Remutaka Cycle Trail

The 115km Remutaka Cycle Trail runs from historic Petone, to Wairarapa, then to Wainuiomata

Pedal along one of New Zealand’s 22 ‘Great Rides’ starting and finishing in the Hutt Valley. The track runs alongside the Hutt River from Petone to Upper Hutt ,then it’s up and over the Remutaka Rail Trail (the trains now go through the hill you’ll ride over) to neighbouring Wairarapa

Choose to make it 1 or 3 days

Make your cycle a leisurely experience by breaking it into smaller pieces. Pitch a tent, cosy up in a cabin or book a bed and breakfast like Kenlea Cottage, just around the corner from Petone's Jackson Street with 60+ eateries in 800metres and to fill your drink bottles with pure artesian water


Day 1 - lighthouse detour and easy river trails

9am - Start the day with a hot cuppa from a Petone roastery, then slowly cycle along the waterfront to Alfred Memelink Artspace

10:45am - Detour along the Eastern Bays to Pencarrow Lighthouse.

12:15pm - Enjoy a picnic lunch at Pencarrow Lighthouse, overlooking the Cook Strait.

2:30pm - Rejoin the Remutaka Cycle Trail and follow the Hutt River

2:45pm - Stop for a coffee and scone at Bellbird Eatery before exploring The Dowse Art Museum.

4pm - Head to Silverstream Retreat for a relaxed evening. 


Day 2 - old railway line and lakeside farms

9:30am - Pop across the road to Silver Stream Railway to learn about the trails heritage.

10:30am - Follow the trail until Harcourt Park, the filming location for The Gardens of Isengard in The Lord of the Rings.

12pm - Opt for a late packed lunch at Tunnel Gulley before unpacking a torch. 

4pm - Stretch the legs at Wairarapa Moana Wetlands.

Continue at a leisurely pace, and arrive at Wharekauhau Country Estate by 5:30pm - just in time for dinner!



Day 3 - big coast and bushy trails

10am - Head off for the last leg of the journey - only 1.5hr until the end of the Remutaka Cycle Trail at Orongorongo. 

Pre-book a shuttle to return to Lower Hutt or continue cycling along Wainuiomata's Coast Road for an overnight option and Remutaka Forest Park - and fitter riders can venture up to Wainuiomata Mountain Bike Park.

Explore the Hutt Valley like a local. Discover our neighbourhood and big backyard full of unexpected treasures along the trail. Hop on a train, bus or ferry to explore seaside villages, boutique shopping and find your next locally-roasted coffee and craft beer fix. 


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From now on, it's Remutaka not Rimutaka

Ride each section

Petone to Maymorn

35km, 3-5 hours
Grade 2, Easy

Maymorn to Cross Creek

25km, 3-4 hours
Grade 2-3, Easy to Intermediate

  • ride between train stations
  • following the old railway route
  • take your torch for five railway tunnels
  • add on an ride north to Featherston.

Cross Creek to Ocean Beach

36km, 2-3 hours
Grade 3, Intermediate

  • a gentle descent on a sealed public road
  • take care for the occasional vehicle
  • short off-road sections break up the ride
  • pedal by rich farmland and wetlands 

Ocean Beach to Orongorongo

18km, 3-5 hours
Grade 3, Intermediate to Advanced

  • sea views out to Cook Strait
  • follow a 4 whhel drive track
  • steep high-rising hill country coast
  • explore Turakirae Head seal colony
  • may be challenging in small spots of sand and rock.