Get to know the wild side of Wellington and the Wairarapa on this Great Ride around the Remutaka Ranges and Pacific Ocean coast.
Feel a world away from the business of the city on this trail which traces the foreshore, riverside, historic railway and quiet backroads before heading around a remote stretch of the southern coastline.
The trail climbs gently out of the valley and into the bushy hills along the Remutaka Rail Trail, a much-loved local bike ride and walkway. It has peaceful picnic spots along with fascinating railway relics including eerie railway tunnels, and a suspension bridge.
The Remutaka Cycle Trail(opens in new window)then continues through farmland, around bird-filled lakes, before beginning a reasonably challenging cycle around the rugged south coast. A good-weather venture, the Wild Coast section rewards riders with epic views of the Cook Strait and the South Island’s Kaikōura Ranges, along with amazing geology, and a seal colony.
Ngā Haerenga New Zealand Cycle Trails Official Website
A detailed description of this Great Ride, including maps and more information, can be found here.
The Remutaka Cycle Trail is predominantly easy (grade 2); it is wide and smooth with gentle climbs and descents. The coastal section can be sandy, rocky and remote, making it grade 3 (intermediate), and suitable for experienced cyclists.
The full trail is achievable by reasonably fit and experienced riders on a mountain bike or E-mountain bike. There are easier day rides that can be achieved on a hybrid bike.
The trail’s start and end point are Petone and the Wainuiomata Coast Road. Regular bus and train services access various stops along the trail, although the remoter Wairarapa and coast sections will require pick-up or further riding.
The trail is well signposted and has toilets at convenient intervals. Sections closer to urban areas offer services and good mobile phone coverage. More remote stretches require greater self-sufficiency including good planning, appropriate gear and food/water
The trail can be cycled year around. However, the Wild Coast section is very exposed, only ride when the weather is fine. Locals and tour operators will happily offer advice.
Transport & tours
Handy tour and transport options on this Great Ride are available through two of the trail’s official partners.Green Jersey Explorer Tours(opens in new window)’variety of single or multi-day tours include bike and E-bike hire, shuttles, luggage transfers, and Wairarapa wine-country bike tours. Wildfinder(opens in new window)offers all-inclusive cycle tour packages, bike and E-bike hire, shuttles, bag transfers, accommodation, and food services. They're also happy to give free advice to self-guided cycle adventurers.