The 115km Rimutaka Cycle Trail, a ‘Great Ride’ on Nga Haerenga, the NZ Cycle Trail, begins at Petone’s Foreshore in Wellington and features four stages that takes riders in a clockwise loop north up the Hutt Valley, through the Rimutaka Ranges via the historic railway route before entering the Wairarapa Valley at Cross Creek. Riders then turn south following the shore of Lake Wairarapa before coming out at Ocean Beach and weaving around the stunning South Coast to the end of the trail at Orongorongo. Here they can be met by either Rimutaka Shuttles or Hutt City Taxis who make the trip out the meeting point via Coast Road from Wainuiomata. Riders are encouraged to plan their journey as either a one-day, two-day or three-day ride. Connecting touring routes include the 190km Wairarapa Valley Trail from the Palmerston North Square to the Rimutaka Rail Trail; the 202km Route 52 Trail linking Waipukurau to Masterton and the 67km Wairarapa Valley Cycleway linking Masterton with the Rimutaka Cycle Trail via Gladstone, Martinborough and Lake Wairarapa.