West Coast, South Island, NZ

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West Coast Rail Trail

Shantytown Ride 1 Day

About this Ride

Greymouth to Shantytown

Km Posts 1-5: Greymouth to Shipwreck Point 5km-1hour

Km Posts 5-12:Shipwreck Point to Stone Pub 7km-1hour   

Side Road: Stone Pub to Shantytown 4km allow 3 hours here

Ride back the same way. Allow about 8 hours total including your visit to Shantytown. 

A shuttle return is available back to Greymouth 

Features: Shipwreck Point causeway, gold & jade searches on the beaches, Jade Carvers, Coastal Cycle Path, & Shantytown

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 old pan and you might strike it rich because there are plenty of people who are!

When you get to the Stone Pub go across the road and under the rail bridge for the 4km ride on a sealed road to Shantytown. This road has a dedicated cycle lane on the shoulder. Shantytown has a Cafe so its a good place for lunch. Your entry fee into Shantytown is you own extra cost. If you are renting bikes from us ask about the Entry fee discount we can arrange for you.

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)


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 

$105

(WCRTF)     

$285

(WCRTG)      

$95

per person

each way

Shuttles and guidedoptions have a minimum of 2 people.

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