With friends visiting recently from the USA we thought what better way to showcase some West Coast scenery than with the West Coast Wilderness Trail.
No time to do the whole thing and to be honest I don’t think for any of us, our fitness would have been up to it anyway but with such diverse and varying scenery the Kumara Tramline to Kapitea Reservoir was a great doable option for us.
Firstly we had to hire some bikes for my friends and Mann Cycles in Greymouth was just the place. Bikes loaded we headed out to Taramakau River and parked up on the Kumara Tramline Road.
Helmets – check, shoes – check, rainjackets (better to be safe than sorry) check – gears in order – check, we were ready to go.
The first part of the ride is a general pedal through some gorgeous regenerating native forest. A great opportunity to showcase some of our native trees and ferns to our visitors.
Soon enough we’re heading past some lush farmland before back into the bush to the impressive swingbridge across the Kumara gorge with great views out to the Taramakau River. Christy is all smiles as she keeps her composure and does her best not to wobble with the slightly swaying bridge…… It’s a bit of a novelty for these out of towners 🙂
Onwards through the little village of Kumara and through more farmland heading towards the Kapitea Reservoir.
After a short section down the road we have another very short bush section, winding its way up to reach the Kapitea Reservoir.
It is quite a surprise for my friends to come out of the bush and have this lake open up in front of them. Being keen fishermen (and woman!) this is quite the feast for the eyes. It is also our turn around point for the day – we still have to bike back the way we came and most importantly we have a lunch date at the Theatre Royal Hotel back in Kumara – our reward for our morning in the saddle.
With satisfied tummy bugs it is time to head back. The return trip may be a little slower than the way in as our lunch was delicious and we may – just may have slightly over-eaten……!
Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth. They are avid hikers and bikers and enjoy getting out and about exploring the region and all it has to offer.