West Coast Wilderness cycle trail opens

SARAH-JANE O'CONNOR
Last updated 15:31 22/11/2013

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Cyclists are invited to bring their bikes for the opening of a new West Coast cycle trail tomorrow.

The West Coast Wilderness Trail is the newest ride on Nga Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail.

The opening coincides with the first anniversary of the re-opening of the Theatre Royal Hotel in Kumara.

Festivities include a vintage bike race, street parade and children's decorated bike competition.

The party will kick off at 10am, with the official opening ceremony at 12.15pm.

Earlier in the morning, cyclists will set out from Greymouth and Hokitika in time to converge on Kumara for the celebrations.

Green Party MP Kevin Hague and Prime Minister John Key are joint sponsors of the national trail project. Hague will be in Kumara tomorrow to celebrate the launch of the cycle trail.

The track stretches 120km and will take three days to traverse by cycle.

Starting in Greymouth, it passes through Kumara and ends in Hokitika.

A further section will be opened in June, extending through to Ross for an extra day in the saddle.

Parts of the trail have been open to the public already and Hague said he had used parts of it for recreation and getting into town.

The majority of the route is an easy (grade 2) ride, suitable for all ability levels including families.

A second West Coast trail, the Old Ghost Trail, is slated to open in December 2014.

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