Ocean Beach to Orongorongo

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The final section of the trail takes in the rugged beauty of the South Coast.  On a clear day, the snow-capped peaks of the South Island's Kaikoura Ranges are visible across Cook Strait.  Much of the land is part of the Orongorongo Station, one of the longest established farming operations in New Zealand.

At Turakirae Head, riders will find unique, geological raised beaches.  Formed by a series of tectonic uplifts over the past 7000 years, three of the five 'beaches' are visible as distinct ridges on the coastline.  The headland is also home to a colony of up to 500 fur seals each winter.

The trail then runs north to the mouth of the Orongorongo River where the Wainuiomata Coast Road provides a link back to the City of Wellington.



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