10 Day / 9 Night tour: Wellington – Martinborough – Masterton – Palmerston North – Ohakune – Forgottten World Cycle Route – Whangamomona – New Plymouth – Whanganui – Wellington
This tour features the Remutaka Cycle Trail, glorious riding in the Wairarapa and Manawatu, and the Forgotten World cycle trail, stopping at Whangamomona (Republic of) and then onto New Plymouth. After some cycling on the Coastal Surf route we travel by van to Whanganui for an overnight and then back to Wellington.
$5,590 per person, share twin
$940 single supplement
7 – 16 February, 2021
Introductory – Moderate
Remember E-Bikes take the strain and pain. 🙂
• 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches & 5 dinners
• Accommodation as listed in the itinerary
• E-Bike rental and helmet
• Private transport for you, your luggage and the E-Bikes
• Services of Tours Direct Tour Leader, Mandy Page
• Cycle guide & technical support, Brian Farrant (with over 30 years experience as cycle tour guide)
• Bring your own E-Bike (price adjusted accordingly)
• Domestic airfares
For our South Island tour members: Our cycle guide Brian Farrant is able to transport luggage and E-Bikes from Christchurch to Wellington.
The tour officially starts at Wellington Airport at 10.00am. It will be up and going as we make the transfer from the airport to Island Bay. Before our first ride there will be a safety briefing and lunch. Then its on with the fun as we cycle along the wild southern coast to Lyall Bay, continue past the airport to Breaker Bay and up the Pass of Branda (definitely not an alpine pass!) to Seatoun. We cycle through Seatoun to continue the coastal road on Mapuia Peninsula. We would like to stop at the Chocolate Fish Café for a shot of caffeine at Evans Bay Wharf. Then we take the marked cycle path to Evans Bay and Evans Bay Parade all the way to our accommodation in Oriental Bay.
Dinner at Shed 5, Wellington waterfront.
Accommodation at Copthorne, Oriental Bay, Wellington
The day begins after breakfast with a drive to start the Remutaka Cycle Trail. From Maymorn, we cycle 2km up the track and through the historic Mangaroa tunnel to Tunnel Gully (take a torch or head lamp). Tracing the old railway, this lovely trail winds gently through a mixture of exotic and regenerating forest with storyboards pinpointing railway relics and retelling colourful tales. Thankfully it’s a gradual ascent to the summit at the 17 km mark, with plenty of photo opportunities along the way. There is nothing like a photo stop to recharge the human battery. We then descend on the historic Fell Locomotive Incline to emerge at Cross Creek at the 25 km mark. The trail includes the photogenic 90m swing ridge over Siberia Gully, the site of a tragedy in 1880 when a train was literally blown off the tracks. We cycle into the wide-open Wairarapa with a further 10 km to the small township of Featherston. When everyone has arrived we take the support vehicle into Martinborough, the centre of Wairarapa viticulture and well known as a centre of epicurian delight.
Dinner is your choice.
Accommodation at Claremont Motel, Martinborough
Today we cycle from Martinborough to Masterton. Its an easy morning cycle from Martinborough and the wine growing region of Wairarapa, past sheep farms to Long Bush and Gladstone and on to the sizable country town of Masterton.
This afternoon we visit Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre.
We recommend dinner at The Screening Room, Masterton (not included).
Accommodation at South Park Motel, Masterton
We cycle part of the Wairarapa/Manawatu bike route though rolling countryside on quiet roads to the rural town of Pahiatua and will enjoy a picnic lunch along the way. The van will then pick us up and transfer us to Palmerston North for the night.
Dinner will be at a local restaurant.
Accommodation and dinner at Drovers Motor Inn, Palmerston North
To avoid traffic, we transfer by van from Feilding to the country town of Cheltenham to begin our cycling. We stop at Cross Hills Gardens, Kimbolton for morning tea and a walk through the gardens – roses are the feature in February. Then its back on our bikes to cycle through sheep farming country with the Ruahine Ranges to our east, through the villages of Kimbolton and Rangiwahia, and on to Mangaweka. There will be a delightful picnic lunch along the way. At Mangaweka we transfer by van to Ohakune and our accommodation.
Accommodation at The Peaks Motor Inn, Ohakune
The van transfers us to Tauramanui and a further 28km before we start today’s cycling. We begin cycling after the first big hill of the Forgotten World cycle route and wind through the Tangarakau Gorge to Whangamomona (Republic of), with a picnic lunch along the way. This ride is listed among the world’s Top 10 bike rides by Lonely Planet.
Accommodation at the Lodge, Whangamomona Hotel
We start today’s ride with a short van transfer to the top of the hill, where we leave the Forgotten World Highway and head west on the cycle route towards the coast. The ride leaves the very best to last as the route now becomes a shared path through Bell Block and around the coast where we will enjoy spectacular views as we head into New Plymouth. We will have another picnic lunch on the way.
Accommodation and dinner at The Dawson Motel, Palmerston North
A day to do what you wish; there’s lots to do in New Plymouth: the botanical gardens of Pukekura Park, museums and art galleries. You can even go riding on the scenic pathway along the sea edge if you want.
Dinner of your choice.
Accommodation at The Dawson Motel, New Plymouth
Back on our bikes for a terrific ride around Mt Taranaki and along the coastal surf highway. We start with a van transfer to Okato (27 km) to cycle to Pihama (2.00pm) with good coastal views along the way. After our cycle, the plan is to get to Nigel Ogle’s Tawhiti Museum in Hawera before 2.30pm.
We then continue by van to Whanganui.
Dinner is at Stella Restaurant.
Accommodation at Aotea Motor Lodge, Whanganui
After breakfast we drive from Whanganui to Wellington to finish our tour in Wellington by 2.00pm.
There is a free transfer to the airport if you have a flight to catch.
Mandy lives in Auckland and is a walker and cyclist. She has led 58 tours for Tours Direct over the last 18 years, and just loves travelling with its adventure and fun. Believing that most of the delight of travel is in the journey, Mandy likes to make tours flexible for different levels of fitness and experience. In 2019 she was tour leader for a Danube Boat & Bike tour. Mandy discovered the joy of E-Biking by accident and is now an enthusiastic devotee.
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