Trail Grades and Safety

Our trails have been graded according to the trail grade standards set out by NZ Cycle Trails. You can read them here.

We recommend riders are fit and well prepared and we encourage you to know your limits and choose a trail that's suitable for all the riders in your group. Also be aware that there are areas on the trails where there is no cellphone reception. You may want to carry a Personal Locator Beacon in these areas. Check network coverage here.

Wakefield to Richmond

Ride Length
17 km
Riding Time
1-2 hours
1: Easiest

From the charming rural village of Wakefield, the trail heads along Edwards Street and up a small hill past the historic St John’s Church, built in 1846.

A few hundred meters down the hill and through the gate, the trail brings you through stands of native bush and rolling farmland through to the underpass at Brightwater.

The Lord Rutherford Memorial displays the history of one of New Zealand’s greatest scientists, most famous for being the first to split the atom.

Follow the trail through Brightwater village to Ellis St. You can enjoy food and drink options from Headquarters Café or the Sprig & Fern Brew Bar, or browse local pottery and crafts.

Ride along the Waimea River stop bank where local organisations have been busy replanting with natives until crossing the Waimea River on a purpose-built cycle bridge.

Cruise through the Waimea Estates vineyards, and the trail re-joins the railway reserve route through to Richmond.

Wakefield to Richmond Profile Map
Wakefield to Richmond Profile Map