Combine both the West Coast Wilderness Trail and the Paparoa Track, two of New Zealand’s most spectacular Great Rides, all in one epic self-guided trip.
Take on the wild landscapes and rugged coastlines of the West Coast Wilderness Trail, before experiencing the breathtaking views across to the Southern Alps and over the Tasman Sea as you cross the alpine tops of the Paparoa Track. What better way to enjoy the West Coast than riding two of New Zealand’s great cycle trails. The Wilderness Trail is one of the leading trails in the Hga Hearenga trail network and is a stunning grade two 3-4 day ride. We can create a combination itinerary for you across these two gems.
Like all of our packaged trips, we organise all the hard bits, so all you need to think about is riding your bike!
Twin Trail Cycle Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Hokitika
Your trip starts in Hokitika, considered the hub of the Wilderness Trail, and easy to fly in to from Christchurch. Find out all the final details at your trip briefing at our Hokitika Depot.
Day 2: Ross to Hokitika
You will be shuttled to the historic gold mining village of Ross to start your first ride on the trail. From here you will cycle over the Totara River, and along the Ross Ruatapu Railway line, taking in incredible views of the mighty Mt Cook and Mt Tasman.
You will then cycle through wetlands and native bush before giving the bikes a rest at the Treetop Walkway. Here, you will experience the native forest, birdsong and views of Lake Mahinapua by foot from the heights of a tree canopy.
The trail continues along the Mahinapua Tramline before heading back into Hokitika. Make sure you head down to Sunset Point to catch the last rays of light for the evening! Stay the night in Hokitika at the beautiful Kotuku accommodation.
Day 3: Hokitika to Cowboy Paradise
There is an optional Scenic Waterways cruise to consider before a short ride into Hokitika and a coffee.
From Hokitika’s township, you will cycle along the historic Kaniere Tram Road, taking in some breathtaking views of the Hokitika River before making your way into the native forest.
You will soon find yourself at the glistening shoreline of the 195m deep Lake Kaniere, a great spot for a picnic stop. From here, the trail will take you through the rugged native bush tracks and open farmland that parallels the Arahura River through to Milltown.
Cycle the zigzag up from Milltown to the end of todays trail section at Cowboy Paradise. At the on-site saloon/café you can buy a coffee and light refreshments while soaking up the magnificent view out from the native bush over the Arahura Valley.
Day 4: Cowboy Paradise to Kumara
Begin the morning with breakfast in the saloon. You will start cycling through native forest towards the Kawhaka Intake and on to the historic gold mining town of Kumara.
Cycle through pristine bushland, and take in the stunning views of the creek below as you cycle across the Macpherson Swingbridge.
The Southern Alps make another welcome appearance today so take the time to snap some photos. From here, smooth sweeping boardwalk and bush trail will take you down into Kumara.
Day 5: Kumara to Greymouth
From Kumara, its down to the coast and a cruise along this into Greymouth and a celebratory lunch at Monteiths brewery. Our Greymouth depot is nearby and your luggage awaits. We will provide a Paparoa Track briefing and change your bike to a full suspension bike for the next trail and then shuttle you to either your Greymouth or Blackball accommodation.
Day 6: Greymouth - Smoke-ho Carpark - Moonlight Tops Hut
If you are staying at Greymouth, we will shuttle you and your bike at approximately 8am through to Blackball and from there up to the Smoke-ho Carpark, and the start of the Paparoa Track. From here its over to you to weave your way up the track through the bush. At bush line you will have a chance to rest at Ces Clark hut before pushing onto Moonlight Tops Hut or the Pororari Hut.
Day 7: Moonlight Tops Hut to Punakaiki
The track continues along the tops before descending again into the bush and onto the Pororari Hut. From here the track continues down through the bush and crosses the Inland Pack Track and the swing bridge before a final 4km with a short climb over a saddle and descending into the Punakaiki River Valley. From the road end there is a short 2km ride to the Punakaiki Village and our pick up point at the bus stop.
Our shuttle will collect you from a designated pick up and return you to either Greymouth or Blackball and either your post trip accommodation or your waiting vehicle.