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.
Bella Vista Greymouth offers 18 quality motels suitable for all types of travellers. We are close to restaurants, the super market, the Westland Recreation Centre and, with only a 5 minute bike ride to the West Coast Wilderness Trail, we are perfect for your overnight stay. Free WIFI is also available.
We are located right on the beachfront and the WC Wilderness Trail is right on our doorstep so we can provide direct access onto the trail. This, along with bikes for hire, Trail Transport (a shuttle service for the WC Wilderness Trail) and our wide range of modern accommodation from luxury apartments through to our quality motels, self-contained units, cabins and sites makes us the perfect location to base your WC Wilderness Trail experience from.
Trail 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.
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.
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.
For easy access to the Wilderness Trail, the wild landscapes and stunning scenery of New Zealand's unspoilt West Coast, look no further than the historic Kingsgate Hotel Greymouth.
Set in the town centre, overlooking the Grey River, this 3-Star Plus Qualmark-rated hotel features 98 rooms and suites is only 300 metres from the start of the trail. With all of the comforts and amenities you'd expect in an international hotel, along with Alberts Restaurant and Albion Bar, where guests have been swapping stories since 1906.
Bike Hire and repair shops are within 100 metres of the hotel and there is on-site bike storage. Book on line for our best rate guarantee.
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.
We sell and hire bikes for the West Coast Wilderness Trail. We have a fully equipped workshop to provide repairs to any brand of bike. Mann Cycles is a locally owned and operated bicycle business. Our qualified bike mechanic has been servicing the Coast for over 20 years. For further information on your bike hire or repair requirements, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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.
This restored historic villa is available as a whole home or individual double/twin rooms. Full kitchen for self catering. Also available are 4 bed dorms, space for tents and small camper vans. BBQ in outside undercover kitchen, wifi and hot showers all walking distance from the local hotel. Wild gardens with abundant birds.
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.
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 hostel has single, double, twin or dorm style accommodation, undercover cycle storage facilities, a large guest laundry, a private spa and sauna. Features also include warm lounge with log burner, guitar, piano, separate TV lounge with a large collection of world movies and free unlimited WIFI. For those who want a further wetland experience there is free kayaking on the Lake Karoro wetland reserve adjacent to the hostel. It also has a well-equipped fitness room and visitors can loan fishing rods and tennis rackets.
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.
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.
Located on the trail, with newly renovated quality spacious units, two bars, a bottle store, and one of Greymouth's most popular restaurants offering fresh local flavours. An ideal location to stay during your Wilderness Trail experience or stop for a drink or evening meal. Warm fire, large screen TV's along with Netflix, Sky and free unlimited WIFI in your room.
"For a restful night's sleep after your invigorating ride"
We are a family run motel located right in the heart of Kumara village on the route of the West Coast Wilderness Trail. Whether your group is large or small we cater to your needs.
The rooms come fully equipped with ensuite facilities, Kitchenette, Satellite TV, Free WIFI, Garden, Cycle storage.We run the General store, Café and Post Centre, and so can cater to your every need during your stay with us, whether it be groceries, postal services, gifts or takeaways.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The tastiest takeaways West of the Alps
Make us your 1st or last stop on the Trail
Located just south of Greymouth, call in for a coffee, ice creams, milkshakes, cold drinks or refreshments.
Select from our full range of quality takeaways and burgers including local fish.
Customer toilets available
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.
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.
Coleraine provides for discerning travellers who are seeking quality accommodation without excessive expense. They prepare suites and apartments with care and present these units with pride. The new but very experienced and well travelled owner-operators make every endeavour to provide for the comfort of their guests. Our garage is available for cycle storage. Keen cyclists ourselves, we are really enthusiastic about the trail.
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.
Just a block from the Greymouth start /finish, Robert Harris Café is the ideal location to meet up and start your journey or celebrate completing the trail. With award winning coffee, a full range of cabinet food, full kitchen menu, cooked breakfast and lunch, all with healthy, locally sourced products, you can eat-in or order a delicious packed lunch and snacks to eat on the trail.
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
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.
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.
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.
Located in the heart of Greymouth this gallery is a "must". Stunning landscapes cover the walls and the gallery offers a fine selection of New Zealand and locally made items and gifts, including ceramics, Manuka honey, jewellery, t-shirts, possum merino clothing, chocolate, soaps, Manuka beauty products, cushions and more.
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.
West Coast Travel Centre - Greymouth i-SITE is centrally located in the historic Greymouth Railway Station at the top end of town. We can advise and book West Coast accommodation and activities to suit all requirements.
Cowboy Paradise offers accommodation, bar, food and beverage and adventure entertainment in a unique environment and is located exactly halfway (63kms) along the West Coast Wilderness Trail.
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!
Kumara is a former gold mining town where many came to seek their fortune, particularly the Irish. The town was once the home of the most famous West Coaster, Richard John Seddon, Premier of the Liberal Government from 1893 until his death in 1906.
Today, Kumara is a service town for tourists and farmers. The race course at Kumara provides a base for competitors and their support teams heading off on the annual Coast to Coast endurance race and the annual race meeting brings thousands of visitors each year.
Kumara offers lots for the outdoor enthusiast from tramping, hunting and fishing to fossicking for gold. Lake Brunner and the Taramakau River offer magnificent scenery and great brown trout fishing while the lower Taramakau is famous for its whitebait runs.
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.
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 armature astronomy expert Philip Barker.
John Wood and Associates Ltd, specialise in providing high quality, personalised financial advice to our clients, whether advising on life insurance, retirement planning or investing.
Tent, campervan, caravan and standard cabins and motel rooms all with a quiet, relaxing atmosphere available for your stay while riding the trail.
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.
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.
'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.
Built in 1876, at the beginning of the Kumara gold rush, the Hotel was the meeting, entertaining and playing place for the miners who had arrived in Kumara, from all around the world. When current owners Kerrie and Mark Fitzgibbon purchased the hotel in 2010 it was derelict, vandalised and in total disrepair. Two years were spent with local tradesmen working to restore and rebuild the old building, which holds many special memories for Coasters of today.
Discover fascinating stories of real New Zealanders and experience a recreated gold-rush village. West Coast isolation, extreme weather and rugged terrain produced stories of fortitude and ingenuity. Shantytown tells these pioneering stories through a fascinating mix of experience and displays.
Ride the Steam Train through native rainforest, experience the sights and sounds of a working sawmill, watch the sluice gun blast gold bearing rock and soil from the earth, then follow the races to the gold claim and pan for your own gold.
The village, with 30 shops and buildings to explore shows life the way it used to be. Catch the show in our new holographic theatre. For a memento of Shantytown nothing is better than an old time photo.
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.
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:
Join the fully-guided 45-minute brewery tour, enjoy a tasting tray of speciality handcrafted beers and ciders or relax for a drink and enjoy the range of local produce from the tapas style tasting menu. Monteith's modern brewery and restaurant is a perfect place to begin or end your Wilderness Trail experience.
Visitors to the District can access free wi-fi at the Library as well as computers, scanners, printing and copying, and power for a variety of devices. Relax in our Reading Area with a newspaper or magazine while enjoying a refreshing cup of tea or coffee.
After taking an invigorating ride on the scenic West Coast Wilderness Trail, why not treat yourself to a soak in the spa or sweat it out in the sauna.
This is Greymouth's newest community asset and is the recreation, leisure and sporting hub of Greymouth and the wider region.
We have everything you need to relax after a day's cycling - spa, sauna and pools. But if you still have energy to burn, you can hit the gym or join in one of our group fitness classes.
Pop in and talk to our friendly staff and see how the Westland Recreation Centre can be the icing on the cake of your West Coast Wilderness Trail experience.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
The Recreation Hotel is a one-stop shop for visitors to Greymouth. It houses one of the Coast's best restaurants and offers a modern and extremely welcoming atmosphere. With 30 separate accommodation units and a bottlestore, visitors are well catered for.
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.
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.
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
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.
Hey Ladies whether you're starting or finishing the Wilderness Trail in Greymouth there's one very important destination that you need to visit, it's the Coast's fashion Hub; Victoria's - located in the Heart of Mackay Street. Victoria's is a boutique fashion store delivering very stylish clothes for everyday ladies who thrive on both style and colour. Treat yourself at Victoria's while in Greymouth…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Greymouth is the largest town on the West Coast and the central hub of the region. It offers a wide range of retail, banking, medical, and other key amenities and services.
Greymouth is the start of the West Coast Wilderness Trail and the gateway to the world famous Tranz Alpine Train which arrives and departs to Christchurch daily along with coach and shuttle services to and from South Island centres. Greymouth boasts a wide range of accommodation and activities options, making it a great base to start your West Coast Wilderness Trail experience.
Activities range from the outdoor cave tubing, white water rafting, kayaking and canoeing, to climbing, hiking, guided walks and scenic flights. Visit the historic Gold Mine town "Shantytown" only a few kms off the cycle trail or stop in at the Monteiths Brewery for a West Coast brew. Other activities in the area include 4wd bike tours, knife making, the famous Pancake Rocks and blowholes of Punakaiki, Jade carving, horse trekking and trout fishing tours in and around the Lake District. There is so much to do and see!
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