The Hawke’s Bay Trails are fast becoming known as the best place to “coast” when it comes to cycling. All three national cycle trails are easy on the legs and have numerous places to stop for good coffee, local ice-cream and scenic snapshots.
The Hawke’s Bay Trails represent three rides within the New Zealand Cycle Trails network and link up with plenty of tourism attractions from the pools at Ocean Spa to the Art Deco inspired Sound-Shell on Marine Parade and the National Aquarium of New Zealand. A little further on, past a couple of great wineries, is the best view of iconic Cape Kidnappers at Clifton. The Wineries Ride out west passes an abundance of cellar doors and welcomes visitors coasting past on their bikes.
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.
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.