issues and input into the trail’s future direction. It is also a chance for operators to do business with each other.

Registrations Essential: If you are planning to attend can you please reply to this email with your registration as soon as possible before Friday 24 July 2020 to: 

Women's Duathlon
Woman's Duathlon
18 October 2020

Kumara to Greymouth
21km Cycle 4km Walk/Run
The challenge has been set so find your sport's shoes, dust off your bike and get training for the Women's Duathlon. You can do it on your own or with a friend as a team. The Wilderness Trail is user friendly so it will be a great event, don't miss out.


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Ride the Wilderness
14 November 2020

Four magnificent ride options to choose from and the opportunity to see the West Coast beauty. Four events, lots of categories:

The Epic - Ross to Greymouth - 132km 
The Challenge - Hokitika to Greymouth  - 95km
The Classic -Cowboy Paradise to Greymouth - 59km
The Cruise -  Kumara to Greymouth - 21km

For more info, and to enter visit:

If you are planning to ride the trail on this day but not as part of the event please check out the latest information on the timing of the race at the various locations here. We encourage all riders on the trail at the same time as the event to ride in the south to north direction.

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Hokitika Wildfoods Festival
13 March 2021

Enjoy exciting tasty wild treats, top entertainment and West Coast hospitality.

South Island Ultra Marathon
South Island ULTRA Marathon
08 May 2021

Three events to chose from:

  • South Island Ultra 100km Greymouth to Hokitika – Solo or Team of 2 (Teams change at Old Chch Road)
  • South Island Ultra 54km Old Christchurch Road to Hokitika – Solo or Team of 2 (Team Change at Sunny Bight Feed Station)
  • South Island Warm Up 24km Lake Kaniere to Hokitika – Solo 

Amazing route, Amazing event, Don't miss this

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