Riding the Remutaka Cycle Trail. © TBS Photography

Ride the remarkable Remutaka Cycle Trail


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Beginning at Petone at the head of Wellington Harbour, the Remutaka Cycle Trail encompasses all the best bits of the Wellington and Wairarapa landscapes. 

Over 115 kilometres, normally spread over two to three days, the Remutaka Cycle Trail – one of New Zealand’s Great Rides – is a grade two to three; easy to intermediate route. 

Ride alongside the Hutt River before heading inland – or rather, under-land –  through historic railway tunnels to Wairarapa’s famous vineyard country and the significant wetlands around Lake Wairarapa. 

The trail finishes by skirting the wild and windswept southern coast of the North Island to end at Orongorongo.

While there are some steep bits, there is nothing too taxing on the Remutaka Cycle Trail, so anyone with a moderate level of fitness can give it a go. 

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