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There are no shops beyond the Hutt Valley section of the trail so you'll need to go well prepared.
If you're starting the trail in Wellington, call into the New World Railway Metro supermarket. It's located at the Wellington Railway Station, so it's perfect if you're catching the train to the trail.
A little further into Wellington city, but well worth the visit, you'll find Moore Wilson's in Tory Street. It has a mouth-watering deli and lots of fresh food. While you're here fill up your water bottle from the artesian fountain (found in the piazza). Enjoy the pure, unfiltered water, believed to come from deep beneath Wellington Harbour, originating in the Wairapapa.
If you're heading through Petone be sure to stop off at Te Puna Wai Ora. Located on the corner of Buick and Jackson Streets its a sculpture symbolising a water oasis - a place of rest, refreshment and exploration. It also supplies pure untreated artesian water from public taps and a drinking fountain.
Other water stations along the trail include taps at the Rimutaka Summit, Cross Creek, the church opposite Waiorongomai, Western Lake Woolshed and the Ocean Beach campground.
If you're short on food once you arrive in the Wairarapa the closest shops, including a supermarket, are in Featherston. While there make sure you call into C'est Cheese and try their delicious artisan cheeses.
Now, where to find that well-deserved coffee, chocolate, glass of wine or craft beer!
If it's coffee you're after, then you're in luck! CNN named Wellington as one of the top eight international coffee destinations. You'll find a cafe on almost every corner!
Petone, the official start point of the Rimutaka Cycle Trail, is also packed with some great places to grab a locally roasted coffee. Head to Jackson Street to find Cafe Figg, Beannie Cafe, plus many more.
If a little bit of comfort food is more your thing, then check out the Wellington Chocolate Factory. They make organic, ethically traded chocolate (the salted brittle caramel is a favourite!).
Spoilt for choice in Wellington you'll also find Bohemein Fresh Chocolates, with their high standard of European chocolate craftmanship.
Schoc Chocolate are a unique artisan chocolate studio who are located in both Greytown and Wellington (so there's no excuse not to visit!). Some of their interesting flavours include Carrot & Coriander, Lemon White, Lime Chilli and Sweet Basil.
For those in need of something a little stronger the Wairarapa wine region is well-known for its premium pinot noir and sauvignon blanc.
There are plenty of vineyards to choose from in Martinborough and the best part is that cycling is one of the best ways to see them! Below are only a few of what's on offer.
These experts can help you with any bike repairs or additional supplies you might require.