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, taking 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, towards the shops and cafe 100m away.
If you don’t need a café stop, head under the bridge again and follow the main path towards Cape Kidnappers. Before long you will pass the East Clive Wetlands, a habitat restoration project teeming with a range of unique coastal birds.
Follow the pathway signs through the coastal village of Haumoana then thrugh to the end of the path at Clifton. 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 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