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Level: Intermediate
Length: 18 mi (29 km)
Surface: Doubletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +197/520 ft
Total: 8 riders
 

Mountain Biking Rimutaka Rail Trail

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#183 of 381 mountain bike trails in New Zealand
#10043 in the world

A relatively gentle climb up an old rail line (now graveled) through a beautiful valley with the high point being the pitch-black tunnels you go through. (Take a torch/head lamp).

Its not going to technically challenge anyone but its an enjoyable ride.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
Turn off SH2, 9km north of Upper Hutt. The carpark is 1km along a metal road. Or you can enter the Wairarapa end of the Rail Trail via Cross Creek Road (off Western Lake Road). Pedestrian and cycling access only beyond the carpark.
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Carl Gordon (on Aug 18, 2018)
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  • Jim Cummings
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    For more information these two sites are good places to start...

    https://www.nzcycletrail.com/trails/rimutaka-cycle-trail/

    https://www.wellingtonnz.com/discover/sights-activities/remutaka-cycle-trail/

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  • olimoo
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    Just an easy peddle throuigh a beautiful valley, out and back, but worth it if you're in the mood for a ride without any real challenge (unless you're afraid of the dark).

    I tried to ride the summit tunnel without any light, and its totally disorientating in a cool kind of way.

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