Wellington to Wairarapa Trail

13 06 2011

There was a comment on my last post from David Hancock, who works for Hutt City Council, and I think it is worth highlighting the link he gave. Pedalling Regional Collaboration about the Wellington to Wairarapa trails.

There is lots of potential for linking the Hutt River Trails, the Rimutaka Incline, and around Pencarrow with Martinborough and Lake Wairarapa into a marketable whole. My opinion is that it would be the Wellington region’s primary recreational asset and would be of national significance as it would attract international tourists to stay for a few days in the region. It would be up there with the Tongariro Crossing, or the Heaphy Track as something visitors would love to do.

It’s a bit of a mystery why it was overlooked by the National Cycleway process. I would have thought it’s exactly what the National Cycleway was all about.

The scenery is pretty stunning. Pulling out of the panniers a bottle of Sauvignon Plonk you bought a day earlier at a Martinborough winery cellar door and sitting and admiring the views like these would be O for oarsome bigtime:




3 responses

13 06 2011
andy foster

Hi Matthew – you are dead right. Celia Wade Brown and I worked with Positively Wellington Tourism and with the support of other local councils to get a bid into the national cycle rides programme. We thought it had (has) real potential too. Unfortunately we were not among the selected few. However the idea remains alive and I believe there remains the potential for national support.
The core concept of our bid was Martinborough to Marlborough, so Wellington City (ferry), Great Harbour Way to Petone, Hutt River Trail, Rimutaka Incline, then across the northern end of Lake Wairarapa – probably using road reserve. There were also a lot of potential connections – absolutely including the ‘Big Coast’ down the Western Lake (Wairarapa) road and around to Baring Head (now part of the Regional Parks network of course). With progress on routes along the Kapiti Coast there is also potential for the Akatarawas (either road or off road) to link across. So lots of potential !

The current Hutt Corridor Plan (encompasses from Ngauranga to Upper Hutt) and projects include the Petone – Ngauranga cycle/walkway, new walkway/cycleway projects in the Upper Hutt rail corridor, upgrading the Hutt River Trail (so it’s also good for commuter cycling), and the Beach to Bush walk/cycle connection at Petone)

Submissions close 15 June with Greater Wellington so I encourage people to get in quick. I expect it will make a difference.

Warmest regards

Cr Andy Foster
Transport Leader – Wellington City Council

30 04 2012

How about a loop from Eastbourne along the south coast to the Wairarapa then along lake Wairarapa to Cross Creek, Utilize the Rimutaka Incline all the way to Mangaroa, thru the Cruickshank Tunnel to Upper Hutt, 600m of street running to the Hutt River Trail back down to Seaview, then 6km street running o Eastbourne again? All up about 130km thereabouts.

30 04 2012

Yep Nathan, I’d like to see the route as described by Andy Foster in these comments, with the Western Lake Road around the coast to Eastbourne linking in with all you have suggested. Plus a north south route from Martinborough to the North Wairarapa to get to Highway 52 and towards Waipuk and the rest of Hawkes Bay and it would intersect with the Foxton Beach – Castlepoint route at Alfredton. There would also be a north south route from Porirua to Palmie. There is also the coastal route from Eastbourne to Cape Palliser onto Tora. The Lower North Island has a few natural routes, and yes, overtime, I think they should all be developed as parts of the “National Cycleway”.

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