The Hawke’s Bay Trails, including the Landscapes Ride, the Water Ride and Wineries Ride, offer 124km of dedicated cycle trails. Riders will be able to traverse mountainous lookouts and lowland rivers, wetland margins and enjoy stunning views of the Hawke’s Bay’s sweeping coastline. The trails link a range of attractions, cafes, wineries and restaurants. The easy trails, suitable for all levels, include coastal scenery, lowland rivers, regenerating wetlands that create a habitat for many birds, rare and native.
Stay nearer the water with this 32km ride, taking 3-3.5 hours and cycle around the Ahuriri Estuary, home to endangered wetland wildlife. There are beautiful views over the Pacific Ocean and landmarks that tell of this area’s culture and dramatic earthquake history. Ahuriri’s cafés, bars and restaurants also provide a great excuse to stop for a breather. A longer 1-2 day, 78 kilometres, option includes the Napier – Taradale loop and passes the renowned wineries of Church Road, and Mission Estate, New Zealand’s oldest winery. Napier’s famous Marine Parade is a trail highlight, also featuring the National Aquarium of New Zealand and Ocean Spa complexes. Don’t miss learning about local history, endangered wildlife, world class wineries and the bustling seaside precinct of Ahuriri.
The Landscapes ride explores the coastal communities of Haumoana, Te Awanga and Clifton, which border the coastline of the iconic Cape Kidnappers. The Cape is home to the world’s largest mainland gannet colony and one of the world’s top 50 golf courses.
This 46km ride can start at Black Bridge, River Road, or Clifton. It takes you through Tukituki River valley with its spectacular scenery and includes the legendary Te Mata Peak, views of the Pacific Ocean, Cape Kidnappers, home to the world’s largest accessible mainland gannet colony and one of the world’s top 50 golf courses. Great places to stop include Craggy Range, Clearview Estate and Elephant Hill wineries, just some of the many world-class food and wine locations on offer.
The Landscapes Ride connects with existing walking and cycling pathways and loops around the Tukituki Valley, Te Mata Peak, Havelock North village, coastal Haumoana and Te Awanga. The ride is on largely flat country with an all weather surface. This trail provides year-round cycling and will suit most cycling skill levels. Don’t miss the expansive ocean views, world class wineries and beautiful countryside.
The area will be known as “Heretaunga Ararau: Land of a Hundred Pathways” to reflect that the Heretaunga Plains are known in Māori lore as the land of a hundred pathways.
The relaxed Wineries Ride covers the wine-growing areas of Bridge Pa, Gimblett Gravels and the Ngatarawa Triangle. The terrain is flat and dotted with numerous award-winning wineries that afford plenty of places to stop and rest along the way.
This ride, which is due to be mostly off road, also goes through the historic tree-lined Oak Avenue in Hastings and along the banls of the Ngaruroro River.
Hawke’s Bay is renowned for its Mediterranean climate, with long hot summers and mild winters. The pleasant and settled weather means these rides can be enjoyed all year round. Spring is particularly beautiful when buds burst into life on the many orchards and fruit trees, with rich colours in autumn, beautiful ocean views and dynamic sunsets.
Hawke’s Bay Trails are unique to New Zealand providing semi-urban point-to-point and loop rides that cross over much of the twin cities of Napier and Hastings. With multiple starting points, riders can create their own unique experiences. Hawke’s Bay also has an extensive network of city cycle lanes making it easy to ride, navigate and experience the vibrant cafés and shopping.