Remutaka (Rimutaka) Cycle Trail

The Remutaka (Rimutaka) Cycle Trail connects Wellington with Wairarapa, winding through a variety of stunning Kiwi landscapes: a river valley, rolling foothills, bush-clad ranges, old railway tunnels, lake-sides, farm land and a rugged coastline.

One of New Zealand’s Great Rides, this 115km trail is rich in history with diverse terrain rideable by most people. The best aspect of this trail is its multiple access points meaning riders can tailor the journey to suit their needs and fitness levels. Here are our tips to help you choose the right ride. 

For a rewarding day select just part of the trail, the hugely popular Remutaka Rail Trail. 

Coming for a couple of days?

The Remutaka Rail Trail makes a wonderful weekend cycle trip with the opportunity to explore other Wairarapa highlights such as cycling the vines in Martinborough, visiting Featherston or Greytown or riding the Wairarapa’s other cycle trails

If you have more time, incorporate side trips to Martinborough wine village, pretty Greytown or Cape Palliser. There’s accommodation along the way and plenty of opportunities to refuel with great coffee, delicious foodcraft beer and Wairarapa wine. 

Alternatively bike the full Remutaka Cycle Trail breaking up the journey overnight in characterful accommodation found along the way. There’s even Wharekauhau Country Estate if you want to splash out.

Transport options to/from the start/finish

Check out our handy Remutaka Cycle Trail FAQ.

Remutaka Cycle Trail Terrain