Touring the West Coast

OverviewTrail Status: Open

Ross — Wanaka (6-8 days, 402km)

Be Prepared

Trail surface: Mostly sealed highway, although there is 24km off road on the last day from Lake Hawea to Wanaka.

Best time to ride: Between March and May when there is less traffic and the weather is generally mild.

Services & Accommodation


Franz Josef and Fox Glacier

Pine Grove

Haast Village



There are no bike shops until Wanaka.

From Christmas through to March accommodation should be booked ahead of time, especially for Fox Glacier and Haast township.

The Hawea River Trail and other Upper Clutha Tracks are built by a trust in partnership with the Department of Conservation. To find out more about the Upper Clutha Tracks, including a range of maps, photos and trail updates, visit

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