Where To Ride > On Road
Wairarapa is a popular place for road riding and is home to one of the New Zealand Cycle Trails - the Wairarapa Valley Cycleway which takes you through picturesque country side.
Safety tips: Many of our rural roads are windy and narrow so make sure you take steps to keep yourself safe. Check out our safety tips on bunch riding and being seen.
A good ride with hill climbs for serious cyclists. From the iSite head out of town following the Wairarapa Valley Cycleway. Turn left onto Te Wharau Rd and climb up to Kouratau, then whizz down to the intersection to Wainuioru. This part of the ride is through prime rural land, a left at Wainuioru school and follow the road to the next two uphills. After the second, the Wairarapa valley unfolds with a great view of Masterton.
Starting at the iSite follow the Route 52 NZ Cycle Trail markers heading north to get you into the Whangaehu valley. You are getting close to halfway at the Dreyers Rock turnoff and will feel you need to be after the uphill grunt. There are no more significant hills on the road though and you can cruise through Mauriceville heading back to SH2 just north of Opaki. If you need a bit of Scandinavian history and have time a good diversion is to Mauriceville West and back on route via Jackson’s Line.
Starting at the iSite, head south down Dixon if there is a southerly, or north if a north-westerly. The route crosses the Ruamahanga River at its north and south limits and travels along the Lees Pakaraka Rd with lovely views to the Tararuas. This cycling road is well known to motorists and has good warning signs for both them and cyclists. Coffee tastes good at Entice after.
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