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The mountains climb to just under 1000m, there's native scrub, forests of tree fern, planted groves of pine and quiet farmlands - its hard to imagine all that is so close to a capital city.
- Mike Blewitt, Australian Mountain Bike magazine
Starting near the creative and culinary capital, Wellington, it travels through Lower Hutt, nestled by the Hutt River, and Upper Hutt, set amongst bush-clad hills.
An old rail trail leads you through the Remutaka Ranges, to the country roads of rural Wairarapa and its boutique vineyards. The final section takes you along the rugged South Coast, where mountains dive into the Pacific Ocean.
Did you know...
Lonely Planet named the trail as one of the world's hottest travel experiences in 2015
The trail is a part of Nga Haerenga - The New Zealand Cycle Trail
The trail can be ridden in sections over one, two or three days
There are five historic tunnels on the trail, up to 584m long
The trail has the oldest Howe truss bridge in New Zealand