West Coast, South Island, NZ

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West Coast Rail Trail

Gold Fields 1 Day

About this Ride

Greymouth to Kumara

29 Km each way-8 hours

Km Posts 1-29: 29m-3.5hrs each way

Ride back the same way. It takes about 8 hours total including your stop at the pub/cafe. 

A shuttle return is available in which case you might like to ride past Kumara to the Alpine Lakes and then back again to Kumara to catch the shuttle back to Greymouth 

Features: Shipwreck Point causeway, gold & jade searches on the beaches, Jade Carvers, Coastal Cycle Path, Rainforest Rail Trail, swing bridge, 1860’s Theatre Royal Hotel, Kumara Gold Heritage Town

The trail is flat all the way and 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. 

The cycle trail then 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!

You'll cycle past the Stone Pub along to the Taramakau River Bridge which gives some great views of the coast and estuary. This area is known for its Blue Penguins which can sometimes be seen here in the winter.

Then its along the old Kumara Rail line through rainforest and across a gold miners gorge on a swing bridge about 15 minutes before Kumara. At the Village of Kumara visit the 1860"s Theatre Royal Hotel restored to its former glory where yo can also have lunch or go to then local cafe that does a great coffee and take-aways.  There is also an interesting Heritage trail through the village too.

Your Day Ride can either include you riding back to Greymouth the same way or catching the Shuttle back to Greymouth. If you are catching the Shuttle you'll have time to ride further along the trail to the Alpine Lakes for some stunning views of the Southern Alps and then back to Kumara for your Shuttle pickup.

Finish your ride with a Hot Spa and a glass of wine at the Cycle Trail Outfitters Base in Greymouth. They also have showers and changing rooms and luggage storage (free with bike rentals)

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. 
 Price    Self guided     Guided Shuttle 

Per person for a day      

from 0830 






per person

each way

Shuttles and guided options have a minimum of 2 people.

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

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