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Pedalling in the parks a popular pastime

Pedalling in the parks a popular pastime

Getting from A to B by bike is efficient but off-road riding for fun is a whole different way to go. This summer Greater Wellington Regional Council offers four great cycling events in your regional parks for you to choose from.

This year on 25th January the Great Outdoor Summer Events programme is kicking off a fantastic new event that is suitable for anyone who can pedal a moderate trail. The Pencarrow Coast Ride is a guided mountain bike event that takes a scenic coastal road from Eastbourne, past Pencarrow Lighthouse and along the coast to Baring Head. There’s time for a snack before catching the bus back.

On 1st February there’s an opportunity to ride the Rimutaka Rail Trail from end to end. This fantastic, 17 kilometre, family-friendly ride follows the old rail trail, alongside the Pakuratahi River on the first leg. Ride through tunnels and over bridges to the summit and stop at an old railway village for a picnic and BBQ before dropping down to the Cross Creek car park. A shuttle will bring you back to the start.

“I really enjoyed this trip,” says Majia Maskova. “It is not too difficult and the tunnels are something a little different. The historic information panels tell you about the old steam trains and the last leg is all down- hill which is great fun.”

Two social bike rides are featured in this year’s programme, the Hill Road ride on the 15th

ride for beginners and social riders. The Whitireia Social Bike ride sets off from the Onepoto Bay entrance of Whitireia Park. Both rides are free and a lot of fun.

To find out more visit: or pick up a programme from your library or info centre.


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