These days the town is the best spot to rest and refuel after biking the nearby Rimutaka Cycle Trail. This is a ‘Great Ride’ on Nga Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail. From the head of Wellington Harbour, the Rimutaka Cycle Trail cuts through the bush-clad Rimutaka Mountain Range, passing through tunnels on an old rail trail, and coming out via historic Cross Creek (on a hot day, stop here for a quick dip under the bridge). You can choose to continue on the trail skirting around the wild southern coast to Wellington, or head left at Western Lake Rd, up to Featherston.

photo credit- Kennett Brothers