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Stunning coastal views, world-class food and wine, cheeky wildlife and patchwork plains characterise this 5-day itinerary on the Hawke's Bay Trails.
The seaside city of Napier will make you feel like you’re stuck in time. Famous for its art deco architecture and surrounding world-class wineries, this is a city you’ll love exploring by pedal power. The Napier-Taradale loop begins in Bluff Hill and offers a gentle ride around the city using pathways. Discover perfectly preserved 1930’s architecture, delicious cafes full of local produce and views out across the Pacific Ocean and inland towards the Ruahine Forest Park.
This easy return ride, also known as the ‘Landscapes’ ride, reveals stunning views of Cape Kidnappers as well as panoramic seaside scenery. Cape Kidnappers itself is home to the world’s largest mainland gannet colony. Marvel at the gannet community before stopping at either Elephant Hill Winery or the more rustic Clearview winery for a leisurely lunch on the way back. Choose to either return to Napier (46km total cycling) or spend the night in the charming rural town of Te Awanga (36km total cycling).
Starting in Havelock North, a pretty country town, cycle down Te Mata Road to the Tukituki River, before riding a big river loop counter-clockwise. The first section of the trail is flat and off-road; overlooking vineyards on one side and the Tukituki River on the other. There’s the option of a vineyard lunch or wine tasting at one of the world-class wineries, or bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the riverbank. Soak up the changing river scenery, all overlooked by the ever-impressive Te Mata Peak, before cycling back to Havelock North for the evening.
Accommodation: Havelock North
From Hastings, travel west to start the wineries ride – a flat-terrain ride that is dotted with award-winning wineries; offering plenty of places to stop, rest and enjoy a tasting or delicious lunch. The ride also winds its way along the banks of the Ngaruroro River before returning to Hastings via tree-lined Oak Avenue.