Enjoy cycling this stunning wine region and tasting its produce
Enjoy the serenity of the countryside and the cheeky cattle you may meet along the way
Ride along the coastal trail and catch awesome views, such as the one out to Cape Kidnappers
Start and end your journey close to Napier, by the harbour of Ahuriri
Enjoy the fantastic green vistas that surround you as you leisurely cycle through Hawke's Bay
Visit the world acclaimed Ngatarawa Gimblett Gravels appellation and explore wine country at its finest
You'll adore the gentle, pleasurable cycling, the wine, the attractions, the peacefulness and those extraordinary views

Hawke's Bay 3 Day Leisurely Pathways

Duration
3 days
Site savings
$7
From
$328 USD

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.

  • Category
    Easy-going & Leisurely
  • Type
    Self-Guided
  • Duration
    3 days
  • Culture Level
    Familiar
  • Skill Level
    1 - Beginner
  • Activity Level
    1 - Easy
  • Elevation
    1 - Easy
  • Terrain
    Coastal
  • Distance
    68.4 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    23 miles
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  • How long is the tour? How many days riding?

    This tour is 3 days long, with 3 riding days.

  • Is there a minimum age for this tour?

    Children are very welcome to come on this tour. There are various options available for children including all sizes of bike or trailers/infant seats etc. for smaller children.

    The pricing on this tour is for children from 4 years old and older. If you wish to bring an infant who is younger than 4 please contact us directly for pricing.

  • Can I rent a bike for the tour?

    Yes, bikes are available for hire. 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 has infant seats available for adult bikes, trailers, Wee-Hoos and tag-alongs. Of course, there are child bikes available too.

    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 only or teenagers who are over 160cm (5' 3") in height.

  • What's the tour like?

    The tour is 95% off-road trails and is described by the tour operator as easy; it is suitable for beginners.

  • 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 endeavor 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 quantities 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 cycling part way through the day?

    The tour operator 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!

  • What age range does child cost apply to?

    Child cost applies to children from 4 to 16 years.

    The pricing on this tour is for children from 4 years old and older. If you wish to bring an infant who is younger than 4 please contact us directly for pricing.

  • Do I need to bring my own helmet?

    Hire helmets are available and included in your tour 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 10 minute drive, but is only a domestic airport. However, there are regular departures to connecting international airports that are a few hundred kilometres away.

    The tour operator will collect 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 traveling 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 traveling solo, to compensate for the higher cost of accommodation. This will also apply if you are traveling in a group but you would like your own room throughout the tour.

    Please select the single supplement option when booking and please note that the cost of this can be subject to change, depending on the cost of accommodation at the time of your proposed trip.

  • What's the 'standard pricing' and 'B&B/Boutique Lodge pricing upgrade' about?

    Two different types of accommodation are given as choices to you so you can opt to stay in more basic/motel-type accommodation (standard pricing), or upgrade to a more luxurious experience (B&B/Boutique Lodge pricing) by selecting the appropriate option on booking.

    The Lodging page gives a list of the typical accommodation providers used by the tour operators and they will let you know what's available for your chosen dates, based on your selection of either standard or boutique.

  • Are any entry fees included in the cost of the tour?

    No, the tour does not include any admittance costs for attractions or wine tasting fees. This is mainly because it's hard to predict which stops you will make so it is easier if you ‘pay as you go’. This also allows you more freedom to do what you like, when you like, depending on your mood and interests.

  • Can I bring my own bike, child seat, etc.?

    Yes, you are very welcome to bring your own bike and equipment if you prefer, just leave off the equipment add-ons and the price will stay at the lower rate.

    Note that if you bring your own infant seat for an adult bike, you must bring your own bike to use it on.

Overall Rating:
5.0/5
Helen Wilson
(Review obtained from Tour Operator)

Our group of over 60’s thoroughly enjoyed our three day cycle tour. It was a most enjoyable ride for cyclists of our age group and the tour operator's team could not have been more obliging or helpful. Many thanks.

Awesome Few Days
Cocopops1971
(Review obtained from Trip Advisor)

We booked a few months ago to do the 3 day leisurely pathways itinerary as a family of 4 (kids aged 14 and 12) and a few days before we were due to leave were thrilled when friends were able to join us (with kids aged 16 and 12). We had a blast. Love the fact that you are given a thorough itinerary and map but can mix it up as you see fit on the day, love that your bags magically appear at your lovely accommodation each night and love many varied places there are to visit along the way. Jenny is a maestro at making things seamless and her organization beforehand was great. Highly recommended as a great family few days out!

Suzanne G
(Review obtained from Trip Advisor)

We had a great time and despite the wild winds on the middle day enjoyed the whole experience. Wonderful to know that Jenny and team are only a phone call away if needed. Great scenery, coastal, pastoral, wine, apple growing, friendly locals and other cyclists.