Ride the Wilderness

Mountain Bike Ride

Hokitika to Greymouth

The Ride: In Brief

  • Saturday 18th November
  • Hokitika to Greymouth
  • 100km

Great for the 100km Rider. This ride gives you the variation of fast and flat rides, exciting category 2 climbs with picturesque screnery throughout. Riding through Cowboy Paradise, Kumara and finishing in Greymouth.

The Start

Hokitika Golf Club. 9:00am

The Finish


Cut off finish time is 4pm

Race Packs

Your Race Pack will contain your Race Number, Race Information and Sponsors Product.

  • Your Race Number must be secured to the front of your handle bars

Note: Every entrant has a Race Pack and NEEDS to be picked up in order to compete. 

Race Pack Pick Up

Friday 17th November - between 3:00pm and 8:00pm – Monteith's Brewery, Herbert St Greymouth

Your Race Pack needs to be picked up prior the event.  You cannot pick up your race pack on race day.  If this does not suit you can contact us to make special arrangement - cjmsevents@xtra.co.nz.

You are more than welcome to pick up 'bulk packs'.  Please email us with a list of all the names so we can have these all ready for you so speed things up - cjmsevents@xtra.co.nz.

Course Map

Course Map Coming Soon



  • School Boy (13-17)
  • Open Men (18-39)
  • Veteran Men (40-49)
  • Classic Men (50-59)
  • Vintage Men (60-69)
  • Seasoned Men (70+)  

  • Cancer Survivors
  • Clydesdale 


  • School Girl (13-17)
  • Open Women (18-39)
  • Veteran Women (40-49)
  • Classic Women (50-59)
  • Vintage Women (60-69)
  • Seasoned Women (70+)

  • Cancer Survivors
  • Clydesdale 

Cancer survivors:

Male and Female
When entering enter the Cancer Survivor section. (No age group sections)

Clydesdale and Clydesdalesses:

One for the big guys and girls in the mountain bike section, males over 100kg and females over 75kg (without the bike) and you will be weighed after the race if required, so you have to be a solid 100kg or 75kgs. If we need to weigh you we will.
When entering just enter the Clydesdale section. (No age group sections)


E-Bikes pedal assist can be ridden in the event. This will be a non competitive category and have to be pedal assisted only. This is a rule that has to be respected, no E-Bikes with throttle assistance will be allowed to be ridden on the Trail and all E-Bikes to be under 300 watts. If this works well we may introduce this as a competitive event next year. 

When entering, enter the E-Bike section. (Non competitive)


  • Individuals (18+)

Early Bird
Late Entry

$69.00, Closes 17th September 2017
Closes 15th November 2017
$99.00, After 15th November

  • Children (13-17)

Late Entry

$30.00Closes 15th November 2017
$40.00, After 15th November

  • Transport to the Start - Before the Event
    (per person & bike)


  • Transport back to the Start - After the Event
    (per person & bike)


There will be no refunds if you cannot participate in the event, but for a $20 fee you can transfer your entry to someone else or to another event.    
Transfers cannot be made after the Wednesday prior to the event. To transfer race categories there is a $10 fee.

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Prize Giving

Regent Theatre Greymouth

The Ride: In Detail

Starting at Hokitika Golf Club at 9:00am, the ride through to Cowboy Paradise is a fast ride and could be said to be a bit of a warm up for the rest of the ride. Racing though to Hurunui Jacks on the tarseal, the legs will be looking for  bit of a climb through the native forest.  

As you leave Golf Links Road instead of turning left and crossing the Hokitika River you will now cross the highway and continue down Arthurstown Road until you get to the Kaniere Bridge, turn left over the bridge then right on to Kaniere Road to Hurunui Jacks.

With an 8km ride from Hurunui Jacks to Lake Kaniere, you'll ride beside the water races built by our ancestors with all the timber milled from the area to build these water races.  We ask you to take care through this portion of the ride as we don't want any riders going int the water races.  At times as you ride through the kahikatea trees and past cheeky bird life laughing at you. You will have a stream to your right and deep water race to your left, you'll feel engulfed by the forest and part of nature.

When you come out at Lake Kaniere if you think you have time to swim the lake you're mistaken. It is 8km long and 195m deep, not a small lake.

You'll leave Lake Kaniere and head inland up the Arahura River into the Wilderness, past wide open paddocks and spaces, signs with no shooting "leave the gun behind" you'll start to wonder where you're heading. As you make your way up the valley you'll have a small climb that goes on and on then right before your eyes is a journey back west "Cowboy Paradise".

Race down the main street and continue on if you're an individual, if you're a team changeover here.  Make sure you have a dollar in your pocket, if you want a refreshment as there's no Eftpos there.

The change of the Start at the Golf Club and route down Arthurstown Road is due to safety for riders, as the Kaniere Tram section isn't complete yet and would create some issues for managing traffic. Next year this should all be completed.

Finish Cut Off

Cut off for all rides to be finished is 4:00pm.


There will be transport back to the start point for riders after prize giving and limited transport to Ross and Hokitika before the event.

Terms and Conditions

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