West Coast, South Island, NZ

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West Coast Rail Trail

Alpine Lakes 1/2 Day

About this Ride

Kumara to Kawhaka Intake

20 kms-4hrs return

Km Posts 29-39: Kumara to Lakes Boardwalk 10km-1hr

Km Posts 39-49: Boardwalk to Intake 10km-1hr

This ride has a longish rise that can take it out of you and lots to stop and see on the way so in the 2 hours you may not have reached the intake but you'll need to turn around after about 2& 1/4 hours to get back within the four hours. (its quicker on the way back)

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 and is a good place for a rest. The cycle path takes you across the Old Christchurch Road and follows a canal with great trout fishing too.

If you are renting bikes in Greymouth you will need a shuttle to and from this ride.

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 hi-vis vest and helmets from Trail Base in Greymouth.
  • You do the trail at your own pace
  • You return your bike back to the Trail Base in Greymouth.
  • Shuttles are available but at an additional cost.

Guided Option: 

  • We provide comfort cycles with hi-vis vest and helmets from Trail Base in Greymouth
  • We provide a local guide who rides with you.
  • 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 in Greymouth.
  • 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, a bike mechanic, and has emergency comms with them. 

 Price

Unguided 1/2 day

Guided 1/2 day

Shuttles

 4 hours

from 0830 or

from 1330

$95 pp

(WCRT4)

$225 pp

(WCRTG4)

$75

per person

each way

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