Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Cycle the rail trail

Media Release

15 January 2014

For immediate release  

Cycle the rail trail

Get the family or a group of mates together and join Greater Wellington Regional Council for a day out, cycling the Rimutaka Rail Trail. The Regional Council will take care of the necessities – providing return transport back to the start point and a sausage sizzle at the summit – so all you’ll need to do is relax and enjoy the ride.

The 17km-long, family-friendly rail trail runs from Pakuratahi Forest(north of Upper Hutt) to Cross Creek in the Wairarapa (south of Featherston) and is popular with walkers and cyclists due to its gentle gradient.

Being an old railway line, there’s plenty of interesting features throughout the ride such as historic tunnels and restored railway bridges which were some of the first of their kind in New Zealand.

Greater Wellington Regional Council’s Team Leader, Marketing and Design, Andy Nelson, says that the track has something to appeal to everyone.

“It’s a long, beautiful ride that families or friends of all abilities can do together. There are three tunnels, stream crossings and a free BBQ at the top.

“It’s also a pretty fun downhill ride on the other side for more confident cyclists. You go through some beautiful bush and you don’t have to bike back over the hill, which is a bonus.”

Built between 1875 and 1878, the tunnels on the trail are a popular feature with both kids and adults alike. They vary in length, the shortest being the 73m-long Pakuratahi Tunnel – the first concrete block structure in New Zealand –and the longest, the impressively dark Summit Tunnel at 584m.

Other points of interest include the current Rimutaka Tunnel ventilation shaft, the old railway yards at the summit, horseshoe "Siberia" gully – the site of a massive washout in 1967 and Cross Creek Station – a registered historic site, once a small township.

When:           11:30am, Saturday 1 Februar

Duration:       4 hour

Where:          Pakuratahi Fores

Cost:           $15 per adult or $5 per child. Free for those with own transport.

To book, contact Mathew Walsh on 04 830 4041 or email bookings@gw.govt.nz  

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Ombudsman’s Verdict On Paula Rebstock And Ian Rennie

Unfortunately, the brave and damning report by Ombudsman Ron Paterson on the “flawed” and “unfair” inquiry conducted by Dame Paula Rebstock into events at MFAT pulls back the veil on a far wider issue. More>>

ALSO:

Charities' Report: Stressed Families - Overstretched Services

“Like so many of the whānau and families they serve social service organisations are under huge financial stress. The support demanded from desperate people in communities is far outreaching the resources available.” More>>

ALSO:

Detention: Wellingtonians Protest Treatment Of Refugees

Peace Action Wellington (PAW) and around 50 Wellingtonians blockaded the Australian High Commission, creating a symbolic detention centre to protest the Australian Government's policy of mandatory offshore detention for refugees and asylum seekers. More>>

ALSO:

Diver's Alarums: Breach Means Training Provider Must Repay $1.47 Million

The New Zealand School of Outdoor Studies is to repay $1.47 million (GST-exclusive) to the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) following an investigation which showed that some student enrolments between 2009 -2014 could not be validated and that courses were under-delivered against their agreement with the TEC. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Government Plans Suggest Bulk Funding Return

Plans by the Government to return to bulk funding are likely to see increased class sizes and schools most in need missing out on much-needed resources, Labour’s Acting Education spokesperson Grant Robertson says. More>>

ALSO:

Interim Report: Auckland Looks Long Term To Pay-Per-Km Road Pricing

Aucklanders can expect to be paying variable rates per kilometre to travel on the city's most congested roads under an emerging transport strategy being formulated by the government and the Auckland Council. More>>

ALSO:

Despite Promises: Government Extends Iraq Deployment

Cabinet has agreed to extend New Zealand’s contribution to the joint New Zealand-Australia mission to train Iraqi Security Forces until November 2018. More>>

ALSO:

On The 'Terrorism' Card:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news