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4 Day West Coast Wildness Gold Independent Cycle

133 kms Cycling over 4 Days

Days
4

Pricing From
$910

South Island
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Overview

Pedal through the West Coast Wilderness Trail’s weather-worn landscapes from Hokitika over a period of 4 days on our West Coast Coast Wildness Gold Independent Cycle Trail tour in New Zealand, taking advantage of the region’s long summer days and enjoying its warm nights. This trip will let you stay longer in Hokitika to give you more time enjoy the beach, visit local attractions, and explore the community.

Learn more about the rich history of gold-mining towns, explore untamed coastlines, experience wild native bush, and soak up stunning views afforded by the Southern Alps along the way. On this smooth-running itinerary, set off from Ross to Greymouth and expect to encounter the fascinating native birdlife of New Zealand from a treetop walkway or enhance your journey with a Scenic Waterways experience after an upgrade.

We will make sure all the hard bits are taken care of, transporting your luggage and pairing you with the kind of accommodation best suited to your needs. See what we have in store for you with the itinerary below and embark on a summer cycling adventure that will be your most memorable.

Trips run from October to April.  

E-bike Upgrade

Explore the West Coast Wilderness Trail on our E-bikes equipped with the most advanced technology allowing smooth electric motor operation so you’ll have power boost when needed. Enjoy the ride from a comfortable upright riding position.

Scenic Waterways Experience

Discover Lake Mahinapua’s remote wilderness location on a West Coast Scenic Waterways tour, a family-run operation that takes you on a boat cruise on the lake for a wonderful stay in a self-contained cottage where you take in grand views of the Southern Alps and enjoy on-site dining. On our West Coast Premium Package, experience the Scenic Waterways on the first night. You can also enjoy the same on any of our Standard or Superior trip package after an upgrade.

TranzAlpine Scenic Train Ride

Witness awe-inspiring scenery unfold in your journey between Christchurch and Greymouth as you traverse the mountainous backbone of New Zealand’s South Island. Sit back, relax and soak up the breathtaking and ever shifting landscapes along the way.

From Christchurch, the train leaves at 8.15AM and arrives at Greymouth at 1.05PM.

From Greymouth, the train leaves at 2.05PM and arrives at Christchurch at 6.31PM.

West Coast Summer Independent Cycle

Pohutakawa blooms

West Coast Summer Independent Cycle

Pohutakawa in bloom, Hokitika

West Coast Summer Independent Cycle

Scenic waterways cruise

West Coast Summer Independent Cycle

West Coast Summer Independent Cycle

TranzAlpine scenic train

West Coast Summer Independent Cycle,New Zealand

West Coast Summer Independent Cycle,New Zealand

West Coast Summer Independent Cycle,New Zealand

West Coast Summer Independent Cycle,New Zealand

West Coast Summer Independent Cycle,New Zealand

Itinerary

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Day 1Cycle Ross to Hokitika33 kms

Your trip starts from the town of Hokitika, considered the hub of the Wilderness Trail, and easy to fly to from Christchurch. From Hokitika we will drop your luggage off to your accommodation, and continue on to the historic gold mining village of Ross to start your first ride on the trail. If you have time, you may want to try your hand at some gold panning before you set off on your bike.

From Ross, you will 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 will then cycle through wetlands and native bush before giving the bikes a rest at the Treetop Walkway. Here, you can experience the native forest, birdsong and views of Lake Mahinapua by foot from the heights of a tree canopy.

Accommodation tonight is at Scenic Waterways, which is approx. 3km before Hokitika. From your boutique accommodation you will have views of the Southern Alps and the native fauna of the Mahinapua waterway that meanders through the property.

Day 2Cycle Milton to Hokitika36 kms

After breakfast, our shuttle driver will pick you up and take you out to Milltown for the start of todays ride. The advantage of shuttling out to Milltown in the morning is that you can enjoy your day cycling at your own pace and not feel any time pressure to meet a shuttle in the afternoon.

The trail will take you through the rugged native bush tracks and open farmland that parallels the Arahura River. You will soon find yourself at the glistening shoreline of the 195m deep Lake Kaniere, a great spot for a picnic stop.

Heading towards Hokitika, you will follow the Kaniere water race, which was built in 1875 to supply water for sluicing the Kaniere goldfields.

From here you will cycle through lush native forest and along the historic Kaniere Tram Road, taking in some breathtaking views of the Hokitika River before making your way into Hokitika.

Make sure you head down to Sunset Point to catch the last rays of light for the evening!

Day 3Cycle Milltown to Kumara36 kms

This morning our shuttle driver will once again pick you up and drive you out to Milltown. Cycling in the opposite direction to yesterday, you will ride the zigzags up from Milltown to and through Cowboy Paradise.

Beyond Cowboy Paradise, you will continue through pristine bushland, and take in the stunning views of the creek below as you cycle across the Macpherson Swing Bridge.

The Southern Alps make another welcome appearance today so take the time to snap some photos. Smooth sweeping boardwalk and bush trail take you along important historic links to the goldfields of Stafford and Goldsborough, and finally into Kumara.

Stay the night in accommodation that pays homage to the era of the height of the Kumara goldmining boom of the 1870’s. New Zealand’s last big gold rush of the 19th century.

Day 4Cycle Kumara to Greymouth28 kms

Breakfast is provided this morning. 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 Monteith’s Brewery in Greymouth (optional liquid Gold).

Finish in Greymouth.

The TranzAlpine Train is a great way to end your holiday on the West Coast. The train journey traverses the Southern Alps on the way from Greymouth to Christchurch. Contact the Cycle Journeys reservations team if you would like to include the train tickets in your booking.

COST PER PERSON

October 2020 - January 2021

  • Standard Accommodation: NZ$910
  • Deluxe Accommodation: NZ$1120

February - March 2022

  • Standard Accommodation: NZ$985
  • Superior Accommodation: NZ$1195

Extras

  • E-bike upgrade: NZ$220
  • Scenic Waterways Experience: NZ$50 per person

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Cycle Ross to Hokitika33 kms

Your trip starts from the town of Hokitika, considered the hub of the Wilderness Trail, and easy to fly to from Christchurch. From Hokitika we will drop your luggage off to your accommodation, and continue on to the historic gold mining village of Ross to start your first ride on the trail. If you have time, you may want to try your hand at some gold panning before you set off on your bike.

From Ross, you will 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 will then cycle through wetlands and native bush before giving the bikes a rest at the Treetop Walkway. Here, you can experience the native forest, birdsong and views of Lake Mahinapua by foot from the heights of a tree canopy.

Accommodation tonight is at Scenic Waterways, which is approx. 3km before Hokitika. From your boutique accommodation you will have views of the Southern Alps and the native fauna of the Mahinapua waterway that meanders through the property.

Day 2Cycle Milton to Hokitika36 kms

After breakfast, our shuttle driver will pick you up and take you out to Milltown for the start of todays ride. The advantage of shuttling out to Milltown in the morning is that you can enjoy your day cycling at your own pace and not feel any time pressure to meet a shuttle in the afternoon.

The trail will take you through the rugged native bush tracks and open farmland that parallels the Arahura River. You will soon find yourself at the glistening shoreline of the 195m deep Lake Kaniere, a great spot for a picnic stop.

Heading towards Hokitika, you will follow the Kaniere water race, which was built in 1875 to supply water for sluicing the Kaniere goldfields.

From here you will cycle through lush native forest and along the historic Kaniere Tram Road, taking in some breathtaking views of the Hokitika River before making your way into Hokitika.

Make sure you head down to Sunset Point to catch the last rays of light for the evening!

Day 3Cycle Milltown to Kumara36 kms

This morning our shuttle driver will once again pick you up and drive you out to Milltown. Cycling in the opposite direction to yesterday, you will ride the zigzags up from Milltown to and through Cowboy Paradise.

Beyond Cowboy Paradise, you will continue through pristine bushland, and take in the stunning views of the creek below as you cycle across the Macpherson Swing Bridge.

The Southern Alps make another welcome appearance today so take the time to snap some photos. Smooth sweeping boardwalk and bush trail take you along important historic links to the goldfields of Stafford and Goldsborough, and finally into Kumara.

Stay the night in accommodation that pays homage to the era of the height of the Kumara goldmining boom of the 1870’s. New Zealand’s last big gold rush of the 19th century.

Day 4Cycle Kumara to Greymouth28 kms

Breakfast is provided this morning. 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 Monteith’s Brewery in Greymouth (optional liquid Gold).

Finish in Greymouth.

The TranzAlpine Train is a great way to end your holiday on the West Coast. The train journey traverses the Southern Alps on the way from Greymouth to Christchurch. Contact the Cycle Journeys reservations team if you would like to include the train tickets in your booking.

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