Outdoor lovers can enjoy many tracks and walks in Hawke’s Bay. The Department of Conservation manages over 20 walks in the region, varying in duration, trail length and endurance requirements.
Visitors can also discover Hawke’s Bay’s unique history by walking or driving the heritage trails in your own time, at your own pace, anytime of the year.
A series of 18 trails cover Northern Hawke’s Bay, Napier, Hastings, Havelock North and Central Hawke’s Bay. They pass through rural countryside, beach settlements and urban landscapes.
Walking trails take approximately two hours. Driving trails that wind through countryside, or link one settlement to another, may take longer.
The trails are free, well signposted and detailed brochures for each are available at i-SITES, visitor centres, the Art Deco Shop in Napier and the Department of Conservation , Napier.
Morere (Wairoa District)
Centred around Morere hot springs.
Allow 1½ hours to walk the trail.
Wairoa Riverside Trail
Meanders along the banks of the Wairoa River and includes examples of European and pre-European history.
Allow 1hr to walk the trail.
Napier – Wairoa Trail
Shows the development of travel and trade routes.
Allow 1½ - 2 hrs driving time, with optional side trips.
Ahuriri Walk (Napier)
Passes through one of Napier’s oldest suburbs and the iconic National Tobacco Company building.
This trail is in two parts: Allow 30 mins for stage 1 and 55 mins for stage 2.
Napier Hill Drive
Traverses the hilltops, passing houses from the 1860s and Napier’s first cemetery.
Allow 2 - 2½hrs driving time.
Loops around 25 sites and includes four outstanding walks and historic wineries.
Total trail is 25 km.
Napier – Taupo Trail
Follows State Highway 5 and passes historic country hotels, forests and natural and cultural sites.
Allow approx. 2hrs plus optional side trips.
Taihape Road Trail
Starts at Omahu Marae and covers a 135km drive to Taihape.
Allow 3 hrs driving with many optional side trips and walks.
Hastings Urban Trail
A 38km drive through Hastings urban area and city outskirts giving an appreciation of the historic relationship between town and country.
Havelock North Trails
Combines views of historic buildings dating from the 1860s, with side walks. The Village Walk trail passes sites of geological and ecological interest and indigenous and exotic trees.
Allow 2hrs for the drive and 1½hrs for the walking trails.
Awarua Trails (Hastings District)
Combines two driving routes based around the region’s major river systems.
It takes 90 minutes to drive the Tukituki River section but allow several hours for site visits. It takes 2hrs to drive the Ngaruroro trail but allow up to 5 hours for site visits.
Waimarama Trail (Hastings District)
Covers 100 km and links historic sites between Waimarama Beach and Cape Kidnappers.
Allow 2hrs for the drive or a full day to explore all the trail delights.
Kaweka Trail (Hastings District)
Covers 193km and passes sites of pastoral heritage, homestead gardens, the Mangatutu Hot Springs and a private museum.
Allow 4hrs for the drive or a full day to enjoy all the sites.
Highway 50 Trail (Central Hawke’s Bay)
Highlights include examples of bush clearing for farm development, original buildings, scenic reserves and views of the Ruahine Ranges.
Allow 2 hrs driving, and a full day for exploration.
Highway Two Trail (Central Hawke’s Bay)
Learn about early rail construction as you drive from Te Aute to Waipawa, Waipukurau and Takapau, visiting sites dating back to the 1850s.
Allow 2hrs for the drive but additional time for site visits.
Pavement Walks (Central Hawke’s Bay)
Walk around the back streets of Waipukurau and Waipawa learning about commercial and residential development in the towns.
Allow 2hrs to walk each township trail.
Coastal Trail (Central Hawke’s Bay)
Explore a coastline of great historic significance to Maori including links to the famous explorer, Kupe. This trail includes two scenic reserves and the Te Angiangi Marine Reserve.
Allow 4 hrs for the drive and a day for site discovery.