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Hawke's Bay Trails

New Zealand Cycle Trail

Hawke's Bay, North Island

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The Hawke’s Bay Trails, which include the Landscapes Ride, the Wineries Ride and the Water Ride, will offer 187 kilometres of cycle trails aimed at cyclists of all abilities. Riders will pass lowland rivers and wetlands and traverse mountainous lookouts with fantastic views of the Pacific Ocean and the Hawke's Bay coastline.

The wine-rich Hawke's Bay region is an excellent place for cycle touring for all levels of ability with the mild climate, bike-friendly terrain, modest average wind speed and a well-defined tourist infrastructure.

The area includes off-road trails around Napier riding out along the Marine Parade to Awatoto-Waitangi and linking via Clive to Havelock North at total of over 30km on a mixture of sealed and gravel pathways.  Newly added bike and pedestrian bridges have made this area a wonderfully safe cycling option for the whole family.

Landscapes Ride

The 43km Landscape Ride explores the picturesque coastal communities of Haumoana, Te Awanga and Clifton, which border the coastline of the iconic Cape Kidnappers. The track will have a number of different starting points including Black Bridge, River Road, and Clifton. The Landscapes trail will go through the Tukituki Valley and out to Te Awanga and Haumoana, and integrate with the other existing pathways. Cyclists will enjoy spectacular scenery including Te Mata Peak, views of the Pacific Ocean and Cape Kidnappers - home to the world's largest mainland gannet colony. Enjoy changing scenery and views of the impressive Te Mata Peak. This trail provides year-round cycling and will suit most cycling skill levels. Not-to-be missed are the expansive ocean views, world class wineries and remote countryside.

The ride is relatively flat with an all weather surface providing year-round cycling.

Water Ride

The 96km Water Ride is flat, easy and ideal for for families and beginner cyclists. Start from Napier’s Bay View and continuing on to the seaside village of Ahuriri with its bustling cafés, shops and bars before cycling along picturesque Marine Parade with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. Those keen for more riding can 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. You can learn about local history, endangered wildlife, world class wineries and the bustling seaside precinct of Ahuriri.

Wineries Ride

The 48km 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 Avenue in Hastings and along the banks of the Ngaruroro River.

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There are two popular sections of trail ready to ride. One is a coastal ride, and the other is a valley ride. The coastal ride 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. The path ends at Clifton, 24km from Napier.

The other 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. It is the road bridge that crosses the Tukituki River, 16km south of Napier, on the way to Clifton. There is a big carpark just before it. From the Black Bridge carpark, follow the obvious limesand track underneath the bridge and up onto a large stop bank on the other side of the road.

The trail stays on top of the stop bank for almost 8km, before ending at River Road. Follow River Road away from the Tukituki River for 800 metres, to an intersection with Waimarama Road. Turn left at the intersection. The trail is a mixture of on and off-road from here to Red Bridge, 5km away. Cross Red Bridge and turn left again at the next intersection. You now follow Tukituki Road for 9km before turning left down Moore Road for 900 metres. At the end of Moore Road, another 6km of excellent limesand path leads all the way back to Black Bridge.


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