Hawke's Bay Trails Popular Rides
Hawke’s Bay offers endless cycling options.
Take a gentle half-hour spin along the coast or a four-day exploration of backcountry roads or something in between.
The climate is ideal, almost any type of bike can be hired, and there is a café at every destination.
If you're looking for an easy day out before sinking your teeth in one or all of the three official National Cycle Trails, there are four handy Trail Tasters to give you an easy way of trying out the Hawke's Bay Trails...
Kidnappers Coast and Coastal Path
Grade 1 (Very Easy), up to 26 km, up to 3 hours
Note: Start at Black Bridge or Haumoana to make this ride a15-18km loop.
Skirting the Pacific Ocean, this wide, smooth path affords stunning coastal views.
Starting from the seaward side of the Napier i-Site on Marine Parade, head either north or south. Most riders head south towards Cape Kidnappers. Take the wide concrete path that follows the coastline towards the cape.
After following the concrete path south for 9 km, cross the mouths of the Tutaekuri and Ngaruroro rivers. Within 2 km, duck under the Clive River bridge to take a pedestrian path safely across the river. At the far end, the Clive shops lie 100 metres away. There is a dairy and a café.
If you don’t need a café stop, duck under the bridge again and follow the main path towards Cape Kidnappers. Before long, you will pass the East Clive Wetlands. This is a habitat restoration project teeming with a range of unique coastal birds.
When you are 17 km from Napier, you’ll cross another major bridge (Black Bridge) before following the pathway out to the coast again. Continue south towards the cape.
Follow the pathway signs carefully through the coastal village of Haumoana. The path ends at Clifton by the beach. The Clifton Café is only 100 metres away, and there are clear views out to Cape Kidnappers. From early November to late February, the gannet colony at the cape is a marvel of nature. The i-SITE can arrange a tour of the colony to coordinate with your ride.
Either ride back the same way or arrange a pick-up.
Grade 2 (Easy), 33 to 47 km, 2–4 hours
Guided or self-catered; take a leisurely spin through New Zealand’s oldest wine region. There are 11 cellar doors dotted along this smooth trail. They serve not only fine wines but also non-alcoholic drinks and delicious food. Bike hire is available from two wineries in the Wineries Mooch, On Yer Bike Winery Tours at Ash Ridge Winery and Good Fun Bike Rids at Triangle Cellars.
As this is a loop ride, you can start from a number of places. If you have your own bike, you can start from the Hastings Golf Club (they welcome cyclists and have a cafe, bike racks and toilets) or Roys Hill near Fernhill. Roys Hill is only 20 metres high but offers great views of the wine region. You can also follow iWay paths from Hastings.
If you don’t do any of the side trips, then this is a 33-km loop. If you ride all the side trips, then it is 47 km. It is all flat, except for the option of riding up Roys Hill for the view.
From wherever you start, we recommend going in a clockwise direction. Most of the wineries are on the western half of the loop. Other highlights include the stopbank path beside the Ngaruroro River and Oak Avenue (planted in 1876).
Wineries along the ride include:
Unison Vineyard & Cafe
Trinity Hill Winery
Te Awa Winery
Ash Ridge Wines
Ngatarawa & Farmgate
Triangle Cellars: Bridge Pa, BushHawk and Hawkes Ridge Wineries
Abbey Cellars & Quail Lane
Sileni Estates Winery
Grade 2 (Easy), 18 km, 2–3 hours
On a hot summer’s day you can't beat a cruisy ride through old graceful trees along the Tutaekuri River followed by a pit stop at the iconic Puketapu Pub for a cold drink and a snack.
Start from Pettigrew Green Arena (Gloucester Street, Taradale). From the stopbank path beside the car park, head up valley all the way to Puketapu, 8 km away.
Puketapu has a charming, award-winning country tavern (The Puketapu). It also has a good store with plenty of snack foods. Almost 1 km on from the store down Dartmoor Road is a large domain with toilets, trees and a playground. It’s the ideal spot for a family picnic.
After a break at Puketapu, follow signposts to Vicarage Bridge. At the far end, hang a sharp left and follow the lime-sand path back to Pettigrew Green Arena.
Napier & Hastings iWay Loop
Jump on the iWay at Clive or Havelock North and cruise the trails to the city cycle lanes, grab a world-famous Rush Munro Ice-cream, breakfast and the Farmers' Market (on Sundays only) or jump into Splash Planet (summers only). Connect to the main trails and loop back to where you started.