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36km, 2-3 hours, Grade 3 (Intermediate, on-road)
Suitable for: Regular cyclists with a good level of fitness.
Things to be aware of:
Some riders may opt to turn north-east on Western Lake Road to the town of Featherston (12km) to finish their day’s ride. It's also the place to pick up more supplies if required.
The trail, however, turns south west and runs alongside the shore of Lake Wairarapa. This section is a gentle descent on sealed public road, easily ridden, with some care required for occasional motor vehicles. Riders will travel through rich farmland, where sheep and cattle have grazed since Eurpoeans first settled in the 19th century.
Towards the coast riders pass Lake Onoke, part of the Wairarapa Moana Wetlands Park, home to indigenous and migratory waterbirds, and a historically productive food and material resource for local Māori.
Riders reach the big blue of Cook Strait at the settlement of Ocean Beach.