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Below are the most common questions we get about the route to Pencarrow and Baring Head, but if there’s anything else not covered here, just get in touch!
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How far is Pencarrow Lighthouse from The Bike Shed?
It’s approximately 7km out to the bottom Pencarrow Lighthouse, which takes about 45 minutes on a Comfort Mountain Bike, and about 20 minutes on an eBike. If cycling into a headwind though, add abit more time!
How do I get to the top lighthouse?
There is a steep path on the left before you get to Pencarrow Head, though this is only advisable for walkers or experienced mountain bikers. We recommend taking the much more accessible path just after Pencarropw Head, which goes around Lake Kohangapiripiri before heading up the back of the hill to the top lighthouse. Be warned though, there are steep areas near the top, so you may have to get off and push! For more info, see this map.
Is the trail flat?
The main coast trail is completely flat all the way from The Bike Shed to Baring Head. Should you wish to go up to the top Pencarrow Lighthouse, round the lakes or to Baring Head you will need to contend with a few hills!
How far does the trail go?
The trail goes over Baring Head, out to Orongorongo and The Wild Coast, all the way to the Wairarapa. If you fancy going further afield to these dramatic coastlines, check out our Cycle Remutaka website for details on day trips and multi-day tours to these areas.
I want to take an eBike, how long do the batteries last?
All our eBikes use extra large batteries, perfect for a full day out on the trails.
What do I need to bring with me?
To hire a bike from us you’ll need to bring a form of ID (driving licence, passport, etc), plus a form of payment (we accept cash, eftpos & credit card). We also have a range of snacks and drinks available for purchase. We’ll provide you with all the bike-specific gear you’ll need, but you may also wish to bring a camera (for those amazing views!) and extra food and water.
What should I wear?
We’d recommend the following:
Closed shoes - running shoes or sneakers, for example
Shorts or tight-fitting pants (so they won't get caught in moving bike parts)
Tshirt or similar for when you're riding
Fleece and / or light jacket for when you're resting, & waterproofs incase the weather is unsettled!
Sunglasses and sunscreen
Where is The Bike Shed - Pencarrow?
We are located at the southern-most end of Muritai Road, Pencarrow. If you're driving, just stay on the main road around the bays and through Eastbourne, and keep going until you hit a large carpark at the end of the road. We're the little shed on your left hand side. If taking the bus, just jump off at the last stop, then walk about 150m to get to the carpark. Easy!
But what about the weather?
It can get windy out on the coast (this is Wellington, after all!) If in doubt, we’d recommend taking an eBike, which are great against the winds. For weather forecasts and updates - see this link
When are you open?
We’re open every day (aside from Christmas Day) from 10am, unless it’s horrible weather. If in doubt, just give us a call! To avoid disappointment, simply make a booking online - if you make a booking we guarantee to be there with your bikes ready and waiting, and you'll save 10% on walk-in rates!