West Coast Flyer Overview

Our West Coast Flyer is designed for riders with less time than ambition. Warm into this epic ride experience on the West Coast Wilderness Trail and finish with the brand new Grade 4 Paparoa Track.

We smooth the logistics by arranging accommodation, bikes and shuttles or car relocations where appropriate and you will finish in time to use your Monteiths Beer Tasting Passport in Greymouth.

We have built our trip around cycling the West Coast Wilderness Trail over two days and the Paparoa Track in a single day. This may be a bit more than you are up for, so an alternate option is to add an extra day, spending two days on both trails. In this case, you will first need to contact DOC to book your hut. Then contact us to arrange the rest around your hut booking. You may also find that shuttling logistics work out better for you this way too.

West Coast Flyer Itinerary

Arrive at our Greymouth Depot and get set up on your Full Suspension bike. You’ll be keen to get started and our knowledgeable team will fill your boots with ideas and enthusiasm for the action that lies ahead.

Spend the night in Greymouth.

Leave your car at our Greymouth Depot, load your bikes, then you’re in the van to Ross. Ease the legs into their first big day on the old Ruatapu bush tramway before diving into a custom built Grade 2 trail through the Lake Mahinapua scenic reserve. At 33km riding, you are back in Hokitika and ready for food (and probably coffee). Fuelled up again a short road section gets the engine back to speed as you begin the undulating climb to Lake Kaniere, one of the best riding sections on the Coast, stop for more food and a swim then the final push before you descend into the Arahura river valley towards the legendary serpentine climb to Cowboy Paradise. Take cash and an open mind. 69km ride – call it 5 hours in the saddle.

Spend the night at Cowboy Paradise

Being a serious rider you took it easy in the Cowboy Paradise saloon last night and are ready to climb up and over the Kawhaka Pass. Crossing the alpine fault at MacPherson Creek you realise that you are really “out the back” and resolve to keep things in check on the ridiculously fun undulating downhill towards Kumara and the welcome sight of the Theatre Royal Hotel. Coffee and hot salty chips, 28km to go along the coast to Greymouth. The SW tailwind will push you straight to the beer tasting tray and venison sliders at Monteiths Brewery. Did you even notice that this has been one of the best days of riding ever! 64km, big mountains, largely downhill, custom made trail…..so good. A quick shuttle from Greymouth to Blackball, rest up – the main course is still to come – big day tomorrow.

Spend the night at Blackball

Riding the Paparoa in one day is a truly great riding experience. After a short shuttle up to the Smoke-Ho trailhead you need to climb consistently, on what is quite a technical trail, for 2-3 hours out of the valley and onto the main spine of the Paparoa Range. Ces Clark Hut is a welcome sight as you emerge from the bushline and start to realise the enormity of your day. Fuelled up again you still have some climbing to do before you really reap the rewards of the trail fairies work – brilliant trail building in spectacularly unlikely places resulting in a fabulous riding experience. The sense of exposure as you descend along the escarpment will be only one of the many highlights of your day. Allow a couple of hours between each hut and be sure to allow time to refuel at each hut, the final downhill from Pororari is quick! You will need your wits about you. There is also the sting in the tail as you climb out through the final saddle across to the Punakaiki River and out to the Coast.

If you are cycling the Paparoa Track in 2 days you will most likely want to stay at Moonlight Hut. It’s roughly half way, has “to die for” views and USB charging ports!

Customise your trip

Wanting to take two days to cycle the Paparoa Track?
Contact DOC to book your hut – Then contact us to arrange the rest around your hut booking. Including an extra day will add $110 for the additional day of bike rental required.

Flying, train or bussing to the West Coast?
Or need an extra night at the end your trip – No problem we have you covered.
Please get in touch to discuss this package using our shuttle options.

4 days
3-4 cycling days

From

NZ $1,148.00

per person

Trip inclusions

  • 3 nights
  • 3 meals
  • Full suspension mountain bike

Trip highlights

  • Lake Kaniere
  • Moonlight Tops Hut viewpoint
  • Pororari River Gorge

What’s Included

  • Shuttle from Greymouth to Ross
  • Secure car parking at Cycle Journeys Greymouth depot
  • 3 day full suspension mountain bike hire - fully equipped with a 30lt dry bag and helmet. (Please let us know if you would like us to fit SPDs)
  • Bag transfers - Greymouth to Cowboy Paradise, Cowboy Paradise to Greymouth
  • 3 nights accommodation – Greymouth, Cowboy Paradise, Blackball
  • 1 dinner, 1 breakfast and 1 packed lunch
  • Shuttle from Greymouth to Blackball
  • Shuttle from Blackball to Smoke-ho carpark
  • Car relocation Greymouth to Punakaiki
  • Rental Bikes returned to Greymouth at the end of your trip
  • Monteiths Beer Tasting Passport
  • Trail map and information

Pricing

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Accommodation 20/21 Price20/21 Peak Season Price**21/22 Price21/22 Peak Season Price**
Standard
$1148.00 pp
$1223.00 pp$1170.00 pp$1245.00 pp

Note: All pricing is based on twin share rooms. Please contact us for details around our single supplement rates.

** Peak Season Pricing (Trips starting 1st Feb – 31st Mar): Due to increasing popularity and limited accomodation availability on the trail, during the peak of the season, it can take our reservations team considerably more time to source suitable accomodation and put together trip packages. A premium is applied for bookings made after 1 October, for packages that will start during the peak season to reflect this.

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