4 Days / 3 Nights

Cycling Days: 4

From $825pp

Self Guided

Winter Wilderness Cycle

Escape the crowds this Winter and experience some of the most striking landscapes of the West Coast Wilderness Trail on our 4 day self-guided itinerary.

Winter is one of the most rewarding times to experience the rugged coastlines and untouched native bush of the West Coast Wilderness Trail. Sheltered from the Southern Alps, the West Coast is often gifted with beautiful clear, calm days during the winter months with majestic backdrops of snow covered Alps down to the bush line.

Daylight is limited throughout the Autumn/Winter period, so with this in mind we have come up with a brilliant revision to our itinerary.

Trips operate between May – October

What’s Included

  • Bike hire for 4 days – your choice of bike style, helmet, and rear rack bags (own bike and gear is an option)
  • 3 nights ensuite accommodation (standard & superior levels available)
  • Luggage transfers each day
  • 1 breakfast
  • Entry to Treetop walk
  • Shuttle from Greymouth to Hokitika
  • 3 x shuttles along the trail
  • Trip itinerary, directions and trail map info

Winter Wilderness Cycle Itinerary


Day 1 - Cycle Lake Kaniere to Hokitika (21km)

We’ll greet you in Greymouth at 12:30pm and shuttle you to through to the crafty and humble township of Hokitika. Once here, we’ll drop your luggage off to your accommodation, pick up the bikes and continue up to Lake Kaniere to start your first ride on the trail.

From the lake’s edge, you’ll cycle along the historic Kaniere Water Race, heading into the bush before enjoying breathtaking views of the Hokitika River. From here, it’s a short ride along Kaniere Tram Road and into Hokitika.

Stay the night in Hokitika.

Day 2 - Cycle Ross to Hokitika (33km)

This morning, we’ll shuttle you to the small goldmining town of Ross to start your next ride. You’ll 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’ll then cycle through the wetlands and native bush before giving the bikes a rest at the Treetop Walkway. Here, you’ll 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.

Day 3 - Cycle Lake Kaniere to Kumara (50km)

Fuel up with a hearty breakfast this morning, as today’s ride is a bigee! We’ll shuttle you to Lake Kaniere to start your ride to Kumara. Follow the trail along the rugged native bush tracks and open farmland of the Arahura River before winding your way from Milltown up to Cowboy Paradise where you can enjoy some light refreshments. We urge you to make a donation if you use their bathroom facilities.

From here, you’ll be greeted with 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. Smooth sweeping boardwalk and bush trail will take you down into the historic gold mining town of Kumara.

Stay the night in Kumara.

Day 4 - Cycle Kumara to Greymouth (28km)

Hop on your bikes and head to the coast! The last ride of the trip rewards you with flawless views of the Taramakau River before making the journey to the Tasman Sea alongside coastal sand dunes and lagoons.

One last ride along the Grey River will take you into Greymouth, just in time for a celebratory lunch at the Monteith’s Brewery in Greymouth (optional).

Finish in Greymouth

(The TranzAlpine Train is a great way to get back to Christchurch if you are heading that way).

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Start Options


Option LevelPrice 18/19
Winter Wilderness Cycle
Standard Accommodation$825.00 pp
Superior Accommodation$945.00 pp
Avanti Discovery e-bike

E-bike Upgrade

Riding an E-bike is a great way to enjoy the West Coast Wilderness Trail. Our E-bikes are equipped with the latest technology with a smooth electric motor assist to provide extra assistance whenever needed with an upright riding position.

View bike

Add an E-bike to this trip for $270.00pp

Scenic Waterways Experience

West Coast Scenic Waterways is a family run operation located in the remote wilderness of Lake Mahinapua. Treat yourself to a boat cruise on the lake, capture the picturesque views of the Southern Alps from your self-contained cottage and indulge in on-site dining. The Scenic Waterways experience is included on night 1 of our West Coast Premium package, or you can upgrade any standard or superior trip package to include it.

Add Scenic Waterways Experience to this trip for $50.00pp. – minimum numbers apply

TranzAlpine Scenic Train Ride

Relax with your travel  between Christchurch and Greymouth and experience some really amazing scenery as you cross the mountainous spine of the South Island of New Zealand. Enjoy the stunningly beautiful, ever changing natural landscapes.

Departs Christchurch   8.15am   arrives Greymouth      1.05pm

Departs Greymouth     2.05pm   arrives Christchurch    6.31pm