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Hawke's Bay Trails

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Boasting more than 180km of trails the easy grade Hawke's Bay Trails feature a clover leaf of superb cycling between and around Napier and Hastings. The Grade 1-3 trails offer year-round cycling that will suit most skill and fitness levels. The network is mostly flat as it sprawls out across the Heretaunga Plains, waterways and beachfront. You can plan a trip for 1-4 days on the three distinct sections of trail, which each feature a unique part of the Hawke's Bay experience: expansive ocean views, world-class wineries and beautiful New Zealand countryside.

The Landscape Ride is a popular 56km trail that takes in the picturesque coastal communities of Haumoana, Te Awanga and Clifton, which border the iconic Cape Kidnappers coastline. This area is home to the world’s largest mainland gannet colony and one of the world’s top 50 golf courses. Riders will also enjoy views of the impressive Te Mata Peak and expansive ocean vistas. For eager riders, you may like to head inland to ride the more challenging Tukituki River Valley road loop. 

The second section of trail, the Water Ride provides 96km of flat easy riding which is perfect for families. On this trail you will enjoy panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. You will pass by the Ahuriri Estuary, which is a sanctuary for endangered wetland wildlife. For keen riders, why not extend the ride to include the Taradale loop and experience the renowned Church Road and Mission Estate wineries. 

The third section of trail in the Hawke’s Bay Trails trilogy is the 48km Wineries Ride. This is a relaxed section of trail that covers the wine-growing areas of Bridge Pa, Gimblett Gravels and the Ngatarawa Triangle. This mostly off-road ride goes through the historic tree-lined Oak Avenue in Hastings and along the banks of the Ngaruroro River. The 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 before concluding in Clifton, 24km from Napier.

Great wineries, restaurants and views make the Hawke's Bay Trails worth savouring. Photos: TNZ

Insider Tips

  • Organise a shuttle to collect you from one of the wineries at the end of your day so you can enjoy your wine tasting along the way.
  • Take your time to really enjoy this experience – a day per section will ensure you can make the most of the restaurants and wineries along the way. 
  • Feeling fit? Make sure you check out the Pan Pac Eskdale Mountain Bike Park for some stunning singletrack riding.

Getting There 

The Hawke’s Bay Trails are best accessed from Napier. Napier has its own airport and this is the best way to access the area directly from Auckland. Napier is a two-hour drive from Taupo (142km) and a three-hour drive from Gisborne (215km). Napier is a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Palmerston North (177km). The trails begin in Napier.  

The Hawke's Bay Trails can be accessed from many points in the region. If arriving by air or driving from Taupo (142km) or Gisborne (215km), Napier is the natural start point for exploration. If driving from Wellington, Masterton or Palmerston North, Havelock North within the Hastings District is a good base to begin your ride from. Havelock North is approximately a three-and-a half-hour drive from Wellington (295km).

Tell Me More

The Hawke's Bay Trails form part of the Nga Haerenga New Zealand Cycle Trail, for information on the trails we recommend visiting NZCycleTrail.

Explore more of this exciting region with Tourism Hawke's Bay.

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