West Coast Wilderness Cycle Trail
Wedged between the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps and the Tasman Sea is one of the South Island's most diverse, rugged and beautiful landscapes. Snaking through the dense rainforests, glacial rivers, lakes and wetlands is the West Coast Wilderness Trail, a graded cycle trail formed from a series of tracks carved by pioneering gold rush miners, along with extensive water races, logging tramways and historic railway lines. This new trail opens up some of the West Coast's wildest and most spectacular natural settings, and our supported trip will see you follow the highlights of this 140km trail as well as visit some nearby must-see attractions. From Christchurch we cross the Southern Alps via Arthurs Pass and begin our ride along quiet back country trails around Lake Brunner. We leave the bikes for a treetop canopy walk before continuing along the coast to Hokitika and then inland to the serene setting of Lake Kaniere nestled against the Southern Alps. After negotiating some swing bridges and switchback climbs it's all downhill to our accommodation at the beautifully restored historical Theatre Royal Hotel in Kumara before sampling some of the product at Monteiths Brewery on our way to Greymouth. We return to Christchurch, where the trip concludes, aboard the TranzAlpine Express, one of the world's great train rides.
|DAY 1||Join Christchurch, cycle at Lake Brunner drive to Ross|
|DAY 2||Cycle the trail to Hokitika, visit the Treetop walkway|
|DAY 3||Cycle around Lake Kaniere, return to Hokitika|
|DAY 4||Cycle to Kumara, overnight in historic hotel|
|DAY 5||Cycle to Greymouth, return to Christchurch where tour concludes|