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Throughout the trail you will see remarkably different landscapes, from urban to wild terrain, it takes in the Hutt River and the Remutaka Range, through Wairarapa to the southern coast.
It is suitable for a range of ages and abilities and can be ridden in sections of various lengths over one, two or three days.
Riders will uncover traces of New Zealand's rich heritage; ancient Maori settlement sites, European colonial history and the legacy of stone and steel from the days of steam-powered rail.
Beneath it all is a unique geological landscape visibly shaped by millennia of seismic upheaval.
The Remutaka Incline is an engineering marvel, but newspapers at the time described it as an "accursed bottleneck" and a "dull, wearisome journey". If you ask any of us, we'll tell you it was a cyclist's paradise.
- Wade Wallace, CyclingTips
Wondering what your ride's going to be like? Here are the details of what to expect when you set off:
Ride through the historic Maymorn Tunnel to Kaitoke, then follow a short public road, which connects you to the rail trail section. Follow the Pakuratahi River then ride through plantation forestry to reach the summit. On your descent you will follow the old railway route, emerging at Cross Creek.