Bike through this stunning area, acclaimed as one of ‘New Zealand’s Classic Road Rides’ by cycling authors the Kennett Brothers
Leisurely bike through stunning orchards and the fertile lands of this wonderful area
Immerse yourself in the rural surroundings
Cycle along the coastline to meet up with lovely Napier
Join this fantastic trail on day 3 and explore more superb vistas with leisurely riding and plenty of interesting stops
Visit and sample the fine wines on offer as you journey through this spectacular region
You'll have little chance of getting lost although if you spend too long at the wineries that could change
The kids will love riding through Ahuriri Station, a working sheep farm, as you set out on day 1
The tour operator offers many different options for children of all ages, such as this trailer
The tour operator offers WeeHoos for families to use during the tour

5 Day Easy Explorer Hawke’s Bay

Duration
5 days
Site savings
$13
From
$612 USD

Wind your way through the enchanting Hawke's Bay region over a memorable five days, exploring this bountiful and delightful setting. With a wide-ranging appeal, this tour would perhaps be most suitable for those seeking an activity-laden family bike tour, yet might also appeal to cycling enthusiasts looking for a romantic getaway through the proclaimed 'food bowl of NZ', or a group of friends keen to discover the vast array of wineries included on this route. There really is something for everyone in this wonderfully compact tour; the self-guided aspect gives you all the freedom you desire, with the confidence of knowing that everything behind the scenes has been taken care of for you.

  • Category
    Multi-Activity
  • Type
    Self-Guided
  • Duration
    5 days
  • Culture Level
    Familiar
  • Skill Level
    2 - Novice
  • Activity Level
    2 - Moderate
  • Elevation
    2 - Moderate
  • Terrain
    Mixed
  • Distance
    99.4 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    19.9 miles
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  • How long is the tour? How many days riding?

    This tour is 5 days long, with 5 days riding.

  • Is there a minimum age for this tour?

    No, children are very welcome to come on this tour. There are various options available for children including all sizes of bike or trailers/infant seats etc. for smaller children.

  • Can I rent a bike for the tour?

    Yes, you can hire a bike or bring your own. The bikes primarily used for this tour are Scott Sportster touring bikes, which feature 24 gears, front suspension, and comfortable gel saddles, and are fully equipped with panniers, odometers, locks, bottle holder and emergency repair kits.

    The tour operator also has infant seats available for adult bikes, Trailers, Wee-Hoos and tag-alongs. Of course, there are child bikes available too.

    The tour operator offers high-quality E-Bikes for this tour, subject to availability.  Brands include Moustache, Merida and Cannondale. These E-bikes are for adults only or teenagers who are over 160cm in height.

  • What's the tour like?

    This route is largely off-road apart from day 4, when there is approximately 10 km (6.2 mi) of road riding with some hills. The tour operator can suggest an alternative route for you to ride to the Cape Coast off-road if you would prefer not to be on the road for that distance.  The alternative route would mean you will repeat an 8 km (4.9 mi) section of trail the following day, but it is a really nice piece of trail so that’s no hardship!

    The tour is 80% off-road trails / 20% rural roads. Some cycling experience and confidence on roads recommended.

  • As this tour is self-guided, how will I know where to go?

    Your arrival information will include detailed, daily riding instructions for your tour along with the Hawke’s Bay Trails map showing your route highlighted. Riding instructions can be attached to the handlebars of your bike and will provide thorough information pointing out places of interest, worthwhile attractions, landmarks, distances and refreshment options.

  • What will happen to my luggage whilst I'm cycling?

    Each day your bags will be collected from your accommodation after 10.00am and be moved to your next night's stay. The tour operator will endeavour to have your bags at your destination by 2.00pm.

  • When is the best time of year to do this tour?

    The Hawke’s Bay region is blessed with long, hot summers, mild winters and low rainfall making it an ideal destination for cycling all year round. Average temperatures are:

    Summer 23.8 degrees Celsius (75 degrees Fahrenheit)

    Autumn 19.9 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit)

    Winter 14.5 degrees Celsius (58 degrees Fahrenheit)

    Spring 19.0 degrees Celsius (66 degrees Fahrenheit)

  • What if I want to buy large quantities of wine or other purchases along the way?

    The tour operator is more than happy to pick up any purchases that can’t be carried on your bike and have them waiting at their reception center when you finish your tour. Simply text them with the details or what and where you have purchased and they will take care of the rest!

  • What if I get a puncture or another mechanical breakdown?

    Mechanical backup service is included in your tour cost and the tour operator will provide you with a phone number to call if you need them. Depending on where you are, some waiting time is to be expected. For this reason, the tour operator provides spare tubes so you have the option to attend to any punctures yourself, which will most likely be your quickest option. However, they are happy to come out if this is your preference.

  • What if I've had enough cycling part way through the day?

    Takaro Trails can provide a pickup service for you and your bike if you’ve spent too long in a winery and don’t fancy the ride home!

  • What age range does child cost apply to?

    Child cost applies to children from 4 to 16 years. Infant cost applies to those aged under 4.

    Please also select the appropriate equipment hire option for your age of child.

  • Do I need to bring my own helmet?

    Hire helmets are available and included in your tour cost, however please feel free to bring your own helmet if you prefer. A correctly fitting helmet is essential for safety and it is a legal requirement in N.Z. for all cyclists to wear a helmet at all times when riding on the road and trails.

  • Where does the tour start and end?

    The tour starts and ends in Ahuriri, Napier at the tour operator's office. This is based at 9 Nelson Quay, Ahuriri, Napier 4144.

    Hawke's Bay Airport (NPE), also known as Napier Airport, is just a 10-minute drive from there but is only a domestic airport. However, there are regular departures to connecting international airports that are a few hundred kms away.

    The tour operator will collect and drop you off at the Hawke's Bay Airport if you are arriving/departing that way. If you are driving they can provide parking for you.

  • If I'm travelling alone, will I have to pay more?

    All prices are based on 2 people sharing a room so yes, there will be an additional charge levied if you are travelling solo, to compensate for the higher cost of accommodation. This will also apply if you are travelling in a group but you would like your own room throughout the tour.

    Please select the single supplement option when booking and please note that the cost of this can be subject to change, depending on the cost of accommodation at the time of your proposed trip.

  • What's the 'Standard pricing' and 'B&B/Boutique Lodge pricing upgrade' about?

    Two different types of accommodation are given as choices to you; you can opt to stay in more basic/motel-type accommodation (standard pricing) or upgrade to a more luxurious experience (B&B/Boutique Lodge pricing) by selecting the appropriate option on booking.

    The Lodging page gives a list of the typical accommodation providers used by the tour operators and they will let you know what's available for your chosen dates, based on your selection of either standard or boutique.

  • Is the chocolate factory admittance and any other entry costs included in the cost of this tour?

    No, the tour does not include any admittance costs for attractions or wine tasting fees. This is mainly because it's hard to predict which stops you will make so it is easier if you ‘pay as you go’. This also allows you more freedom to do what you like, when you like, depending on your mood and interests.

  • Can I bring my own bike, or child seat, etc.?

    Yes, you are very welcome to bring your own bike and equipment if you prefer, just leave off the equipment add-ons and the price will stay at the lower rate.

    Note that if you bring your own infant seat for an adult bike, you must bring your own bike to use it on.

Overall Rating:
5.0/5
Ian and Jan Stuart
(Review obtained from Tour Operator)

We really appreciated the personal service and attention to detail. A great holiday enjoying sunshine, easy bike trails, stunning scenery, gracious hospitality, exercise and fresh air. We’d be glad to recommend.

Brilliant Bike Trip
Susan Camperdown
(Review obtained from Trip Advisor)

We did the Five Day Easy Explorer and loved every day. The bikes were great and the itinerary gave us some nice cruisey days, with a few hills thrown in on Day Four. The bike path network around Hawke's Bay is great, so it's easy to add in a few little detours if you want to. We'd thoroughly recommend this trip.

Fantastic Experience
Russell P
(Review obtained from Trip Advisor)

We did the five-day Easy Explorer ride around Hawke's Bay and had a great time.
We had a few days of heavy rain and [the tour operator] even contacted us to offer alternatives to riding in the downpours. We chose to ride in the rain and had a great time, with quite a few experiences in the rain and then in sunshine!
We thoroughly recommend this ride and [the tour operator].