Winter may traditionally be the time to rug up and stay indoors, but outdoors in Hawke’s Bay beckons with mild temperatures, blue skies and wide-open spaces. If you’re a keen mountain biker – or even a beginner- we’ve got some good news: Hawke’s Bay has over 100 kilometres of tracks that’ll be sure to have your adrenaline flowing.
A 10-minute drive north of Napier, this park is a popular option among mountain biking locals. To ride at the park, you will need to purchase a visitor permit, which are available ONLINE, local bike shops, visitor info centres and the nearby Bayview Four Square.
Once there, take your pick of the 78km network of trails, with purpose-built downhill, cross-country, freeride tracks and gentle rolling hills, connected by wide, smooth forestry roads.
The park has 4 carparks, with the majority of users accessing either the Tait Rd carpark or the Mill Block carpark, both found off State Highway 2 just north of the Napier-Taupo Road turnoff.
Located in Central Hawke’s Bay, Ranui Farm Park is a working sheep and beef farm owned and operated by the Ennor family. The property has mountain bike trails, and is open from September to May on the first Sunday of each month (9am-3pm). Mountain bike over rolling and hills, through native bush on purpose-built tracks and farmland.
You’ll find this redwood inspired mountain 26-hectare bike park on Fraser Street, located at the Southern edge of the township. Offering 7km of trails, riders can enjoy a mix of grade two, three and four trails – with further grade four and five trails to possibly come at a later date.
Possibly Hawke’s Bay’s most well-known spot for mountain bikers, Te Mata Peak sits 399 metres above Havelock North and provides the perfect playground for thrill-seeking mountain bikers. With different options for access to the park, you have plenty of trails to choose from. Feel the burn on a ride to the top, where you’ll be rewarded with 360-degree views of Hawke’s Bay.
This track is situated at the base of the Ruahine Forest Park, and starts from the end of Wakarara Road, approximately 86km from Hastings. Yeomans Track goes along to Ellis Hut (also known as Murderer’s Hut) on the edge of the PanPac Gwavas Forest, where you either return back the same way, or can follow a couple forestry roads back to the river – you will need either a topomap, or the Kennetts MTB book for these road directions. Average riders – allow at least 1 hour each way, ‘Hot Shots’ – allow at least 45 minutes in, and 30 minutes return.
Want more cycling action?
Choose from popular rides: Wineries Ride, Puketapu Loop and Kidnappers Coast, or make your own way through the iWay network. Jump on/jump off anywhere you like, and prepare yourself for a whole lot of fun.