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introductory to moderate
Activities
  • 5 day cycle trail
Accommodation
  • 4 nights beachfront motel
Meals
  • 3 Dinners
  • 4 Lunches
  • 4 Breakfasts

5 Days$1895NZD

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Flexible Cancellations
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COVID safety measures
are in place with extra cleaning and hygiene protocols

Remote adventures
means social distancing comes naturally

Small groups only
Guided group sizes are strictly limited to a maximum of 14 people


Trip Code: SOG6984

West Coast Wilderness Trip highlights


  • Explore wild coast, lakes and rainforest –backed by the mighty Southern Alps
  • Encounter unique, beautiful birdlife
  • See Punakaiki’s incredible pancake rocks
  • Explore the Hokitika Gorge, Pororari River & Truman Tracks – three West Coast must-do’s
  • Wander the Treetop Walkway through the canopy (optional)
  • Enjoy a back country ride to Moana on the shores of Lake Brunner

Why Book With Us

  • Pioneers in group cycle tours since 1992
  • Stay at the charming Theatre Royal Hotel and spend a night in Punakaiki
  • Choose from a large selection of dates
  • Our support vehicle is always nearby if you are feeling tired
  • Flexibility to change the itinerary on tour if effected by weather or trail closures

Wedged between the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps and the Tasman Sea is the 140km West Coast Wilderness Trail. Weaving through the dense rainforests, glacial rivers, lakes and wetlands, a series of smooth flowing off-road tracks takes you from Ross to Greymouth.

Following the path of long-gone railways, logging trams, and water races from the mining days, you’ll soak up colourful stories from the past.

Our expert guides will show you the trail’s best sights such as gold rush relics, wildlife, and hidden natural wonders.

You'll also enjoy some stunning short walks along the way and some additional cycle rides on quiet back country roads and along the coast.

Character-filled towns, atmospheric accommodation and friendly welcomes are all part of the package, as is the passion and local knowledge of our crew.


Your adventure begins with the drive inland across the picturesque Canterbury Plains, and across Arthur’s Pass with its towering, snow-capped peaks. On the west side of the Southern Alps, we reach the old gold town of Ross, backed by ranges cloaked in native bush. After a late lunch, we’ll saddle up for our first ride on the West Coast Wilderness Trail. A stretch of rail trail leads to Treetop Walkway (optional) where you can see Lake Mahinapua’s rainforest and wetlands from on high. We’ll then continue cruising through to Hokitika, a loveable little town fronted by a dramatic beach and famous for pounamu (greenstone) and other arts & crafts. And sunsets. Two nights here won’t feel like enough. Cycling distance: 33km

Meals:  L,D

Our ride today takes us inland through rural country to reach the bush-lined Kaniere water race – always a favourite for its flowing riding and babbling waters. Nestled in the forested foothills, Lake Kaniere is a grand sight indeed. We’ll follow its shores to reach the small township of Kokatahi where we’ll stop for a picnic lunch. Hokitika Gorge is up next. A short walkway offers a chance to see its granite boulders and swirling, surreal turquoise waters from many angles. From there, we’ll drive back to Hokitika where there’ll be time to explore the town some more and hopefully enjoy another West Coast sunset. Enjoy dinner of your choice in one of the town’s many restaurants and pubs. Cycling distance: 63km Accommodation: Beachfront Hotel, Hokitika

Meals:  B,L

Today we drive back to Lake Kaniere and continue our ride through the amazing bush trails of this cycleway. Firstly on rural roads and then the dedicated trail that takes us to the coffee stop at Milltown, home of saw-milling in earlier times. The trail crosses a swing bridge and then a kilometre of switchback climbing takes us to the highpoint and more superb riding. From here it's mainly downhill, as we follow water races, bush tracks and reservoir roads taking in the spectacular views as we gradually descend to the historic gold mining town of Kumara. Our final ride on the Wilderness Trail see us riding north to Greymouth on a combination of riverside and coastal pathways. The old road and rail bridge is just one highlight as we head towards the town centre. Our day finishes with driving the stunning coastal highway to Punakaiki. Cycle Distance: Lake Kaniere to Kumara - 55km Kumara to Greymouth - 22km Accommodation: Beachfront Motel, Punakaiki

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we have a rest off the bike to explore Paparoa National Park. First, we’ll explore the Pororari River with its dramatic limestone gorge, then take the Truman Track through striking sub-tropical forest to reach a rugged beach. Our final walk is the leisurely stroll around Punakaiki’s Dolomite Point, famous for its Pancake Rocks and thundering blow holes. After lunch we hop back on our bikes to ride the stunning coast upto Whitehorse Bay We’ll return to Punakaiki for our final group dinner and reflection on our West Coast adventure. Cycling distance: 16km (optional extra 16km) Accommodation: Punakaiki Beachfront Motel

Meals:  B,L,D

Leaving the West Coast behind us, we’ll begin our journey back towards Christchurch. Before we cross the alps, we’ll get dropped off for one last ride along quiet roads to reach Moana on the shores of Lake Brunner. With luck there’ll be time for a refreshing dip (optional!). After lunch we'll drive back via Arthur's Pass to arrive in Christchurch in the early evening. Cycling distance: 40km

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • Tasty breakfasts (x4), lunches (x4), dinners (x3) catered to all dietary requirements
  • 4 nights comfortable motel ensuite accommodation on twin share basis
  • Experienced guides who handle all the hard bits and share epic stories
  • Tasty nutritious snacks, drinks and treats
  • Full vehicle support along the trail including trailer for luggage
  • Transport from Christchurch (return)
  • Pre departure information kit to help you plan and prepare
  • Concession fees paid to the Department of Conservation

  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Bike hire (including helmet)
  • All beverages, other than breakfast
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Optional activities (eg.Tree Top Walkway $32)
  • International or domestic flights and taxes
  • Water bottle (help us save the environment and bring your own bike drink bottle)
  • Personal expenses (eg. phone calls, internet, laundry, shopping etc)
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa (if required)

About Your Leader

Our guides are one of our biggest assets and we pride ourselves on their level of quality and high standards. Once the trip reaches 8 people, we provide you with two of our expert guides to maximise your enjoyment and overall experience. You’ll know you’re in safe hands as all of our guides are certified in first aid and CPR and many of them are trained bike mechanics. They come from all walks of life but our guides have a common desire to give you the best possible experience, fun and lots of fond memories to take home with you.


Accommodation


Bike information


Trail Surface


Grading

introductory to moderate  
2

The West Coast Wilderness Trail is graded introductory to moderate. You will be cycling on a mix of wide trails, narrow water races and boardwalk with some undulating hills. You will need a reasonable level of fitness and we suggest 2 hours of cycling per week for the three months leading up to your trip. We recommend training on compacted gravel trails, and completing a multi-day ride prior to your trip to get used to being in the saddle for long periods of time. The more training you have done on hills and on compacted gravel, the more enjoyable your trip will be.


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Total Priceper person from

$1895NZD

Options & Supplements*
  • Bike RentalNZD$170
  • Single Supplement - Limited to 2 per departureNZD$495
  • e-Bike Rental (subject to availability)NZD$500
*Prices listed are per person

Essential information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Pollok & Friends West Coast Wilderness trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


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