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7 Day Classic Hawkes Bay Supported Bike Tour

Total about 155 kms cycling (Two Rest Days)

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7

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$1559

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Overview

This really is the ultimate holiday in Hawke’s Bay with five days of easy cycling and two days for resting in between. There are various options to choose from and, since we travel at a relaxed pace, this Classic Hawkes Bay Independent Bike Tour itinerary is a real crowd pleaser. Riders will enjoy fantastic cycle trails along with delicious food and locally produced wine.

During your cycling adventure, you can also enjoy a number of other activities such as “Behind the scenes Winery Experiences”, golf, luxurious spa treatments, Art Deco Tours and educational Maori culture tours. There are an endless number of options from which you can choose and we are more than happy to make suggestions as well as reservations on your behalf so that your trip is no less than perfect.

The total distance that you will cycle is approximately 160km. 90% of this distance is traveled on off-road trails that are easy to negotiate and the remaining 10% takes you along flat, rural roads. You will also enjoy two days of rest during the course of this cycling trip.

Classic Hawke's Bay Independent Bike Tour

Classic Hawke's Bay Independent Bike Tour

Tuki Tuki River Trail

Classic Hawke's Bay Independent Bike Tour

Classic Hawke's Bay Independent Bike Tour

Classic Hawke's Bay Independent Bike Tour

Classic Hawke's Bay Independent Bike Tour

Water Trail Estuary ride

Classic Hawke's Bay Independent Bike Tour

Puketapu Loop

Classic Hawke's Bay Independent Bike Tour

Gimblett Gravels Wine Region

Classic Hawke's Bay Independent Bike Tour

Cape Kidnappers Gannet Safari

Itinerary

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Day 1Ahuriri to Taradale via the Water Trail Estuary Ride Approx. 35km cycling

Departing the historic port area of Ahuriri near Napier, you follow the coastal trail north through the seaside suburb of Westshore to the outskirts of Bay View.

Perhaps enjoy a coffee stop at the Snapper Café or wine tasting at Crab Farm winery 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 you can see many native and rare birds in this D.O.C. conservancy before arriving in Taradale. A visit to the Mission Estate and Church Rd wineries is a ‘must do’ to end the day.

Day 2The Puketapu LoopApprox. 25km cycling

The ‘Puketapu Loop’ is a real favourite trail for locals and visitors alike. Following the Tutaekuri River west the first section of the trail is shaded by pine trees and the smell of wild fennel perfumes the air.

Continuing past kiwifruit orchards and farmland you arrive in the rural community of Puketapu, home of the iconic Puketapu Pub. A member of the classic N.Z. pubs network and excellent place to enjoy a hearty lunch in relaxed style before continuing the loop back to Taradale on the opposite side of the river with views over apple orchards and vineyards.

Visits to the Otatara Maori Pa Site and the Silky Oaks Chocolate Factory and Museum are also highlights of this route.

Day 3Rest Day Taradale

Recommended Activities in Taradale Include:

  • ‘Behind the Scenes Sensory Experience Tour’ at Church Rd Winery
  • ‘Triple Chocolate Dipper’ Experience at Silky Oaks Chocolate Company
  • A relaxing lunch at the Mission Estate Winery
  • Practice your swing at Waiohiki Napier Golf Club
  • Art Deco Tours Napier
Day 4Taradale to Gimblett Gravels Wine Region via the river trails and Oak AveApprox. 40km cycling

After leaving Taradale, you will follow the Tutaekuri River Trail. This time, the trail heads east and you will cycle through a scenic orchard as well as market gardening and vineyard country on your way to Awatoto on the coast (10km). As you cross the bridge at the Horseshoe Wetlands, you will make your way back inland along the Ngaruroro River Trail for another 8km of scenic cycling fun. This part of the trail will take you past the Pakowhai Country Park before you leave the trail near the outskirts of Hastings where you will visit Oak Avenue. This is one of the most popular scenic features in the area and these trees were planted all the way back in the 1860s to serve the purpose of a driveway to one of the original Hastings homesteads. The trees are a distinct part of the history of this area and they are very much enjoyed by cyclists.

You then travel around the fine Grimblett Gravels wineries along the ‘wineries ride’ trail. Enjoy sampling the various wines during the afternoon as you take in the superb ambience of each wine cellar you visit. Wineries that offer tastings include Salvare, Ngatarawa, Te Awa and Trinity Hill. When this day is concluded, you will be transferred along with your bikes over a short distance to Havelock North. Your accommodation will be ready and waiting for you to relax and prepare for another day of sightseeing by bike.

Day 5The Tuki Tuki Loop Approx. 30km cycling

Part of the route cycled today takes you along the Tuki Tuki Valley roads which is known as one of the classic road rides in New Zealand. Hereafter, you will join the Tuki Tuki River Trail which takes you through the beautiful coastal communities of Haumoana and Te Awanga. For the first part of the trail, you will encounter an easy climb up Waimarama Road before you make your way down into the valley behind Te Mata Peak. Hereafter, you will pass Craggy Range Winery.

After you cross the Tuki Tuki River at Red Bridge, you will then cycle 9km on the Tuki Tuki Road. Along this road you will make your way over five relatively small hills which all add up to a total climbing distance of 320m. The river valley and vineyard views are absolutely breathtaking. Cyclists can enjoy a relaxing ride thanks to the lack of traffic. Upon reaching Moore Rd, you will travel along the easy, flat cycle trail that follows the river all the way to the coast at Haumoana. This quaint coastal community has been a sought after home for artists for years and it is still as relaxing as it ever was.

The coastal trail takes you to Te Awanga and, once you reach this point, you can enjoy a long and relaxing lunch at one of the fine local wineries such as Elephant Hill Winery or Clearview Estate Winery. Once your afternoon comes to a conclusion, you will be transferred along with your bikes to your accommodation at Havelock North.

Day 6Rest Day Havelock North

Recommended Havelock North Activities Include:

  • Golf at Cape Kidnappers world acclaimed course
  • Cape Kidnappers Overland Gannet Safari
  • ‘Te Mata Our Great Ancestor’ tour
  • Long lunch at Black Barn Vineyard Bistro
  • Spa treatments at Urban Retreat
  • Havelock North shopping
  • Birdwoods Gallery and Sweet Shop
Day 7Havelock North to Ahuriri via Tuki Tuki River and coastal trails Approx. 35km cycling

Today we leave the vibrant Havelock North behind along with its great cafes and shopping opportunities. We follow the Tuki Tuki River Trail that takes us through the vineyard country and apple orchard. Watch the local orchardists working on trimming their trees and you may even get to enjoy the company of some playful cattle along this part of the trail towards the coast (10km). Do yourself a favour and take some the time to sit on one of the viewing benches located along the East Clive Wetlands. From here you can watch the native birds and you may even notice flocks of black swans that call these waters home. Enjoy a refreshment in Clive before you continue along the coastal trail and take in the views on your way to Cape Kidnappers.

Once you reach the outskirts of Napier, you will travel along the Norfolk Palm Tree lined Marine parade. It is these trees that make Napier so recognizable. As you reach the town, you will pass a statue of the ‘Spirit of Napier’ which is representative of the city rising from the ashes after the devastation caused by the massive earthquake back in 1931. You will also notice the superb ‘Ecliptic’ monument which was created by David Trubridge as his way of celebrating the new millennium. While you are here, take the time to visit the National Aquarium of New Zealand. After this, you will make your way to the city centre which is known around the world as an Art Deco gem!

At the information centre, you can lock up your bike and take a relaxing walk around the town. Enjoy all the amazing structures and architectural designs that date back to the 1930. Take a short cycle around the port on your way back to Ahuriri where you will conclude your adventure!

Cost Per Person (Twin Share)

1 June 2019 - 30 Sep 2020

  • Motel accommodation: from NZ$1,559
  • B&B/ Small Boutique lodge accommodation: NZ$1,975
  • E-bike hire: NZ$350

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

 

Itinerary

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Day 1Ahuriri to Taradale via the Water Trail Estuary Ride Approx. 35km cycling

Departing the historic port area of Ahuriri near Napier, you follow the coastal trail north through the seaside suburb of Westshore to the outskirts of Bay View.

Perhaps enjoy a coffee stop at the Snapper Café or wine tasting at Crab Farm winery 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 you can see many native and rare birds in this D.O.C. conservancy before arriving in Taradale. A visit to the Mission Estate and Church Rd wineries is a ‘must do’ to end the day.

Day 2The Puketapu LoopApprox. 25km cycling

The ‘Puketapu Loop’ is a real favourite trail for locals and visitors alike. Following the Tutaekuri River west the first section of the trail is shaded by pine trees and the smell of wild fennel perfumes the air.

Continuing past kiwifruit orchards and farmland you arrive in the rural community of Puketapu, home of the iconic Puketapu Pub. A member of the classic N.Z. pubs network and excellent place to enjoy a hearty lunch in relaxed style before continuing the loop back to Taradale on the opposite side of the river with views over apple orchards and vineyards.

Visits to the Otatara Maori Pa Site and the Silky Oaks Chocolate Factory and Museum are also highlights of this route.

Day 3Rest Day Taradale

Recommended Activities in Taradale Include:

  • ‘Behind the Scenes Sensory Experience Tour’ at Church Rd Winery
  • ‘Triple Chocolate Dipper’ Experience at Silky Oaks Chocolate Company
  • A relaxing lunch at the Mission Estate Winery
  • Practice your swing at Waiohiki Napier Golf Club
  • Art Deco Tours Napier
Day 4Taradale to Gimblett Gravels Wine Region via the river trails and Oak AveApprox. 40km cycling

After leaving Taradale, you will follow the Tutaekuri River Trail. This time, the trail heads east and you will cycle through a scenic orchard as well as market gardening and vineyard country on your way to Awatoto on the coast (10km). As you cross the bridge at the Horseshoe Wetlands, you will make your way back inland along the Ngaruroro River Trail for another 8km of scenic cycling fun. This part of the trail will take you past the Pakowhai Country Park before you leave the trail near the outskirts of Hastings where you will visit Oak Avenue. This is one of the most popular scenic features in the area and these trees were planted all the way back in the 1860s to serve the purpose of a driveway to one of the original Hastings homesteads. The trees are a distinct part of the history of this area and they are very much enjoyed by cyclists.

You then travel around the fine Grimblett Gravels wineries along the ‘wineries ride’ trail. Enjoy sampling the various wines during the afternoon as you take in the superb ambience of each wine cellar you visit. Wineries that offer tastings include Salvare, Ngatarawa, Te Awa and Trinity Hill. When this day is concluded, you will be transferred along with your bikes over a short distance to Havelock North. Your accommodation will be ready and waiting for you to relax and prepare for another day of sightseeing by bike.

Day 5The Tuki Tuki Loop Approx. 30km cycling

Part of the route cycled today takes you along the Tuki Tuki Valley roads which is known as one of the classic road rides in New Zealand. Hereafter, you will join the Tuki Tuki River Trail which takes you through the beautiful coastal communities of Haumoana and Te Awanga. For the first part of the trail, you will encounter an easy climb up Waimarama Road before you make your way down into the valley behind Te Mata Peak. Hereafter, you will pass Craggy Range Winery.

After you cross the Tuki Tuki River at Red Bridge, you will then cycle 9km on the Tuki Tuki Road. Along this road you will make your way over five relatively small hills which all add up to a total climbing distance of 320m. The river valley and vineyard views are absolutely breathtaking. Cyclists can enjoy a relaxing ride thanks to the lack of traffic. Upon reaching Moore Rd, you will travel along the easy, flat cycle trail that follows the river all the way to the coast at Haumoana. This quaint coastal community has been a sought after home for artists for years and it is still as relaxing as it ever was.

The coastal trail takes you to Te Awanga and, once you reach this point, you can enjoy a long and relaxing lunch at one of the fine local wineries such as Elephant Hill Winery or Clearview Estate Winery. Once your afternoon comes to a conclusion, you will be transferred along with your bikes to your accommodation at Havelock North.

Day 6Rest Day Havelock North

Recommended Havelock North Activities Include:

  • Golf at Cape Kidnappers world acclaimed course
  • Cape Kidnappers Overland Gannet Safari
  • ‘Te Mata Our Great Ancestor’ tour
  • Long lunch at Black Barn Vineyard Bistro
  • Spa treatments at Urban Retreat
  • Havelock North shopping
  • Birdwoods Gallery and Sweet Shop
Day 7Havelock North to Ahuriri via Tuki Tuki River and coastal trails Approx. 35km cycling

Today we leave the vibrant Havelock North behind along with its great cafes and shopping opportunities. We follow the Tuki Tuki River Trail that takes us through the vineyard country and apple orchard. Watch the local orchardists working on trimming their trees and you may even get to enjoy the company of some playful cattle along this part of the trail towards the coast (10km). Do yourself a favour and take some the time to sit on one of the viewing benches located along the East Clive Wetlands. From here you can watch the native birds and you may even notice flocks of black swans that call these waters home. Enjoy a refreshment in Clive before you continue along the coastal trail and take in the views on your way to Cape Kidnappers.

Once you reach the outskirts of Napier, you will travel along the Norfolk Palm Tree lined Marine parade. It is these trees that make Napier so recognizable. As you reach the town, you will pass a statue of the ‘Spirit of Napier’ which is representative of the city rising from the ashes after the devastation caused by the massive earthquake back in 1931. You will also notice the superb ‘Ecliptic’ monument which was created by David Trubridge as his way of celebrating the new millennium. While you are here, take the time to visit the National Aquarium of New Zealand. After this, you will make your way to the city centre which is known around the world as an Art Deco gem!

At the information centre, you can lock up your bike and take a relaxing walk around the town. Enjoy all the amazing structures and architectural designs that date back to the 1930. Take a short cycle around the port on your way back to Ahuriri where you will conclude your adventure!

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