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Hawke's Bay Trails


Landscapes Ride (Grade 1 Easiest and Grade 3 Intermediate) 56km

The Landscapes Ride explores the picturesque coastal communities of Haumoana, Te Awanga and Clifton, which border the coastline of the iconic Cape Kidnappers. The Cape is home to the world’s largest mainland gannet colony and one of the world’s top 50 golf courses.

There is a coastal ride that starts from behind the Napier i-SITE as part of the Water Ride and heads south towards Cape Kidnappers connecting to the coastal section of the Landscape Ride.

It begins as a wide concrete path, and later becomes a smooth limesand path with some sections of public road. The path ends at Clifton, 24km from Napier.

The other popular section of the Landscapes Ride does a loop of the Tukituki Valley from Black Bridge to Red Bridge and back. Black Bridge is on the coastal section described above, which crosses the Tukituki River.

This flat off-road trail overlooks vineyards on one side and the Tukituki River on the other. Enjoy changing scenery and views of the impressive Te Mata Peak.

This trail provides year-round cycling and will suit most cycling skill levels. Don’t miss the expansive ocean views, world-class wineries and beautiful countryside.

Water Ride (Grade 1 Easiest and Grade 2 Easy) 96km

The Water Ride is flat, easy and perfect for families. Napier’s Bay View and Westshore are great places to start riding, continuing on to the seaside village of Ahuriri with its bustling cafés, shops and bars before cycling along picturesque Marine Parade with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.

Extend the ride to include the Taradale loop to experience the renowned Church Road and Mission Estate wineries.

Alternatively, head to the Ahuriri Estuary, a sanctuary for endangered wetland wildlife, or to the quaint Puketapu settlement with its charming hotel, restaurant, general store and church.

Don’t miss learning about local history, endangered wildlife, world-class wineries and the bustling seaside precinct of Ahuriri.

Wineries Ride (Grade 1 Easiest and Grade 2 Easy) 48km

The Wineries Ride is a relaxed ride that covers the wine-growing areas of Bridge Pa, Gimblett Gravels and the Ngatarawa Triangle.

The terrain is flat and dotted with numerous award-winning wineries that afford plenty of places to stop and rest along the way.

This mostly off-road ride also goes through the historic tree-lined Oak Ave in Hastings and along the banks of the Ngaruroro River.

Getting There

Access to Hawke's Bay Trails is easy because the rides are close to accommodation and city services. Keen riders can step off the plane at Hawke's Bay Airport and straight on to Water Ride.

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The Big Easy

10 Apr 2017
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Fenton Wilson
The combination of fantastic weather, cycle-friendly terrain, stunning scenery and an established food and wine experiences make the Hawke's Bay an ideal cycling destination. FENTON WILSON – Chair, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council