Remataka Cycle Trail
The diversity of scenery is the most stirring feature of the Remutaka Cycle Trail. Beginning in an urbanscape, it explores the Petone foreshore before following the Hutt River Trail for around 40km. Visit historic Petone, museums, or take a swim in the Hutt River.
The Remutaka Cycle Trail offers options for a side trip up the Te Whiti Riser. Definitely recommended for fit and capable riders, it adds a hill and unbeatable views to an otherwise flat ride.
The trail snakes across the Remutaka Mountain Range following an easy Remutaka Rail Trail. This section of the trail is a gentle gradient with a nice hard packed surface. It is a very popular day-ride for locals who often picnic at the summit.
You wind through native bush and pass through 2 tunnels before you reach the summit. After riding through the 480m long Remutaka Summit tunnel there is a rapid decent to Cross Creek and the Wairarapa valley floor. This rail track is historically significant as it used the unusual “Fell” system. Trail interpretation is a treat for rail enthusiasts.
The next 30km is on quiet country roads following the shores of Wairarapa Moana (Lake Wairarapa). This is bucolic magic. Farms use this road for stock movements, some of the farmers are seventh generation guardians of the land! The Wild South Coast from Ocean Beach to Orongorongo is an exposed landscape scarred by wild seas, furious winds and geological MEGA events. Historically it is a treasure trove, Karaka Groves indicate early Maori settlements, and more recent European activity. At Turakirae Seal Colony, the Bull seal gather between mating seasons. On a clear day you are afforded excellent views of the South Island.
The Remutaka Cycle Trail packages up a wide diversity of scenery and experiences to make it an unforgettable adventure.