Remutaka Rail Trail – Bikes and Brews - 1 Day

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!

To Brewtown

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.

Overview

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

Itinerary

Day 1
09.00 depart Martinborough (or other Wairarapa towns)

Meet at our shed, 16 Kitchener Street, Martinborough.
We will outfit you with everything you need for a great day!

If you ride to Greytown, it takes around 40 minutes to drive to the head of the trail.

If you ride to Brewtown it takes around 25 minutes to get to Cross Creek,

Day 2
10.00 Arrive Kaitoke/Cross Creek

We arrive at the start point for your ride, unload the bikes and set you up. After a navigation and safety briefing you are off on your own to explore the trail.

Make sure to read all the interpretation panels along the way – they offer excellent information about the rail history.

Stop for lunch at Summit Station, or have a swim in the Pakuratahi River!

To Greytown:
Explore Cross Creek Station and head out to the carpark, continue riding through to Featherston and on to Greytown.

To Brewtown:
Keep following the signs for the Remutaka Cycle Trail and your maps will direct you to Brewtown

Day 3
Collection and return

We will collect you from the agreed finish point and return you to our shed in Martinborough. Or to your accommodation Greytown or Featherston.

Includes

  • Hard tail Mountain bike hire
  • Helmet
  • Lights
  • First aid kit
  • Puncture repair and tool kit
  • GPS tracker/locator
  • Lunch
  • Shuttles from/to Martinborough (or other Wairarapa Accommodation)

Available as extras (on booking)

  • Electric Assist Bike (+$25)
  • Wellington Shuttle
What should I wear?

Comfortable active wear (no jeans!).
Bring a merino or polyprop base layer and a raincoat/windbreaker.
Sturdy shoes with a closed in toe.
Swimsuit?!!

Can I bring my cycling shoes?

YES, we will supply SPD pedals free of charge on request.

What is for lunch?

We pack you a hearty lunch that consists of a filled roll, cake, fruit and snacks. We also supply drinking water, but prefer if you bring your own bottle!

If you have a special diet – simply let us know when you book.

How long does the ride take?

We generally say between 2-6 hours. It really depends on your fitness/experience and approach. Some riders are surprisingly fast. other are surprisingly s-l-o-w!

But you can relax, we track your progress during the day using a GPS device so always know where you are up to.

What if I want to stop riding early?

You can call us and let us know! We can meet you at the carpark on either side of the trail and pick you up. If there is no reception, you can summon us using the GPS tracker.

What if I have a problem on the trail?

Our bikes are very well maintained, so mechanical issues are unlikely.
If you get a puncture, we use a repair system that does not even require you to remove the bike tyre. It is so easy!

If you have the misfortune of an accident then you can contact us or the emergency services easily using your GPS tracking device. All our staff have first aid training.

Trip Facts

  • from $140
  • Private group 2-30 riders
  • 17km - 50km
  • 2-3

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