Nothing beats a cool beer at the end of a day’s riding. We reckon the two best places to enjoy that drink are Brewtown in Upper Hutt or The Whiteswan in Greytown. Bike to Brewtown or The Whiteswan starting from Wairarapa or Kaitoke!
Kick off from your accommodation in Martinborough or Greytown (or we can meet you at the Featherston Railway station) we shuttle you to Cross Creek where you hit the Remutaka Rail Trail to start your ride to Brewtown where 5 craft breweries, the Daytona Raceway, Ice skating, Paintball, and trampolines await! While the afternoon away and we will collect you, at your leisure, and return you to your base.
Grab an electric assist bike to make this journey so easy.
To the Whiteswan
Meeting you at your accommodation we will shuttle you to the Kaitoke Carpark (or we can meet you there) where you mount your trusty bike and ride the Remutaka Rail Trail through to Cross Creek, Featherston and on to Greytown. Stop at a magical local swimming hole along the way, then ford the shallow Tauherenikau River before you finish working up a thirst on the Greytown Trail on your way to “The Swan”. Bask in the evening sun over a cool glass of your favourite beer.
The Remutaka rail trail is the most popular section of the Remutaka Cycle Trail and offers an easy, diverse ride across a mountain pass. You can enjoy learning about the early history of this region, take a dip in the clean Pakuratahi River, creep through 5 tunnels and whizz down hill across the Siberia Curve Suspension Bridge.
The Remutaka Rail Trail is an excellent outing for all ages and abilities. It is a steeper climb if you are riding to Brewtown, but you are rewarded with a long cruisy downhill. Riding to Greytown, it’s cruisy all the way.
This day ride can be between 17 kilometres and 50 kilometres in length. We can discuss this with you on the day.
Start points are Kaitoke (easiest, great for families with kids) or Maymourn Railway station (slightly tougher).
The first section of the trail is genrally a 1:30 gradient, over 10 kilometres until you reach Summit Station.
The second section after you pass through a 480m long tunnel is a speedy descent from Summit to Cross Creek station. You will whizz down a 1:15 slope through two short tunnels and across a long suspension bridge.
Explore Cross Creek Station and head for the carpark along a flowing, easy single track. (from Kaitoke to Carpark is 17km, Maymourn to Carpark 24km).
A 10 km off-road trail takes you through to Featherston, where delicious cheeses and coffee await.
More adventurous riders can continue on a safe route to Greytown and a cool beer at the Whiteswan!
Remutaka Rail Trail Highlights
- Tunnel Gully Recreation Area and Mountainbike Trails
- 5 train tunnels
- Summit Station, a great place to stop for lunch
- Pakuratahi River - Bring your togs for a summer dip!
- Siberia Swing Bridge - opened in December 2019 this to destined to become an icon of the region.
- New Zealand native forest
- Compulsory visit to C'est Cheese, Featherston's well known cheese shop.
- The Whiteswan in Greytown
- Brewtown in Upper Hutt