The Westland Wilderness Trail starts in Greymouth and runs along the coast before turning inland to follow an historic tramway to Kumara. From here it will pass through rainforest to Milltown in the Arahura Valley. The trail will then follow the Arahura River to Lake Kaniere and then on to Hokitika and Ross. Along the trail lie a series of tracks carved by pioneering gold rush miners. These old tracks, together with extensive water races, logging tramways and later short length railway lines, form the Westland Wilderness Trail.
Greymouth is a major commercial centre on the West Coast. You’ll also pass through Hokitika which along with Greymouth provides a full range of accommodation, services and adventure tours. The historic villages of Kumara, Milltown, Kaniere, Ruatapu and Ross provide opportunities to meet the locals on a personal level with a good range of existing accommodation at the end of each day.
Over 100km of the Westland Wilderness Trail is off-road on a grade 1 gravel trail, with an ambient 2-3 degree gradient and only a couple of short hundred metre sections where you may prefer to walk. The ride will take four days.
State Highway 6 connects the West Coast from Nelson, through Westport, Greymouth, and Hokitika onto the glaciers and through the Haast Pass to Otago. State Highway 7 through the Lewis Pass and State Highway 73 through the Arthur’s Pass provide the east/west routes through the Southern Alps. By road it is just 3 hours to Christchurch Airport. Toll Holdings operate the Midland line with the world famous TranzAlpine Express train to Lyttelton. Air, bus and rental car transport are also widely available.