Hawke's Bay Trails
Open all year round, Hawke's Bay's network of cycle trails is an easy peasy and safe way to see Hawke's Bay when you have time on your hands and want an adventure you'll never experience by car.
No busy roads, no horns, no paparazzi – just the ambient scrunch of rubber tyres on packed lime.
Hawke’s Bay has the largest network of easy cycle paths in the country. Built as part of the New Zealand Cycle Trail project and representing three rides within the network, there are over 200 km of flat, smooth trails. They run beside the Pacific Coast, up and down three major rivers and connect wineries and cafes close to Napier and Hastings. These easy trails are great to ride any time of year.
The trails are perfect for families; flat and easy with many different places to start and finish your ride in both Napier and Hastings and everywhere in between, allowing you to choose the length of your ride. You can enjoy views of the Pacific Ocean and wetlands or if you want some variety there are lots of opportunities for stops at cafes and shops. You might like to explore the coastal communities of Haumoana, Te Awanga and Clifton with views of the iconic Cape Kidnappers or head inland for the more challenging Tukituki River Valley road loop, overlooking vineyards and orchards. If wine is your thing, then head out to the trails around the wine-growing areas of Bridge Pa and the Gimblett Gravels. With plentiful cellar doors along the way, there are many places to take a break and enjoy a wine tasting or platter among the vines.
Helping to connect the trails is the iWAY cycle network, linking Flaxmere, Hastings, Havelock North, Clive and Napier.
Every age and stage can enjoy over 200 kilometres of on-road and off-road trails where you will see everything from mountainous lookouts and beautiful lowland rivers to endangered wetland wildlife and the sweeping Hawke’s Bay coastline.
Try one of these Popular Rides...
You'll have a ball on this fanstastic, sociable trail around the wine-growing areas of Bridge Pa and the Gimblett Gravels. Start wherever you like on this easy going off-road section of the trail dotted with many award-winning wineries and cafes. Looping through Hawke's Bay's western wine growing area. 30-47kms
Napier & Hastings iWay Loop
Getting around Napier and Hastings by bike has never been easier thanks to the iWay project. This project has added over 100 km of cycle paths and lanes to the area. Cruise onto the iWay at Hastings, Clive or Havelock North. Spin along the trails to grab a world-famous Rush Munro Ice-cream, breakfast at the Farmers Market (on Sundays only) or jump into Splash Planet (summers only). Connect to the Wineries Ride or the Landscape Rides and loop back to where you started.
Jump on your bike at Black Bridge or Haumoana and cruise along the foreshore and picnic areas, pop into the wineries and restaurants en route and stop a while at Clifton and take in the great view of Cape Kidnappers before heading back. An ideal afternoon jaunt. 15-18km
A cruisey loop heading inland starting from Awatoto or Taradale, takes you on a meander along the limestone path with views of orchards, vineyards and the Tutaekuri River with a charming country pub stop to refuel. 17-35km
Hawke’s Bay has fully embraced cycling culture and is building more trails every year. For more information, either ask when you hire a bike or book a tour or check out the trail map.