West Coast Wilderness Cycle Trail

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5 Day(s)
150 Km
avg 30 Km

Tour operator:  Adventure South

Take in the rugged coastlines, pristine lakes and alpine landscapes of the West Coast - Admire NZ's native birds and forest from a Treetop Walkway - Walk the unmissable trails of the Pororari River and Truman Track - Spend a night in a charming historic hotel - Explore the ancient Pancake Rocks in Punakaiki - Travel on the TranzAlpine Express, one of the top 10 train journeys in the world

Wedged between the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps and the Tasman Sea is one of the South Island's most diverse, rugged and beautiful landscapes. Snaking through the dense rainforests, glacial rivers, lakes and wetlands is the West Coast Wilderness Trail - a graded cycle trail formed from a series of tracks originally carved by pioneering gold miners. The track also follows extensive water races, logging tramways and historic railway lines. This 140km trail opens up some of the West Coast's wildest and most spectacular natural settings, and our supported trip will find the highlights as well as visit some nearby must-see attractions.

From Christchurch we cross the Southern Alps via Arthurs Pass and begin our ride along quiet back country trails around Lake Brunner. We leave the bikes for a treetop canopy walk before continuing along the coast to Hokitika and then inland to the serene setting of Lake Kaniere nestled against the Southern Alps. After negotiating some swing bridges and switchback climbs it's all downhill to our accommodation at the beautifully restored historical Theatre Royal Hotel in Kumara. We return to Christchurch, where the trip concludes, aboard the TranzAlpine Express, one of New Zealand's great train rides.


Tour Location

New Zealand
South Island

Tour Information

Vehicle Support, Bike Hire available
5 Day(s)
Off-road, Dirt/gravel
Double Occupancy
Cost From:
NZD 1995
Single Supplement:

Tour Distance & Dates

150 Km
Riding Days:
January, February, March, April, August, September, October, November, December
26 Jan, 2+23 Feb, 13 Mar, 6+20 Apr, 17 Aug, 21 Sep, 18 Oct, 8 Nov, 1+27 Dec 2020 12 Jan, 7+21 Feb, 2+21 Mar, 2+19 Apr 2021

Additional Information


4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
4 nights hotel/motel ensuite accommodation on a twin share basis
Professional qualified driver/guide
2 professional guides/drivers on trips with 8 or more people
Private vehicle transport (except for TranzAlpine Train)
Entry to tree tops walkway
TranzAlpine train journey from Greymouth to Christchurch
Water and snacks while cycling
Concession and access fees paid to the Department of Conservation
New Zealand Goods and Services Tax (GST)
$50 donation to The South Westland Wilderness Trail Trust to support the proposed 150km extension of the trail to Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers.


International or domestic flights and taxes
Arrival and departure transfers
Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
All beverages, other than breakfast
Bike hire (including helmet)
Water bottle (help us save the environment and bring your own bike drink bottle)
Optional activities (eg. Monteith's Brewery tour in Greymouth)
Personal expenses (eg. phone calls, internet, laundry, shopping etc)
Travel insurance
Visa (if required)


Bike Rental NZD$170
E-Bike Rental NZD$400

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