Back on the Bike – West Coast Wilderness Trail


West Coast Wilderness Trail Kapitea Reservoir

On my bike again, I’m so happy to be on my bike again, feel the sun on my face, the wind in my hair, oh it’s so great to be on my bike again……..

morning mist on the beach

Seriously it really is good to be out on the bike.  With the season drawing to an end and the guests now just starting to trickle through we have some spare time.  Perfect timing too as April weather can be simply stunning and today was no exception.

ziggy playing with the stick nine mile beach

Glorious start with a compulsory meander on the beach with the boys.  Have to keep them satisfied as they unfortunately can’t come riding with us anymore.  At 8 years old and 11 years old respectively it is our job to look out for them – as much as they would love to come with us.

Ziggy enjoying a run on the Nine Mile beach

They are more than happy with their beach walk though – lots of sand on the beach for a change which must feel so nice on their paws after all the stones they are more used to.

With the bikes loaded we say goodbye to the boys – looking rather forlorn at being left behind I might add and we head off for our great adventure.  Well ok not great adventure – little outing but still after so long it feels like a great adventure.

riding along kumara tramline west coast wilderness trail

We’re biking some of the West Coast Wilderness Trail – out to Kumara and up to the Kapitea Reservoir and then back to Kumara for lunch before riding back to the car.

The West Coast Wilderness Trail runs from Greymouth to Ross – some 135 odd kms.  We’re just doing a small section but it is a lovely section of contrasts.

taramakau river from bridge clipon

After a short leg warm up following the main highway we met with the mighty Taramakau Road/Rail bridge – yep you’re reading this right, a bridge over the river for vehicles and trains….. thankfully there is now a clip-on for cyclists and walkers and it has been a great addition.  Not just for the safety of crossing but for the views too!

riding through rimu forest west coast wilderness trail

Onwards, peddling, peddling, giving my legs a good wee work out – they sure aren’t used to this.  The scenery helps take your mind of the pain though – yeah, ok I’m not that unfit, there isn’t really any pain, much……. We head along the old Kumara tram-line through gorgeous regenerating native forest sprinkled with lots of my favourite native the Rimu tree.

kumara chasm gorge west coast wilderness trail

Round and round the pedals turn – heading in this direction is ever so slightly – just so so so slightly…… uphill.  Ok uphill is a bit of an exaggeration – a very very gentle incline.  We pass over the Kumara Chasm and swingbridge and catch a glimpse of the Taramakau River down below.

The ride of contrasts continues as we pass through the little village of Kumara, some gorgeous rolling farmland and find ourselves at the head of the Kapitea Reservoir, surrounded by regenerating native forest and mountains.

enjoying views over kapitea reservoir west coast wilderness trail

What a view.  We take some time to contemplate…. before it is time to turn around and head back home.  A great couple of hours out on the bike, in amongst some stunning West Coast scenery.  On my bike again, I’m so happy to be on my bike again……

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  They enjoy getting out and about and exploring the many wonders that help make up this beautiful part of New Zealand.

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About coastingnz

Jan and Stephen live on the Punakaiki coastline, north of Greymouth on the West Coast, NZ and run Breakers Boutique Accommodation. They both enjoy the outdoors and are passionate about things to see and do on the West Coast and would like to share their experiences with you.
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4 Responses to Back on the Bike – West Coast Wilderness Trail

  1. Pat says:

    With my old bones I’d be staying with the boys. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your lovely journey.

    • coastingnz says:

      You are most welcome. Great thing about the Wilderness Trail it is a good ride for all abilities and ages. You can break it up into chunks so can ride as much or as little as “your bones” allow you. You are welcome to come virtually with me though anytime 😉

  2. Mama says:

    The boys will miss going on your biking jaunts.I can just see them as they watch you drive away! Big sad eyes 😥

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