Four Day Ride - Remutaka Cycle Trail
This ride is the full Remutaka Cycle Trail experience of river, lake, coast, mountains and historical rail travel. While four days is recommended you should also have a look at some options of adding a day out of the saddle to take in a bit more of what the Wairarapa has to offer. The four day ride has some easy and intermediate sections but the final day is definitely an advanced trail.
River Valley, Tunnels, Rural Wairarapa, the Cape and Rugged South Coast
Petone to Maymorn – 35km 3-5 hours - Easy
An off road cycle path from Petone foreshore along the Hutt Valley beside the Hutt River. Plenty of picnic spots and swimming holes.
Book accommodation in the Maymorn area.
Maymorn to Cross Creek – 25km 3-4 hours - 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.
Accommodation is available near Cross Creek.
Cross Creek to Ocean Beach – 36km 2-3 hours - Intermediate
This section of the trail is on the quiet Western Lake Road beside Lake Wairarapa with two lakeside laybys, perfect for a lunch stop. 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. Accommodation is available close to Ocean Beach.
Ocean Beach to Orongorongo – 18km 3-5 hours - Advanced
This is a rugged coastal trail back to Wellington and needs to be taken seriously with good preparation. Crossing mountain streams and riding through the tonnes of rubble brought down by them does require at least an intermediate skill level. There is nothing between here and Antarctica and the ocean and weather can be extreme. The earthquake scarring is worth taking some time to look at where the earth has lifted up to eight meters in places.
Shuttles to Wellington are available from Orongorongo.