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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Undulating, some big hills
Native bushRiversideOpen farmlands
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This route is part of the La Cloche Wellington Trails Collection
Start from the car park on a well maintained gravel road undulating through pretty bush, on a slight gradient for the first approx 10 km when you come across a nice clearing with toilets and picnic facilities. From the summit follow the track and reach the viewing platform which offers panoramic views of the old Fell engine route coming up from Cross Creek to the Summit.
Follow the track through Siberia tunnels and onto Cross Creek. There is a pit toilet at Cross Creek. From Cross Creek head over a small bridge and into a nice easy undulating single track through native bush which will take you to the Wairarapa end of Cross Creek Road. Then turn around and re-trace your steps.
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Features of interest
The rail trail is a gently graded 18 km walk or mountain bike ride. This makes it an ideal trip for families with children. The trail is also popular with dog walkers. Interpretation panels telling the colourful stories associated with the former rail line have been installed along the trail which also features restored railway bridges and historic tunnels (take a torch). There are plenty of photo opportunities along the trail, and a viewing platform located between the Summit and Siberia Tunnels offers a panoramic view of the old Fell engine route coming up from Cross Creek to the Summit.
Make Up of Run
Easy Single Track: 10%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 30%
Gravel Road: 60%
Start at Pakuratahi Forest car park.
From the north: Head south on SH2 from Featherston across the Rimutaka Hill then turn left following the signpost to Pakuratahi Forest. The carpark is 1 km along a metal road. Lots of carparks and toilets available.
From the south: Head north on SH2 and turn right before the Rimutaka Hill, following the signpost to Pakuratahi Forest
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Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Headtorch and spare batteries.
There are a few streams along the way but would recommend you carry your own supply.
There are a few stream crossings but noting major. The track is well maintained. Take extra care in the tunnels as it can get really slippery.
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