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 50 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 50 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 – Carters Beach
5.5 km (1-2 hours)

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STATUS: Closed - Red weather warning

Kawau

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

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STATUS: Closed - Red weather warning

Omau

Cape Foulwind – Tauranga Bay
3 km (1 hour)

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STATUS: Closed - Red weather warning

Tauranga

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

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STATUS: Closed - Red weather warning

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: Closed - Red weather warning

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

Up Close With Daimon Schwalger Of Nomad Audio & Video

Up Close With Daimon Schwalger Of Nomad Audio & Video

Daimon Schwalger and his wife Prue made the move from Wellington to Westport around six years ago, to set up his new venture - an audio and video production company. Having previously worked as a Dj & Music Producer for about 30 years, Daimon ran an independent...

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Celebrations And Four Generations

Celebrations And Four Generations

The Waitakere Section of the Kawatiri Coastal Trail officially opened for use on Sunday 5 June 2022. To mark the occasion a special Event was curated by Trustee Sarah Stephen, which saw our local communities flock to Charleston for a colourful day of celebration. The...

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A Man Of Many Hats

A Man Of Many Hats

As sections of the Trail are completed, maintenance and enhancement become an ongoing focus. Peter Coburn is one of several volunteers who spend a considerable amount of time maintaining the Trail. Peter also goes the extra mile, to remove gorse and plant his own...

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