Remutaka Cycle Trail Villages Loop - 5 Days

Go loopy for the Villages that surround the Remutaka Cycle Trail. On this itinerary it is all about the destinations, although we have to admit the journey is pretty stunning too.

Explore Wairarapa off the beaten track, quiet country roads, quaint villages, cycle ways boutiques shops, the lot!

We think the Remutaka Cycle Trail is the entree to a huge amount of brilliant cycling experiences available in Wairarapa. we enable riders to find these quiet country roads and trails over private land that no-one else has access too.

Get you group together to enjoy an experience not available to everyone. Stay at the best accommodation in the most interesting places.

Each of the Remutaka Cycle Trail Villages boast a unique character:

Featherston

Known for Rail and military history and more recently the best cheese shop in NZ C’est Cheese. Green Jersey will help you unlock the secrets within this village.

Greytown

Village Heaven. Greytown is New Zealand’s first “planned” township and is well known for its fashion and boutique shopping. Great coffee, delicious chocolate and very fashionable Pashley bicycles! Spend and evening star gazing at nearby Stonehenge Aotearoa.

Carterton

This village is the gateway to the Tararua Forest park and a crafty little town. With the Clareville Bakery and Finom, it is surely a gastronomic delight. It hides a wealth of artistic pleasures, let us show you where. Take backroads through to Martinborough.

Martinborough

The world’s only true wine village, offering over 20 cellar doors within 4km of the town centre, this is a must stop location. Spending a night at the Martinborough Hotel is luxury

Lake Ferry

Set on the side of Lake Onoke, this sweet fishing village is the gateway to Cape Palliser, Ngawi, and the Putangirua Pinnacle. You will stay at the rustic Lake ferry Hotel and take some time to try a spot of surfcasting before settling for a beer and their famous fish and chips.

Eastbourne Village

The seaside village of Eastbourne was once the holiday getaway spot for Wellingtonians, now it is an arty haven for outdoor minded people, gorgeous harbour views, excellent swimming and cafes. A great spot for a refreshing stop after a windblown coastal ride.

Petone

Previously an industrial hub for Wellington, Petone is now a super chic suburb with a great variety of big box and boutique shopping.

Upper Hutt

We choose to stay at Wallaceville House accommodation. It is just a stones throw from Brewtown, one of the best recreational attractions in the greater Wellington region. Host to 5 craft breweries and eateries, racing go-karts ice skating and more. It is the perfect place to spend an evening reminiscing about your ride with friends.

Spend the time to explore Wairarapa, memories you will cherish.

Overview

Explore Wairarapa, we follow what will eventually become the 5 towns Trail. Discover this forgotten corner of New Zealand.  Stunning back road riding to connect some of new Zealand’s most important pre-and post colonial history. 

Choose from 5 days and 4 nights, or extend your trip to 

 

Wallaceville house is an historic house set in Upper Hutt and offers very comfortable pre and post-ride accommodation. Best of all it is close to Brewtown. Excellent pre- and post-ride food and beverage!

The White Swan in Greytown is a classic New Zealand accomodation set in this chic little village, standard and superior accommodation options available.

The Martinborough Hotel – a local favouite since 1865! This is a very comfortable, historic accommodation with the award winning Union Square Bistro located downstairs, right on the Martinborough Square in the heart of the village.

Lake Ferry Hotel on the shores of Lake Onoke is another classic NZ stay with views for miles, perhaps the most beautiful sunset you will be lucky enough to enjoy. It sit alongside the modern and ultra comfortable Te Wheke Cabins.

Day 1
Upper Hutt to Greytown Village Heaven 60km

Start your tour where you intend to Finish! Depart Upper Hutt and Make your way to the top of the Hutt River Trail. You ride the Hutt River Trail for about 6 kilometres launching yourself onto the Remutaka Incline , This historic trail is approximately 24 kilometres of riding through scenic surrounds. Enjoy navigating 5 tunnels as you follow the Pakuratahi River to Summit Station, a great rest spot before descending to Cross Creek. Explore the Fell Locomotive Museum in Featherston and then it is on-on to Greytown, known for it’s restaurants and boutique shopping.

Day 2
Greytown to Martinborough Wine Village (18 or 60km)

After a morning coffee at one of many great cafes and a browse amongst the boutiques you can depart for Martinborough Wine Village. You have the option of cycling a short 18 kilometres so you can spend the afternoon riding the vines, or a 60+ kilometre ride via Stonehenge Aotearoa and Longbush.

Day 3
Martinborough to Lake Ferry Village (18 or 38km).

We Shuttle you to Pirinoa Village (25 kilometres) to start a short ride across a private Farm Track to the Cape Palliser Road, turn left (East and ride out to Cape Palliser enjoying a stop at the Putangirua Pinnacles, Ngawi Fishing Village, Matakitaki a Kupe seal colony and the Cape Palliser Lighthouse. Be shuttled back to Lake Ferry Hotel for the night.

Day 4
Wild South Coast - Orongorongo

We shuttle you to The East West Access Road at the base of Lake Wairarapa where you begin your ride to Orongorongo Station via the Wild South Coast. Aptly named this beautiful but rugged coastline is exposed directly to the Antarctic Southerly winds. Remote, you will feel warmth as you emerge at Orongorongo to a warm welcoming cottage.

Day 5
Orongorongo, Eastbourne, Petone and Brewtown

Ride around Baring head to Eastbourne Village, stop for

or Morning Tea or have a coffee at Days Bay, Wellingtons Playground. Continue around the Bays to Petone and then enjoy the Hutt River Trail, a cruisy ride back to Brewtown where a cold craft beer and a hearty feed await! Oh the stories you will tell!

How fit do I need to be?

Pretty fit. The ride is not technically challenging for most riders, but a reasonable level of fitness is required as you may ride 60km in a day.

Grade 1 - 4. What does that mean?

There is a wide range of surfaces to cover during this ride. There are some spots where sand or shallow river crossings makes it impossible to stay on your bike (Hence level 4) but the riding is not technical or unusually dangerous.

Trip Facts

  • Private group 2-30 riders
  • 250 km
  • 2-4

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