A less demanding tour than our popular 10 day West Coast and Rain Forests tour, that starts from our base in Christchurch and begins with a classic train ride across the Southern Alps to Moana on the banks of Lake Brunner and then a gentle cycle to Greymouth on the West Coast.
From Greymouth you cycle north along the rugged West Coast, taking in the spectacular rainforest, Punakaiki rocks and limestone cliffs along the route.
Then it’s a gentle ride along the spectacular Buller River and through to the historic goldfields of Reefton, before heading back to Christchurch on the world-renowned Tranz Alpine scenic train.
We will meet you at your accommodation in Christchurch with bicycles and equipment and you then take the Tranz Alpine train ride to Moana. From Moana you cycle to Greymouth, an almost flat ride with a gradual loss in altitude as you head to the coast. Distance cycled is 39km.
Greymouth to Punakaiki. A spectacular undulating ride north along the coast taking in the impressive bluffs of the Paparoa National Park. Punakaiki is known for the stratified limestone rock formations that form the Pancake Rocks, well worth visiting especially at high tide. Distance cycled is 45km.
Punakaiki to Westport. Todays ride is more demanding, starting with a series of hill climbs, before following an undulating ride along the coast to the harbour town of Westport. Distance for today is 56km
Rest Day in Westport. A day to relax, and enjoy the sights and activities on the Coast.
Westport to Reefton. A longer ride in terms of distance with a gradual gain in altitude as you head inland. The scenery is rugged limestone cliffs and lush native bush as you cycle along the Buller River before opening out to farmland as you approach Reefton. Distance today is 80km.
Reefton to Greymouth. Today is a gentle ride along the banks of the Grey River with many historical gold and coal mining stops along the way. Distance today is 80km.
Return to Christchurch via Tranz Scenic train. The train leaves in the afternoon, so there is time to explore Greymouth in the morning before your relaxing trip back to Chrsitchurch.
Scott Scale 760 mountain bike for touring (with road tyres).
Ortlieb rear pannier bags, front handlebar bag and comprehensive repair kit.
Detailed itinerary, maps and notes on points of interest that you will pass.
You can upgrade to a Cannondale Synapse 5 road bike available in combination with daily luggage transportation, contact us for further details.
6 nights accommodation in twin rooms with ensuite [where available], in carefully selected Bed and Breakfast’s home stays and small friendly motels. (Breakfast is included each day).
Moderate route with several 200m (650 feet) hill climbs, distances averaging 45 to 80 kms per cycling day
September to May inclusive.