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Mountain Biking | Cycling

There are plenty of cycling options around Hokitika so hop on your bike and spin your own story on a New Zealand Great Ride and local single tracks.

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The West Coast Wilderness Trail

This easy, Grade 2 cycleway is part of the New Zealand "Great Rides" network, making it one of the best (if not THE BEST) trails to ride in the country.

  • The trail stretches between Ross and Greymouth, winding through Hokitika and Kumara along the way.
  • Much of the trail follows historic logging and gold mining trails and you'll be rewarded with views of coastline, lakes, mountains, rainforest and wetlands. Look at our Hokitika map to get an idea of where it goes.
  • You can easily access the trail at many points, meaning you can do short trips or link them all together for an epic four day adventure.

aerial image of Ross with link to Ross 'Gold Town' pageimage of Kumara Gala parade with link to Kumara pageimage of map of Hokitika with link to Maps, Guides page

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Mountain Biking Around Hokitika

Whether you are a novice or with the little ones, or you are a downhill adventurer, the mountain bike trail around Hokitika offer fun rides for everyone.

  • Visit Lake Mahinapua for fun rides for the kids.
  • More challenging single tracks are available on the Blue Spur MTB trail network. Get a map from Hokitika Cycle and Sportsworld or the Hokitika i-SITE.
  • 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.

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More Information on Biking in Hokitika

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Browse cycling in Hokitika

Browse the listings below for biking trails, events and businesses that feature cycling information and products. 

Mountain Biking Trails

The West Coast Wilderness Trail - Bike

LOCATION : Hokitika Town

GRADE 2

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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Events

Speight's Coast to Coast Multisport Race

8-9 Feb 2019

The Speight's Coast to Coast is a multi-sport event that has been held for over 30 years. It traverses the South Island of New Zealand from Serpentine Beach on the Tasman Sea to Brighton Beach on the Pacific Ocean. Over either one or two days competitors cycle, run and kayak through some of New Zealand's most beautiful terrain. www.coasttocoast.co.nz

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Lake Kaniere Scenic Triathlon

March 2019 dates TBC

This annual triathlon highlights the scenery around Lake Kaniere. A fun event with lots of choices - duathlon, triathlon events with either swim or boat, individual and team events. More information at http://www.lakekanieretri.co.nz

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Retail & Services

Hokitika Cycles & Sportsworld

BIKE HIRE, REPAIRS & SHUTTLE. Fully certified, extensively equipped cycle and outdoors store. Experienced staff can help no matter what your pursuit. Top quality bikes for hire on the West Coast Wilderness Trail, NZ souvenir clothing and biking information, fishing, whitebaiting, camping, hunting, tramping, watersports and more. Last cycle & outdoors store going south for 500kms.

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