The final section of the Remutaka Cycle Trail takes in the rugged beauty of the wild South Coast. This challenging ride is 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.
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.
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