Rimutaka Trig

Rimutaka Summit from carpark on SH2

The one hour Rimutaka Trig track is a great place to break any journey from the Wairarapa from Wellington. It can be a fairly exposed and brutal spot in foul weather, but on a clear day you will get great views of Lake Wairarapa, Mt Climie, and across to the Tararuas.

List Status Official
Elevation 725 m (2,379 ft)
Location/List North Island, New Zealand
Region Wellington
Location Coordinates 41° 7′ 8″ S, 175° 13′ 48″ E
Nearest Town/s Wellington
Range Rimutakas
Geology Sedimentary
Translation Correct name is Remutaka: to sit down and rest
Recommended Route
Duration Help.gif 1 hours (return)
Distance 1.3 km (0.8 mi)
Start/End Points SH2 Rimutaka Summit
Difficulty Help.gif Easy
Track conditions Help.gif Path, Track
Season Help.gif All year
Sights Views , Views of Wairarapa and Tararuas
Hazards High winds , occasional snowfalls

Getting There

By Car

The start point for the Rimutaka Trig Track is just below the summit of the SH2 Rimutaka Road between Featherston and Upper Hutt. If you’re heading from Wellington to the Wairarapa, keep an eye out for the small carpark and Rimutaka track sign on the right of the final bend before you reach the highest point of the Rimutaka Rd. When the road is busy, it may well be safer to continue a short distance up to the larger carpark by the (now closed) summit cafe. This way you can turn around, descend back down the hill to the track start point, and then easily pull off to the left into the carpark.

Google Earth Map

NZ Topographic Map

Our Recommended Route

The track up the Rimutaka trig is well defined and you can’t go too far wrong in terms of navigation (as long as you stay to the track that is!). After climbing the stairs to exit the carpark, simply follow the track as it zig zags up towards the trig (which you will see glimpses of on your way). There are a few well used shortcuts between the switchbacks, but obviously these are steeper and more slippery.

After about 1/2 an hour you’ll arrive at the trig. There isn’t much shelter or space at the summit, so you might want look for a lunch spot a little further down the track.

Height Profile

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Images

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Weather and Webcam Links

References

A Dictionary of Maori Placenames, AW Reed, 1982