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Puketapu Loop, Otatara Maori Pa & Silky Oaks Chocolate
Gather up the family and head to Hawke's Bay for a day of fantastic fun and discovery. Traverse the famous Puketapu Loop, the local's favorite, and enjoy the epic vistas laid out before you. Follow the Tataekuri River and wind your way through the bountiful landscape that this region is renowned for. Stop off to visit a historic Maori site, a glorious chocolate factory and cafe, an iconic family-friendly pub and perhaps even a winery as you spend time in the great outdoors soaking up the natural splendor that surrounds you. The cycling is flat and easy on safe and off-road paths that cut through the delightful scenery and ensure good times are had by all.
- CategoryFor Families
- Duration4 hours
- Culture LevelFamiliar
- Skill Level1 - Beginner
- Activity Level1 - Easy
- Elevation1 - Easy
- Distance12.4 miles
Ride the stop-banks of the Tutaekuri River on this round-trip route from Taradale to the rural settlement of Puketapu. The tour operator suggests a visit to Moana Park Winery and lunch at the iconic Puketapu Pub before returning on the opposite side of the river. The scenery is ever changing with orchards, vineyards and farmland as far as the eye can see.
Don’t miss an easy climb to enjoy views of the surrounding region from the historic Otatara Maori Pa Site then treat yourself to copious chocolate delights at the Silky Oaks Chocolate Factory and Cafe before ending your ride back in Taradale.