West Coast cycle trails that will spin your wheels
You are spoiled for choice when it comes to cycle trails on the West Coast.
There are several shuttle services on the Coast to help you with bike hire, getting luggage from A to B and vehicle relocation. There’s also plenty of accommodation offerings along some of the trails and at either end.
West Coast Wilderness Trail
The famous West Coast Wilderness Trail offers easy Grade 1 riding between Ross and Greymouth. The landscape varies across this four-day trail. From lakes to estuaries, mountains, this trail has it all.
The Old Ghost Road
The Old Ghost Road offers an exciting challenge for the more experienced cyclist. Grade 4 advanced, there are three huts lined along the 85km trail with a welcome end at the Rough & Tumble Lodge in Seddonville.
The newly open Paparoa Track is New Zealand’s tenth Great Walk, purpose-built for both cyclists and hikers.
It takes about three days to cycle the trail with stunning panoramic views over the Paparoa Ranges and the Tasman sea along the way. You begin the trail in historic Blackball and finish in Punakaiki.
Reefton mountain biking
The mountainsides of Reefton offer exciting one-day mountain biking excursions. After your wheeled adventures stop by the little Town Of Light for refreshments and a dose of history.
Denniston mountain biking
Take in the history and heritage of the famous Denniston incline from your bike. There are heaps of mountain biking trails in these hills north of Westport, some more advanced than others.
The Heaphy Track
Another New Zealand Great Walk on the West Coast, the Heaphy Track is open to cyclists in the winter season from 1 May to 30 November. Walkers will also be on the track during this time and bikers do need to give way to them. No night time riding is permitted.