There are several ways to get to and from the West Coast. Some options may require an additional day of travel time, and other options may vary depending on if it is Summer or Winter.
Our top recommendation is to fly to Hokitika or bus to Greymouth on the morning of Day 1 of the trip, and take the TranzAlpine train back to Christchurch on afternoon of Day 4. This means you would cycle the first trail section on the afternoon of Day 1, and the last trail section on the morning of Day 4. The scenic TranzAlpine Train journey traverses the Southern Alps of the South Island and is rated one of the worlds best train trips, it’s an experience not to miss while you are in this part of New Zealand.
For other options on how to coordinate your travel see below.