We deal directly with each tour operator, which means we can guarantee you the best price. If within 24 hours of your booking you find the exact same tour elsewhere for a lower price, let us know and we'll refund you the difference!
Water Trail North and Bay View
If you're short on time but full of enthusiasm then take a couple of hours to enjoy a glimpse of the treasures of Hawke's Bay. Biking through wetlands, a wildlife sanctuary, working sheep farm, estuary landscapes, vineyards and coastal vistas, you'll experience a taste (and perhaps even a quick tipple) of this lovely region. Depending on how long you can spare there are stops to be made at local cafes, wineries and beaches or you can just enjoy the natural splendor and save the man-made attractions for another time. Either way, you'll be sure to fall for the charms of this corner of NZ and be back for a longer trip next time.
- CategoryFor Families
- Duration3 hours
- Culture LevelFamiliar
- Skill Level1 - Beginner
- Activity Level1 - Easy
- Elevation1 - Easy
- Distance12.4 miles
Departing the port village of Ahuriri you will cycle past the many bars and cafes of West Quay with views of the fishing trawlers and sailing boats. Continuing around the Pandora Estuary, a Department of Conservation protected wetlands, the tour operator recommends you take some time to view the birds and read the information boards giving details of this unique environment.
The next 10 km (6.2 mi) of the route is through the Ahuriri Station, a working sheep farm and wildlife sanctuary. As you cycle along it’s sobering to reflect that before the 1931 earthquake all this area was a vast tidal flat which was raised nearly 2 metres (6.5 ft) during the big jolt! Arriving in the settlement of Bay View you can enjoy a refreshment break at the cycle-friendly Snapper Cafe, or perhaps a wine tasting at Crab Farm Winery, renowned for its bohemian style.
The final section of the trail takes you along the coast, passing Westshore beach before returning to Ahuriri. This little taster will certainly leave you keen to experience more of the Hawke’s Bay Trails on your next visit!