About the West Coast Wilderness Trail

True to its name, the West Coast Wilderness Cycle Trail showcases some of New Zealand’s most rugged coastlines, wild landscapes and dramatic alpine views, all on some of the smoothest trails in NZ.

Starting from either Ross or Greymouth, you will cycle alongside picturesque lakes and historic water races, experience the charm of old gold mining and timber milling towns and explore some of the country’s most exceptional wetlands, where you might even see a native kōtuku (white heron)!

Read about each trail section below ↓

Section 1 – Ross – Treetops Walkway – Hokitika (33km)

From the historic goldmining town of Ross, the trail joins the restored bush railway line passing wetlands but never far from the coast. A short highway section takes us to the unique Tree Top walk before again entering the bush on an old tram line. A short section around the golf course takes us to the bridge over the Hokitika River and then into the town itself.

22% sealed road, 78% smooth trail

Section 2 Hokitika – Lake Kaniere – Milltown (36km)

Leaving the town on the restored Kaniere Tramline we then ride the road up to Hurunui Jacks. The bush ride alongside the water race eventually leads to Lake Kaniere. On a gravel road we drop into the Arahura valley through to Milltown.

58% sealed road, 42% smooth trail

Section 3 Milltown – Kawhaka Pass – Kumara (35km)

A bush trail leads to a swing bridge and then the short climb up to Kawhaka Pass via the zig zag trail. Riding on bush roads we start our descent to the Kawhaka intake and the views to the coast. From here we continue the descent via the Reservoirs and bush to enter Kumara.

83% smooth trail, 17% gravel road

Section 4 – Kumara – Taramakau Bridge – Greymouth (28km)

Leaving the township, the trail follows the river and highway before heading across to the Taramakau Bridge. The trail then passes through several small towns along the coast to eventually arrive on the floodbank of the Grey River and a final ride into Greymouth and the completion of the trail.

95% smooth trail, 5% sealed road