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Mountain Biking / Cycling

Whether you're a novice or hard out adventurer, the mountain biking trials around Hokitika provides fun rides from easy to challenging.

The West Coast Wilderness Trail - An Easy "Great Ride" 

  • This easy, Grade 2 cycleway is part of the NZ Great Rides network.
  • Do a short ride or the full 132km over 4 days.
  • The trail winds its way between Greymouth and Ross via Kumara and Hokitika on historic logging and gold mining trails and rewards you with views of coastline, lakes, mountains, rainforest and wetlands.

Mountain Biking Around Hokitika

  • There are plenty of options for families on easy, well graded trails.
  • Single tracks are available on the Blue Spur MTB trail network.
  • Hokitika can also be part of a larger exploration of mountain bike trails on the West Coast. The Heaphy Track, Old Ghost Road and the new West Coast Wilderness Trail are all worth a look.

More Information on Biking in Hokitika

Browse the listings below to learn more about biking in Hokitika. 

The West Coast Wilderness Trail - Bike

LOCATION : Hokitika Town


Half Day Rides

  • Kawhaka Creek to Cowboy Paradise: part of the more challenging section but well worth it. Great views of the Arahura valley. 
  • Sunny Bight at Lake Kaniere to Hurunui Jacks - a fun, mostly flat section following an old water race and weaving through beautiful bush.
  • Mananui Walkway (Mahinapua Walkway) to Rimu/Woodstock Road - see old timber-milling relics, Mahinapua Creek wetlands and regenerating bush.

Full Day Trips

  • Greymouth to Kumara - An easy ride along coastline and along an historic tramway. 
  • Kumara to Cowboy Paradise - The most challenging section through dramatic mountain landscape, passing old goldfields, historic reservoirs, water races and an old coach road. Amazing views.
  • Cowboy Paradise to Hokitika - Relaxed riding (except for one hill!) along a picturesque valley and Lake Kaniere. Follow an hisotric waterway and cruise through native forest. 
  • Hokitika to Ross - Easy riding with historic railway bridges, wetlands and views of the Southern Alps. 

Four Day Adventure

Spin your own story as you visit interesting towns and see a variety of West Coast landscapes. Ride it either way - south to north is the easiest.

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Lake Kaniere Water Race Walkway - Bike

LOCATION : Lake Kaniere

GRADE 2 - 4+
1-2 hours
This track follows an historic but still functioning power station water race. Part of the track is being upgraded to become a section of the West Coast Wilderness Trail. The track follows the water race into the bush. The first 4km is quite easy. You will then cross a gravel road. This is where the track begins to become a bit harder. In places on the track you may have to walk a few gulches.  At the end of the singletrack you will come onto a 4wd track. Turn right and follow the main 4wd track down. After a few hundred metres you will arrive at the Lake Kaniere road. Turn left and this will take you back to the track 7km away. Or turn right to ride to Hokitika 12km away. This track can be done as a in-out ride also. 


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Lake Kaniere Walkway - Bike

LOCATION : Lake Kaniere

Grade 4
2-4 hours
This track follows the eastern edge of the lake and gives some great views and access to bays and beaches. Start at Sunny Bight at the northeastern edge or on the southeastern edge. Best as an in and out option as a car shuttle is long. 

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Mananui Tramline / Mahinapua Walkway - Bike

LOCATION : Lake Mahinapua

Grade 2
1-2 hours
This track follows an old logging tramline and features some of the sawmill machinery. It also incorporates a variety of scenery and terrain and includes access to a pebbly beach at the edge of the lake as well as fun boardwalks across swampy areas of wetland close to Mahināpua Creek. The track can be ridden from SH6 or the Woodstock Rimu Road or as an in and out option. This is getting upgraded to become part of the West Coast Wilderness Trail. Great for the kids.

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Blue Spur Mountain Bike Park - Bike

LOCATION : Arahura/Blue Spur

Grades 3+
Various lengths
A network of excellent tracks maintained by the West Coast Mountain Bike Club. All are within easy biking distance of Hokitika township. Information on these tracks and the maps are available at Hokitika Cycles and Sportsworld. These tracks, including one built for the Nationals, offer intermediate and advanced riders access to great views of the mountains and sea, jumps, and fun challenges including a ride through an old gold mining tunnel. 

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Hokitika Cycles & Sportsworld

BIKE HIRE & REPAIR. Fully certified, extensively equipped cycle and sports store with experienced staff. Top quality bikes for hire to ride the West Coast Wilderness Trail, NZ souvenir clothing and biking information. Fishing, whitebaiting, camping, hunting, tramping, water sports & more. Last cycle & sports shop going south for 500kms!

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