Fox Glacier to Harihari (85k)
There are several places you can stop on the way to Harihari. The emptiness of the bush clad road and glimpses
of sea gives way to thirty kilometre stretches between established townships and old settlements. If you want a
brief day's cycle, stop at Franz Josef, another established tourist town with all facilities (23 kilometres out
from Fox Glacier) or Whataroa (55 kilometres out with backpackers, store and camping behind the pub).
The road is generally rolling downhill but interrupted by Mt. Hercules (200 metres), not an onerous climb. Many
people stop at Okarito, a sleepy, picturesque settlement around 46 kilometres from Fox Glacier. This is a few
kilometres down a side road just before Whataroa. It is a lovely spot and offers basic facilities including
backpackers and a DOC campground. Harihari has pub, store, camping and backpackers.
Harihari to Hokitika (72k)
This is a relatively easy day's ride passing through bush and sea scapes and the towns of Pukekura (24
kilometres from Harihari) and Ross (22 kilometres). Both have camping/backpackers facilities and a store. The
road winds and rolls easily enough until just past Ross where it flattens out for the last twenty kilometres to
Hokitika. Hokitika sits on the coast and is a well established town with all the facilities you could want. Cafés,
internet, camping, supermarket etc. You might be tempted to cycle on to Greymouth, a further 40 kilometres but
Hokitika has a charm all of its own and is not to be overlooked. The sandy beachfront is covered with driftwood
and, being on the West Coast, makes it ideal for sunset walks.
Hokitika to Greymouth (40k)
This relatively flat road bordering the sea completes the greater part of your West Coast trip. Greymouth is the
largest of the West Coast towns and has most of what you will need including bike shops, camping grounds,
backpackers, internet and supermarkets.
Once you arrive in Greymouth, you have three choices of where to go next. Either Head over to Christchurch
through the alpine route of Arthur's Pass (253 k) Head inland through Reefton (or Westport), to Murchison
through the Buller Gorge. (98 k) Head up to Karamea at the top of the coast through Westport, bearing in mind
you have to turn round and come back as there is no through road. (394 k's return).