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Be prepared on the Rimutaka Cycle Trail

Safety on the trail is essential. All sections of the Rimutaka Cycle Trail are open to walkers and some sections include road riding.

Code of conduct

Please respect other users and follow the code of conduct for shared-use tracks:

  • Check the weather forecast before your trip
  • Wear strong lace-up footwear and carry warm and waterproof clothing and enough food and drink for your trip
  • Carry sun protection
  • Plan your route and tell someone your intentions
  • Respect that other users have different, and valid, reasons for being there.
  • Anticipate other users around corners or in blind spots.
  • Expect the unexpected; cycle at a speed from which you can stop safely if a hazard arises.
  • Do not startle other users – greet them when approaching, especially from behind.
  • Be aware of and obey the New Zealand Road Code when riding on-road sections.
  • Common sense and courtesy prevail at all times.

Don't forget to take a torch for the tunnels

Specific safety notes 

  • Go well prepared as beyond the first section there are no shops along the trail.
  • Take a torch for the tunnels
  • Remote areas with little or no cell phone coverage between Tunnel Gully and Cross Creek and around the South Coast.
  • Traffic sense needed on the road from Cross Creek to Ocean Beach.
  • Potential for cold and wet weather during southerlies when on the South Coast section.


  • Light fires only in the fireplaces in the designated camping sites. In times of high risk, there is a total ban on all fires. You are welcome to bring your portable gas stove.
  • Please take your rubbish home and recycle where possible.
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