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4 Day Gastronomic Hawke’s Bay
If you are a connoisseur of the finer things in life and also enjoy a spot of relaxing cycling, then this is the tour for you. Discover the endless charms of a region steeped in exquisite winemaking, one which offers the cyclist a pleasurable and intoxicating mix of off-road trails through protected wetlands, winding rivers, coastal vistas, bountiful orchards, vineyards and superb countryside. Off the bike, you'll join an exclusive behind the scenes tour at the Church Rd winery and have plentiful opportunities to explore the plethora of vineyards dotted along the detailed route. Three nights of boutique, luxury accommodation await you, as well as two gourmet dinners, private car transfers and lunch reservations. A true treat to behold.
- CategoryFor Food Lovers
- Duration4 days
- Culture LevelFamiliar
- Skill Level1 - Beginner
- Activity Level2 - Moderate
- Elevation1 - Easy
- Distance65.2 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance21.7 miles
How long is the tour? How many days riding?
This tour is 4 days long, with 3 riding days.
Is there a minimum age for this tour?
The tour is aimed at adults with a focus on fine food and wine, and therefore is suitable for those 18 or older.
Can I rent a bike for the tour?
Yes, you can. 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 offers high-quality E-Bikes for this tour, subject to availability. Brands include Moustache, Merida and Cannondale. These E-bikes are for adults who are over 160cm (5' 3") in height.
What's the tour like?
The tour averages 35 km (22 mi) a day, with flat and wide trails that are 95% off-road, allowing you to ride at a leisurely pace. It is suitable for beginners.
E-bikes are available if you wish to make the riding easier, and a pickup service can be arranged if you feel that you'd rather stop riding on any day.
As the 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 quanitities 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 of 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!
Do I need to bring my own helmet?
Hire helmets are available and included in your bike hire 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 ten-minute drive from there but is only a domestic airport. However, there are regular departures to connecting international airports that are a few hundred kilometers away.
The tour operator will collect you from 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.
Can this tour be privately guided?
The tour shown and priced here is a self-guided tour where you essentially guide yourself, armed with comprehensive information and fantastic support. If you prefer a privately guided tour then this is possible for an additional charge. Please select the appropriate add-on, per person, during the booking process.