Enjoy the beauty of the Wild West Coast this summer with 3 nights at the beautiful Rimu Lodge near Hokitika and a day’s e-biking through dense native rainforest, alongside pristine lakes at the base of gigantic mountains, to the stunning bright blue waters of Hokitika Gorge. Rimu Lodge is an excellent base for the remainder of your trip, should you choose to explore glacier country, Punakaiki/Buller regions, or simply enjoy Hokitika’s seaside charm.
Cycle Dorothy Falls to Hokitika via Lake Kaniere – 26km (5-6 hours) – Easy to Intermediate:
We suggest you grab a packed lunch before arriving at the Kiwi Journeys depot at 8.40am, for a short briefing and bike fitting.
At 9.00am it’s off to the Hokitika Gorge. After a 30-minute drive to the carpark, there is a short walk through lush native bush to the rocky gorge, where you witness the calm turquoise blue water from the incredible viewing platforms. The water must be seen to be believed! NB: The guided walk will take approximately 45 minutes.
After the amazing Gorge experience, it’s off to Dorothy Falls (30-minute drive) and time to climb on your bikes. A beautiful 5km ride amongst native bush, around the edge of Lake Kaniere to Hans Bay, which is a fantastic location for a lunch break. You will also capture some incredible photos! NB: Don’t miss a detour to Sunny Bight, this is located on the other side of the lake opposite Hans Bay (another great location for a lunch stop).
Lake Kaniere is 8km long and 195m deep, home to towering kahikatea trees and wonderful birdlife.
Once you leave Lake Kaniere you are in for a real treat (and it’s predominately downhill!)
Enter another stand of native bush and meander along the historic Kaniere Water Race (hand-dug in 1875), Hokitika’s water supply. This is amazing!
Kaniere Tram Road will take you out of the wop-wops and all the way to Hokitika and back to Kiwi Journeys depot. You may like to browse the art and craft shops and most importantly, cafés and restaurants for afternoon tea or a nice cold ale. NB: You will most likely reach Hokitika around 2.30pm.
*3 nights’ accommodation in either Korimako Room or Kotuku Room at Rimu Lodge (Near Hokitika), including:
-Cooked or continental breakfast each morning, WIFI, Smart TV with Netflix, Complimentary port or scotch in the great room
*Kiwi Journeys E-Bike hire, helmet, repair kit & pump, odometer, water bottle, maps and information
*Guided Hokitika Gorge walk
*Transfer from Hokitika to Hokitika Gorge & from Hokitika Gorge to Dorothy Falls
*A Travel Guide Compiled by The Road Trip Including Our Top Tips for What to See and Do in the Region