One Day Ride - Remutaka Cycle Trail
Petone to Maymorn - 35km 3-5 hours - easy
An off road cycle path from Petone up the Hutt Valley beside the Hutt River. Plenty of picnic spots and swimming holes.
You could also use the train to/from Upper Hutt to make it a one way ride.
Maymorn to Cross Creek - 25km 3-4 hours - Easy to Intermediate
The trail winds its way constantly but gently up into the Remutaka Range. High enough for the Summit to be in snow in winter. The height gives you great views across the Wairarapa valley and there is one mountain stream to cross. Along the way a series of train tunnels built in 1878 make for excellent photo opportunities. Some short bending tunnels and the longest at the Summit is 584m long. The Fell engine which ran this line was considered an engineering marvel at the time. Definitely take a good torch each.
Catch the train from Wellington to Maymorn which connects with the Remutaka Rail Trail through Tunnel Gully.
Add on a visit to the Fell Engine Museum in Featherston
Featherston to Ocean Beach - 45km 3-4 hours - Intermediate
There is an easy off road trail from Featherson to Cross Creek but riders need to be intermediate to ride on Western Lake Road from Cross Creek to the coast. Keep left and use the recommended sections of off road trail; they add to the experience with native bush and wetland environments. If there are any cows or sheep on the road, just stop! The farmer will help you through.