Recent Posts

Weather Forecast

Auckland
16°
Cloudy
06:0020:11 NZDT
Feels like: 15°C
Wind: 27km/h ESE
Humidity: 73%
Pressure: 1013.1mbar
UV index: 0
19h20h21h22h23h
16°C
15°C
14°C
14°C
13°C
SatSunMonTueWed
min 12°C
19/13°C
22/13°C
21/14°C
19/14°C

Planning to ride a trail? You can check the weather forecast right here! You can change location by entering a city name in the drop-down menu on the top right corner.

/Hawke’s Bay Trails
Hawke’s Bay Trails 2017-09-17T15:16:48+00:00

Hawke’s Bay Trails

Different everyday!

Now I’m curious!

Hawke’s Bay Trails
Different everyday!
 

Now I’m curious!

Hawke’s Bay Trails

Different everyday!

Now I’m curious!

intro

Land, City, Water and Wine

More relaxing is impossible! Hawke’s Bay Trails offers 200 kilometer of cycle paths through a stunning and diverse landscape. The route is predominantly flat and leeds you along the oceaan, rivers and swamps with gorgeous flowers, plants and an abundance of birds. Along the countryside, with fields full of fruit trees and vineyards with the best of wines New Zealand has to offer. Tasting allowed!

We love to share our own experiences and tips! Don’t expect extended touristic information, there are others who are much better in doing so. We do tell you where to find further information about the NZ Cycle Trails, like websites and apps. We focus primarily on photos. And we add a personal touch by summarising our personal trail experience in a short story! No doubt this will help you to get a good idea of the Hawke’s Bay Trails and what to expect. Enjoy reading!

General info

New Zealand Cycle Trails consist of 5 grades:

1. very easy
2. easy
3. intermediate
4. advanced
5. expert

We learned that grade 1, 2 and 3 is suitable for touring bikes. Take some steep climbs in account. Grade 4 and 5 are suitable for experienced and expert mountainbikers. The adventure stuff with obstacles, a lot of curves, hill climbs and steep drop-offs. Be aware, sometimes a cycle trail consists of several grades. Motu Trails is a good example: Dunes Trail is very easy, while the Pakihi Track is advanced.

Handy and free!

The AA Traveller Magazine about the New Zealand cycle trails: The New Zealand Cycle Trails Guide. A magazine full of information about the routes, accommodation and cool tips. Available at iSites, Gas stations and accommodations.

Super! More tips like this please!

General info

New Zealand Cycle Trails consist of 5 grades:

1. very easy
2. easy
3. intermediate
4. advanced
5. expert

We learned that grade 1, 2 and 3 is suitable for touring bikes. Take some steep climbs in account. Grade 4 and 5 are suitable for experienced and expert mountainbikers. The adventure stuff with obstacles, a lot of curves, hill climbs and steep drop-offs. Be aware, sometimes a cycle trail consists of several grades. Motu Trails is a good example: Dunes Trail is very easy, while the Pakihi Track is advanced.

Handy and free!

The AA Traveller Magazine about the New Zealand cycle trails: The New Zealand Cycle Trails Guide. A magazine full of information about the routes, accommodation and cool tips. Available at iSites, Gas stations and accommodations.

Super! More tips like this please!

General info

New Zealand Cycle Trails consist of 5 grades:

1. very easy
2. easy
3. intermediate
4. advanced
5. expert

We learned that grade 1, 2 and 3 is suitable for touring bikes. Take some steep climbs in account. Grade 4 and 5 are suitable for experienced and expert mountainbikers. The adventure stuff with obstacles, a lot of curves, hill climbs and steep drop-offs. Be aware, sometimes a cycle trail consists of several grades. Motu Trails is a good example: Dunes Trail is very easy, while the Pakihi Track is advanced.

Handy and free!

The AA Traveller Magazine about the New Zealand cycle trails: The New Zealand Cycle Trails Guide. A magazine full of information about the routes, accommodation and cool tips. Available at iSites, Gas stations and accommodations.

Super! More tips like this please!

Nutshell

Hawke’s Bay Trails in a nutshell

Route
In total 200 km of cycle trails which you can combine to your likings:

The landscape Ride: follows the coast to Cape Kidnappers with excellent views on the ocean and Te Mata Peak.
The Water Ride: through Ahuriri Estuary, a nature reserve with endangered birds and follows the coastline with panoramic views of the ocean.
The Wineries Ride: past vineyards and fruit orchards.

Starting points
Napier, Hastings or Havelock (Northern island)

When?
You can ride the Hawke’s Bay Trails whole year round. They are situated in a sheltered corner of the northern island, which has a mild climate. The trails are even after heavy rains accessible. Do inform at the iSite in Napier before you head out, just to be sure! It could save you a lot of trouble and time. Heading out there is a smart move anyway, they can provide you with all sorts of information and tips on what to do on those days you don’t mount your bike!

Here is where you’ll find the Hawke’s Bay Trails!

Distances
The landscap Ride: 56 km
The Water Ride: 96 km
The Wineries Ride: 48 km

Grade
Easy, mainly flat

Amount of days
1 to 4, depends on which route(s) you take or combine

Accommodation
Plenty of accommodation like hotels, apartments, campings etc.

Transport
Many shuttle-bus services

Bicycle rental
in Napier, Hastings and Havelock

Our tips
Check our Blog!

Napier is the heart of the Hawkes’s Bay trails. It is the perfect starting point for your trail adventures. If you have the time, make sure to pay this colourful town a visit. In 1931 totally destroyed by an earthquake. They rebuild it in Art-Deco style. Cute streets, a laid-back atmosphere and a miles long boulevard battle for your attention.

tip!

More information
Printable map

Route
In total 200 km of cycle trails which you can combine to your likings:

The landscape Ride: follows the coast to Cape Kidnappers with excellent views on the ocean and Te Mata Peak.
The Water Ride: through Ahuriri Estuary, a nature reserve with endangered birds and follows the coastline with panoramic views of the ocean.
The Wineries Ride: past vineyards and fruit orchards.

Starting points
Napier, Hastings or Havelock (Northern island)

When?
You can ride the Hawke’s Bay Trails whole year round. They are situated in a sheltered corner of the northern island, which has a mild climate. The trails are even after heavy rains accessible. Do inform at the iSite in Napier before you head out, just to be sure! It could save you a lot of trouble and time. Heading out there is a smart move anyway, they can provide you with all sorts of information and tips on what to do on those days you don’t mount your bike!

Here is where you’ll find the Hawke’s Bay Trails!

Distances
The landscap Ride: 56 km
The Water Ride: 96 km
The Wineries Ride: 48 km

Grade
Easy, mainly flat

Amount of days
1 to 4, depends on which route(s) you take or combine

Accommodation
Plenty of accommodation like hotels, apartments, campings etc.

Transport
Many shuttle-bus services

Bicycle rental
in Napier, Hastings and Havelock

Our tips
Check our Blog!

Napier is the heart of the Hawkes’s Bay trails. It is the perfect starting point for your trail adventures. If you have the time, make sure to pay this colourful town a visit. In 1931 totally destroyed by an earthquake. They rebuild it in Art-Deco style. Cute streets, a laid-back atmosphere and a miles long boulevard battle for your attention.

tip!

More information
Printable map

4 Pictures

GIt is relaxed cycling over 200 kilometer flat trails through a diverse landscape of see, beach, nature, fruit- and vineyards.

Combine routes to make it fully your own!

Attention fruit lovers! Hawke’s Bay is the fruit bowl of New Zealand. No shortage of vitamin C!

Want to cool down? Take a dive into the sea, which is never far!

Château de bicyclette

Château de bicyclette

Drink-driving

For a moment, you might think you are in France. But it really is New Zealand. One vineyard more beautiful than the next. Gorgeous driveways, majestic farms and New Zealand’s famous hospitality. And grape vines as far as the eye stretches of course! If you love cycling and a nice glass of wine, than Napier is the perfect base. Rent a bike at one of the local companies and leisurely cruise through the vineyards. Napier is situated in Hawke’s Bay, a very fertile area thanks to the high amount of sunshine hours a year. Really everything grows out there! Not only grapes, but also peaches, apricots, apples, pears and berries for instance. You can buy these treats everywhere at little stalls along the road in the fruit season (summer months).

Pick your winegrower
The Winery Trail takes you past a fair amount of vineyards. Tip: pick a few beforehand which you really want to visit. We were a bit too enthusiastic and stopped at every farm we encountered (no, we didn’t do wine tasting at all of them!). By the time it was time for our lunch, we only had pedalled 10 kilometers. That didn’t progress. During the afternoon session we decided on only visiting the award-winning wineries, but even that turned out to be a time-consuming chore.

Enjoy a bottle on a sidewalk cafe

Plenty of choice!

Six times tasting
At all the winegrowers you can do tasting. Mostly for free, but sometimes you pay a small amount, like 5 NZ dollar. On average, you taste four to six vintages. You get to know all about the wines, winery and of course, the chance to buy a bottle (or two). Make sure you do, because they produce some of the best ones you can buy. The best of New Zealand, if not of the world! Most winegrowers are therefore proud to show their certificates. Often they export their products all over the world.

Something else than wine
You don’t have to drink wine if you don’t want to, a lot of winegrowers also know hot to serve a good coffee and a variety of fresh local fruit juices (real yummy!). To say nothing of the delicious food! So you can leave your home-made sandwiches at home with peace of mind. It saves you a lot of space in your bags, only easily to be filled with a couple of award-winning bottles of wine!

 Buy your bottle of wine direct from the winegrower, so you can linger the day on a perfect summer evening ,sitting in front of your tent

You don’t have to take a glass of wine

Napier, fruits capitol of New Zealand

 Buy your bottle of wine direct from the winegrower, so you can linger the day on a perfect summer evening ,sitting in front of your tent

You don’t have to take a glass of wine

Photos

On your Bicycle past award winning winegrowers of New Zealand. And… tasting allowed!

Pros and Cons

  1. Ahuriri Estuary is a surprise and a real gem. Cycling throug a lagoon and swamp with beautiful and rare birds 

  2. Endless cycling and combining of routes 

  3. Culinary fans will feel at home! 

  4. The Kiwis will do anything to give you a great cycling experience 

  5. Beautiful vineyards with award-winning wines, where it is also good coffee drinking

Endless combining – combine different routes to one

  1. The city is alway at close range (Napier, Hastings or Havelock), whereby you do miss out on a real nature experience

  2. Sometimes the routes passes the city, a highway or the airport

  3.  The bicycle-bags aren’t nearly big enough to fit all the bottles of wine you want to buy (haha)

  4.  The route is not always very clearly indicated. So pay attention!

Urban area – sometimes routes pass the city, highways or the airport

What is there to do in the surroundings?

Time to spare? This is there to see in the surroundings!

What is there to do in the surroundings?

Time to spare? This is there to see in the surroundings!

Go back in time and submerge yourself in art deco city Napier. Enjoy the cafes, neat shops and splendid food!

Visit Cape Kidnappers. Home of the largest on land breeding colony of gannets.

The official promo-video of the Hawke’s Bay Trails. Anticipation!

Read more?

Like to read more? Check our blog!

1010, 2017

Check, check, double check!

5 things you should check before you start cycling You picked your trail, you know when you’re riding it and how many days? You also arranged your bike, accommodation and shuttle? Well, you’re all most ready to start paddling. We always use this little checklist just before we start riding. In this way we avoid unpleasant situations.Love to share

210, 2017

Cool Fact

Sea and beach never far Fond of water? Did you know that it is always near when you roam around New Zealand? Although the country is 8 times bigger than, say, the Netherlands, beach, sea and fun are always at close hand. Due to it's unique shape, it is impossible to find yourself further than than 119.4 kilometer from

2204, 2017

Pakihi Track: Not for wimps

Not for wimps From easy to average and ending with expert level. Sounds logical we thought. The Motu trails have a neat structure in difficulty level, but, as always, the sting is in de tail! We doubted for a long time if we also wanted to cycle the Pakihi Track: a mountain bike trail for the advanced mountain biker. One

205, 2017

Cycling rules in New Zealand

Cycling rules in New Zealand What are the rules concerning cycling in New Zealand? We summed up the most important ones for you. 1. Left side of the road For those coming from a right hand side country…. Pay attention, but you’ll get used to it. Take extra care at roundabouts! 2. Helmet mandatory Also a bit of getting

Leuk! Breng me naar de Blog!

Like to read more? Check our blog!

Great! Take me to the Blog!

We had wonderfully relaxing days in Napier. Sun, see, beach and being sportive. Not to forget the amazing wines we tasted!

In one sentence
Important note

Thanks for visiting!

See you!

error: Inhoud is beschermd