Rail Trail section

Walking time





Walking/Running, Mountain Biking


Shared trail

Walking difficulty

Easy: Walking track

Mountain Bike Grade

Intermediate: Grade 3


437m highest point


Yes (on lead)

About the ride

This second section of the Remutaka Cycle Trail traces a historic railway through the Remutaka Ranges. A varied ride, it’s great for families and popular for day trips.

Day trips can start the ride at Maymorn, or for a slightly shorter ride, start from Kaitoke where you’ll find the Wildfinder bike rental hub. If starting from the Wairarapa side, you’ll begin at Cross Creek. Parking is available at all of these points.

From Maymorn to Summit the trail is wide and well-maintained, graded easy (Grade 2). There’s a gentle incline on gravel double track up to Summit, then it’s single downhill along the historic Fell Locomotive Incline, through the 500-metre Summit Tunnel and across the  Siberia Gully swing bridge.

After Summit the trail becomes an intermediate/Grade 3 mountain biking track. It is narrow in places, with people travelling in both directions. It is prone to washouts and there are some exposed drop-offs to navigate carefully.

At the bottom you’ll emerge at the Cross Creek entrance and into the Wairarapa Valley. If this is the end of your ride, you can arrange a shuttle provider to meet you here or ride a further 10km to Featherston. Otherwise, continue on to section 3.

  • Bike hire and shuttle services are available.
  • By car - Take State Highway 2 to Maymorn Station. If starting from Kaitoke the turn off to is signposted at Pākuratahi Forest with the carpark 1km along a metal road.
  • By train - Take the Wairarapa Line from Wellington to Maymorn Station. If taking a bike check the Metlink timetable for information, updates and their bike policy.

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Remutaka Cycle Trail Survey