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

Adventuring South

Adventuring South

Aly Duff and her family have been lucky enough to call Westport home for the past five years. A keen adventurer, Aly is often joined by her husband Mike and their son Harris (7) avidly exploring the West Coast and beyond. When time and circumstances have permitted,...

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The Big Dig 2022

The Big Dig 2022

CANCELLED: On January 23rd 2022, New Zealand moved to red level under the Covid-19 Protection Framework and so the April event has been cancelled. The Trail Trust hope to schedule the Big Dig later this year. The Big Dig returns to Carters Beach on Sunday 17 April....

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Buller Heritage 10 Fun Run 2022

Buller Heritage 10 Fun Run 2022

REGISTRATIONS OPEN: The 40th anniversary event will now be held on February 11th, 2023. All 2022 Registrations have automatically been transferred to the 2023 event. Early bird pricing will remain until November 2022. You can Register here. The Trail Trust are...

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