A West Coast
Adventure

The Kawatiri Coastal Trail is a Grade 2, family friendly cycling and walking heritage trail and will connect the Buller District towns of Westport and Charleston.

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ABOUT THE TRAIL

This extraordinary West Coast adventure journeys between the mountains to the east and the coastline to the west, with views towards the majestic Paparoa Mountain Range.

Diverse landscapes combine to create a memorable journey across 55 km. Comprising of nine gentle Sections, with multiple access points, the Trail is manageable for riders to fully complete, at each turn revealing unrivalled and ever changing coastlines.

The breathtaking route meanders an enviable mix of rugged cliffs, crashing seas, wildlife, forest, suspension bridges, boardwalks, pristine wetlands, shelters and interpretive signage brimming with remarkable stories and local secrets.  With views from mountains to sea, the trail traverses highlights such as Carters Beach, Cape Foulwind, Tauranga Bay, Ōkari, Tōtara and Charleston.

The Kawatiri Coastal Trail is under construction and will open in stages. The full 55 km Trail is due for completion mid 2023. Currently the Pūwaha, Omau and Waitakere Sections are fully Open. The Kawau and Tauranga Sections are partially Open. More information can be found on the Trail Section Pages.

Trail
Sections

Kilometres
of Trail

Grade 2
Family Friendly

Trail Sections

Explore The Kawatiri Coastal Trail

Pūwaha

Westport to Carters Beach
5.5 km (1-2 hours)
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STATUS: Open - Caution

Kawau

Carters Beach – Cape Foulwind
7 km (1-2 hours)

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STATUS: Partially Open

Omau

Cape Foulwind – Tauranga Bay
3 km (1 hour)

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STATUS: Open

Tauranga

Tauranga Bay – Ōkari Lagoon
5 km (1-2 hours)

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STATUS: Partially Open

Ōkari

Ōkari Lagoon – Virgin Flat Road
7 km (1-2 hours)

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STATUS: Planned

Tōtara

Virgin Flat Road – Rahui
10 km (2-3 hours)

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STATUS: Planned

Rahui

Rahui – Nile River
2 km (30 minutes)

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STATUS: Planned

Waitakere

Nile River – Charleston
2 km (30 minutes)

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STATUS: Open

Tauhinu

Charleston – 4 Mile Road
8 km (2-3 hours)

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STATUS: Planned

The area’s unique geology, diverse ecology, extensive Māori and European history and vast seascapes make this one of New Zealand’s finest day or multi-day rides.

Following a dedicated cycle path between Westport and Charleston, the awe inspiring heritage trail offers riders an invigorating experience along a truly spectacular coastline. Along a wide, smooth path through Podocarp Forest, Nikau Palms and expansive beaches, riders journey back in time to the days of Māori Pounamu gatherers and the glittering gold rush era.

Once complete mid 2023, the all seasons Trail can be ridden in either direction, with the option to slow down the pace and split into shorter rides, taking in major highlights along the way.

LATEST NEWS

Tales from the Trail

Plan, Prepare & Pack

Plan, Prepare & Pack

The beauty of a day ride is the ability to travel light. And whilst you can leave the kitchen sink at home, remember to carry all the essentials. Packing the right gear, snacks, and tools could be the difference between a fun day out on the trail and a long walk back...

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Trail Tips With Gary Patterson

Trail Tips With Gary Patterson

Gary Patterson of the Great Rides App is a fan of our expanding Trail, and we're thrilled to feature presently as a Bonus Ride. The Great Rides App is the only App designed for the Great Rides of the New Zealand Cycle Trail. It's free from the app stores, works...

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A New Lease of Life For Luke

A New Lease of Life For Luke

27 year old Luke Alexander from Cape Foulwind faces challenges that have seen the young adventurer having to rely on neighbours, family and friends to get around. However all that has changed with an e-Bike. The Kawatiri Coastal Trail terrain is wide, flat and smooth...

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