The West Coast and Greymouth are popular destinations for walkers, hikers, and recreational cyclists (including mountain bike riders). Discover some of the best Greymouth walks, hikes, and cycle trails that will get you up close and personal with the rugged beauty of the region.
Considered by many to be one of the best tramping experiences in New Zealand, the Heaphy Track is classified as one of the nine “Great Walks” by the Department of Conservation. At a total length of just under 80kms the track is normally completed in four to five days. Tramping the Heaphy Track will allow you to intimately experience the beauty of the upper West Coast as you explore rainforest, coastal scenery, and alpine grasslands. To access the Heaphy Track you will need to drive to Karamea, which is a few hours north of Greymouth. You won’t mind the drive, however, as the road to Karamea across the Karamea Bluff is home to some of the most beautiful and breathtaking views in New Zealand.
Based just 15 minutes south of Hokitika, the West Coast Treetop Walkway allows you to get up close and personal with the giants of the forest. Explore the top of the Rimu and Kamahi tree canopy on foot, as you walk around a purpose-built viewing platform that is 20m high. There is also a great cafe on site, so once you’ve finished taking in the sights and sounds of the forest you can recharge your batteries for the next leg of your West Coast tour.
Greymouth and the surrounding West Coast area is becoming increasingly popular as a mountain biking destination, and cycle trails have sprung up across the area. The West Coast wilderness trail is a great example of the world-class mountain biking and trail cycling that New Zealand has to offer. Completing the entire trail will take you approximately four days over a length of 120km, and will allow you to see the raw and rugged beauty of the West Coast while challenging yourself physically and mentally.
This easy 45 minute looping walk gives you the opportunity to explore tunnels that were once used by the gold miners of the region. A short drive south of Greymouth, Woods Creek presents you with a unique blend of historic mining remnants and native forest to explore on foot.