Located 25kms from Greymouth, Kumara is a former gold mining town where many come to seek their fortune, particularly the Irish. The town wass once the home of the most famous West Coaster, Richard John Seddon, Premier of the Liberal Goverment from 1893 until his death in 1906.
Today, Kumara is a service town for tourists and farmers. The race Course at Kumara provides a base for compeditors and their support teams heading off on the annual Coast to Coast endurance race and the annual Race Meeting brings thousands of visitors each year.
Kumara offers lots for the outdoor enthusiast from tramping, hunting and fishing to fossicking for gold. It is only an hour from three skifields in the arthurs pass National Park. Lake Brunner and the Taramakau River offer magnificant scenery and great brown trout fishing while the lower Taramakau is famous for its whitebait runs.
Kumara Must Sees
The Kumara Races are held annually in January. This is an historic race meeting, with the major race being the Kumara Gold Nuggets, which boasts a real gold nugget as the prize. This is a fantastic family day out and draws a huge crowd to soak up the entertainment and carnival atmosphere of this historic raceday.
Speighs Coast to Coast
The Speights Coast to Coast endurance race starts in Kumara township and has done for 25 years. The Coast to Coast attracts over 800 competitors each with their own support crews. www.coasttocoast.co.nz