Rimutaka Rail Trail
Running from Kaitoke to Summit, the Rimutaka Rail Trail links with the DOC-managed Incline down to Cross Creek in the Wairarapa. A gently graded 18 km walk or mountain bike ride, the Trail features restored railway bridges and historic tunnels (take a torch). Enjoy swimming and fishing in the nearby Pakuratahi River and picnic or camp in the pleasant surrounds of Ladle Bend and Summit.
Toilets are located at the Kaitoke and Cross Creek entrances, at Summit and at the historic Cross Creek town site.
From the end of the Hutt River Trail at Te Marua you can continue on down the road past the Water Treatment plant and the Stuart MacCaskill Lakes to join onto a track that takes you to the start of the Rimutaka Rail Trail via an underpass under SH2. See the map to your right for more details.
From Maymorn Trailway Station you can follow the walking/cycling track that takes you through Tunnell Gully and you can join the Trail on Incline Road or further up the trail.
Getting back to your starting point
Valley Shuttles will transport groups of up to six people and their bikes from Kaitoke to Cross Creek or vice versa. Contact them via email or phone (04) 973-8150 or (027) 248 1745 for more information.
Bikes on Wairarapa trains
It is a 10km cycle from the Cross Creek carpark along flat roads to Featherston Station. Allow up to 45 minutes as there is often a headwind to overcome.
On weekdays the first three trains into Wellington and the last three out are the peak commuter services. Groups with bicycles should use the off-peak services if at all possible. Note that non-standard bikes such as tandems or bikes with trailers are more difficult to accommodate.
If you are travelling as a group, Tranz Metro can increase bicycle carrying capacity but you need to book in advance. Book with Tranz Metro by phoning 04 498 3103 and they will advise the fee (including any extra for bikes) dependant on the group size and needs and can advise the best times to travel. There is no additional fee for using the group booking service.
Running 18km from Kaitoke to Cross Creek, the Rimutaka Rail Trail is a popular recreation route used by more than 30,000 walkers, runners and cyclists each year.
Greater Wellington manages the section from Kaitoke to Summit. Expect an easy gradient with a gravel surface.
Walking times and distances:
Kaitoke gate - Summit 10km / 2.5 hours
Summit - Cross Creek 6km / 1.5 hours
Cross Creek - Carpark 2km / 30 mins
Kaitoke gate - Summit 1 hour
Summit - Cross Creek Less than 30 minutes (dismount and walk your bike through "Siberia" gully)
Cross Creek - carpark 15-30 minutes (narrow track - watch out for walkers)
South of Summit on the Wairarapa side, the Rimutaka Rail Trail includes the famous "Incline" to Cross Creek, 10km from Featherston. This steeper (1 in 15 grade) section is managed by the Department of Conservation as part of the Rimutaka Forest Park.