Te Ara Tirohanga
Te Ara Tirohanga is a steep hike up to Remutaka Trig. It accessed from State Highway 2 as it climbs over the Remutaka Range between the Hutt Valley and Featherston. A zigzag track leads up a face of the mountain, covered in regenerating native forest.
It is accessible very close to where the highway crosses the range, on your right if you are traveling east to the Wairarapa. It is not well signposted, but you should be able to see the large car park bay as you approach from either side.
The track is a half-hour to the top and is steep walking, so allow an hour in total. It is not advised to attempt the trail in bad weather as it is pretty exposed and only becomes windier the higher you get.
From the top in good weather there are wide views of the valleys below in all directions. But even in cloud it is an extraordinary place to explore, with myriad mosses and lichen, not to mention native birds.
If you don’t have time for the hike, stop instead at the Remutaka Lookout.