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 food, craft 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
- Drive or catch the train to Maymorn Station and start through Tunnel Gully.
- Drive or catch the train to Featherston then cycle the hour to Cross Creek, all on off-road limestone trail.
- Book a shuttle with Rimutaka Shuttles or Martinborough Shuttles to meet you at the end of your ride, or get to your accommodation.
Check out our handy Remutaka Cycle Trail FAQ.