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.
For an easy family cycling mission, the Water Ride is flat and runs from West Shore through Ahuriri, Napier and along the seafront on Marine Parade. It connects with the Landscape Ride, which carries on along the coast and out to the coastal settlements of Haumoana, Te Awanga, and Clifton. If you’re good for a tad more exertion you can extend your ride out through the Tuki Tuki valley, over Black Bridge, and back into Havelock North. Take the Wineries Ride, which begins in Havelock North, and follow your nose around the wine growing heartland of Bridge Pa and the Gimblett Gravels.
Helping to conect the trails is the iWAY cycle network, linking Flaxmere, Hastings, Havelock North and Clive.
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.
Download the Hawke's Bay Trails Map here or Hawke's Bay Trails Brochure, or in region you can pick one up from your accommodation provider or visit the i-SITE Visitor Information Centre closest to you.
The Water Ride
Loops from Napier i-SITE to Ahuriri to Westshore to Bay View to Hawke's Bay Airport to Ahuriri Estuary to Church Road to Puketapu to Awatoto, back to Napier i-SITE. (68km)
This ride is flat, easy and perfect for families. Napier’s Bay View and Westshore are great places to start riding, continuing on to the seaside village of Ahuriri with its bustling cafes, shops and bars before coming to picturesque Marine Parade with great views of the Pacific Ocean.
Riders can extend their trip to include the Taradale loop to incorporate renowned Church Road and Mission Estate wineries.
The Landscapes Ride
Loops from Havelock North Visitor Info Centre to River Road to Black Bridge to Haumoana to Te Awanga to Clifton and back via Red Bridge to Havelock North Visitor Info Centre(56km)
The Landscapes Ride explores the laid back coastal communities of Haumoana, Te Awanga and Clifton, which border the coastline of the iconic Cape Kidnappers-home to the world’s largest mainland gannet colonies and one of the world’s top 50 golf courses .
Head inland to the more challenging Tukituki River Valley road loop. The flat off-road trail overlooks vineyards, orchards and the Tuki Tuki River Enjoy changing scenery and views of the impressive Te Mata Peak.
The Wineries Ride
Loops through Hawke’s Bays western wine growing area. Start anywhere and include and out and back leg to Sileni Winery (36km).
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 compleatly off road, also goes through the historic tree-lined Oak Avenue in Hastings and along the banks of the Ngaruroro River.
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Puketapu Ramble - Water Ride
Starting from the coast at Awatoto or inland at Taradale, the Puketapu Loop offers a charming country pub stop, restaurant and general store, parks, nearby winery and an historic church. 17-35 km
Hastings iWay Loop
Getting around 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 tograb 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. 35km loop
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. 30-47kms
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
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.