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West Coast Rail Trail

Shantytown Ride (S1&2)

About this Ride

Ride Day One from Greymouth: Sectors 1 & 2 & Shantytown Spur Trail. (Ride Code SDG)  A return shuttle is available or cycle back the same way          

Sector 1: Greymouth to Shipwreck Point 5 kms

Allow:             at least 1 hour one way unguided or 2 hours with a guide

         or         at least 2 hours return cycling back to Greymouth  (we can arrange a shuttle for your return) or 3 hours with a guide

Features: Shipwreck Point causeway, gold & jade searches on the beaches, Jade Carvers.

The trail starts by following the old coal rail line to the wharf loading bays and their cranes, two monsters used for loading coal into ships. It then follows the flood wall around the fishing basin to the coast. Make sure you pedal out onto the Shipwreck Point Causeway which is a solid pier going out beyond the breakers giving some stunning views along the coast and to the Southern Alps with Mount Cook. It is also a great fishing spot. Ask us about what lures to use or we can hire you a fishing rod.

Click Here to see a printable/saveable map of the sector, or click Trip Route to see a google maps version.

Sector 2: Shipwreck Point to Stone Pub 8 kms

Allow:            1 hour one way unguided or 2 hours with a guide 

         or         2 hours return cycling back to Greymouth or 3 hours with a guide  (we can    arrange a shuttle for your return)

         or  add 3 hours to include a stop off at Shantytown, the regions 1860’s Goldrush Heritage Village.

Features:  Gold & jade searches on the beaches, Paroa Stone Pub, Jade Carvers, Shantytown.

The cycle trail follows the old Coastal Timber Rail line running along the dunes just inside the West Coasts Gold bearing black sand beaches. This really is New Zealand’s Gold Coast. Bring a gold pan and you might strike it rich because there are plenty of people who are!

When you reach the Paroa Stone Pub there are some options before continuing on to the next sector.

  • Well of course you have to go and have a yarn with the publican Bernie and see what his best drop of the day is. He has an amazing collection of Rugby Club ties from around the world. They also do great lunches and dinners. 
  • Take a cycle ride down to the river mouth, it takes about 10 minutes cycling each way. There are great views of the coast and a wetland estuary.
  • This is also a great spot for a BBQ on the beach using the piles of drift wood. We will supply you with a Beach Fire Permit and can organise a picnic lunch hamper with BBQ gear. 
  •  Cross over the road with your bike and go under the rail bridge to cycle up to Shantytown, about a 20 minute ride each way. An amazing Heritage Village with gold panning claims, steam train rides into the rainforest, a saloon with real beer and real girls, and a café.

Click Here to see a printable/saveable map of the sector, or click Trip Route to see a google maps version.


Ways to Ride the Trail:

Self Guided DIY Option: 

  • We provide comfort cycles with a puncture repair kit, drink bottle and helmets with a trail map from a Trail Base.
  • You do the trail at your own pace
  • You return your bike back to the Trail Base.
  • Shuttles are available but at an additional cost.

Guided Option: 

  • We provide comfort cycles with a drink bottle and helmets from a Trail Base.
  • Your guide helps you pace the day to suit your interests and energy levels as you go
  • You return your bike back to the Trail Base.
  • Shuttles are available but at an additional cost.
  • You will not get lost or miss anything on the way as you'll have your guides local knowledge.
  • They'll also help you meet interesting characters during your day and ensure you only pay locals rates for anything you purchase on your visit.
  • Your guide is a qualified first aid responder with a kit, is a bike mechanic, will repair any punctures for you and carries communications with them. 

Self Guided and Supported Option: 

  • We provide comfort cycles with a puncture repair kit, drink bottle and helmets with a trail map from a Trail Base.
  • We supply you a lightweight “Support Kit” which includes a scratch kit for minor first aid, emergency weather protection and an emergency locator beacon.
  • You do the trail at your own pace.
  • In the even of bad weather we will arrange alternative options for you.
  • We shuttle your bike back to the Trail Base.
  • We meet you at the end of your ride and will Sherpa Shuttled you back to your starting point which saves you from having to cycle back.
  • Or we will meet you at the end of your ride with your luggage and/or vehicle.

Guided and Supported Option: 

  • We provide comfort cycles with a drink bottle and helmets from a Trail Base.
  • Your guide helps you pace the day to suit your interests and energy levels as you go
  • We shuttle your bike back to the Trail Base. 
  • You will not get lost or miss anything on the way as you'll have your guides local knowledge.
  • They'll also help you meet interesting characters during your day and ensure you only pay locals rates for anything you purchase on your visit.
  • Your guide is a qualified first aid responder with a kit, is a bike mechanic, will repair any punctures for you and carries communications with them. 
  • In the event of bad weather your guide will take you to alternative activities and organise a shuttle for the day.
  • We meet you at the end of your ride and will Sherpa Shuttled you back to your starting point which saves you from having to cycle back.
  • Or we will meet you at the end of your ride with your luggage and/or vehicle.
 Price    Self guided     Guided Self guided Supported   Guided Supported

Per person for a day      

from 0830 

$95

(WCRTF)     

$225

(WCRTG)      

$225

(WCRTSF)

$325

(WCRTSG)

Group Size: Unguided Options: No Limits, Guided Options: Minimum 2 Pax.

Contact us for a discounted rate if you have a group of over 6 people.

Note: Prices include GST and are valid from 1 October 2013 until 30 September 2014 unless otherwise specified. 

8 Whall St, Greymouth, West Coast, South Island, NZ