Enjoy the purpose built West Coast Wilderness Cycle Trail that showcases the wild coastline and stunning forests and lakes of the West Coast. The unspoilt and remote virgin rainforest that this trail passes through several small communities and crosses rivers with scenery that will take your breath away. Discover the history and heritage of the gold rush days, the coal mining and greenstone.
Day 1: Blenheim to Greymouth to
Kumara (30km Ride)
8am start. Enjoy the scenic drive
from Blenheim past the Nelson Lakes through the Buller Gorge to Greymouth.
Alternatively you can meet the tour in Greymouth. Get a bite to eat at a local
cafe before getting on the trail. This afternoon we will start our ride of the
wilderness trail following the Grey River along its stop banks to the very
river mouth to enjoy the trail along the coastline passing several small
settlements as we follow the spectacular coastline of the Tasman Sea. The trail
then continues on the old tramline to the historic gold mining town of Kumara Tonight
our overnight stay is in a charming historic hotel in Kumara.
Day 2: Kumara to Milltown (37km Ride)
The West Coast Wilderness Trail continues this morning with a ride through some spectacular rainforest. This section of the route is certain to become one of New Zealand's most popular cycle rides, offering stunning scenery and fascinating local history. You will pass through some of the best stands of native forest left in New Zealand as well as serene canals and streams. Enjoy morning tea with your support vehicle beside the canals. From here the trail climbs the Kawaka Valley to the pass this 13km section is worth taking your time to enjoy the scenery. Enjoy the descending trail through the forest and over a spectacular swing bridge canyon to arrive at the character filled Cowboy Paradise a replica Wild West settlement. This afternoon we will go to explore the beautiful Hokitika Gorge by bus and then back to our accommodation for dinner.
Day 3: Milltown to Hokitika (36km Ride)
Milltown overlooks the Arahura
Valley, an area once rich in gold and still known as the source of the highly
prized pounamu (greenstone).
Your ride today starts at the head of the Arahura River, which rises from the Southern Alps and meets the Tasman Sea just north of Hokitika. You'll pass water raceways, rich dairy farmland and the tranquil Lake Kaniere, described by some as "the most beautiful lake in New Zealand". Formed by glacial erosion in the last ice age, Lake Kaniere itself is only 8 km long and 2 km wide but can be as deep as 195 metres in places and is surrounded by verdant native bush, making it a popular spot for campers and holiday makers in the summer. You bike through a section of towering ancient rimu forest and tree ferns. In the afternoon there is time to explore the heart of the town visit the greenstone factory, glass blowing and gold room or the museum. There is the option to take a jet boat ride on the Hokitika River. Tonight's stay is just out of Hokitika, we will have dinner in town.
Day 4: Hokitika to Ross (36km Ride)
Your day starts with an easy coastal ride, then follows the bush tramway past
Lake Mahinapua. It is a great ride through typical West Coast bush and
wetlands. Following the old rail and tram lines to Lake Mahinapua. Here you can
enjoy morning tea and choose to do the Treetops walk, a platform suspended 20
metres in the air amongst the tree canopy. The final leg of our cycle ride
follows a disused railway line with a number of distinctive wooden bridges and Wild
West coast coastal scenery to the gold mining, farming and forestry town of
Ross. After exploring the town and having lunch we will drive back to Blenheim,
arriving by 7pm.
FOOD AND DIETRY REQUIREMENTS:
please advise us if you
have any special dietary requirements. Inclusions are all meals
while on tour, snack food and morning teas in remote areas. Cafe stops are optional extras and cost of
purchases is at your own expense.
If you have any particular food allergies or dislikes please let us
know on your pre-trip booking form.
Local guide to drive your support vehicle and transport your bike
3 nights accommodation
Most meals and snack foods for the five days
All safety gear carried by support vehicle
BIKES AND BIKE HIRE
If you are bringing your own bike and helmet,
make sure it is in good condition (recently serviced) and you have a spare
DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY
You will need a moderate level of
fitness with some off road experience biking on shingle surfaces. Biking is
grades 1-2 with optional grade 3 biking for those who want it.
In the interests of your safety please ensure
you disclose any medication that you are taking or any medical conditions or
allergies that you have. The information form is the ideal place to disclose
any information however if you prefer to talk to us in person please do not
hesitate to contact us.
WHEN DOES THE TOUR
START AND FINISH?
The tour starts 8am from Blenheim on day 1.
The tour finishes In Blenheim approximately 7.00pm on day 4
BYO alcohol for evening relaxation
Gel seat cover
we will have plenty of storage space a good
suggestion two smaller bags are better than one large heavy bag and a small bag
to carry in the vehicle. Travel packs, sports bags or soft sided suitcases are
the easiest way to store and access your luggage.
PRICE & INCLUSIONS
per person, twin/share room; single supplement options are available at $220.
Tour includes four nights accommodation and most meals while on tour, morning
teas in remote areas. Cafe stops are
optional extras and cost of purchases is at your own expense.
BIKE HIRE AVAILABLE
bike comes with use of a helmet and high visibility top.
HOW TO BOOK:
with your preferred tour date and we will check availability for you, you will
need to fill in our booking form and confirm your tour by sending a deposit of
$300 per person and complete the customer declaration form and send back to
us. We can process Visa or Master Card credit cards, give us a phone call, we accept NZ cheques or
direct banking payments. We will send a receipt and a pre-trip document
detailing what to bring, departure times etc.
Is due one month prior to your tour departure date.
DEPOSITS, CANCELLATIONS AND
A deposit of $300 per person is required to
confirm your tour. Should you have to cancel there is the option of
transferring to another tour date, if this is not suitable we will refund you
$150 of your deposit. Cancellations received after final payment has been
made-50% of the total paid will be refunded. We understand that cancellations
can occur due to illness or unexpected event therefore we recommend that you
take out comprehensive travel insurance.
We look forward to your enquiry about our West Coast Wilderness Cycle Trail adventure.
Hi Geoff and Lee,
I found the Molesworth Heritage tour excellent. I expected impressive scenery and to learn more about the history of the area but what I experienced well exceeded my expectations. The tour was very well planned giving our small group time to enjoy our surroundings and to absorb that which our excellent driver/guide,Trevor, had to tell us about the fauna and flora and the history of the area. I learnt a great deal.
There where many highlight but one which I particularly enjoyed was to meet with the Stevenson family, of Upcot Station, and to chat over a mug of genuine Billy tea. That’s kind of encounter is probably only possible if travelling in a small group.
I have been recommending your company to friends and acquaintances.
Kind regards from a well satisfied customer.- Ann WarnerDec 2014
Thankyou so much for the cd of our trip. It was marvelous. Trevor was very informative about the families that had settled on Molesworth. South Island hospitality is alive and well. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip- Carrolyn WaughDec 2014
Just wanted to say we have really had a fabulous time on your cycle trip It's been the most awesome cycling ( despite us being being rather slow) And we have really appreciated the great people that Geoff and Peter are and are grateful for their care, stories and humour. It's also been illuminating and quite amazing meeting the people who live and work in the valleys : totally eye opening
Please convey all our thanks to Geoff and Peter and also to you for organizing
I seriously will be back next year with the family.- Chern. Four Day Cycle TourFour Day Cycle Tour March 2014
My Mum & I thoroughly enjoyed our recent tour with you. We loved the variety. You packed so much into those 4 days but it was still very relaxing. The food was fabulous. Loved the two restaurants we went to in Hanmer & Kaikoura – both top quality.
It was great being able to meet locals like Bill (outstanding morning tea! ), Roza at Paripuma and the Secret garden couple in Blenheim. The High tea was an awesome way to end the trip.
We were blown away by Peter Yealands property. The scenery was inspirational. What a beautiful part of the country you live in.
I have recommended the trip to some work colleagues who are keen to go on it.
We thought it was the best tour we’d ever been on. We couldn’t fault it and Geoff was amazing. His enthusiasm, great driving and local knowledge really made it enjoyable.
Thanks again- ClaireNov 2015
Our second trip with your company was even better than the first because we took the 4 day trip and we would recommend it as a wonderful holiday.
The countryside was rugged and spectacular and our guide really knew the history of the area and was able to point out to us exciting things we could never have imagined.
The accommodation and all the meals were excellent and we stayed in country homes we would have had no access to.
It was a lot of fun, very well organised and we felt it was a great privilege to experience the life in this very rugged and wonderful areas. Thank you very much - I recommend the trip to one and all.- Jackie NicollFour Day Molesworth Heritage Tour March 2014
We would like to thank you again for the great tour.
The thoughtfulness that has gone into the tour as far as the variety of sites, accommodation, riding and scenery is brilliant. Geoff’s knowledge of the area made for every step being so interesting.
We cannot speak highly enough of the experience – a great way to see a part of the country most New Zealanders have never seen. Thanks again.- John. Molesworth Four Day Cycle TourMolesworth Four Day Cycle Tour March 2014
Scheduled private car and driver online before starting cruise. I requested specific wineries to visit and to include lunch.
Driver, Geoff arrived at Dock in Picton right at noon for half-day tour. He was very knowledgeable about Marlborough wineries and the industry. Lunch was wonderful and we enjoyed visiting 4 wineries. Cost was very reasonable and the knowledge of Geoff made for a wonderful afternoon.
Would highly recommend Molesworth Wine Tours.
Thanks- Pat LundeenNov 2014