From the Rails to the Trails
With our New Zealand rail network effortlessly transporting you to the starting points of numerous renowned cycling routes, your biking escape can begin and end in relaxing style aboard our scenic train.
From lush forests to sparkling coastlines, the combination of train travel and cycling enables you to fully explore the length and breadth of New Zealand's great outdoors. Immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of New Zealand's natural wonders, from mountains and volcanoes to rain forests and river trails.
So why not leave your car and your cares behind, and join us on a magnificent journey into our extraordinary land.
West Coast Wilderness
4-DAY BIKING PACKAGE: EASY | GRADE 2
Explore a ride like no other, through lush rainforest, along pristine rivers, around tranquil lakes, and across rugged beaches.
With the soaring peaks of the Southern Alps providing a stunning and an ever present backdrop, you'll discover an abandoned gold mining world, including old packhorse tracks, tramlines, railways, water races, and historic bridges.
Our 4-Day package includes bike hire, accommodation, entry to several fascinating activities along the route, transport, and transfers.
What to know before you go
Route Planning: Research and plan your cycling route thoroughly, considering the distance, terrain, and difficulty level. Take note of any highlights, attractions, or accommodations along the way.
Bicycle Maintenance: Ensure your bicycle is in good condition and undergoes a thorough maintenance check before the adventure. Inspect the brakes, gears, tires, and overall frame integrity. *
Gear and Equipment: Prepare the appropriate gear and equipment for your journey, including a helmet, comfortable cycling clothing, gloves, sunglasses, and appropriate footwear. Carry essential items such as a repair kit, spare tubes, pump, lights, a first-aid kit, navigation devices, and a reliable lock.*
Weather Conditions: Check the weather forecast for the duration of your trip and pack accordingly. Bring suitable clothing layers, rain gear, sunscreen, insect repellent, and extra protection for extreme weather conditions.
Navigation and Maps: Familiarize yourself with the route and carry detailed maps or navigation devices. Know how to read and interpret the maps effectively, ensuring you can navigate without relying solely on technology.*
Accommodations and Reservations: Research and book accommodations or camping sites along your route in advance, especially during peak seasons. Make sure to confirm your reservations to avoid any last-minute hassles.*
Food and Water: Plan your meals and water refills along the route. Locate restaurants, grocery stores, or water sources where you can restock supplies. Carry energy snacks or bars to fuel your cycling performance.*
Safety Precautions: Always wear your helmet and obey road signs. Stay visible with reflective gear, lights, and bright-coloured clothing. Be cautious of vehicles and fellow cyclists.
Emergency Preparedness: Carry emergency contact information, including local emergency services, as well as the contact details of your travel companions. Familiarize yourself with nearby medical facilities and know basic first aid techniques.
Physical and Mental Preparedness: Be aware of your physical limitations and listen to your body. Take breaks when needed, stay hydrated, and pace yourself. Maintain a positive mindset and be prepared for the challenges and rewards of a multi-day cycling adventure.
*Leave the details to the experts and book one of our Rail Cycle Escapes. Included in our escapes is accommodation, maps, select meals, shuttles, emergency contacts and more.
Our cycle escapes cater to all fitness levels; however, you may want to consider training accordingly to prepare for the long-distances you may travel each day.
Grade 1 (Easiest)
Suitable for novice riders, families, and others seeking an easy, relaxing cycling experience.
Grade 2 (Easy)
Suitable for most riders including beginners, occasional cyclists and families with limited cycling experience.
Grade 3 (Intermediate)
Suitable for regular experienced cyclists with a good level of fitness and over 12 years old; children should be accompanied by an adult.
Grade 4 (Advanced)
Suitable for fit, experienced cyclists with good off-road and/or on-road skills, a high level of fitness and over 12 years of age; children should be accompanied by an adult.
Grade 5 (Expert)
Suitable for fit, experienced cyclists with excellent off-road skills and a high level of fitness. Not suitable for children.
Can I bring my own bike?
All Great Rides allow you to bring your bicycle, however, if you are joining us for one of our Rail Cycle Escapes then a bike hire is included with the package.
Looking for an end-to-end cycle trail experience?
Our partners at Cycle Journeys are your local specialists who know the West Coast and Nelson cycle trails like the back of their hand.
Leave the details to the experts as they care for everything from the gear, and shuttling you and your belongings between tracks, to connecting you with the locals.
Getting to the Great Rides by Train
You can travel on the world-famous TranzAlpine train, the Coastal Pacific and the Northern Explorer. Or to leave the details to the experts, explore our cycle packages or reach out to our Travel Centre to put together a bespoke itinerary.