West Coast Wilderness Trail Cycle Tour
- Duration: 4 Days (approx.)
- Location: Amberley, North Canterbury
- Product code: P0APCY
Enjoy the purpose built West Coast Wilderness Cycle Trail that showcases the wild coastline and stunning forests and lakes of the West Coast. The unspoilt and remote virgin rainforest that this trail passes through several small communities and crosses rivers with scenery that will take your breath away. Discover the history and heritage of the gold rush days, the coal mining and greenstone.
Day 1: Christchurch to Greymouth to Kumara - Ride 30km 8am start.
Enjoy the scenic drive from Christchurch to Greymouth. Alternatively you can meet the tour in Greymouth around mid day. Get a bite to eat at a local cafe before getting on the trail. This afternoon we will start our ride of the wilderness trail following the Grey River along its stop banks to the very river mouth to enjoy the trail along the coastline passing several small settlements as we follow the spectacular coastline of the Tasman Sea. The trail then continues on the old tramline to the historic gold mining town of Kumara Tonight our overnight stay is in a charming historic hotel in Kumara.
Day 2: Kumara to Milltown (37km Ride)
The West Coast Wilderness Trail continues this morning with a ride through some spectacular rainforest. This section of the route is certain to become one of New Zealand's most popular cycle rides, offering stunning scenery and fascinating local history. You will pass through some of the best stands of native forest left in New Zealand as well as serene canals and streams. Enjoy morning tea with your support vehicle beside the canals. From here the trail climbs the Kawaka Valley to the pass this 13km section is worth taking your time to enjoy the scenery. Enjoy the descending trail through the forest and over a spectacular swing bridge canyon to arrive at the character filled Cowboy Paradise a replica Wild West settlement. This afternoon we will go to explore the beautiful Hokitika Gorge by bus and then back to our accommodation for dinner.
Day 3: Milltown to Hokitika (36km Ride)
Milltown overlooks the Arahura Valley, an area once rich in gold and still known as the source of the highly prized pounamu (greenstone). Your ride today starts at the head of the Arahura River, which rises from the Southern Alps and meets the Tasman Sea just north of Hokitika. You'll pass water raceways, rich dairy farmland and the tranquil Lake Kaniere, described by some as "the most beautiful lake in New Zealand". Formed by glacial erosion in the last ice age, Lake Kaniere itself is only 8 km long and 2 km wide but can be as deep as 195 metres in places and is surrounded by verdant native bush, making it a popular spot for campers and holiday makers in the summer. You bike through a section of towering ancient rimu forest and tree ferns. In the afternoon there is time to explore the heart of the town visit the greenstone factory, glass blowing and gold room or the museum. There is the option to take a jet boat ride on the Hokitika River. Tonight's stay is just out of Hokitika, we will have dinner in town.
Day 4: Hokitika to Ross, to Christchurch (36km Ride)
Your day starts with an easy coastal ride, then follows the bush tramway past Lake Mahinapua. It is a great ride through typical West Coast bush and wetlands. Following the old rail and tram lines to Lake Mahinapua. Here you can enjoy morning tea and choose to do the Treetops walk, a platform suspended 20 metres in the air amongst the tree canopy. The final leg of our cycle ride follows a disused railway line with a number of distinctive wooden bridges and Wild West coast coastal scenery to the gold mining, farming and forestry town of Ross. After exploring the town and having lunch we will drive back to Christchurch, arriving by 7pm.
Local guide to drive your support vehicle and transport your bike
3 nights accommodation
Most meals and snack foods for the five days
All safety gear carried by support vehicle
BIKES AND BIKE HIRE
If you are bringing your own bike and helmet, make sure it is in good condition (recently serviced) and you have a spare inner tub
DEGREE OF DIFFICULTYYou will need a moderate level of fitness with some off road experience biking on shingle surfaces. Biking is grades 1-2 with optional grade 3 biking for those who want it.
BYO alcohol for evening relaxation
Gel seat cover
LUGGAGEWe will have plenty of storage space a good suggestion two smaller bags are better than one large heavy bag and a small bag to carry in the vehicle. Travel packs, sports bags or soft sided suitcases are the easiest way to store and access your luggage.
BIKE HIRE AVAILABLE