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.
|Elevation||725 m (2,379 ft)|
|Location/List||North Island, New Zealand|
|Location Coordinates||41° 7′ 8″ S, 175° 13′ 48″ E|
|Translation||Correct name is Remutaka: to sit down and rest|
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.
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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.
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A Dictionary of Maori Placenames, AW Reed, 1982