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5 Day Diverse Hawkes Bay Self Guided Bike Tour

Total about 240km cycling (55% off road, 45% rural roads)

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5

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$1199

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Overview

Our 5 Day Diverse Hawkes Bay Independent Bike Tour ventures south to historic Central Hawkes Bay for a truly diverse cycling experience. From the sophisticated villages of Ahuriri and Havelock North, to the quaintness of Waipawa, New Zealands oldest inland town, together with some fabulous riding through the remote countryside Raukawa valley. This tour is an exciting and memorable addition to New Zealand’s fine ‘active holidays’ portfolio.

Hawkes Bay Cycling

Hawkes Bay Cycling

Itinerary

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Day 1Ahuriri to Havelock NorthAbout 52km cycling

Riding on day one is flat and gentle, almost entirely on off road trails and stunningly scenic! You will travel to Havelock North departing Napier’s port village of Ahuriri and cycling via Napier’s CBD famed for its Art Deco style. Continuing along the seafront of Marine Parade the ‘Water Ride’ cycle trail will take you to the village of Clive, through a wetlands region with many native birds before taking a detour on the ‘Landscapes Trail’ to the coastal communities of Haumoana and Te Awanga. Here you can visit the British Car Museum, Clifton Beach or the excellent wineries of Elephant Hill and Clearview Estate.

Returning to the Tuki Tuki river the final part of today’s ride takes you through market garden country to bustling Havelock North. This is where you will spend your first night enjoying the excellent bars and cafes. For those keen to end their day with a few hills there is the option of riding the Tuki Tuki Loop from Te Awanga to Havelock North, rated by the Kennett Brothers as one of N.Z.’s classic road cycles! This will add approx.. 16km to the total distance.

Day 2Havelock North to WaipawaAbout 50km cycling (total 586m climb, 467m downhill)

On day two you head to the charming Central Hawke's Bay town of Waipawa, one of New Zealand oldest inland towns. Enjoy the ride through stunning countryside on quiet rural roads, with one significant hill climb, following the Tuki Tuki river. A stop at the Patangata Pub for a cold drink or lunch in their beer garden is a must. There’s then time for a swim in the river before continuing on to Waipawa where you can visit the Central Hawke’s Bay Settlers Museum.

Day 3Waipawa to HastingsAbout 65km cycling (total 524m climb, 647m downhill)

This is the longest days riding and is spent entirely in beautiful, remote farming land on country roads so a picnic lunch is essential. Leaving Waipawa to the west you ride through the rolling countryside of the Raukawa Valley with gentle hill climbs complimented by cruisey downhill sections. This day consistently proves to be a favourite with cyclists on our 5 day itinerary. Arriving in Hastings a visit to the Hawke’s Bay Opera House, Hastings Art Gallery, Vidals winery and Rush Munro’s legendary ice cream gardens are all great options to finish your day.

There is the option of riding a 50km flat route back to Hastings via the small, historic community of Otane for those wanting an easier option. Please note however that approx.. 20km is a repeat of yesterday’s route in the opposite direction.

Day 4Hastings to TaradaleAbout 45km cycling

Today you head to the world-renowned Ngatarawa Gimblett Gravels appellation to spend some time cycling the ‘Wineries Ride’ off road trails and focusing on the wonderful cellar doors of the area. Wineries offering tastings include Ngatarawa, Salvare, Trinity Hill, Te Awa and Unison Estate.

After a winery lunch or picnic amongst the vines, continue your ride to Taradale via the stopbank off road cycle trails following the Ngaruroro and Tutaekuri Rivers. These flat, easy trails take you through market gardening and orchard country with very typical, Hawke’s Bay scenery.

Day 5Taradale to Ahuriri About 45km cycling

Today’s riding focuses on the ‘Water Ride’ trails including the Puketapu Loop and the Ahuriri Estuary wildlife sanctuary trails. These trails are virtually all ‘off road’ however you do have the option of visiting the Silky Oaks Chocolate Factory, the historic Otatara Maori Pa site and the Mission Estate, New Zealand’s oldest winery.

The final part of the ride is along the coast from Bay View, via Westshore beach and back to Ahuriri. A fantastic way to end your five day adventure!

For those keen to stretch their legs and ride some rolling country hills, you have the option of diverting off from Puketapu and heading through the Puketitiri Road farming district, another renowned N.Z. road cycle, before joining the coastal path back to Ahuriri. Anyone with a reasonable level of fitness will enjoy this ride.

Cost per person (Twin share)

1 Jun 2019 - 30 Sep 2020

  • Motel accommodation: from NZ$1,199
  • B & B/Boutique Lodge accommodation: from NZ$1,349
  • E-bike hire: NZ$250

** Bring your own bike and save $150.00 off tour cost

Itinerary

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Day 1Ahuriri to Havelock NorthAbout 52km cycling

Riding on day one is flat and gentle, almost entirely on off road trails and stunningly scenic! You will travel to Havelock North departing Napier’s port village of Ahuriri and cycling via Napier’s CBD famed for its Art Deco style. Continuing along the seafront of Marine Parade the ‘Water Ride’ cycle trail will take you to the village of Clive, through a wetlands region with many native birds before taking a detour on the ‘Landscapes Trail’ to the coastal communities of Haumoana and Te Awanga. Here you can visit the British Car Museum, Clifton Beach or the excellent wineries of Elephant Hill and Clearview Estate.

Returning to the Tuki Tuki river the final part of today’s ride takes you through market garden country to bustling Havelock North. This is where you will spend your first night enjoying the excellent bars and cafes. For those keen to end their day with a few hills there is the option of riding the Tuki Tuki Loop from Te Awanga to Havelock North, rated by the Kennett Brothers as one of N.Z.’s classic road cycles! This will add approx.. 16km to the total distance.

Day 2Havelock North to WaipawaAbout 50km cycling (total 586m climb, 467m downhill)

On day two you head to the charming Central Hawke's Bay town of Waipawa, one of New Zealand oldest inland towns. Enjoy the ride through stunning countryside on quiet rural roads, with one significant hill climb, following the Tuki Tuki river. A stop at the Patangata Pub for a cold drink or lunch in their beer garden is a must. There’s then time for a swim in the river before continuing on to Waipawa where you can visit the Central Hawke’s Bay Settlers Museum.

Day 3Waipawa to HastingsAbout 65km cycling (total 524m climb, 647m downhill)

This is the longest days riding and is spent entirely in beautiful, remote farming land on country roads so a picnic lunch is essential. Leaving Waipawa to the west you ride through the rolling countryside of the Raukawa Valley with gentle hill climbs complimented by cruisey downhill sections. This day consistently proves to be a favourite with cyclists on our 5 day itinerary. Arriving in Hastings a visit to the Hawke’s Bay Opera House, Hastings Art Gallery, Vidals winery and Rush Munro’s legendary ice cream gardens are all great options to finish your day.

There is the option of riding a 50km flat route back to Hastings via the small, historic community of Otane for those wanting an easier option. Please note however that approx.. 20km is a repeat of yesterday’s route in the opposite direction.

Day 4Hastings to TaradaleAbout 45km cycling

Today you head to the world-renowned Ngatarawa Gimblett Gravels appellation to spend some time cycling the ‘Wineries Ride’ off road trails and focusing on the wonderful cellar doors of the area. Wineries offering tastings include Ngatarawa, Salvare, Trinity Hill, Te Awa and Unison Estate.

After a winery lunch or picnic amongst the vines, continue your ride to Taradale via the stopbank off road cycle trails following the Ngaruroro and Tutaekuri Rivers. These flat, easy trails take you through market gardening and orchard country with very typical, Hawke’s Bay scenery.

Day 5Taradale to Ahuriri About 45km cycling

Today’s riding focuses on the ‘Water Ride’ trails including the Puketapu Loop and the Ahuriri Estuary wildlife sanctuary trails. These trails are virtually all ‘off road’ however you do have the option of visiting the Silky Oaks Chocolate Factory, the historic Otatara Maori Pa site and the Mission Estate, New Zealand’s oldest winery.

The final part of the ride is along the coast from Bay View, via Westshore beach and back to Ahuriri. A fantastic way to end your five day adventure!

For those keen to stretch their legs and ride some rolling country hills, you have the option of diverting off from Puketapu and heading through the Puketitiri Road farming district, another renowned N.Z. road cycle, before joining the coastal path back to Ahuriri. Anyone with a reasonable level of fitness will enjoy this ride.

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