Wellington Regional Trails

Walking time





Walking/Running, Mountain Biking


Shared trail

Walking difficulty

Intermediate: Easier tramping track

Mountain Bike Grade

Intermediate: Grade 3


33m highest point



About the ride

The final section of the Remutaka Cycle Trail takes in the rugged beauty of the wild South Coast. This is a challenging, backcountry, Grade 4 ride. It is only suitable for intermediate to advanced riders. It is arguably the most scenic, with sheer cliffs plunging into the sea and the chance to see orca, dolphins, and seals in the water nearby. On a clear day you’ll see all the way to the snow-capped peaks of the Kaikōura Ranges.

This area is very remote, so be prepared before setting out on your journey. Make sure you read the know before you go section and monitor for weather-related closures on the  Remutaka Cycle Trail Facebook page. This area has active slips and river crossings which are impacted by weather conditions.

Cyclists on the beach at Cape Palliser.

Cyclists at Cape Palliser

The trail can be ridden in either direction. It runs along the coast through Ōrongorongo Station, one of the longest running farms in New Zealand. There are no significant hills, but the terrain is uneven and often rocky, with streams to cross. Due to the coastal environment and changeable weather, sand drifts are common. At the southernmost point, Turakirae Head, you’ll see raised beaches formed by tectonic uplifts over the past 7,000 years.

If you’re coming from the Ocean Beach (Wairarapa) side, from Turakirae Head you’ll turn north to the mouth of the Ōrongorongo River, where the Remutaka Cycle Trail officially ends and the Wainuiomata Coast Road takes you back to Petone.

  • Bike hire and shuttle services are available through Wildfinder, Green Jersey or the Partner Directory
  • By car - Parking is available at Ocean Beach and Ōrongorongo.
  • By bike - To begin at Ocean Beach, continue your ride from Section 3. If you’re starting at Ōrongorongo, the Wainuiomata Connector Ride runs through Wainuiomata to Petone. It is possible to ride around the coast from Eastbourne to Ōrongorongo, but you will need to get permission to cross two areas of private land.

How was your ride?

Let us know by completing our survey and go into the monthly prize draw to win cycle books from the Kennett Brothers. Your feedback helps us build a better trail.

Remutaka Cycle Trail Survey