Hawke's Bay Trails

from 1 - 4 Days

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The Hawke's Bay Trails, which include the Landscapes Ride, the Wineries Ride and the Water Ride, as well as many other connecting paths, now offer over 200 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 winds 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. There are some 30+ vineyards to visit - just don't get too carried away on the tasting!

There are numerous different route options, so study the map and create your own. The three descriptions below offer popular starting points.

Landscapes Ride (56 km)

The Landscapes Ride explores the picturesque coastal communities of Napier, Clive, Haumoana, Te Awanga and Clifton, which is the entry point for the iconic Cape Kidnappers. Set off from Napier along Marine Parade on flat concrete paths. After crossing the bridge into Clive, easy limestone tracks will take you along to Black Bridge on the Tukituki River. Here you have the option of including in the longer and slightly more challenging Tukituki Loop by heading inland up to Red Bridge, or take the short-cut by crossing the bridge and carrying on along the coast. 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.

This trail is relatively flat and provides year-round cycling that will suit most cycling skill levels.

Water Ride (51 km)

The Water Ride is flat, easy and ideal for for families and beginner cyclists. Start from central Napier and head north towards the port and on to the seaside village of Ahuriri with its bustling cafes, shops and bars before cycling north along Westshore. The Ahuriri Estuary is an important refuge for endangered wetland birds. Those keen for a longer ride can then head for Taradale, passing the renowned Church Road and Mission Estate wineries, and then up the Tutaekuri River, below the terraces of the historic Otatara Pa site. At Puketapu Domain, cross the river and head back down the other side. Once back to Taradale, head towards the coast to join Marine Parade for an easy route back to Napier.

There is plenty to learn about local history, endangered wildlife, world class wineries and the bustling seaside precinct of Ahuriri on this ride.

Wineries Ride (33 km)

The Wineries Ride is a relaxed ride in the vicinity of Hastings. The terrain is flat and dotted with numerous award- winning wineries that afford plenty of places to stop and rest along the way. It is a loop, with various suggested detours out to vineyards and other sites worth seeing - you can start wherever is most convenient! From Hastings i-SITE, head out along Herataunga St West until you reach the Wilson Road intersection on the trail. Turn left towards Flaxmere, Bridge Pa and the majority of the local wineries. Consider a brief detour down Maraekakaho Rd to three wineries, or continue on down Ngatarawa where you will find many more. The trail loops around past Roys Hill Reserve and Fernhill before reaching the Ngaruroro River. Follow the banks of the river downstream until you reach the historic, tree-lined Oak avenue which will take you back to your starting point.

As mentioned, the three itineries above are only suggested routes, and if there is ever a trail where you should create your own itinery - this is it! It is arguably the best network of accessible trails in the country.

Mon Logis B&B
Boutique Napier Accommodation at the Beach
Mon Logis Bed & Breakfast, is a little piece of France nestled in the heart of beautiful wine growing Hawke's Bay region. Originally built as an English terrace house in the 1860's this Colonial building was extended into a private hotel accommodation in 1915.
Best Western Ballina Motel
Stylish & Comfortable - Luxury to the discerning
Cycle Friendly and comfortable 4 star plus accommodation conveniently located in the middle of the Hawke's Bay cycleways - we are the ideal place to base yourself for a cycle holiday in Hawke’s Bay. Great Service, Real Comfort and Excellent Facilities • Centrally located • Secure dry bike storage •...
The Crown Napier
An elegant hotel offering the ultimate combination of opulence, history and modern luxury
The Crown Hotel Napier is set in the picturesque seaside village of Ahuriri with easy walking distance to restaurants, bars and boutique shopping. Â
Driftwood Cottages
Boutique Accommodation with that Something Extra
Driftwood Cottages are the perfect choice for those looking for affordable boutique accommodation with that something extra when staying in Hawke’s Bay.
Cedar Court Motel
Conveniently located Motel. The soon to be opened Estuary cycle way starts at our door step. 15 spacious units ample off road parking and secure lock up for bikes.
Phone Number: 0508233272
The Villa
At The Villa Napier our aim is to make you feel ‘at home’ in our home - “our grand old lady just minutes from town, but gracing us with her charm and comforts” ...located a short walk from the heart of Napier City.
Phone Number: 068336636
Clive Colonial Cottages
We offer affordable boutique self caterings accommodation in the heart of the Hawkes Bay, just 10 minutes from the main centres of Napier, Hastings and Havelock North means you are not far from the many attractions and activities that the region offers.
Phone Number: 068701018
The Green House on the Hill
The Green House on the Hill, Bed and Breakfast accommodation Napier is 5 minutes walk from the heart of Art Deco Napier surrounded by trees in a quiet, woodland setting with views of the sea, city and Cape Kidnappers.
Phone Number: 068354475
Redcliffe Homestead
Redcliffe Homestead offers luxury bed and breakfast accommodation in a newly renovated 1880's villa which is nestled in our small commercial kiwifruit orchard. Enjoy the tranquil rural environment, just 2kms from the centre of Taradale with its wide variety of shopping, cafes and restaurants.
Phone Number: 068445684
Portside Inn Backpackers Lodge
Come and enjoy our friendly hospitality, overlooking the Iron Pot marina.
Phone Number: 068337292
Fern Motel
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Wine Country Motor Lodge
Friendly and comfortable 4plus star accommodation just 1km from the southern end of the Hawke's Bay Trails - we are the ideal place to base yourself on a cycle holiday in the region.
Phone Number: 0800877110
Cottages On St Andrews
Sit back and relax on the deck of your contemporary, stylish cottage. The rural setting on 5 acres with petting animals adorning the paddocks is surrounded by neighbouring orchards. It's tranquility allows for those wanting to relax, unwind and recharge their batteries yet it is less than 1km to the...
Phone Number: 06-877-1644
Albatross Motel
100 metres away from the cycleway
Minutes from fabulous wineries, waterfront restaurants and cafes, famous architecture, boutique shopping, major sporting fields and the airport, 4- 5 minute drive to CBD and walking distance to the popular restaurant area of Ahuriri. The Albatross Motel, Napier is well located for all that Art Deco Napier and Hawkes Bay...
Phone Number: 0800 252287
Matangi Cottage
The cottage is situated 15 minutes drive away from wonderful wineries, cafes and shopping at Havelock North. Visit Hastings and Napier in Hawkes Bay.
Phone Number: (06) 8747831
Comfort Inn Fairmont
Located close to the Hastings city centre, Splash Planet and the Hawkes Bay Show Grounds, this is an ideal base for you to enjoy the wineries, golf courses, the sights and delights of Hastings, Napier and Hawke's Bay.
Phone Number: 06 8783850
Arataki Honey Visitor Centre
Discover more about honey, meet the bees that make it, taste test and findyour favourite, purchase gifts and souvenirs, all at our interactive, modern Arataki Honey Visitor Centre which is only minutes away from the centre of Havelock North or the Hawke's Bay Landscape Ride via the River Road Entrance.
Bike D'Vine
Enjoy freewheeling around Hawkes Bay on our great range of comfort bikes or tandems and make the most of our fantastic climate! We cater for individuals, couples, families and small groups. Great for team building, hen's parties, social clubs or conferences.
A Maze 'n' Fun
A Maze 'n' Fun is an action-packed adventure for all ages.  By day you can take on the challenge of the Giant Corn Maze or test your skills at Corncop Crazy Golf. Make a splash in PuddlePad or take a mind trip in the 3D Vortex Tunnel.
Takaro Trails
A fresh new way to see Hawke's Bay, the cycling capital of New Zealand!
Phone Number: 06 836 5385
Cranked Cycles
Phone Number: 068355644

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