A Hawke's Baycation by bike

Published 2020-06-30

Hawke’s Bay is a winner in winter, boasting one of the country’s best networks of easygoing, free-draining cycle trails with the bonus of plenty of off-season sun and mild temperatures.

The Hawke's Bay Trails' 200km-plus network of coastal, cross-country and riverside pathways link lashings of must-see sights such as bird-filled wetlands, Napier’s beautiful art deco buildings, wineries galore and friendly pubs where you can tuck into great local grub. It really has got something for everyone – from wine-touring and art and architecture, to restful contemplation of natural wonders and panoramic views.

Local tour company Tākaro Trails can help you make the most of your time on the trail, offering a range of cycling tours with plenty of scope to tailor them to your group’s skills, interests and itineraries.

Tākaro Trails’ Three-day Highlight Tour is the perfect mid-winter trip, looping widely around the region on easy, flat trails taking in the region’s stunning scenery.


Hawke's Bay Trails and vineyards from above (Richard Brimer)

The tour generally features 30–55km riding each day, most of which is on dedicated off-road pathways lining the riversides, wetland and coast, and traversing beautiful countryside.

This tour has plenty of flexiblity, starting with three different levels of accommodation to suit your budget. Choose the distance you want to ride each day, arrange special pick-ups and drop-offs, and add in all sorts of extras such as dinner at the restaurant of your choice. E-bikes are also available.

Three-day Hawke’s Bay tour highlights:

  • art deco Napier & Marine Parade
  • wineries including Black Barn, Te Mata, Sileni & Trinity Hill
  • beautiful riverside Puketapu Loop for a pub lunch
  • Ahuriri Estuary Trail
  • fascinating earthquake history
  • artisan local flavours – cheese, honey, fresh produce
  • optional detour to Cape Kidnappers wineries including Clearview
  • flexibility to extend your stay, see more and do more

Read more about Tākaro Trails' tours.


Napier – the art deco capital of New Zealand (Hawke's Bay Tourism)


Flat, easy trails for miles on the Hawke's Bay Trail's Water Ride (bennettandslater.co.nz)