Wairarapa Cycle Trails

Wairarapa has some great biking routes, from mountain bike parks, cycleways, routes and trails to one of New Zealand's Great Rides - The Rimutaka Cycle Trail.

If you're in Wellington and have a bike you can bring it over on the train or if you're from further afield/don't have a bike on you, one (or twenty) can be hired.

Rimutaka Cycle Trail

Rimutaka Cycle Trail is a ‘Great Ride’ on Nga Haerenga, the NZ Cycle Trail. Extending from Wellington to the Wairarapa, this ride takes in urban and rural landscapes with exceptional experiences on the historic Rimutaka Rail Trail and the Wairarapa south coast.

The Wairarapa section of the Rimutaka Cycle Trail can be experienced with 1-3 days of riding depending on ability and easily tied in with other Wairarapa activities you might choose to experience.

Because this ride is best done over a period of days it is suggested you stop for the night at some of the fantastic accommodation along the way; take a look at Lake Meadows, Western Lake BachWaiorongomai StationWestern Lake Woolshed and Te Rakau or if you want something a bit special then Wharekauhau Country Estate is the place.

Heading into Featherston check out some Featherston accommodation options.

In Martinborough wine village, The Martinborough Hotel specialises in cyclist accommodation.

Route 52

From Waipukurau to Masterton this 202km ride generally takes about two days and feeds nicely into the Rimutaka Cycle Trail another Nga Haerenga 'Great Ride'.

Route 52 touring route takes you through some pretty amazing country towns and farmland and offers some fine country hospitality options for any overnighters.

You'll be biking in some pretty remote places so do take with you plenty of food, water, tools and spare clothes.

The last 46 km from Alfredton to Masterton is a great stretch of riding; it’s mostly downhill. Accommodation options start appearing about 40 minutes out from Masterton:

  • Dursley Garden B&B is a left turn back up to 1899 Bideford Road on an historic rural property with lovely gardens and nice views to the rolling hills
  • Gallin Farm Alpacas is a right turn up Blackrock Road to 143a Matapihi Road and positioned on the Ruamahanga River
  • JD's Lavender Farm is just before the Te Ore Ore Road turn to Masterton at 78b Bideford Road and still retaining the rural aspect
  • Tree Hut Cottage is on the other side of Te Ore Ore Road at 221 Lees Pakaraka Road in a rural setting on a popular club cycle route

On the edge of Masterton, is the Pointon Heritage Car Collection. All the vehicles have a relationship to the Wairarapa. The owners will take you through on a guided tour of the vehicles which in turn tell the stories of the region.

River Grove Olives, Gordon Street (opposite Henley Lake) has modern olive grove accommodation and make sure you have an oil tasting and maybe pick up a bottle or two as gifts.

On the hill in front of River Grove is Masterton Golf Club, the towns premier course, home to Sir Bob Charles and is open to casual players.

Lansdowne House is an historic property with accommodation and site of the original vineyard in the Wairarapa.

At the intersection of Te Ore Ore Road and State Highway 2 is Mawley Holiday Park which is bordered by the Waipoua River. The main entrance is off Oxford Street just to the right.

Budget accommodation can be found at the Empire Lodge in Queen Street, central Masterton.

There is an enormous range of places to stay in Masterton. It's easy to book Masterton accommodation online.

Activities and Shopping in Masterton include:

Restaurants in central Masterton:

  • Farriers - contemporary restaurant with wood fired pizza as a specialty
  • Lone Star - a country style restaurant or bar dining
  • 10 O’Clock Cookie Bakery – an award winning bakery of fine cakes and pastries
  • Entice – a very popular cafe adjoining the art gallery and looking across to Queen Elizabeth Park

For more information on all the things to do in and around Masterton and the Wairarapa, drop in to the Masterton i-SITE Visitor Centre on the corner of Dixon and Bruce Street, Masterton.

Wairarapa Valley Cycleway

From Masterton through Gladstone and out to Martinborough before heading to Featherston via East/West Access Road and Western Lake Road this 67km ride generally takes around 4-6 hours.

This touring route links up perfectly with the Wairarapa section of the Rimutaka Cycle Trail beginning at Cross Creek along Western Lake Road.

Masterton accommodation:

There is a selection on route to Martinborough just out of Masterton.

Activities and Shopping in Masterton:

Restaurants in central Masterton:

  • 10 O’Clock Cookie Bakery – an award winning bakery of fine cakes and pastries
  • Entice – a very popular cafe adjoining the art gallery and looking across to Queen Elizabeth Park
  • Lone Star - a fun bar and restaurant with great music 
  • The Farriers - extensive menu for lunch and dinner with inside and outside seating

Gladstone accommodation:

  • Summit Lodge, 4 Admiral Road, Gladstone, an up market lodge style accommodation
  • Trelan - 4/804 Longbush Road, LOngbush, a farmlet type B&B

Restaurants in Gladstone:

A diversion from the route at Gladstone will take you to the locally famous Gladstone Inn (The Gladdy) where excellent pub lunches can be had.

Accommodation in Martinborough:

Take a look at some fantastic options here.

Activities in Martinborough:

Coming in to Martinborough there are three olive groves worth checking out:

  • Olivo – 2826 Hinakura Road, Martinborough
  • Lot 8 - 8/239 Lake Ferry Road
  • Molive Gold – 101 Cromarty Drive, Martinborough

Restaurants in Martinborough:

A diversion to Lake Ferry on the coast is a must and will probably mean you stay the night.

Lake Ferry accommodation:

Back on the main route and there is rural accommodation at Lacewood at Tuhitarata Estate and Rotopai Farmstay on Kahutara Road.

Heading back up to Featherston on Western Lake Road, historic Waiorongomai has redecorated old cottages and the beautiful 90 year old homestead available. 9km from Featherson at Cross Creek is Lake Meadows, one of the oldest farm houses in the region.

Featherston accommodation:

There is a range of accommodation available in Featherston and can be easily searched here.

Activities in Featherston:

  • The Fell Locomotive Museum – tells the stories of the engineering marvel of the Wellington Wairarapa train which crossed the Rimutaka Ranges.
  • C'est Cheese - probably the best little cheese shop around.

For more information on all the things to do in and around the Wairarapa talk to the staff at an i-SITE Visitor Centre.

Woodside Trail - Greytown

The Woodside Trail is a 5km route for walkers and cyclists extending from South Greytown to Woodside Station. The fully fenced trail has a slight incline to the train station, with views of paddocks, Tararua mountains and stands of oak trees. 

Join the trail from Cotter Street, Greytown, off Humphries Road.

The Trail is suitable for walking, prams, and road and mountain bikes. It is not suitable for racing bikes, horses or motorbikes, and dogs must be on a leash at all times.