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The Rimutaka Cycle Trail is one of New Zealand's Great Rides and is part of Nga Haerenga, The New Zealand Cycle Trail. It's a journey through distinctive New Zealand landscapes in the Wellington and Wairarapa regions.
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 Rimutaka 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.
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
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There are five historic tunnels on the trail, up to 584m long
The trail can be ridden in sections over one, two or three days.
The trail is part of Nga Haerenga – The New Zealand Cycle Trail.www.nzcycletrail.com
The trail has the oldest Howe truss bridge in New Zealand
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Wellington has 363km of mountain biking and walking tracks
Wellington has around 750 cafes and restaurants
Wellington has 2,110hrs of sunshine per year
Wellington region has a population of 492,500
Wellingtonians have an average commute to work of only 5km