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How to get to the trail

On the doorstep of New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington, the Rimutaka Cycle Trail is one of the most accessible trails in the country. It may be approached from either end, or at its midpoint.

Petone

East BY West Ferry

At the northern end of Wellington Harbour, Petone is the official start point of the Rimutaka Cycle Trail. It can be reached by road or regular rail service from Wellington Railway Station.

Journey by rail from Wellington to Petone Station takes approximately 15 mins. Signs then direct riders to the trail start at Petone Wharf approximately 2km away. Alternatively, visit the Official Partners page to contact one of the recommended transport providers to make drop off and pick up arrangements at Orongorongo.

Petone is the official start point of the Rimutaka Cycle Trail.

On weekends and public holidays there is also a ferry crossing from Queen’s Wharf on the Wellington Waterfront directly to Petone Wharf. Ferry travel time is around 1 hour, sailing via Seatoun, Somes Island and Days Bay. Please check eastbywest.co.nz for departure times.

Maymorn Station

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The Wairarapa Line rail service from Wellington Station travels several times a day via Maymorn Station, and the top of the Hutt Valley. This is the beginning of the Rimutaka Rail Trail section through Tunnel Gully to Cross Creek.

This train journey takes approximately 40 minutes.

Featherston

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The Wairarapa Line continues from Maymorn through the Rimutaka Tunnel to the township of Featherston. Travel time by rail from Wellington to Featherston is around 1 hour.

Located 12km north of the trail as it emerges from the Rimutaka Ranges into the Wairarapa Valley, Featherston is an ideal overnight stop for two-day trail riders. It also serves as a start point for riders planning a one-day part ride of the trail.

Featherston is an ideal overnight stop for two-day trail riders.

From Featherston riders can pick up the trail as it joins Western Lake Road and continue to the southern coast and around to Orongorongo.

Alternatively, riders can cross the Rimutaka Ranges in the more challenging westerly direction, and then follow the Hutt River downstream to Petone.

Orongorongo

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The furthest point of the trail at Orongorongo is the most difficult to reach, however it is accessible by road via private shuttlebus providers.

Visit the Official Partners page to contact one of the recommended transport providers to make drop off and pick up arrangements at Orongorongo.

Riders can then ride the trail in reverse, heading to Featherston for an overnight stopover, or to return to Wellington via train. 

Download the Rimutaka Cycle Trail brochure 

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