As a reward for yesterday's scenic slog, you'll start the day with a smooth, easy descent from Cowboy Paradise. Cruising through the native bush and open paddocks of the Arahura River, you'll get some beaut' views of the valley, and the best bit? You'll hardly need to pedal!
Follow Milltown Road over the hill to Lake Kaniere. At 8km long and 195m deep, she's a bit of a whopper - home to towering kahikatea trees and a stack of cheeky birdlife. Meander along the historic Kaniere Water Race (hand-dug in 1875) to Wards road, then veer back into the bush and follow the Hokitika water supply line to the Kaniere River.
From here, you'll then be able to soar along the very quiet Lake Kaniere Road, enjoying some cracking views of the surging Hokitika River. And, you're nearly there!
Kaniere Tram Road will take you out of the wop-wops and all the way to Hokitika, where you'll find loads of accommodation, some great art and craft shops, and most importantly cafés and restaurants that love serving tasty fodder to weary-legged cyclists.
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
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.
Pure Trails New Zealand tour operators are kiwi outdoor enthusiasts and know what makes a great holiday. Tours are well planned, thoughtfully paced, and full of fun and adventure as well as excellent value. Eat well, sleep well, challenge yourself, discover and explore.
Cyclist's haven for end of Day One of your ride on the Trail, Awatuna Homestead is 16 km ride from Kapitea Reservoir on Stafford Loop Road. Either cycle onto Awatuna Homestead or prior arrange transport pick up.
Guest's comfort with timeless, country elegance in private, rural surroundings on the coast. Midway between Hokitika and Greymouth.
Villa style homestead with gorgeous well appointed bedrooms, bathrooms and guest lounge.
The lounge is a favourite gathering room for guests to relax around the cosy open fire, exchange travel stories and share the days photos.
Country kitchen continental breakfast and platter style dinner, also picnic lunch available.
Bike Barn secure storage.
Relax amongst native ferns and birdsong, experiencing the stunning West Coast sunset skies.
Rejuvenate with a glass of bubbles in garden spa, and luxury overnight rest, ready for the next day's adventure.
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.
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.
"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.
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
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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