Trail from Town to Train

A delightful walk or cycle along an old train track route in the Wairarapa includes mountains, trees, birds and rail history.

The Greytown-Woodside Trail follows the former little branch rail line which closed in 1953.  Although it is a short distance from the Main Street of the colonial village of Greytown, with its boutique shopping and cafes, it feels like the middle of the countryside. The flat, 5km trail is surrounded by farmland with grazing sheep and cattle and has terrific views out over paddocks towards the Tararua mountains.

You can access the trail at the end of Cotter Street in Greytown. The track winds towards the mountains weaving between grand oak trees and plantings of young trees. Display boards tell the history of the branch line and strategically placed bench seats offer a place to rest.

Pass beehives, horses, llamas and other animals in the fields on either side. At the end of the trail is Woodside Railway Station, used daily by commuters heading to and from Wellington city, only one hour away.
The return journey offers a different view of the Gladstone hills to the east and majestic tall trees that line Greytown’s pretty streets. It’s no wonder this trail has grown in popularity for cyclists, walkers and runners. It’s also very child-friendly.

Greytown is one of five townships that make up the Wairarapa and is an hour’s drive or train ride from Wellington.

For more things to do while you're visiting the Wairarapa head to When you're here be sure to call into one of our i-SITEs for advice and trip suggestions.

Masterton i-SITE
Cnr Bruce and Dixon Streets
+64 6 370 0900

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18 Kitchener Street
+64 6 306 5010