There are plenty of cycling options around Hokitika so hop on your bike and spin your own story on the West Coast Wilderness Trail or local single tracks.
EASY - Buggies/Strollers ok
Time: 2 hours (walk) one way. 6 km
Access: 8km south of Hokitika on SH6, or start 3km from Rimu on Rimu-Ross Rd
Features: Follows old logging tramway route through a cross section of West Coast bush history. It crosses a diverse range of landscapes including board walked wetlands, natural terrace rimu forest and regenerating native forest and pine, eucalypt and monterey cypress plantings. Detour to lakeside Picnic Point along fine rimu-forest ridge worthwhile (40 minute return trip detour to Picnic Point). Open to mountain biking as well.
MODERATE / HARD
Time: Make a day of it!
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.
HALF DAY RIDES - FOUR DAY ADVENTURE
Half Day Rides
Kawhaka Creek to Milltown: 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 Rides
Greymouth to Kumara - An easy ride along coastline and along an historic tramway.
Kumara to Milltown - The most challenging section through dramatic mountain landscape, passing old goldfields, historic reservoirs, water races and an old coach road. Amazing views.
Milltown to Hokitika - Relaxed riding (except for one hill!) along a picturesque valley and Lake Kaniere. Follow an historic 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.
For more information, visit the West Coast Wilderness Trail website