Turn on your headlights and plunge into dark railway tunnels
Enjoy breathtaking mountain views as you cycle across a swing bridge
Take in the spectacular natural scenery of the Remutaka Mountains
Stop at information boards and learn about the history of the local railway
Rest on the grassy plateau at the summit and have a picnic lunch
Please note this day trip is designed specifically for cruise ship guests - if you are not arriving to Wellington on a cruise ship, please book this day trip instead: Remutaka Rail Trail eBike Explorer
Distance 18/28km, riding time 3-4 hours, total duration 6 hours
Leave your cruise ship and discover the Remutaka Ranges' rich rail history & natural beauty on an eBike (electric bike). The flagship daytrip of the Remutaka Cycle Trail, this shore excursion is suitable for riders of all levels. 18-28km of easy/moderate riding.
We meet you at port at the time of your choosing, and shuttle you up to our base at Wildfinder Kaitoke. We'll set you up on your eBikes and give you a briefing, then you'll start your adventure with a very gradual incline through native bush. Pass through tunnels (headlights provided!) and over bridges, while checking out information boards detailing the enormous task of constructing the old fell railway system. Reach the summit - a large grassy plateau perfect for a picnic or cold drink - then enjoy a fun (but easily controllable!) descent to Cross Creek in the Wairarapa, surrounded by some of NZ's most scenic farmland. Meet the shuttle at Cross Creek, or continue biking 10km north to Featherston and The Fell Locomotive Museum, and we'll pick you up along the way before driving you back to your ship.
Shuttle from the port in Wellington up to Kaitoke, at a time which coincides with your ship's sailings
Capable and comfortable eBike (electric bike) with helmet and repair kit, customised to your height and riding preferences. Choose from either step-thru or mountain bike style frame.
Packed lunch and water
Maps and information
First Aid kit and GPS tracker in case of emergency
Shuttle from Cross Creek/Featherston back to the port in Wellington, at a time which coincides with your ship's sailing
Pick up from the port in Wellington at a time that suits your ship's sailings
eBike (electric bike)
Bike repair kit
Drop off to the port in Wellington at a time that suits your ship's sailings
If the weather looks bad (unsafe or totally miserable), the booking will be called off
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund