West Coast Wilderness Trail Cycling Adventure
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West Coast Wilderness Trail Cycling Adventure

Your 8-day vacation begins in the oldest city in Aotearoa New Zealand, Christchurch. Explore the botanic gardens located in the centre of the city where you will also find the historic Cathedral Square. Time permitting, ride the tram, enjoy scenic views of the city from the Christchurch gondola and be expertly guided on the Avon River during a punting tour.

Travel New Zealand by train on the renowned TranzAlpine from Christchurch to Greymouth. Enjoy spectacular landscapes through panoramic windows while venturing past majestic mountains, ancient volcanic peaks and white beaches. On the Scenic Plus experience, elevate your experience with an exclusively created drinking and dining experience, comfy seating, and a spacious carriage. Arriving in Greymouth, immerse yourself in Māori history at Māwhera Pā, an audio-visual journey through time, artistically curated with the aid of Weta Workshop.

The next 4 days will be spent cycling the length of the 135-kilometre West Coast Wilderness Trail from Ross to Greymouth. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience through ancient rainforests, along rivers and bridges. Along the way, experience the Hokitika Gorge Walk, Treetop Walkway and West Coast Scenic Waterways Cruise.

Arriving back in Greymouth, you will finish your unforgettable holiday returning to Christchurch on board the TranzAlpine.

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Quick Itinerary Details

Independent tour (bus & coach)

This suggested tour costs from NZD$4,000 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Christchurch, finishes in Christchurch

8 days/7 nights

Hotel 3 star

 Customisable? YES

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Tour Inclusions

- Private transfer accommodation to Christchurch Train Station
- Shared Transfer from the Railway Station to a City Hotel
- Private transfer accommodation to Christchurch Airport
7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Tour at a glance

Day 1: Arrive in Christchurch, also referred to as the 'Garden State'
Accommodation: Distinction Hotel Christchurch

Day 2: Explore NZ by train on board the TranzAlpine and embark on a journey through time
Accommodation: Hotel Ashley Greymouth

Day 3: Spend the morning in Greymouth before being transferred to Ross by Kiwi Journeys
Accommodation: Ross Beach Top 10 Holiday Park

Day 4: Begin your cycling adventure with a cycle from Ross to Hokitika with a walk through the treetops
Accommodation: West Coast Scenic Waterways

Day 5: Explore Hokitika Gorge and Lake Kaniere and enjoy another day on the bike
Accommodation: West Coast Scenic Waterways

Day 6: Climb the Kawhaka Pass into Kumara with incredible views of the Southern Alps
Accommodation: Theatre Royal Hotel

Day 7: Ride the short distance from Kumara to Greymouth before boarding the TranzAlpine
Accommodation: Distinction Hotel Christchurch

Day 8: Farewell New Zealand

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West Coast Wilderness Trail Cycling Adventure - Day 1
Welcome to Christchurch City

Christchurch New Zealand's garden city is steadily being transformed into a vibrant urban destination. Encompassing a large green belt, it is known for its wide tree lined avenues and lush gardens. A great way to explore the city or easy way to see the sights or ride the historic trams across town to the renowned botanic gardens and the unique cardboard Transitional Cathedral, that's right it is built of cardboard!

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Christchurch Triple Pass - Tram, Punting and Gondola

Experience three of Christchurch's iconic attractions in one day: the Christchurch Tram, Christchurch Gondola, and Punting on the Avon River. The hist...

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Experience three of Christchurch's iconic attractions in one day: the Christchurch Tram, Christchurch Gondola, and Punting on the Avon River. The historic tram is a delightful way to explore the evolving inner city, taking in the various sights with the hop-on hop-off pass and learning about the city from the live commentary. You'll also enjoy a bird's eye view of Christchurch and the Canterbury region including the distant peaks of the Southern Alps when you ride the gondola cableway to the top of the Port Hills in Heathcote Valley. Punting on the Avon River takes you through the city's green belt: a relaxing way to explore what is affectionately known as the 'Garden City'.

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Christchurch Botanic Gardens - suggested activity

Located just 15 minutes from the city centre, Christchurch's 75 acre Botanic Gardens host the finest collection of exotic and indigenous plants to be found anywhere in New Zealand. The impressive collection of plants provide a tranquil oasis, from the spring drifts of daffodils, spectacular summer roses and herbaceous border, stunning autumn leaf display and cosy conservatories to warm up in over winter, there's something to delight in every season. The New Zealand Garden also offers an accessible glimpse into the country’s unique wilderness to lose yourself in throughout the year.

Your accommodation: Distinction Hotel Christchurch

This luxury hotel is centrally located in the revitalised Cathedral Square in the heart of the city, a short stroll from the Avon River, Botanical Gardens, Christchurch Casino, Cashel Mall and new Christchurch Convention Centre.
West Coast Wilderness Trail Cycling Adventure - Day 2
Private transfer accommodation to Christchurch Train Station with Christchurch Touring

A private driver will collect you from your accommodation and transfer you to the Christchurch train station in time for your train journey.

TranzAlpine Scenic Train: Christchurch to Greymouth Scenic Plus

Great Journeys New Zealand's Scenic Plus carriage provides comfort and vast panoramic views, making our TranzAlpine scenic train journey the perfect way to explore coast-to-coast through the 'Great Divide' and the indomitable spine of mountains that partitions New Zealand's South Island. Scenic Plus offers an all-inclusive experience on the unique TranzAlpine scenic rail journey to invigorate all the senses! Feast your eyes on epic scenery while you savour regionally inspired cuisine paired with sumptuous wine and beer all from the comfort of your luxurious seat – a hosted dining experience like no other. Quite simply, we have done everything we can to ensure you feel at peace as you sink back in your seat and soak up the scenery.

Māwhera Pā with Pounamu Pathway

Māwhera Pā in Greymouth is the first location along the Pounamu Pathway touring route to open. This self-guided experience is a historical and creative exploration of the Poutini Ngāi Tahu and the Māwhera Pā settlement people, retold by their ancestors. The exhibition will lead you through six different narratives, each tale including a large-scale masterpiece, artistically crafted by Weta Workshop to cultivate an immersive journey of visuals and sound. 

Your accommodation: Hotel Ashley Greymouth

The hotel's location is ideal for exploring the beautiful West Coast of New Zealand's South Island and just as perfect to relax, unwind and taking it easy. Only 5 minutes from the Greymouth town centre, the hotel is framed by rugged coast, rainforest and the magnificent Southern Alps.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
West Coast Wilderness Trail Cycling Adventure - Day 3
Wonderful Wilderness Cycling Package with Kiwi Journeys

The Wonderful Wilderness Tour will take you along one of the country's smoothest, most accessible and most popular cycle trails. Journey through ancient rainforests and wetlands, along historic bridges and down icy cold Glacial rivers. On the West Coast, you are likely to experience all weather events, making this an unforgettable cycling journey along New Zealand's Wilderness Trail.

Wonderful Wilderness Cycling Package with Kiwi Journeys - Pre-Tour Night

Begin your 4-day cycling adventure today with a safety debrief from Kiwi Journeys in Hokitika before being transferred to Ross on the West Coast, your starting location for the Wilderness Trail.

Your accommodation: Ross Beach Top 10 Holiday Park

Located along the West Coast Wilderness Trail, Ross Beach Top 10 Holiday Park has unique lodgings including upcycled shipping containers and glamping-style Geo Domes. With board games, croquet, badminton and a giant chess set on-site, this property is the ideal location to unwind after an exciting day.
Meals included: Breakfast
West Coast Wilderness Trail Cycling Adventure - Day 4
Wonderful Wilderness Cycling Package with Kiwi Journeys - Day 1

Leaving your accommodation in Ross, you will cycle over the Totara River and along the Ross Ruatapu Railway Line, enjoying the incredible views of Mt Cook and Mt Tasman. Give your bike a rest and walk through the wetlands and native bush at West Coast Treetop Walkway. From the heights of the tree canopy, view Lake Mahinapua and listen to the gentle singsong of resident birds.
Follow the Mahinapua Tramline to Hokitika where you will be resting tonight.

Your accommodation: West Coast Scenic Waterways

Relax to the restful sounds of chirping birds and immerse yourself in nature within the cosy cottages at West Coast Scenic Waterways. Explore the tranquil lake, ancient Rimu and Kamahi trees and a snow-capped Mt Cook in the distance.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
West Coast Wilderness Trail Cycling Adventure - Day 5
Wonderful Wilderness Cycling Package with Kiwi Journeys - Day 2

Say g'day to the Kiwi Journeys team this morning on board your shuttle to Hokitika Gorge. Take in the breathtaking surroundings from the viewing platform which overlooks the calm turquoise waters. Stretch your legs and walk through native bush before continuing to the 8km long and 195m deep, Lake Kaniere, for lunch.
You will be reunited with your bike at Dorothy Falls or Hans Bay. Departing Lake Kaniere and cycle along the historic Kaniere Water Race, hand-dug in 1875. Approaching town, follow the trail under the road bridge into Hokitika, home to many art and crafts stores, cafes and restaurants.

Your accommodation: West Coast Scenic Waterways

Relax to the restful sounds of chirping birds and immerse yourself in nature within the cosy cottages at West Coast Scenic Waterways. Explore the tranquil lake, ancient Rimu and Kamahi trees and a snow-capped Mt Cook in the distance.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
West Coast Wilderness Trail Cycling Adventure - Day 6
Wonderful Wilderness Cycling Package with Kiwi Journeys - Day 3

Leave your luggage and bikes in the bike shed and enjoy breakfast before being transferred to Canoe Cove, the starting location for today's ride. Begin with a gentle incline up the Arahura Valley on gravel road to Milltown. Climb 300m at Kawhaka Pass before descending into Kumara. The ride will provide you with incredible views of the Southern Alps and along a smooth sweeping boardwalk and bush trail so be sure to take your camera. 

Your accommodation: Theatre Royal Hotel

Within the town of Kumara, one of New Zealand's last gold rushes, the Theatre Royal Hotel was built in 1876 and is steeped in historic charm. The hotel was renovated and reopened in 2012 with a grand celebration where townspeople dressed up and old vehicles paraded the streets.
Meals included: Breakfast
West Coast Wilderness Trail Cycling Adventure - Day 7
Wonderful Wilderness Cycling Package with Kiwi Journeys - Day 4

Today is your final day biking the West Coast Wilderness trail. Leaving Kumara in the morning, hop on your bike and head to the coast. Enjoy breathtaking views of Taramakau River and the coastal dunes and lagoons of the Tasman Sea. Finding the Grey River, follow the stream into Greymouth. It is here that you will be greeted by Kiwi Journeys and farewell this epic adventure.

TranzAlpine Scenic Train: Greymouth to Christchurch Scenic Plus with Great Journeys NZ

Great Journeys New Zealand's Scenic Plus carriage provides comfort and vast panoramic views, making our TranzAlpine scenic train journey the perfect way to explore coast-to-coast through the 'Great Divide' and the indomitable spine of mountains that partitions New Zealand's South Island. Scenic Plus offers an all-inclusive experience on the unique TranzAlpine scenic rail journey to invigorate all the senses! Feast your eyes on epic scenery while you savour regionally inspired cuisine paired with sumptuous wine and beer all from the comfort of your luxurious seat – a hosted dining experience like no other. Quite simply, we have done everything we can to ensure you feel at peace as you sink back in your seat and soak up the scenery.

Shared Transfer from the Railway Station to a City Hotel with Christchurch Touring

On arrival at the Christchurch railway station, you will be met by a driver and transferred to your Christchurch accommodation.

Your accommodation: Distinction Hotel Christchurch

This luxury hotel is centrally located in the revitalised Cathedral Square in the heart of the city, a short stroll from the Avon River, Botanical Gardens, Christchurch Casino, Cashel Mall and new Christchurch Convention Centre.
Meals included: Breakfast
West Coast Wilderness Trail Cycling Adventure - Day 8
Private transfer accommodation to Christchurch Airport

A private transfer will collect you from your accommodation and transfer you to Christchurch Airport in time for your departing flight.

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