Hawke’s Bay Trails – Caution advised following flooding

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Hawke's Bay Trails Flooding

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is urging cyclists to avoid parts of the cycle trails for a few weeks and generally take care on the surface which has taken a battering in many places.

The Puketapu loop is a very wet ‘water ride’ around Ahuriri and past the airport, with complete washouts by Waitangi Regional Park.

Many parts of Hawke’s Bay Trails beside the region’s swollen rivers were flooded, scoured out or blocked as a result of the 1-in-15 year river levels experienced around Napier and Hastings earlier this week. The main river routes affected are by Ngaruroro and Tūtaekurī rivers. Trail surfaces across the network were also damaged where trickles became streams and either washed away the compacted limesand or even the gravel base beneath.

Riders are advised to take care and if it looks bad, don’t ride. E-bike riders will want to avoid the Ahuriri estuary until it dries out a bit more. Many of the trails are not an easy ride just now, there’s a lot of river silt, it’s rough, slippery and eroded in places.

The Regional Council will have staff and contractors out clearing the paths and working through a priority programme of reinstatement, depending on the weather.

Cyclists who do use the trails are asked to report any particularly badly affected areas to Vicki Butterworth. Photos and a specific location are extremely helpful. Emailvicki.butterworth@hbrc.govt.nz or contact us at hbtrails.nz.