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5 Day Diverse Hawke's Bay
Delve into the Hawke’s Bay region on a fantastically diverse tour, as the name might suggest, taking you on a marvellous 5-day adventure through a variety of landscapes. There is so much to see in this wonderful area, and yet it feels as if the tour operator has managed to condense most of it into a relaxed but highly organized short exploration of the finer points. Although the ambience and the landscape do promote a sense of calm, the cycling itself is on the challenging side with relatively long distances to cover and several inclines to master. Therefore a good level of fitness will ensure that you enjoy this trip to its fullest. So saddle up and hit the peaceful country roads for an east coast expedition of excellence.
- Duration5 days
- Culture LevelFamiliar
- Skill Level2 - Novice
- Activity Level3 - Active
- Elevation3 - Intermediate
- Distance161.6 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance32.3 miles
Beginning near the Art Deco city of Napier and taking some time to discover its photogenic facades, you will head out towards the coast, through the Horseshoe Wetlands, to the convergence of the Tutaekuri and Ngaruroro rivers. Along the way, you will possibly see kite surfers, fishermen and white-baiters enjoying this natural wonderland. Following the Clive River then through yet more wetlands, you’ll witness the stunning sight of flocks of black swans and other native birds that call this part of the world home. After visiting some prestigious wineries and biking along the Tuki Tuki River through apple orchard scenery, you’ll head to the vibrant village of Havelock North for a well-deserved rest. The first day in itself offers a grab bag of delights and it just gets better as the tour unfolds.
Each day brings with it a host of new experiences, tastes and vistas that will stimulate the senses and leave you excited about what's to come. Epic landscapes, including the remote beauty of the Raukawa Valley, riverside and estuary trails, rolling countryside including some of the aforementioned inclines, quiet rural backroads, coastal tracks, and abundant agricultural scenes including apple and kiwi orchards, trails lined with frisky cattle and quintessential vineyard backdrops, continually saturate your field of vision and soothe your soul.
Equally charming and relaxing is the viticultural explorations to be had in the area. Recognizable names, such as The Mission Estate and Gimblett Gravels, offer cellar door tastings and are a fantastic glimpse into the life of the glorious grape. Of course, there are a plethora of vineyards to choose from, each offering their own distinct style and produce, and you can choose, through the beauty of the self-guided tour, which ones you want to visit and enjoy. Or perhaps make time for them all!
Other sensational highlights on this tour include taking a dip in the lovely inviting rivers along the route, riding the popular Puketapu Loop, visiting iconic pubs in rural communities, discovering the local historic Maori Pa site and cycling through a spectacular wildlife sanctuary. With a bursting itinerary, phenomenal biking and breathtaking scenery, you too can experience the best of Hawke’s Bay on a magnificent journey through a vast array of snapshots and take home memories to last a lifetime.