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3 Day Hawkes Bay Leisurely Pathways Self Guided Bike Tour

Total about 110 km cycling (95% off road)

Days
3

Pricing From
$595

Difficulty

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Overview

95% 'Off road' cycling on our wonderful Hawkes Bay Trails which form part of Nga Haerenga, the N.Z. Cycle Trail is perfect for those who prefer to ride 'off road', away from traffic, while still enjoying some of the region's best scenic highights and attractions. Cycling trails in this 3 Day Leisurely Pathways Independent Bike Tour itinerary in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand include the coastal section of the 'water ride', limestone river trails and the estuary trail with its many native birds.

Riding distances are between 35km and 40km per day, with optional extensions for those feeling fit, and terrain is completely flat. A transfer to avoid busy roads is included at the end of your time in the Gimblett Gravels winery region on Day Two so you can enjoy a wine or two at the end of the day! This tour is a great option for anyone who enjoys active holidays at a more leisurely pace. View Hawkes Bay Leisurely Pathways Route Map.

Hawkes Bay Cycling

Hawkes Bay Cycling

Itinerary

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Day 1Ahuriri to Taradale via the Puketapu LoopApprox. 35km cycling

Departing the historic port area of Ahuriri you follow the coastal trail north to the outskirts of Bay View. Perhaps enjoy a coffee stop at the Snapper Café before continuing your cycle on the stunning section of trail that passes through the Ahuriri Station, a working farm and wildlife sanctuary.

Following the Ahuriri estuary section of the ‘water ride’ you can see many native and rare birds in this D.O.C. conservancy before arriving in the suburd of Taradale. A visit to the Mission Estate and Church Rd wineries is ‘a must’ before completing the 20km ‘Puketapu Loop’, a favourite trail for locals, with visits to Moana Park winery and the iconic Puketapu Pub real highlights. End the day with a visit to the Silky Oaks Chocolate factory and museum before proceeding to your Taradale accommodation

Day 2Taradale to the Gimblett Gravels Wine RegionApprox. 40km cycling

Departing Taradale you join the Tutaekuri River trail and cycle through beautiful orchard, market gardening and vineyard country to the coast at Awatoto. (8km) From here you turn back inland on the Ngaruroro River trail for a scenic cycle to the small settlement of Fernhill.

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 (up to 10) open for tastings. Those offering tastings include Ngatarawa, Salvare, Trinity Hill, Te Awa and Unison Estate.

At the end of the day you and your bikes will be transferred the short distance to your Havelock North accommodation.

Day 3Havelock North to AhuririApprox. 35km cycling

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 orchard ists trimming the trees and sometimes ‘frisky’ cattle joining you on the trail as you make your way towards the coast (10km). 

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 a nd 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 also 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 centre, a world renowned Art Deco treasure where you can spend some time viewing the distinctive architectural styles before cycling the final 5km back to base.

Cost per person (Twin share)

June 2019 - September 2020

  • Motel accommodation: from NZ$595
  • Boutique lodge accommodation: from NZ$735

** Bring your own bike and save $90.00 off tour cost

Electronic Bike Rental: Extra NZ$150

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Ahuriri to Taradale via the Puketapu LoopApprox. 35km cycling

Departing the historic port area of Ahuriri you follow the coastal trail north to the outskirts of Bay View. Perhaps enjoy a coffee stop at the Snapper Café before continuing your cycle on the stunning section of trail that passes through the Ahuriri Station, a working farm and wildlife sanctuary.

Following the Ahuriri estuary section of the ‘water ride’ you can see many native and rare birds in this D.O.C. conservancy before arriving in the suburd of Taradale. A visit to the Mission Estate and Church Rd wineries is ‘a must’ before completing the 20km ‘Puketapu Loop’, a favourite trail for locals, with visits to Moana Park winery and the iconic Puketapu Pub real highlights. End the day with a visit to the Silky Oaks Chocolate factory and museum before proceeding to your Taradale accommodation

Day 2Taradale to the Gimblett Gravels Wine RegionApprox. 40km cycling

Departing Taradale you join the Tutaekuri River trail and cycle through beautiful orchard, market gardening and vineyard country to the coast at Awatoto. (8km) From here you turn back inland on the Ngaruroro River trail for a scenic cycle to the small settlement of Fernhill.

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 (up to 10) open for tastings. Those offering tastings include Ngatarawa, Salvare, Trinity Hill, Te Awa and Unison Estate.

At the end of the day you and your bikes will be transferred the short distance to your Havelock North accommodation.

Day 3Havelock North to AhuririApprox. 35km cycling

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 orchard ists trimming the trees and sometimes ‘frisky’ cattle joining you on the trail as you make your way towards the coast (10km). 

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 a nd 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 also 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 centre, a world renowned Art Deco treasure where you can spend some time viewing the distinctive architectural styles before cycling the final 5km back to base.

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