Hawke's Bay sits on the east coast of the North Island and is recognised on the world stage for its award-winning vineyards. In a stroke of genius they've now linked the wineries and restaurants across the region by a network of Grade 1-3 trails: The Hawke's Bay Trails. This clover leaf of trails has fast become one of New Zealand's premiere Great Rides of the New Zealand Cycle Trail – Nga Haerenga. It's a culinary and viticulture experience by bike that is unrivaled. It's also home to one of the world's best downhill mountain bikers: Brook MacDonald. There are trails to suit every taste here.
Nothing beats the feeling of the Hawke's Bay sun shining on your face as you pedal off into the Hawke's Bay Trails with one intention: to find your way to a restaurant for lunch, followed by a few rounds of wine-tasting. You'll want to spend a few days in this mode because there are 181km of trails to explore and an array of wineries, restaurants and cafés along the way. The three clover leafs on this trail are all worth exploring – take a day on each to make the most of your culinary journey.
If you want to pretend you're Kiwi downhill mountain biking star Brook MacDonald then make a beeline for the Pan Pac Eskdale Mountain Bike Park where you can explore the very trails he trains on when he is at home. There are plenty of easy trails in here that thread through the beautiful forest. If you're looking for a little more adventure then head toward Te Mata Peak and soak in the views.
Great food, great wine, great cycling and mountain biking ... what more could you possibly want?