Wellington Regional Trails

Walking time





Walking/Running, Mountain Biking


Shared trail

Walking difficulty

Easy: Walking track

Mountain Bike Grade

Intermediate: Grade 3


96m highest point



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About the ride

The third section of the Remutaka Cycle Trail takes you 42.5km through the Wairarapa countryside between Featherson and Ocean Beach, a small settlement perched on the wild South Coast. The trail surface is a mix of sealed country roads and off-road single tracks.

From Cross Creek, take the out-and-back route (10km each way) north-east into Featherston. The charming town is a great overnight stopover for those riding the Remutaka Cycle Trail and an ideal base to sample local wines, and experience the region’s country charm.

To continue the trail, return south-west on Western Lake road past Cross Creek and along the shores of Lake Wairarapa, passing sheep and cattle farms. There are beautiful picnic spots at All Saints Church and Wairarapa Lake Shore Scenic Reserve.

You’ll pass Lake Ōnoke, part of the Wairarapa Moana Wetlands Park, where indigenous and migratory waterbirds flock. The final stop is on the South Coast at Ocean Beach where you’ll find rows of classic Kiwi baches. This is the start of section four of the cycle trail.

  • Bike hire and shuttle services are available.
  • By car: Parking is available at the Cross Creek car park. The drive from Wellington takes just over one hour.
  • By train: Take the Wairarapa Line to Featherston. Check the Metlink timetable for information, updates, and its policy on carrying bikes.
Bikers walking towards The Old Saints Church, Wairongomai, on the Remutaka Cycle Trail.

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