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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
- DestinationNorth Island
- Duration4 days
- Culture LevelFamiliar
- Skill Level1 - Beginner
- Activity Level2 - Moderate
- Elevation1 - Easy
- Distance65.2 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance21.7 miles
Starting and ending in the historic port village of Ahuriri, you'll savour the delights of the well-situated hotel, with its far reaching views across the bay. Napier is just a few kilometers away, so perhaps spend your first night discovering this Art Deco gem, or relax into your plush surroundings. The tour starts in earnest the following day and you can look forward to three days of serene cycling, taking in the finer highlights of the region. Immerse yourself in the natural landscape, as flocks of black swans and abundant birdlife proliferate throughout the panoramic vistas. Frisky cattle join you on the trails; the lush farmland scenery is interspersed with produce-laden snapshots of fruit orchards, market gardens, and, of course, the quintessential vineyards that reign supreme.
Delve into the life of the grape as you experience the many cellar door openings offered along the route and visit New Zealand’s oldest winery, Mission Estate, as a point of historical interest, of course. Follow the wineries trail and discover the fine wineries of the Gimblett Gravels appellation. If you buy large quantities of wine or other purchases the tour operator is more than happy to collect these for you, leaving you free to travel light and easy. If you become wine-weary, you can experience the charms of some local ale in rural Puketapu at its classic Kiwi pub, a great choice for some refreshments.
Other fantastic highlights of this tour include cycling the ever-popular Puketapu Loop trail, visiting the beautifully shady and historic Oak Avenue, riding the Tuki Tuki river trail through stunning apple orchard and vineyard country, and enjoying the glorious coastal trail with epic views back towards Cape Kidnappers. Fall in love with the bewitching charms of Hawke's Bay and accentuate your experience by pampering yourself in sumptuous comfort and luscious surrounds. Fine wines, gourmet food, top cycling and magnificent views await you on this incredible tour.
* The tour described and priced here is for a self-guided journey where you essentially guide yourself, armed with comprehensive information and excellent support. This route is also available as a privately guided tour for an additional fee per person. Options to upgrade are available when booking.