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Saturday, 9 Nov 2019, 08:00 to 12:00: Remutaka Rail Trail Run & Walk (21km - 14km - 7km), Remutaka Rail Trail

General Information

This is a fun run & walk on the Remutaka Rail trail through the Remutaka Ranges. All courses are predominately off-road. The rail trail rises from 254m above sea level at the start, along a steady gradient <1 in 40 until the bridge at Ladle Bend. Just past the 14k turnaround drink-stop (7k point) the course takes a left turn onto the steeper and very picturesque Back Road section. The track continues in a loop and then drops back down to the Incline Track where a right turn is taken on the return journey. This is a scenic and historic route that can be negotiated by any reasonably fit person. Water and refreshments will be available at the finish. There will also be a coffee cart near the Kart Club clubroom.

Please note that there won't be any EFTPOS services available, so please bring cash for hot drinks/food.

Rimutaka – I or E?

The name Remutaka was originally given to the ranges by Haunui-a-Nanaia as part of a journey of discovery across the southern North Island and refers to the place where he sat and gazed on the land. Remu means ‘to gaze about’ and ‘taka’ means ‘to sit down’. The name Rimutaka has no meaning in Maori. Legend has it that Haunui while resting may have also been looking for Wairaka, his wayward wife.


Venue - Start/Finish

Kaitoke Kart Track, Incline Rd, just off Kaitoke Loop Rd & SH2, Upper Hutt. The Remutaka/Rimutaka Rail Trail is well sign-posted either coming from Kaitoke or the Wairarapa - Map

Race HQ will be located at the Kaitoke Kart Track clubrooms.


Entry Fees

Online registrations will open on 21 July.

Before 11:55pm Friday 1st November:

Half Marathon - $40

14km - $30

7km - $15

After Friday 1st November:

Half Marathon - $45

14km - $35

7km - $20

Online Registrations: https://2019-remutaka.eventdesq.com/

There will be no On-The-Day entries if we reach the 1000 Entries limit prior to race day!!!


Start Times

Half Marathon Walk - 8:00am

Half Marathon Run - 8:30am

14km Walk - 8:45am

14km Run - 9:15am

7km Run - 9:30am

7km Walk - 9:35am

Please Note

Mandatory Race briefings will be held 10min before the start of each race.

Make sure you arrive early to allow time for parking, warming up and a toilet stop.



The 7km course is an out and back on the early flat stages of the trail.

The 14k course continues on the trail until the turnaround just before Ladle Bend Bridge.

The 21k course turns left immediately past the Ladle Bend Bridge, and gradually climbs onto a steeper undulating track (which depending on the weather may include a shallow creek crossing approximately 1 km from Ladle bend Bridge).The trail continues to climb to the high point then loops back to the main Rail Trail (approximately half way). On returning to the main Rail Trail it is all downhill back to the finish at the Kaitoke Go Cart Club. Please note that the 21km starts approximately 425m down the road from Race HQ.

Most of the course is on gravel/dirt road and is suitable for both road and trail shoes.

Further details


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