Rimutaka Road Summit, State Highway 2

Rimutaka Road Summit, State Highway 2


The Rimutaka Summit in 1917. Sir Ernest Shackleton (left) was driving to the Wairarapa on a lecture tour. The small hut housed boilers for dispensing tea to troops marching over the Rimutaka Range.

GPS 41.114S 175.231E

The summit of the Rimutaka Road (555m/1820 ft), between Upper Hutt and Featherston, was a stopping point for troops during their march from Featherston and Tauherenikau camps to Trentham Camp. Volunteers from Wairarapa Patriotic Association distributed food and drink to soldiers at the summit. A small hut was built to house water boilers for tea making.