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Hawke's Bay Trail Rides

You might like a relaxed, short ride of an hour or two, or spend a few days exploring all the Trails have to offer.  Most Trails are easy, flat and off-road (Grades 1&2), well-suited to cycle touring, pathway, mountain or electric bikes. The only place you can expect a few hills is in the Tukituki River valley. 

 The Trails have mostly a lime-sand surface for quiet, safe riding.  Some Trails have on-road connections and you can even take your bike on a bus between Hastings – Napier to explore further Trails.  

Finding your way is easy and there are lots of ways:

  • You can download the Hawkes' Bay Trails map here or pick up one from the local i-SITES
  • If you've got a smart phone why not try the Great Rides App , a great way to see where you are exactly on the trails - and its free
  • Or have a look at our favourite rides below, and don't forget to check out the detailed maps including the trails location, suggested parking, points of interest and toilet locations

Before you go check the weather on the Marine Parade webcam 

Here are some favourite rides

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Distance: 18km
Trail Status: Open
Surface: Lime sand and short on-road section
Traffic: Light to Moderate
Grade: 1-2

Puketapu Loop Map

About the ride

We love this perfect small loop – and it was voted one of the most beautiful short rides by Lonely Planet. Activities to stop and explore on the way or nearby include: historic Otarara Pa, The Puketapu Pub for a meal or coffee, the dairy for ice-cream in a cone, the beautiful boutique accommodation at Ormlie Lodge or book in long lunch, the Puketapu domain has a great kids playground, Waiohiki Creative Arts Village and there are plenty of picnic and swimming spots under the trees, just off the trail.

The short loop is approx.18km. Park near or behind Pettigrew Green Arena, Taradale. Look for the signposts, map board and trail near the entrance, just off Gloucester Street. Go to the top of the stopbank to find the trail. The limesand leads you up one side of the river to Puketapu village, cross the on-road one lane bridge on Vicarage Road, turn sharply after the bridge and head back down the other side of the river. Cross the river for the second time near Waiohiki Marae at Redcliff bridge, using the cycle/ walking clip-on to return to the carpark. This trail can be ridden in either direction.

Located nearby in Taradale shopping precinct is Avanti Plus Pedal Power for any bike needs and in Greenmeadows is Bike About Tours if you need to hire a bike or book a tour.

There is a long loop, it is about 38km return. Start at Waitangi Regional Park and head inland on Awatoto side of the park. It’s about 10km from the coast to Taradale following the limesand trail. Once you reach Pettigrew Green Arena follow the above loop, before coming back and retracing your route to the coast. If you are lucky you will see Model airplanes flying at Awatoto. NOTE: The gates in this section are there to restrict motorbikes (who damage the trails) and occasionally cattle. At king tides or after heavy rain up-stream, the underpass at Awatoto sometimes has tidal flooding. Use caution to cross, or avoid during/ after heavy rain

Local Tip

Just off the trail, down the road and around the corner from Waiohiki Marae is the Waiohiki Arts Creative Village. The local artist gallery and shop is open from 10am to 4pm daily. 

Good to Know

  • Phone coverage is good on this section of the trail.
  • Go slow and use care on underpass areas - bridge
    approaches and trail edges can be steep and uneven.
  • Expect occasional high-tide flooding with full moon’s or after heavy rain – avoid Awatoto underpass at these times if you don’t want wet feet.
  • Dismount and carry your bike through, the trail beneath is concrete - remember to wash your bike when you get home.

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Distance: 35km
Trail Status: Open – several estuary can flood on a high tide
Surface: Concrete and lime sand sections
Traffic: Light to Heavy
Grade: 1

The Water Ride Map

about the ride

This section of Hawke’s Bay Trails starts from Ahuriri in Napier. It runs along the coast towards Bayview, to wetlands which were part of the old inner harbour. It returns past the airport with an optional loop extension to the base of the Poraiti foothills. Activities to stop and explore on the way include: the Ahuriri fishing precinct, cafés, restaurants, playgrounds, coffee houses and bird hides. This section has a rich history – rare migrating birds, historic maritime beacons, Māori history and the lasting effects of 1931’s brutal earthquake.

The popular trail from Ahuriri to Bay View is concrete, about 7km in length and  suitable for all recreational uses including hand bikes, wheelchairs, recumbants and trikes. It is an easy, flat ride to the end of the concrete. After the concrete, the trail is only suitable for standard bikes. Some gated lime sand sections cross a working farm - sheep and cattle may be present.

At Bay View, an intersection means you can stay on Ferguson Road to Snapper Park Café OR cross to the main road near Onehunga Road, where the trail leads to wetlands and the marked Whakamaharatanga Walkway - previously an island of Ahuriri estuary. The trail buffers conservation land teeming with bird life and crosses a working farm.

Once past the airport, there is an underpass crossing at the expressway/railway bridges where the trail continues to natural wetlands of the upper harbour. Stop off at the bird hides - see how many native or different species you spot out of: Royal Spoonbill, White and Grey Heron, Ducks, Swans, Oystercatchers, Plovers, Shags, Stilts, Pukekos, Terns and Kingfisher.  The trail then exits across and beside Prebensen Drive, returning to the bridges, creating a loop and connecting back to Ahuriri.

The big loop is about 35km OR break it into easy sections for shorter options.

local tip

Go right to the end of Ferguson Road, through a gap in the fence and through the campground to enjoy a café stop at Snapper Park. Extended lunch? Go a little bit further to Crab Farm Winery. Or do the whole lot and check out numerous dining venues on the Ahuriri or Napier waterfront for a later booking.

  • Phone coverage is good on this section of trail
  • City areas are busy with all types of trail users – slow down, let others know you’re coming, smile, share and enjoy the picturesque harbour area
  • Go slow and use care on underpass areas - bridge approaches and trail edges can be steep and uneven

Good to know

Expect occasional tidal flooding at Ahuriri lagoon – check and avoid high tides if you don’t want wet feet. If wet, dismount and carry your bike through - the surface here is concrete. If you do ride through, remember to wash your bike when you get home

waitangiDistance: 39km
Trail Status: Open
Surface: Concrete, lime sand and short on-road sections
Traffic: Light to Heavy
Grade:1-3

Napier City Loop

About the ride

This ride on Hawke’s Bay Trails starts from Napier City. There are many places to park a vehicle by the trail. You pass Napier Port, Ahuriri’s cafés and bars, and head under bridges via the upper Ahuriri estuary to Taradale. This loop passes a few popular urban wineries, then swings back to the sea, along Marine Parade and past parks, gardens and numerous fun attractions for the kids.

The i-SITE Visitor centre is beside the Sound Shell, just off the trail and there are a number of bike hire companies in Napier. Activites to stop and indulge on the way include: the iconic Napier ‘cloud’ viewing platform, Magnet Café at the Port end of Marine Parade, Ahuriri shops, restaurants, café’s and pubs, Mission Estate and Church Road wineries, Taradale shopping centre, pump parks, the National Aquarium, playgrounds, junior bike park, skate park, ice-cream shops, coffee houses, the sunken garden and mini-golf beside Napier i-SITE.

It can be tricky getting off the trails in Taradale and using the road. We recommend staying on Church Road and following it to the end. Turn left into Puketapu Road and ride to the roundabout at Taradale shops – a great place to stop for refreshments. From McDonalds at the same roundabout head to Gloucester Street, past Avanti Plus Taradale and towards the Arena at ‘EIT’. At Pettigrew Green Arena bustop, look for signposts and head up to the stopbank – back onto our limesand trails.

If you can only do one ride here in Hawke’s Bay and have 2-4hrs spare this gives you a taste of our trails – city life, port and estuary, wetlands, river views, ocean side trails and of course a few excellent wineries.

Local Tip

As you arrive back to the sea from Taradale, the trail stretches out beside the ocean back to Napier. For a quick detour, check out Waitangi Regional Park to see the stunning Star Compass, Ātea A Rangi.

Good to Know

  • Phone coverage is good on this section of trail
  • Around the city is our busiest section for all types of trail users – slow down, let others know you’re coming, smile, share and enjoy the trail
  • Go slow and use care on underpass areas – bridge approaches and trail edges can be steep and uneven
  • Avoid high tide at Ahuriri estuary – occasional tidal flooding.

 

Richard Brimmer Cape kidnappers

Distance: 15km
Trail Status: Open
Surface: Lime sand and short on-road sections
Traffic: Light to Moderate
Grade: 1-2

About the ride

This section of trail teems with creativity and activities to do. Affectionately known as Cape Coast, stop and explore on the way or nearby including: cycle hire, wineries, restaurants, dairies, cafes, gannet safari, art studios, museums, Haumoana farmyard zoo and the legendary Cape Kidnappers golf course.

Start from Clive, where there is plenty of parking, toilets, coffee and other supplies. Follow the trail beside the Waitangi Regional Park wetlands and along the coastal corridor before passing under Black Bridge at Tukituki River and over the clip-on crossing.

As you reach Haumoana, you pass the native breeding ground of whitebait. Follow the green bikes on the road section to connect back to the off-road coastal trail. Follow the trail to Te Awanga and the quaint back streets of this popular surf spot before the push to Clifton - the gateway to Cape Kidnappers.  

For an adventure check out Gannet Bikes - try taking a fat bike out to along Cape Kidnappers to the gannet colony. If you feel like a cruise around the area, hire classic beach-cruiser bikes from Coastal Wine Cycles in Haumoana. We also recommend checking out Clearview Estate Winery, Restaurant and Cellar Door, perfect for a well deserved lunch under the vines. 

Local Tip

If you plan to stop and have lunch at any of the superb winery restaurants, we absolutely recommend booking in advance.

Good to Know

  • Phone coverage is good on this section of the trail.
  • Go slow and use care with underpass areas - bridge approaches and trail edges can be steep and uneven.
  • When trail surface change from trail to short sections of road, always look for the cycle trail sign posts.

marine paradeDistance: 15km one way or 30km return
Trail Status: Open
Surface: Concrete and lime sand sections
Traffic: Light to Heavy
Grade: 1

About The ride

This section of Hawke’s Bay Trails starts at Ahuriri. It passes Napier Port, parks, gardens and numerous fun attractions for the kids. There are many places you can park a vehicle beside the trail and get started – just check time limits. This popular urban section of trail is shared with many users and ideal for hand bike, wheelchairs, recumbants and trikes.

Activites to stop and indulge on the way include: the iconic Napier ‘cloud’ viewing platform, mini-golf, the sunken garden, ice-cream shops, skate park, playgrounds, coffee houses, junior bike park, pump park and the National Aquarium. The i-SITE Visitor centre is located near the Sound Shell, just off the trail.

As you leave the city limits the trail stretches out beside the ocean. It is an easy, mostly flat ride to Waitangi Regional Park, worth a short lime sand detour to see the stunning Star Compass, Ātea A Rangi. Stop here for a photo, learn about early European settlers and how Maori ancestors used the sun, moon and stars to throughout the Pacific Ocean on sailing canoes known as waka.

Leaving the bridges and concrete section of trail, turn left, go through the gate onto a lime sand section and to join the Clive River to Clive, where there are some great places to stop for refreshments.

Clive township is the end of this section. A popular area offering a range of accommodation, with parking for self-contained campervans right through to luxury cottages.  

Local Tip

This busy part of the trail is very popular with locals and visitors, with lots of people enjoying this area. Slow down, be prepared to stop, look out for the unpredictable, and just enjoy the vibe!

Good to Know

  • Phone coverage is good on this section of trail
  • Around the city is our busiest section for all types of trail users – slow down, let others know you’re coming, smile, share and enjoy the trail
  • Go slow and use care on underpass areas at Clive – bridge approaches and trail edges can be steep and uneven.

wineries rideDistance: 30km or 60k
Trail Status: Open
Surface: Lime sand and short on-road sections
Traffic: Light
Grade: 1

About the ride

You cannot say you’ve seen Hawke’s Bay without a visit to at least a few of our award winning wineries. The Wineries Ride is simply the best way to experience our vineyards and renowned terroir. Either ride the long leg from Clive (60km) via beautiful Oak Avenue, a shorter stint from Roy’s Hill Reserve (30km), or pick your own selection of cellar doors.

When starting from Roy’s Hill Reserve, park at the upper carpark to ridepast a trails mapboard. Cross the main road and you’re on limesand trail. Either turn left and head to Unison Vineyard with UnWined Café and down Mere Road to Stonecroft Wines - or save these till last.  If you head towards the hills, you will find Te Awa Winery cellar door and their beautiful restaurant or cross the road to the magnificent settling of Trinity Hill Winery. Further down the road, after crossing Ngatarawa Road you’ll find Ash Ridge Wines with delightful platters.

Head back and down Ngatarawa Road to see the new kids at ‘Oak Estate’, just past the Oak tree. A short ride later is Ngatarawa’s stately long driveway to the garden set around its historic stables cellar door. Carry on to down Ngatarawa Road to Bridge Pa Aerodrome. Follow the trail left to Bunkers Café, an upstairs retreat in surrounds of Hastings Golf Course or turn right and follow trail past Bridge Pa village, cross again at the school and follow trail to the end before returning. Beyond Bridge Pa village you will find Abbey Cellars, with an option for beer, Alpha Domas before finishing at Sileni Estates Winery. From here go back the same way, to where you parked the car.

For a longer version starting at Clive, you will be rewarded with open river sections on the way, a winery loop returning via the short on-road section via Stock Rd and Wilson Road, then through historic ‘Oak Avenue’ – majestic any time of year.

Local Tip

If you need to hire a bike, head straight to On Yer Bike, also the home of Ash Ridge Wines.

Good to Know

  • Phone coverage is good on this section of trail
  • You can also park at Hastings Golf Club, where Bunkers Cafe is and ride from there.
  • If you have a large group we recommend booking in advance with cellar doors and restaurants
  • Be careful where the trail crosses driveways in rural areas
  • Go slow and use care on underpass areas – bridge approaches and trail edges can be steep and uneven.

Clive to Clifton Image Alphapix imageDistance: 18.5k one-way or 37km return
Trail Status: Open
Surface: Short on-road sections and lime sand
Traffic: Light to Medium
Grade: 1

About the ride

This popular ride can be done in either direction but we’ve started in quaint Havelock North village, with plenty of shops to explore. Enjoy beautiful views of the Heretaunga Plains, Te Mata Peak and the distant ranges.

From Havelock North village go along Te Mata Road, past the domain and turn right into Te Mata Road. Follow the cycle lanes slightly uphill and then down to the intersection of Te Mata  and Te Mata Managateretere Roads. Succumb to the temptation of stopping at two famous wineries: Black Barn – the Bistro is highly recommended – and historic Te Mata Estate are both worth a stop. At the end of this road, you are beside Chalk n Cheese Café and the home of Origin Earth – cheese lovers should duck in for a tasting.

Cross the main road intersection and drop down River Road, on the trail beside the road. Enjoy the brief scenic section of woodlands before arriving at the top of the stopbank. Here the trails sits elevated beside the Tukituki River on one side and orchards, farmlands and vineyards on the other. It stretches towards the river crossing at Black Bridge. Use the under pass to go under and up past the carpark to access the gated section to Clive. You travel beside Waitangi Regional Park wetlands, teeming with birdlife, and follow the coast before turning down beside the Clive River to the reserve and shops at Clive.

Clive is a vibrant coastal town with many great café/coffee/refreshment options, just off the trail towards Hastings. From Clive you can return or head off in the direction of your choice.

Local Tip

As you reach Black Bridge, go under the bridge, to avoid crossing the busy road, go past the carpark and head to the top of the stopbank. As you approach the coast, you enter Waitangi Regional Park, which goes all the way to Clive. This area is a sanctuary for breeding birds and great for bird watching.

Good to Know

  • Phone coverage is good on this section of trail
  • Gates help us to manage stock and unwelcome motorcycles
  • A horse trail is adjacent to the trail in some sections
  • Be careful when trail crosses driveways in rural areas
  • Go slow and use care on underpass areas – bridge approaches and trail edges can be steep and uneven.

 

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