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Hawke's Bay 3 Day Leisurely Pathways
Take a mellow ride through NZ’s tranquilly beautiful Hawke’s Bay and immerse yourself in an environment rich in wildlife, heritage and delightful views. This short three-day pedal will see you venturing off-road on mostly level trails with ample space and lovely surrounds. You’ll discover a lush region famous for its extensive vineyards, a number of which you are welcome to discover via the detailed itinerary. Fine wines aside, your serene journey through Hawke’s Bay will also reward you with beautifully natural vistas, easy-going and relaxing cycling, vibrant country towns, fun tourist attractions, coastal pathways and the fascinating Art-Deco city of Napier.
- CategoryEasy-going & Leisurely
- Duration3 days
- Culture LevelFamiliar
- Skill Level1 - Beginner
- Activity Level1 - Easy
- Elevation1 - Easy
- Distance68.4 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance23 miles
Starting and ending in the picturesque harbor of Ahuriri, you’ll set off past quaint cafes and sea views with kids fishing and enjoying the spoils of their catch. Cruise along the Estuary Trail, observing the protected birdlife and picking out the distinctive black swans that inhabit this fertile region. As you pedal, you’ll discover the innate peacefulness and seemingly timeless nature of your surroundings, as waves hug the shore, mountainous backdrops appear painted on, and wildlife proliferates. You’ll become completely immersed in the natural environment as you discover the charm of Hawke’s Bay from the seat of your cycle.
No trip to this stunning part of the country would be complete without visiting the world-renowned wineries and vineyards that populate the land here. Names such as Mission Estate, Church Rd, Moana Park and the epic Gimblett Gravels appellation are all within your grasp, and you’ll even bike a ‘wineries trail’ to experience the cellar door tastings on offer. If you decide to buy more wine than you can carry, the tour operator will be more than happy to collect it for you. Just one of the fantastic perks of cycling with an established local tour company, keen to ensure your trip to their region is as wonderful as it should be.
Other unforgettable highlights of this leisurely tour through Hawke’s Bay include biking the scenic Puketapu Loop trail; following river trails, wetlands and meandering country paths; cycling by bountiful orchards, market gardens and vineyard country; taking a cool ride through shady Oak Avenue; visiting a classic Kiwi pub at Puketapu; discovering historic Otatara Maori Pa site; and exploring the Silky Oaks Chocolate Factory. Pedal by waterways and coastal vistas, enjoying a variety of scenes all of which share a delightful aesthetic and ambience sure to tug at your heartstrings and ensure this part of the world stays forever in your memory.