West Coast, South Island, NZ

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West Coast Rail Trail

Alpine Lakes Ride (S5&6)

About this Ride

Sector 5: Kumara to Lake Hut 8 kms

Allow 1 hour.

Features: Alpine Mirror Lakes, rainforest ferns and mosses, birdlife, wetlands board walk.

This rail trail section follows a number of old bush tram railways through rainforest, by alpine streams and past mirror-like lakes with amazing mountain reflections if you are there on a still day. The board walk through the wetlands section gives great photos.

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

Sector 6: Lake Hut to Old CHCH Rd Bridge 7 kms

Allow 1 hour.

Features: Alpine Mirror Lakes, wetland2 boardwalk,rainforest ferns and mosses, birdlife.

This rail trail section follows a number of bush trams through rainforest, by alpine streams and past mirror-like lakes with amazing mountain reflections if you are there on a still day. The cycle path takes you across the Old Christchurch Road and follows a canal with great trout fishing and then it winds gently up the Kawhaka Valley. This valley has beautiful view points and will remind you of the New Zealand forests from Lord of The Rings with there ancient moss covered trees.

Once over the Pass you’ll coast along through virgin rainforest with massive Podacarp trees to the Swingbridge.Canyon.

You’ll want to spend a bit of time here as it is also a stunning place among many today. to Milltown which overlooks the Arahura Valley and has panoramic views towards the Tasman Sea.

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.
Retail Price Unguided Guided Supported Unguided Supported Guided

Per person for a half day

4 hours from 0830 or 1330

$90
(WCRTF4)
$158
(WCRTG4)
$218
(WCRTSF4)
$286
(WCRTSG4)

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

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