Mountain Biking on West Coast

The old gold miners, timber millers and horse packers of the West Coast knew how to build a track and make it last. After all, their money was riding on these tracks. Nowadays, many of these historic tracks can still be ridden, but with a more sophisticated ride - a mountain bike. Track surfaces range from smooth wide gravel to benched single track to muddy and rocky 4WD roads. There is terrain suitable for all abilities so get out there amongst it and enjoy the hard work of those pioneers.

Below are some of our favourite mountain biking trails on the West Coast. It is not a complete list so it is worth talking to the local iSite or DoC visitor centre to get up to date information on the available tracks and their conditions. The list of tracks starts at the northern end of the West Coast and goes south.

Multi-day West Coast Mountain Biking trails

Heaphy Track

West Coast to Golden Bay
80km | 2-3 days | Grade 4 (advanced)
Open May to September for mountain biking. Travels from Kohaihai, 16km north of Karamea to Collingwood in the Tasman district.

Old Ghost Road

Seddonville to Lyell
80km | 2-3 days | Grade 4 (advanced)
Follows a long forgotten gold miners road and traverses native forest, alpine tops and seven ghost towns. At time of print approx 25km of track from either end is open but the track is not completed.

West Coast Wilderness Trail

Greymouth to Ross via Kumara and Hokitika
136km | 2-4 days | Grade 2 (easy)
The trail traverses tracks carved by pioneering gold miners, past rainforest, glacial rivers and lakes, wetlands and the Tasman Sea. Greymouth to Hokitika is due to officially open in late 2013 with the Hokitika to Ross leg due to be completed in 2014/2015.

Mountain Biking trails near Westport

Charming Creek

30km northeast of Westport
10.5km one way, 3-5 hours, Grade 3 (moderate)
Ride through native bush on an old railway line.

Denniston Plateau

25km north of Westport
Over 50km of tracks | 1-12 hours | Grades 2-4 (easy to advanced)
A number of different rides on the Denniston plateau. Bike tracks pamphlet available from DOC office and bike shop in Westport.

Tiropahi Tram Track

26km south of Westport
25 km loop | 3-5 Hours | Grade 3+ (moderate/advanced)
Part sealed road, part forestry road, part single track.

Mountain Biking trails near Reefton

Kirwans Track

19km northeast of Reefton
14km one way | 4-6 hours | Grade 5 (expert)
A bit of a slog uphill but great downhill and some technical sections.

Blacks Point

Waitahu Valley, Reefton
27km | 3-6 hours | Grade 3+ (moderate/advanced)
Ride through stunning beech forest and mining remains.

Big River Road and Hut

50km return | 4-8 hours | Grade 4 (advanced)
A challenging ride on a rough historic mining road through native bush.

Mountain Biking trails near Greymouth

Moonlight Track

10km northeast of Blackball
13km return | 4-6 hours | Grade 5- (expert)
Ride along a historic miner’s path.

Croesus Track

Blackball, 25km northeast of Greymouth
33km return (20km return from Smoke-ho car park) | 1 day | Grade 4 (advanced)
A premier West Coast mountain bike ride with superb views through forest to the alpine zone. Heli-biking options available.

Napolean Hill

47km northeast of Greymouth
12km | 2-4 hours | Grade 3 (moderate)
Adventure ride on 4WD tracks past an old gold mining settlement. Landowner permission required: Robin and Malcolm Smith +64 3 732 3849 mob.021 131 4632.

Mountain Biking trails near Kumara

Kumara Mud Plug / No Name Road

Nemona State Forest, 15km south of Greymouth
33km from Marsden | 2-4 hours | Grade 3+ (moderate)
Classic ride along old logging tracks and gravel roads.

Taipo Valley

40km east of Kumara Junction
18km return | 2-4 hours | Grade 3 (moderate)
Scenic half-day ride on a rough old farm track.

Mountain Biking trails near Hokitika

Blue Spur & Nationals Tracks

A bike park with a network of excellent tracks within easy biking distance of Hokitika. For more information, maps and info can be found at Hokitika Cycle & Sport.

Kaniere Water Race

19km south east of Hokitika
10km one way, 1-2 hours, Grade 2-4+ (easy to advanced)
Popular ride which follows an old water race through the bush. Mostly flat and easy ride. If you want to do a longer ride there are a few tricky bits and stairs where you have to carry your bike.

Lake Kaniere Walkway

19km south east of Hokitika
10km one way, 1-2 hours, Grade 3-4+ (moderate to advanced)
Cycle through lush lakeside forest, past bays and streams on western side of lake.

Mahinapua Walkway

8km south of Hokitika
6km | 1 hour | Grade 1 (easy)
Follow an old logging tramway through wetlands and native forest and many historical relics.

Totara Valley

27km south of Hokitika
40km return | 3-4 hours | Grade 1+ (easy)
Ride up a quiet West Coast valley.

Mountain Biking trails near Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers

Te Ara a Waiau Cycleway

Franz Josef
8.7km | 1 hr return | Grade 1 (easy)
Ride through the bush from Franz Josef Village to glacier carpark.

Te Weheka Cycleway

Fox Glacier
8.4km | 1 hr return | Grade 1 (easy)
Ride through the bush from Fox Glacier Village to glacier carpark.

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