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West Coast Rail Trail

Rainforest Ride (S12)

About this Ride

Ride the first part of Day Four from Hokitika: Sector 12 and then cycle back the same way (Ride Code HDH2)

S12: Hokitika to Treetops Walkway 17 kms

Allow              1 hour one way

                                                                        or          2 hours return to Hokitika

                                           or add   2 hours to do the Rainforest Aerial Tree Tops Walkway

Features: Paddle Boat Cruise section, Lake Mahinapua, birdlife, Tree Tops walkway, 

From Hokitika take a cycle alongside Mahinapua Creek, popular with local trout fishermen or if you want a relaxing sector then hop onto the Paddle Steamer with your bike, you’ll love this ride with its wonderful birdlife and wetland flora.

This takes you up to Lake Mahinapua where you get on your bike and cycle around the Lake.

You can stop off here to do the amazing Tree Top walkway. (allow 2 hours) This structure, built in the rainforest, gets you 30 metres up into the tree canopy for a whole different perspective on this environment. Definitely worth stopping for.

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

S13:Treetops Walkway to Ross: 16 kms

Allow 2 hours

Features: Trestle Truss Bridges, wetlands, beaches, Gold Town.

From the Tree Tops Walkway the trail takes you back to the coast and then follows the Historic Ross railway line over some hardwood trestle truss bridges. You'll enjoy beach and wetland views on the way to the Ross Village , a small country town where gold mining continues to the present day. This is the location of the Roddy Nugget, New Zealand’s largest gold nugget find. And it is also famous for its two operating military tanks which the locals get out for Guy Fawkes night!

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