Ride the Wilderness

Mountain Bike Ride

The Challenge - Hokitika to Greymouth

The Ride: In Brief

  • Saturday 13th November
  • Hokitika to Greymouth
  • 95km

Great for the 95km 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

Cass Square. 9:00am

A lead vehicle will lead the peleton to Livingston Street turn right and pull away, cyclist enter the Trail behind the milk factory.

The Finish

Greymouth behind the Airport

Cut off finish time is 4.00pm

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 12th 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 - carol@cjmsevents.co.nz.

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

Course Map



  • 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

$89.00, Closes 12th September 2021
Closes 7th November 2021
$119.00, After 7th November

  • Children (13-17)

Late Entry

$40.00Closes 7th November 2021
$50.00, After 7th November

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

$60.00 (non refundable or transferrable)

There will be no refunds although for a $20 Administration Fee you can transfer your entry to another person or another CJM'S Events Ltd event.  Transfers cannot be made after the Sunday prior to the event.  There is a $10 Administration Fee to change any race categories.  You cannot sell or give your entry to someone else, it must be transferred via Active.  

Should the event have to be cancelled due to force majure, disease or pandemic there will be no refund of entry fee.

CJM's Cancellation Insurance

Competitors do have the option of purchasing a CJM’S Cancellation Insurance when entering the event.  

CJM’S Cancellation Insurance will refund your entry fee in case of cancellation of the event.  This will cover the cancellation of the event for any reason including Force Majure, Disease or Pandemic. 

When entering if you wish to purchase CJM’S Cancellation Insurance, you do so in the Merchandise section. If the event was to be cancelled, the amount of your entry fee is the amount that would be refunded.  No Merchandise fee is refunded.

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Prize Giving

Regent Theatre Greymouth

The Ride: In Detail

Starting at Hokitika 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 Kaniere Tramline then tarseal, the legs will be looking for a bit of a climb through the native forest.  

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 into 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 or any of that fancy phone banking.

The change of the Start to Cass Square is a positive one and gives you the awesome riding along the Kaniere Tram Line, last year this didn't have the bridges in and is really worth the ride and experience.  Plus much easier Traffic Management.

Finish Cut Off

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


There will be transport to the start at Ross and Hokitika before the event. Leaving Greymouth at 6:00am.  This is non refundable or transferrable.

Terms and Conditions

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