Finish your adventure with an easy cycle around the coast, taking in beautiful views of the Kaikoura Ranges, along with historic lighthouses and lakes. You can then drop off your bikes and pick up any luggage you've left in Days Bay, and take an evening cruise back home to Wellington.
Note there is a small stretch of privately-owned road in Fitzroy Bay - the owners are cyclist-friendly, but always be polite and considerate!
DISTANCE FROM ORONGORONGO TO:
Baring Head 5km
Pencarrow Head 10km
The Bike Shed - Pencarrow 17km
Days Bay 21km
Click Here for detailed tech specs of The Rimutaka Cycle Trail. Summary below.
Composition hard-packed gravel 67%, sealed road (shared with cars and other road users) 33%
Highest Point 67m
Lowest Point 1m
Bike basic mountain bikes or hybrid bikes with front suspension - nothing fancy required.
Tyres > 1.75" wide, set at mid-high pressure.
Clothing dress to the conditions (usually shorts and tshirt with a jersey in reserve), and always take a light jacket. Closed shoes recommended.
Other always carry a first aid kit with you, and enough warm clothing and food to stay warm until help arrives in case of emergency.
AMENITIES / SERVICES
Cellphones intermittent coverage, make sure you communicate your plans to someone before you leave.
Toilets nothing until you reach The Bike Shed - there's a public toilet 100m up the road from there.
Food snacks, ice creams and cold drinks at The Bike Shed, otherwise there's plenty of cafes in Eastbourne and Days Bay.
Water nothing until you reach Eastbourne, where you should be able to fill up at a local cafe or store, or use a drinking fountain at one of the parks alongside the trail.