Ride the Remutaka Cycle Trail
One of the best ways to experience the rugged beauty of the North Island is on two wheels. Starting by the Wellington Harbour, the epic 115 kilometre Remutaka Cycle Trail goes north along the Hutt River, through restored rail tunnels and lush forest, all the way up to Wairarapa. You’ll need two-to-three days for the full circuit; for a day trip, take the train from Wellington to Maymorn, cycle the Rail Trail to Featherston and make the one-hour train trip back to Wellington.
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