FAQs

Kawatiri Coastal Trail | Te Huarahi Takutai o Kawatiri

What level of fitness or skill is required for the trail?

The Kawatiri Coastal Trail is Grade 2 (Easy) and therefore suitable for all fitness levels. The trail surface is mainly gravel, and it is predominantly wide, smooth and flat, with a few gentle gradients. The trail will be 42 km once complete.

Which Sections of the trail are currently open?

The Kawatiri Coastal Trail is under construction and will open in stages. The full 42 km trail is due for completion mid 2024. Currently the Pūwaha, Kawau, Omau, Tauranga and Waitakere sections are fully open. More information can be found on the trail section pages.

How long does it take to cycle the trail?

The Kawatiri Coastal Trail will be 42 km once complete. The trail comprises of 8 sections. Approximately 30 minutes of cycling equates to covering about 15 km at an average speed of about 30 km/h. Most riders could complete the trail in one day. However we recommend slowing down the pace and riding across 2-3 days, making the most of the variety of experiences along the way. Accommodation providers partnered with the trail will shortly be listed. All options for overnight stays can be found via Westport i-SITE.

How much does it cost to ride the trail?

There is no charge to ride the Kawatiri Coastal Trail, however if you wish to make a contribution to the on-going maintenance of the Trail, you can donate via our Givealittle Page

What should I carry with me on the Kawatiri Coastal Trail?

Carry warm clothing and a rain jacket in case there are changes to the weather. Pack water, and snacks. It’s advisable to carry basic bike repair tools, an appropriate means of communication such as a mobile phone, and a first aid kit.

Do I need a mountain bike?

Due to the gravel surface of the Kawatiri Coastal Trail, it is advisable to use a mountain bike or comfort/hybrid bike. The Trail is suitable for everything from children’s bikes and uprights, to touring bikes, mountain bikes and e-bikes.  Bikes and equipment are available to hire from local service providers which you can contact direct or through the Westport i-SITE.

Can I walk the trail?

The Kawatiri Coastal Trail is suitable for cyclists, walkers and runners. We advise users to be aware and considerate of others on the trail.

Are there toilet facilities on the trail?

At this stage there are facilities at Carters Beach, Cape Foulwind, The Seal Colony car park and Tauranga Bay, and Constant Bay Charleston.

Can I camp along the trail?

No, camping is not allowed on the Kawatiri Coastal Trail.  A range of accommodation can be found along the Trail in Westport, Carters Beach, Cape Foulwind, Charleston, the surrounding countryside and popular nearby destinations such as Punakaiki, Reefton and Karamea. Accommodation providers partnered with the trail will shortly be listed on the trail website.

Are there things to see and do along the trail?

Yes, each Section of the Trail has its own unique offerings with plenty of opportunities to step off the track and explore. You can visit the Westport i-SITE for advice before setting off.

Is there secure parking available on the trail?

There are no secure parking options available at this time. Parking in the area is generally safe. Visitors to the trail should consider leaving their vehicle in an appropriate car park, with any valuable items out of sight.

Are Dogs permitted on the Kawatiri Coastal Trail?

No, Dogs are not permitted on any Section of the Kawatiri Coastal Trail, except where the trail intersects the urban areas of Westport, Carters Beach and Charleston. This is due to the wildlife reserve, farmland and private land which the trail traverses.

Are Horses permitted on the Kawatiri Coastal Trail?

No, Horses are not permitted on any Section of the Kawatiri Coastal Trail. This is due to the wildlife reserve, farmland and private land which the trail traverses.

Who do I contact if I come across an issue on the trail?

We are grateful to receive information and updates of any nature from our trail users. You can report any issues you come across here.

How do I make a donation to the trail?

You can make a donation via the Kawatiri Coastal Trail Givealittle Page. Every donation however small is a much needed contribution to the on-going maintenance costs, and helps us take the trail from good to great.