Congratulations Jenni Edwards, Paul Shaw, Debby Rogers and Jeremy Spring, winners of trail t-shirts for telling us if they had ridden or wanted to ride the trail.
Over the last month a number of developments have occurred on the trail. Shelters have been built and are being installed.
The first sod was turned for the construction of the new $26 million Taramakau road bridge by Transport Minister Simon Bridges. Assisting are (from left) West Coast Regional Council Chair Andrew Robb, Westland District Mayor Bruce Smith, West Coast National List MP Maureen Pugh and Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn. The new $26 million bridge will have a purpose built dual carriage cycle and walkway separated from vehicular traffic. The trail will remain open throughout the construction and there will be minimal disruption to cyclists.
Latest Trail deals
Keep an eye on our website for some great deals from our Official Partners on the trail.
Shantytown: 20% off your entry price + 1 free bottle of water.
Adventure South: Free bike Hire on tour departing 7th February (save $170pp).
The Gap Cafe: Nutritional Smoothie & slice $12.50 or coffee & muffin $6.50.
Events Around the Trail
Thinking of riding the trail? Here are a few dates and events that you might like to time you visit around:
Kumara Races – Saturday 14th January. Enjoy the family friendly West Coast atmosphere, entertainment, local cuisine and a great day at this historic race meeting. For more detailshttp://www.bullerwestcoastracing.com/bwcr1_006.htm
Hokitika Driftwood and Sand Festival – 25-29 January 2017 – Hokitika Beachfront - Join the summer celebration of art and build a sculpture with anything you find on the beach and some imagination.
Lake Kaniere Scenic Triathlon – Saturday 4th March 2017 - The Lake Kaniere Triathlon consists of a Kayak Triathlon, a Duathlon and a Swim Triathlon. https://www.facebook.com/lakekanierescenic.triathlon
West Coast Wildfoods Festival – Saturday 11th March 2017 - Enjoy exciting tasty wild treats, top entertainment and West Coast hospitality. http://www.wildfoods.co.nz
Welcome to our new the Official Partners
The Gap Café in Greymouth - Treat yourself to a wide range of healthy food and beverages including Hummingbird coffee, 15 varieties of New Zealand and international teas, nutritional smoothies, protein shakes, carrot cake, mouth-watering muffins and lots of gluten free options. Enjoy vintage high tea, alfresco dining. Off street bike parking is also available. https://www.facebook.com/thegapingrey/
Four J’s Store and Takeaways - The tastiest takeaways West of the Alp. Make Four J’s your first or last stop on the Trail. Located just south of Greymouth, call in for a coffee, ice creams, milkshakes, cold drinks or refreshments. Select from a full range of quality takeaways and burgers including local fish.
Eco Rafting Adventures NZ - If you are beginning or ending your cycle trip in Ross why not add rafting to your experience. Enjoy whitewater rafting trips ranging from grade 2-5. Half, full or multi-day expeditions into the New Zealand wilderness - back country rafting, huge limestone canyons, glacial backdrops, riverside lunches, natural hot pools... Pick up and drop off from Ross. Day storage for your bike is also available.http://ecorafting.co.nz/
The Recreation Hotel - your one-stop shop when visiting Greymouth. The Recreation Hotel has one of the Coast's best restaurants and offers a modern and extremely welcoming atmosphere. With 30 separate accommodation units and a bottlestore, visitors are well catered for. http://www.rechotel.co.nz/
Natural High – The team at Natural High believe exploring New Zealand by bicycle is the best way to truly experience this remarkable country. Whether you're looking for bike rental for a weekend or a grand cycle tour of the whole country, someone in their Auckland or Christchurch branches will talk you through all your options, and give you the best possible advice. Contact Natural High for all your bike hire, accessories, touring and group tour needs nationwide. http://www.naturalhigh.co.nz/
Active Earth Adventures & Hiking New Zealand - Nope, no horses on the West Coast Wilderness Trail, but lots of the bikers we bring here also journey with us elsewhere in NZ - and worldwide. Active Earth Adventures & Hiking New Zealand have cycling, hiking and mountain biking trips from Kumara to Mongolia. Why not hop on a supported trip and enjoy the stress free preparations and seamless adventures. https://activeearthadventures.com/
Our website has a wealth of information
Our new updated website is brimming with useful information on the Trail and an updated downloadable Trail map. Especially recommended is the Guide to the West Coast Wilderness Trail, a booklet packed with colour photographs and information about the history of the areas you will ride through, points of interest and side trips ensuring that you don’t miss a thing during your ride.
Ready to go?
It’s all looking like a great season. We’d love to see you on the West Coast sometime soon. If you need help planning and booking your trip click the button below to contact the team at our i-SITE.
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