Guided or self-catered; take a leisurely spin through New Zealand’s oldest wine region.
There are 11 cellar doors dotted along this smooth trail. They serve not only fine wines but also non-alcoholic drinks and delicious food. Bike hire is available from two wineries in the Wineries Mooch, On Yer Bike Winery Tours at Ash Ridge Winery and Good Fun Bike Rids at Triangle Cellars.
As this is a loop ride, you can start from a number of places. If you have your own bike, you can start from the Hastings Golf Club (they welcome cyclists and have a cafe, bike racks and toilets) or Roys Hill near Fernhill. Roys Hill is only 20 metres high but offers great views of the wine region. You can also follow iWay paths from Hastings.
If you don’t do any of the side trips, then this is a 33-km loop. If you ride all the side trips, then it is 47 km. It is all flat, except for the option of riding up Roys Hill for the view.
From wherever you start, we recommend going in a clockwise direction. Most of the wineries are on the western half of the loop. Other highlights include the stopbank path beside the Ngaruroro River and Oak Avenue (planted in 1876).
Grade 2 (Easy), 33 to 47 km, 2–4 hours
Wineries along the ride include:
- Unison Vineyard & Cafe
- Stonecroft Wines
- Trinity Hill Winery
- Te Awa Winery
- Ash Ridge Wines
- Ngatarawa & Farmgate
- Triangle Cellars: Bridge Pa, BushHawk and Hawkes Ridge Wineries
- Abbey Cellars & Quail Lane
- Alpha Domus
- Sileni Estates Winery