Rimutaka New Years Excursion

At a loose end over the New Year? Then join AW on a camping and hiking adventure in the Rimataka ranges!

The Plan:

Starting outside the Wellington railway station at 8:00am we will catch the Wairarapa train 8:25am to Maymorn arriving at 9:05am. We will then walk from Maymorn station to the Kaitoke kart track.(www.gw.govt.nz/tunnel-gully) From Kaitoke kart track we will follow the Rimutaka rail trail to the summit (www.gw.govt.nz/rimutata-rail-tril).

At the summit we will camp for a night of New Year merriment and festivities. The next day we will walk to cross creek and on to Featherston. From Featherston we will catch the train from the railway station at 5:26pm, back to Wellington railway station.

Maymorn to Kaitoke 2hrs

Kaitoke to Summit  2.5hrs

Summit to Cross Creek 2hrs

Cross Creek to featherston 2.5hrs

We are walking on an old railway line so its flat walking and there will be lots of stops along the way to take in the history as we ago.

Difficulty Rating:


$24.00 for the train tickets, to be purchased at the respective train stations.

What to Bring:

A tent, sleeping blanket, appropriate footwear, wet weather gear and warm clothing, cooking utensils, food and water.


Event is dependent on weather. Will be cancelled if weather is poor.

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  • Michael Harvey

    Bloody windy, but better than being stuck on Courtney place at mid-night thats for sure.

    1 · January 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member


      January 3, 2013

  • Christopher Best

    Good to be outdoors for New Years Eve, was a good two day walk with AW friends..very relaxing trip. Thank you for joinning me.

    January 2, 2013

  • Inky

    it was great! Nice people, great walking!!!

    January 1, 2013

  • Christopher Best

    Will looks like we are going to have two nice days..
    Just been told from my friend half ahour ago its sunny in the Wairarapa and its 26deg and clam , he lives very close to featherston..
    see you all at the railway station.. :)

    December 30, 2012

  • ramon

    Ingeborg and myself are planning on meeting you guys at maymorn station
    my phone is 021 765 843

    1 · December 30, 2012

  • Christopher Best

    Hi all.. Im still very keen on going.. im watching the weather and it looks like we have monday and tuesday is looking ok.

    December 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi! Does anyone have a space in their tents? Also, I live close to Maymorn Station and was wondering if it would be al right to meet you there?

    December 29, 2012

    • Michael Harvey

      Ha Ana, due to Chris Campbell having to work I have a place in my tent sharing with Susanne. As for you other question, yep no problem at all.

      December 29, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member


      December 29, 2012

  • Christopher Best

    The weather for these two days looks to be ok sunny and cloudy. :D

    December 28, 2012

  • aka Joe

    @Michael: Just wonder when you will make the call whether this is going ahead?

    December 27, 2012

  • Christopher Best

    Hi all, Im looking forward to this trip just hope we have good weather.
    I will have a small cooker with me,some may have a cooker too .
    (let us know if you have a cooker you are taking, we could share)
    There is flushing toilets at the top (summit) and water, but please bring some drinking water with you.
    There are some rivers on the way, bring your toggs just in case if its hot...like christmas day.

    December 27, 2012

  • Susanne A

    Hi all. Assuming the weather is good enough to go, it might make sense to do a bit of coordination. I've got one of those cheap portable stoves, would be willing to bring that for communual use if someone else wanted to bring a spare gas bottle. Is there any water near the camp?

    December 27, 2012

    • Christopher Best

      Hi Susanne, I am taking my small camping cooker, i will just bring an extra bottle of gas, but I think they will be different bottle for your stove, i was trying to travel lite. there is flushing toilet at the summit, yes water there, but bring some drinking water.

      December 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is the train coming back from the holiday timetable?
    There are only 2 trains coming back to welly on the 1st. One morning and one evening.

    December 14, 2012

    • Christopher Best

      Hi Robyn, we will be catching the 5:26pm train from featherston, and yes they are running on new years day. cheers

      December 16, 2012

  • Susanne A

    Hi all. I've signed up cos this sounds fun, but don't have a tent. Can I share with someone?

    December 15, 2012

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