Remutaka Cycle Trail Highlights Tour
Experience the highlights of The Remutaka Cycle Trail! Discover the Remutaka Incline's native bush and rail history, then explore the Wild Coast in all it's rugged beauty. 35km of moderate to challenging riding, across an all-inclusive 8-hour trip.
Cycle through native, bird-filled forest, over bridges and through tunnels while enjoying views of the natural landscape and the old railway system. Reach Summit then embark on a fun descent to Cross Creek in the Wairarapa, before being shuttled through some of NZ's most scenic farmland to the coast for your afternoon ride around the coast to Orongorongo. We've seen orca, dolphins and seals in this area, and the landscapes are rugged but stunning.
You will be provided with everything you will need for your adventure - transport to and from your accommodation, bikes with trunk bags for your personal effects, and all food - so all you need to do is wear appropriate clothing and be ready to ride!
per adult from
Hotel pickup available
What's included :
- All food and water provided - snacks, light lunch, tea and coffee, water.
- All equipment - mountain bikes / eBikes, helmets and other safety gear, racks and a pannier bag.
- All transport - shuttles to and from your hotel / pickup point, and any other transports required throughout day.
- Knowledgeable and friendly host, who will provide information regarding the trail and what to expect throughout the day.
- All taxes/fees are included in the headline price - no hidden extras.
- Bottled water
What's excluded :
- Excludes on-trail guide - you will be shuttled to/from each location and briefed on the trail.
- Enjoy a 9am shuttle pick up from your hotel in Wellington, from here you’ll take an approximately 30 minute drive up to the start of the trails. Along the way, you’ll be briefed as to what to expect on the trails and from the day.
Once you have reached the start of the cycle trail at Kaitoke, you’ll be set up with a modern mountain bike specially selected and customized for these trails. These bikes come equipped with comfortable seats and grips, quality components, headlights for the tunnels, and a rear carrier rack with pannier unit, so you can take your personal effects without needing a bulky backpack. You'll also receive a snacks and bottled water, as well as maps and safety equipment including a GPS tracker with emergency functions. After a quick safety briefing, your adventure will begin!
On the trail, you’ll start by cycling through the native bird-filled Pakuratahi Forest. Follow an old railway line over bridges and through tunnels, while pausing, if you like, to check out information stations detailing the enormous task of constructing the “Fell” railway system - a first for New Zealand at the time, and one of only a few around the world. Once you reach the summit, enjoy an exhilarating (but easily controllable!) descent to Cross Creek in the Wairarapa, with views of some of New Zealand’s stunning farming heartland.
Here you will be picked up by our comfortable shuttle around 12pm, and enjoy an approximately 45 minute scenic drive south to Ocean Beach, and the start of The Wild Coast Trail. We'll have a delicious packed lunch for you that you can eat along the way or once we get to the beach, and again we'll brief you as to what to expect for the second half of the day.
From Ocean Beach, you jump on your bike and head around the coast to Orongorongo. You'll pass through rugged farmland, lush river valleys, bleak shingle fans and wild beaches. Our staff have seen orca, dolphins and seals in this area - it's a challenging track that can push some riders, but really is an incredible part of the country and well worth the effort.
Once you arrive at Orongorongo around 4.30pm, we'll meet you with some refreshments, and shuttle you back to Wellington. You will be returned back to your hotel around 5pm, though we recommend allowing for a 6pm finish, just in case anyone in the group is slow to finish.
Departure Point :Your accommodation in Wellington or the Hutt Valley (to be advised by customer)
Departure Time :9:00 AM
Return Detail :Tour ends with drop off at your accommodation
Hotel Pickup :
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
- Please provide the following at time of booking, so we can make sure your day goes smoothly:
- Info regarding your dietary requirements - eg "no seafood please", "gluten free", "vegetarian"
- Your approximate height (for bike sizing) - inches or cm are fine.
- The address that you would like our shuttle to pick you up from at 9am - anywhere in Wellington or the Hutt Valley is fine
- Trips are subject to favourable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund at your discretion.
- Minimum age is 12
- Minimum of 2 people per booking
- Maximum of 12 people per booking
- Please wear appropriate clothing for outdoor activity. During the warmer months, this means shorts and a t-shirt for riding, and a light jacket in reserve. During the colder months you may prefer long pants or tights (nothing baggy that may catch on the bike!), with a tshirt, fleece and light jacket in reserve. Closed shoes - running shoes are perfect - must be worn at all times.
- Near public transportation
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
- You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.