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
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$13
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$614 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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Quick Stats

  • Duration
    5 days
  • Main Destination
    North Island
  • Distance
    99.4 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    19.9 miles
  • Elevation
    2 - Moderate
  • Terrain
    Mixed

Route Map (click to view larger image)

Itinerary Details

  1. Day 1Ahuriri to Taradale via Bay View and the Estuary Trail

    Departing the historic port village of Ahuriri you’ll see kids fishing, boats unloading their catch and friends laughing over coffee at one of the quaint cafes. Following the coast north along Westshore, a popular surfing beach, you'll reach the community of Bay View (10 km/6.2 mi). A cold drink and snack at the coastal Snapper Café is always a popular option, as is a visit to Crab Farm Winery with its bohemian style. The trail then continues through the Ahuriri Station, a working sheep farm, before passing in front of the Hawke’s Bay airport. From here you join the Ahuriri Estuary Trail where views of protected birdlife can be enjoyed as you make your way to the Old Embankment Bridge. Passing under the expressway the trail continues towards the foothills of Poraiti. It is sobering to reflect that up until the 1931 earthquake all this area was a vast tidal inlet, encompassing thousands of hectares of wetland, marshes and mud banks. On reaching the suburb of Taradale (15 km/9.3 mi) a visit to the Mission Estate and Church Rd wineries is definitely recommended to end your first day on the bike!


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    • 15.5 miles
    • Accommodation in Taradale
    • Breakfast
  2. Day 2The Puketapu Loop

    The ‘Puketapu Loop’ is a real favorite trail for locals and visitors alike. Following the Tutaekuri River west, the first section of the trail is shaded by pine trees and the smell of wild fennel perfumes the air. Continuing past kiwifruit orchards and farmland, you'll arrive in the rural community of Puketapu, home to the iconic Puketapu Pub. A member of the classic N.Z. pubs network, this is an excellent place to enjoy a hearty lunch in a relaxed style before continuing the loop back to Taradale on the opposite side of the river.

    Visits to the historic Otatara Maori Pa site, Moana Park winery and the Silky Oaks Chocolate Factory are also highlights of this route before returning to your Taradale accommodation. In the summer months, there’s also an excellent swimming spot to cool off before the cycle home to Taradale.

    • 15.5 miles
    • Accommodation in Taradale
    • Breakfast
  3. Day 3Taradale to Gimblett Gravels Appellation via River Trails & Wineries Ride

    Departing Taradale you join the Tutaekuri River trail, this time to the east, and cycle through beautiful orchards, market gardening and vineyard country to the coast at Awatoto (10 km/6.2 mi). Crossing the bridge at the Horseshoe Wetlands you turn back inland on the Ngaruroro River trail for a further 8 km (4.9 mi) of scenic cycling, passing by the Pakowhai Country Park before leaving the trail on the outskirts of Hastings to visit Oak Avenue, one of the scenic features of the area. Planted in the 1860s as a driveway to one of Hastings' original homesteads, the trees leave a rich legacy and the shady mile is certainly enjoyed by cyclists.

    The ‘wineries ride’ trail then takes you around the fine wineries of the Gimblett Gravels appellation, where you can spend the afternoon sampling the wine and enjoying the ambience of the many cellar doors open for tastings. Those offering tastings include Ngatarawa, Ash Ridge, Trinity Hill and Te Awa. At the end of the day, you and your bikes will be transferred the short distance to your Havelock North accommodation.

    • 24.9 miles
    • Accommodation in Havelock North
    • Breakfast
  4. Day 4The Tuki Tuki Loop - A classic N.Z. road ride

    Today’s route is cycled in part on the roads of the Tuki Tuki Valley, acclaimed as one of New Zealand’s classic road rides, before joining the Tuki Tuki River trail to the coastal communities of Haumoana and Te Awanga. The first part of the ride takes you up the gentle climb of Waimarama Rd before descending into the valley behind Te Mata Peak and passing Craggy Range Winery. Crossing the Tuki Tuki River at Red Bridge you cycle 9 km (5.5 mi) on the Tuki Tuki Rd taking in five smallish hills which add up to 320m (1049ft) of climbing in total. The scenic views over the river valley and vineyards are stunning and the lack of cars makes the cycling very relaxed.

    On reaching Moore Rd you join the flat, easy cycle trail to follow the river to the coast at Haumoana. This sleepy seaside community has long been home to artists and retains its relaxed style. The coastal trail leads to Te Awanga and here you can reward your cycling efforts with a long, lazy lunch at one of the fine wineries of Clearview Estate Winery or Elephant Hill Winery. At the end of the afternoon, you and your bikes will be transferred back to your Havelock North accommodation.

    • 18.6 miles
    • 1,049.9 ft
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    • Accommodation in Havelock North
    • Breakfast
  5. Day 5Havelock North to Ahuriri via Tuki Tuki River and Coastal Trail

    Departing bustling Havelock North with its excellent shopping and cafes, you follow the Tuki Tuki river trail through apple orchard and vineyard country. See the orchardists trimming the trees and sometimes ‘frisky’ cattle joining you on the trail as you make your way towards the coast (10 km/6.2 mi). It’s worth taking some time to sit on one of the viewing benches along the East Clive Wetlands to observe the many native birds and flocks of black swans which inhabit the area. Enjoy refreshments in Clive before continuing on the coastal trail with its stunning views out towards Cape Kidnappers.

    On reaching the outskirts of Napier you follow Marine Parade lined with the iconic Norfolk Palm trees that are so recognized as a symbol of Napier. As you get closer to town you’ll pass by the statue of the ‘Spirit of Napier’ which represents the city rising from the ashes of the 1931 earthquake, and David Trubridge’s magnificent ‘Ecliptic’ monument celebrating the new millennium. There’s an opportunity to visit the National Aquarium of N.Z. before arriving in the city center, a world acclaimed Art Deco treasure. Lock up your bike at the information center and take a stroll around the town to take in the fascinating facades and distinctive architectural styles of the 1930s. A short cycle around the port then brings you back to Ahuriri and the end of your adventure!

    • 21.7 miles
    • Breakfast