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Two day options

If you have a little more time to explore, book a nights accommodation near trail and make the most of what this area has to offer.

Wellington - Featherston

Ladle Bend Creek Bridge

Grade:  2 - 3 (Easy to intermediate)

Suitable for:  Regular cyclists with a good level of fitness. It's recommended that children should be over 12 years of age.  

Accommodation:  Silverstream. You might like to be arrange for your bags to be transferred by one of our Official Partners so that you can travel light.

Transport options:  You can either leave your car parked in Petone, or catch a train from Wellington to Petone. From Featherston you can catch the train all the way back to Wellington, it stops in Petone on the way.

Day one

Approx cycling time:  2 - 3 hours

Take the time to look around Petone before you head out, maybe even treat yourself to a coffee in one of the many cafes.

The first section of the trail begins at Petone Wharf and heads along the Petone foreshore to the mouth of the Hutt River. From here you follow the trail north-east, alongside the river.

The trail travels through parkland so there are plenty of places to stop for lunch. The city of Lower Hutt is located quite close to the trail if you wanted to pick up some supplies.

Day two

Approx cycling time:  5 - 6 hours

Continue along the riverside trail until you leave the riverbank at Te Marua. Follow the short road section to Tunnel Gully and then the old railway route through native bush and plantation forest to the Summit. After the downhill section you will emerge at Cross Creek in the Wairarapa. Turn north-east on Western Lake Road and cycle to the town of Featherston (12km).

Kaitoke / Maymorn - Featherston - Ocean Beach / Orongorongo

Wild Coast Trail heading north 2

Grade:  2 - 3 (Easy to intermediate)

Suitable for:  Regular cyclists with a good level of fitness.  It's recommended that children should be over 12 years of age.

Accommodation:  Featherston or Official Partners along Western Lake Road. You might like to arrange for your bags to be transferred by one of our Official Partners so that you can travel light.

Transport options:  You can drive to Kaitoke (north of Wellington) and use the car park provided or you can catch the train from Wellington to Maymorn Station, it will just take a little longer.  Pre-book a shuttle (using our Official Partners) to pick you up from either Ocean Beach or Orongorongo and return you to Kaitoke or Wellington.

Day one

Approx cycling time:  4 - 5 hours

Your first day of cycling will take in the Rimutaka Rail Trail. There is a climb to the Summit but you'll be rewarded with the downhill section into the Wairarapa. There are plenty of photo opportunities with restored rail tunnels and locomotive ruins. When you arrive at Cross Creek, turn north-east on Western Lake Road and cycle 12km to the town of Featherston, or find your accommodation on Western Lake Road.

Day two

Approx cycling time:  2 - 3 hours or 6 - 8 hours

Today you can either cycle from Featherston/Western Lake Road to Ocean Beach or all the way to Orongorongo, depending on how you are feeling.

You can cycle from Featherston on an off-road limestone path. Once you reach the trail, continue south on a sealed public road, alongside Lake Wairarapa, until you reach Ocean Beach. The section to Orongorongo takes in the rugged beauty of the South Coast and on a fine day you can see the peaks of the South Island's Kaikoura Ranges.

Our Official Partners are available to help with bike hire, pick ups, drop offs and accommodation, but they will need to be booked in advance.

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