Cross Creek to Ocean Beach

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Here riders may opt to turn north-east on Western Lake Road to the town of Featherston (12km) to finish their day's ride, or continue through to Ocean Beach.

The trail turns south-west and runs along the shores of Lake Wairarapa through 'big skiy country'.  Sheep and cattl can be seen grazing, as they have done since the 19th century.  Towards the coast riders pass Lake Onoke, part of the Wairarapa Moana Wetlands Park, where indigenous and migratory waterbirds flock and were used as a food and material resource by local Maori for centuries.

Riders reach the big blue of Cook Strait at the Kiwi baches of Ocean Beach.

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