Napier - Napier

Fly total time: 5 days

Hawke’s Bay is the perfect destination to explore on two wheels. The mostly flat and off-road trails are great for clients with little cycling experience or those who simply want an easy-paced cycling holiday.

The Hawke’s Bay Cycle Trails make up a river and coastal network of pathways stretching over the Heretaunga Plains. There are three different cycling experiences for your clients to enjoy on their trip; The Water Ride, The Landscape Ride and The Wineries Ride.

Planning your clients Hawke’s Bay cycling holiday is easy. There is an excellent range of accommodation available and if your clients would like to enjoy a day or two off their bikes, there is an exciting variety of attractions and activities to discover. What’s more the region’s mild climate makes it perfect to visit anytime of the year.

  • Day 1: Napier

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    Arrive in Hawke’s Bay. Spend the day exploring Napier’s Art Deco heritage buildings and take a stroll along the waterfront on Marine Parade.
    If your clients are arriving off an international flight, they will need to take a domestic flight to Napier (NPE) on Air New Zealand. Remember to allow at least 90 minutes between connecting flights.
    There is an excellent range of accommodation in Hawke’s Bay, including backpackers, self-contained motels and cottages, hotels and luxury lodges. The region is relatively compact making it is possible to base your clients in one lodging for the duration of their stay.

    Recommended activities:

    • Take a guided walk of Napier’s fascinating Art Deco buildings and hear the story of the 1931 earthquake that devastated the city
    • Visit MTG Hawke’s Bay, home to a nationally significant collection of art and objects
    • Marvel at New Zealand’s largest display of aquatic life at the National Aquarium of New Zealand
    • Enjoy a delicious ice cream from one of the vendors along Napier’s Marine Parade
  • Day 2: Hawke's Bay - Water Ride

    Drive Fly 4 to 8 hours cycling 96 KMS 59 MI
    Today your clients will strap on a helmet, collect their bikes and cycle the spectacular Water Ride. 
    The Water Ride is flat, easy and perfect for families. In Napier, Bay View and Westshore are great places to start riding, continuing on to the seaside village of Ahuriri with its bustling cafés, shops and bars. Your clients can then cycle along picturesque Marine Parade with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.
    For those after a little more adventure, choose to extend the ride to include the Taradale loop. Experience the renowned Church Road and Mission Estate wineries. Alternatively, head to the Ahuriri Estuary, a sanctuary for endangered wetland wildlife, or to the quaint Puketapu settlement with its charming hotel, restaurant, general store and church.
    Sitting back with a glass of award-winning wine from the region and enjoying gourmet cuisine is an ideal reward after a long day’s riding. 

    Recommended activities:

    • Enjoy lunch and wine tasting at Church Road or Mission Estate wineries in Taradale
  • Day 3: Hawke's Bay - Landscapes Ride

    Drive Fly 4 to 6 hours cycling 56 KMS 34 MI
    Today your clients will cycle the Landscapes Ride. 
    Depending on where they are staying, they will need to take shuttle transport to Havelock North or Haumoana to begin the ride. 
    The Landscapes Ride explores the picturesque coastal communities of Haumoana, Te Awanga and Clifton. The Cape is home to the world’s largest mainland gannet colony and one of the world’s top 50 golf courses, Cape Kidnappers.
    If your clients would like some more action, they could head inland to ride the more challenging Tukituki River Valley road loop. The flat off-road trail overlooks vineyards on one side and the Tukituki River on the other. Enjoy changing scenery and views of the impressive Te Mata Peak.

    Recommended activities:

    • If your clients are visiting during the summer months (December to February), they should visit the Saturday morning Grower’s Market at Black Barn Vineyards
    • Enjoy lunch and wine tasting at Black Barn Bistro, Craggy Range Winery, Elephant Hill Winery or Clearview Estate Winery & Restaurant
    If your clients would prefer a day out of the saddle, they could:

    • Take a guided trip to view the world’s largest mainland gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers (September to April only)
    • Tee off at Cape Kidnappers Golf Course. An award-winning par 71 course, ranked within the top 40 golf courses in the world
  • Day 4: Hawke's Bay - Wineries Ride

    Drive Fly 2 to 6 hours cycling 48 KMS 29 MI
    If your clients are interested in wine tasting and gourmet cuisine, this is the perfect day’s cycling for them.
    The Wineries Ride is a relaxed journey, travelling through the wine-growing areas of Bridge Pa, Gimblett Gravels and the Ngatarawa Triangle. The terrain is flat and dotted with numerous award-winning wineries that afford plenty of places to stop and rest along the way. 
    This mostly off-road ride meanders through the historic tree-lined Oak Avenue in Hastings and along the banks of the Ngaruroro River.

    Recommended activities:

    • Enjoy wine tasting around Bridge Pa, Gimblett Gravels and the Ngatarawa Triangle
  • Day 5: Napier

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    Spend another day exploring the Hawke’s Bay region or depart Hawke’s Bay.

    Recommended activities:

    • Take a guided tour to gain an insider’s perspective of historical and contemporary Māori culture
    • Experience the thrill of rafting on the Mohaka River Enjoy a private guided tour into the Hawke’s Bay countryside