Due to the popularity of the West Coast Wilderness Trail, we recommend booking well in advance. Being flexible with dates may be necessary to ensure everyone gets a place! This package is for a minimum of 4 adults.
Experience the Wild West Coast by e-bike with a package that includes accommodation, fabulous food and top rated activities along the trail, including Treetop Walk, Scenic Waterways Cruise and the Hokitika Gorge. All you need to do is arrive and we take care of the rest. This ‘Great Ride’ should be on your bucket list!
Whether you are arriving by plane into Hokitika, Tranz Alpine Train into Greymouth or your own transport, you will be shuttled to Kiwi Journeys Hokitika depot for a pre tour briefing and bike fit. Once finished you are free to grab some supplies then its off to the Ross Beach Top 10 Holiday Park where you can settle into your very unique accommodation in a re-purposed shipping container, blissfully set amongst a natural landscape of NZ Flax. Sit on your deck and relax for the afternoon or explore the beach right on your doorstep before Kiwi Journeys shuttle you up to the Empire Hotel for a fantastic roast dinner (at additional cost) and an experience like no other. After dinner, settle into your comfy pod and drift off to sleep listening to the sound of the ocean breaking on the shoreline.
29km (3–4 hours) – Easy to Intermediate
After breakfast it’s time to start your adventure! You will cycle over the Totara River, and along the Ross Ruatapu Railway line, taking in incredible views of the mighty Aoraki/Mt Cook and Mt Tasman. You will then cycle through wetlands and native bush before giving the bikes a rest at the Treetop Walkway. Here, you will 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 to your accommodation for the night. Included in your tour is an amazing cruise on the stunning Lake Mahinapua. This cruise can either be done as an evening cruise or first thing tomorrow morning, but do have the opportunity of choosing the best weather on the first or second evening.
Your bags will be transferred to your accommodation
28km (3–4 hours) – Easy to Intermediate
Your shuttle will arrive just before 9.00am, load you and your bikes, then it’s off to the Hokitika Gorge. After a 30 minute drive to the carpark, there is a short walk (loop) through lush native bush to the rocky gorge, where you witness the calm turquoise blue water from the incredible viewing platforms. The water has to be seen to be believed! After the amazing Gorge experience, its off to Lake Kaniere where Hans Bay or Sunny Bight are fantastic locations for a lunch break. Enter another stand of native bush and Meander along the historic Kaniere Water Race (hand-dug in 1875), Hokitika’s water supply. Kaniere Tram Road will take you out of the wop-wops and all the way to Hokitika, where you’ll find some great art and craft shops, and most importantly cafés and restaurants for afternoon tea or a nice cold ale. Scenic Waterways is approximately 4kms from Hokitika
37km (3–6 hours) – Easy to Intermediate
After breakfast you will be shuttled to Milltown Gate. The Southern Alps make another welcome appearance today so take the time to snap some photos. From here, smooth sweeping boardwalk and bush trail will take you down into Kumara. Highlights include stands of Native Bush including thousands of Rimu trees, giving you an energy that has to be witnessed.
31km (2-4 hours) – Easy
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. The ride along the Grey River will take you into Greymouth, just in time for a celebratory lunch at Monteith’s Brewery in Greymouth (at additional cost). Kiwi Journeys will meet you here at midday to collect your bikes.
*4 nights’ accommodation at properties listed above (subject to availability at time of booking), including:
-Breakfast at all accommodations
-2 dinners while staying at Scenic Waterways
*Kiwi Journeys E-Bike hire, helmet, repair kit & pump, waterproof panniers and water bottle, maps and information
*All luggage transfers and shuttles needed + bike relocations, as in the itinerary
*Hokitika Gorge experience
*Hokitika Treetops entry
*Scenic Waterways Cruise
*Valid Until 31st May 2022