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How to get to the trail

The Rimutaka Cycle Trail is one of the most accessible trails in the country. It may be approached from either end or at multiple points along the way.

You may choose to start at the official start point, somewhere in between, or cycle the trail in reverse - it's up to you, but we suggest you enlist the help of one of our Official Partners.  They can help with as little or as much as you need and you just can't beat local knowledge and experience!

If travelling without the help of an Official Partner, here are some suggestions on how to get there:

Petone

PWT Bike Riders

Located at the northern end of Wellington Harbour, Petone is the official start point of the Rimutaka Cycle Trail.  It can be reached by road or regular train service from Wellington Railway Station.  

The journey by train from Wellington to Petone takes approximately 15 minutes.  Cycles can be carried free of charge, on a first-come, first served basis, except on certain peak hour services.  Once you arrive signs will direct you to the trail start at Petone Wharf, roughly 2km away.  

For those arriving by car on-street car parking is available in designated parking spaces on the streets of Petone.  There are also a number of car parking areas along the beach-front. 

Another option, if you're setting out from Wellington city, is the East by West Ferry.  The ferry leaves from Queens Wharf for Days Bay, with the direct service taking approximately 20 minutes.  Once you reach Days Bay you can cycle round to the trail start at Petone.  On the weekends they also operate a Harbour Explorer Tour (fine weather only so you'll need to check on the day) which makes a stop at Petone Wharf.  You are able to travel with your cycle on the ferry and there is no extra charge for this. 

Maymorn / Kaitoke

Maymorn railway station

The Wairarapa Line train service from Wellington station travels several times a day via Maymorn Station, and the top of the Hutt Valley.  The train journey takes approximately 40 minutes from Wellington.

From Maymorn Station you follow the track for the Rimutaka Rail Trail section, through Tunnel Gully to Cross Creek.

If arriving by car you start a little further up the road.  Turn off SH2, 9km north of Upper Hutt, near Kaitoke.  The carpark is 1km along a metal road.

If you're not cycling back to your start point get in touch with one of our Official Partners to make pick up arrangements.

Featherston

Rimutaka cycleway fell locomotive museum1

The Wairarapa Line continues from Maymorn, through the Rimutaka Tunnel, to the township of Featherston.  Travel time by train from Wellington to Featherston is approximately one hour. When leaving Wellington, if you sit on the right hand side of the train facing forward, you'll get the best views!

Located 12km north of the trail, as it emerges from the Rimutaka Ranges, into the Wairarapa region, Featherston is an ideal overnight stop for two-day trail riders.  It also serves as a start point for riders planning a one-day part ride of the trail.

From Featherston riders can pick up the trail, as it joins Western Lake Road, and continue to the southern coast and around to Orongorongo.  Alternatively, riders can cross the Rimutaka Ranges in the more challenging westerly direction, and then follow the Hutt River downstream to Petone.

If arriving by car you can access the carpark by entering via Cross Creek Road (off Western Lake Road).

If you're not cycling back to your start point get in touch with one of our Official Partners to make pick up arrangements.

Orongorongo

Mukamuka River Ocean Beach Rd 2

The end of the trail at Orongorongo is also another start point.  From here riders can bike the trail in reverse, heading towards Featherston along the South Coast trail section.  

It's accessible by road via private shuttle bus providers.

Visit our Official Partners page to contact one of the recommended transport providers to make drop off and pick up arrangements for Orongorongo.

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