Located on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, Hawke’s Bay is a sunny, scenic part of the country, loaded with fun things to see and do. It’s also a great place to take (or hire) a bike, since the region has a massive network of cycle trails that connects all the must-see sights of the area.
There are three, different rides to choose from – here’s a brief overview.
The Landscapes Ride
Scenic views and impressive vistas await on the Landscapes Ride, which meanders through the pretty seaside communities of Haumoana, Te Awanga and Clifton, before leading you along the fabled Cape Kidnapper coastline. The Cape is home to the world’s largest mainland gannet colony and one of the world’s top 50 golf courses. This is a 56km ride and will suit most cycling skill levels.
The Water Ride
Families and less-experienced riders will enjoy the Water Ride, a flat route that provides panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and includes the Ahuriri Estuary, a sanctuary for endangered wetland wildlife, and the art deco city of Napier.
If you want an in-depth look at the beautiful buildings of the Art Deco era, you might fancy hopping off your bike and joining one of the guided walking tours that run daily rain or shine (except Christmas Day). Walks leave from the Napier i-SITE on Marine Parade every morning at 10am, and afternoon tours from the Art Deco shop in Tennyson Street at 2pm. No bookings required! You can also pick up a tour booklet and wander the streets at your own pace.
The Wineries Ride
Lastly, there’s the Wineries Ride, a relaxing jaunt through the wine-growing areas of Bridge Pa, Gimblett Gravels and the Ngatarawa Triangle. It’s a 48km ride that provides plenty of places to stop and relax (and sample award-winning wines) along the way.
When to visit
The cycle trails are suitable for riding all year-round – summers are hot, autumn is colourful and winter will be quiet! If you love the vibrant 1930’s spirit, time your visit to coincide with the annual Tremains Art Deco Festival, when the city gleams with classic cars and Deco glamour. The event is held on the third weekend of February. Full details can be found on the Art Deco Trust website. This is a very popular weekend and accommodation fills fast, so book early.
Have a great week,
P.S. We can help you organise bike hire, accessories such as panniers and pick-up and drop-off options for the Hawke’s Bay trails. Drop us a line and we’ll get you sorted!
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