Bike the West Coast of NZ on this premium tour
Take a walk into this lush and verdant terrain
Enjoy a fun and beautiful trail on the West Coast Wilderness
Cycle with the local experts and ride one of the best cycle trails in NZ
Stay and explore this beautiful arty town with the driftwood beach framing the view
The majestic surrounds are amplified by your bridge view
Meet new friends and cycle with a friendly bunch
Take a walk around this stunning spot on day 5

Best of the West

6 days
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$2,059 USD

Ride both the West Coast Wilderness and the new coastal Kawatiri Trails, enjoy premium accommodation and gourmet meals on a 6-day bike tour in NZ. The west coast of the South Island is famed for its untamed wilderness, the highest mountains, crystal clear rivers, turbulent seas, lush rain forests, glaciers, geological landforms and notably few people. This 6-day guided tour explores the very best of the coastline between Ross and Westport, following the newest of cycle trails and allowing time off the bike to admire its diverse natural beauty.

  • Category
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    6 days
  • Culture Level
  • Skill Level
    2 - Novice
  • Activity Level
    2 - Moderate
  • Elevation
    2 - Moderate
  • Terrain
  • Distance
    106.9 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    21.1 miles
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Meeting in Christchurch, this trip sets away with a spectacular train journey (optional) over the Southern Alps where you'll embark on the West Coast Wilderness trail. Following historic tramways, crossing railway and suspension bridges, you'll ride alongside rivers, lakes and water races, visiting the Lake Mahinapau waterway and the vivid blue Hokitika Gorge. Next up is Punakaiki known for its unusual Pancake Rocks and the impressive Pororari River Gorge, which leads you to incredible coastal cycling and the newly built Kawatiri Trail. We visit the vast underworld in Charleston to see the large glowworm caves and have the chance to spot fur seals, penguins and dolphins from our walk at Cape Foulwind.

Hand-picked accommodation, delicious food and local hospitality together with knowledgeable guides will make this tour the ultimate west coast experience.

The Best of the West Cycle is graded introductory to moderate. You will be cycling on a mix of wide trails, narrow water races and boardwalk with some undulating hills. For the glowworm caves excursion, you will need to be able to walk for 2 hours and climb 130 steps. There will be an alternative option available if you are unable. You will need a reasonable level of fitness and the operator suggests 4 hours of cycling per week for the three months leading up to your trip. Training on compacted gravel trails is recommended, and completing a multi-day ride prior to your trip to get used to being in the saddle for long periods of time. The more training you have done on hills and on compacted gravel, the more enjoyable your trip will be.

Tour inclusions and exclusions at a glance:

What's included?
Items included in the cost of the tour

  • Concession fees paid to the Department of Conservation
  • Full vehicle support along the trail including trailer for luggage
  • Experienced guides who handle all the hard bits and share epic stories (2 guides on groups of 8 or more)
  • Tasty nutritious snacks, drinks and treats plus our famous morning and afternoon teas
  • Pre departure information kit to help you plan and prepare
  • Tasty cafe breakfasts (x5), gourmet picnic or cafe lunches (x4), two course restaurant dinners (x5) catered to all dietary requirements
  • Accommodation
  • Lake Mahinapua Waterways Sunset Cruise
  • Nile river rain forest train & glowworm tour
  • Free bike rental is included in the price of this tour (upgrade options are available - please see below).
What's not included?
Items not included in the cost of the tour

  • International / Domestic flights
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Meals where not specified in the itinerary
  • All beverages, other than breakfast
  • Water bottle (help save the environment and bring your own bike drink bottle)
  • Personal expenses (eg. phone calls, internet, laundry, shopping etc)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas
  • Optional activities

Tour options and upgrades:

3 equipment options available
2 tour add-ons available