Hawke's Bay Trails

The Hawke’s Bay Trails are one of the 23 Great Rides under Nga Haerenga, The New Zealand Cycle Trail.

Status: Open

Grade: Easy (1) - Intermediate (3)

Duration: 1-4 days

Total Length: 187km

The Hawke’s Bay Trails are made up of three trails offering a range of scenery, attractions and vistas that will ensure a truly unique experience. Beginner riders, keen cyclists, walkers and runners can enjoy a range of riding options from shorter 1-2 hour rides through to a full 187km riding experience. The trails include on and off road sections where you will see everything from mountainous lookouts and beautiful lowland rivers to endangered wetland wildlife and the sweeping Hawke’s Bay coastline.

Landscapes Ride

The 43km Landscape Ride explores the picturesque coastal communities of Haumoana, Te Awanga and Clifton, which border the coastline of the iconic Cape Kidnappers. The Cape is home to the world’s largest mainland gannet colony and one of the world’s top 50 golf courses. Head inland to 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. This trail provides year-round cycling and will suit most cycling skill levels. Don't miss the expansive ocean views, world class wineries and beautiful countryside.

Water Ride

The 96km Water Ride is flat, easy and perfect for families. Napier’s 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 before cycling along picturesque Marine Parade with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. Extend the ride to include the Taradale loop to 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. Don't miss learning about local history, endangered wildlife, world class wineries and the bustling seaside precinct of Ahuriri.

Wineries Ride

The 48km Wineries Ride is a relaxed ride that covers 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 also goes through the historic tree-lined Oak Avenue in Hastings and along the banks of the Ngaruroro River.

Cycle route directions

There are already two popular sections of trail ready to ride on The Hawke’s Bay Trails. One is a coastal ride, and the other is a valley ride. If you have time, it’s worth doing both. The coastal ride starts from behind the Napier i-Site as part of the Water Ride and heads south towards Cape Kidnappers connecting to the coastal section of the Landscape Ride. It begins as a wide concrete path, and later becomes a smooth limesand path with some sections of public road. The path ends at Clifton, 24km from Napier.

The other popular section of the Landscapes Ride does a loop of the Tukituki Valley from Black Bridge to Red Bridge and back. Black Bridge is on the coastal section described above. It is the road bridge that crosses the Tukituki River, 16km south of Napier, on the way to Clifton. There is a big carpark just before it. From the Black Bridge carpark, follow the obvious limesand track underneath the bridge and up onto a large stop bank on the other side of the road. The trail stays on top of the stop bank for almost 8km, before ending at River Road. Follow River Road away from the Tukituki River for 800 metres, to an intersection with Waimarama Road. Turn left at the intersection.

The trail is a mixture of on and off-road from here to Red Bridge, 5km away. Cross Red Bridge and turn left again at the next intersection. You now follow Tukituki Road for 9km before turning left down Moore Road for 900 metres. At the end of Moore Road, another 6km of excellent limesand path leads all the way back to Black Bridge.

Best time to ride

Hawke's Bay is renowned for its Mediterranean climate, with long hot summers and mild winters. The pleasant and settled weather means these rides can be enjoyed all year round. Spring is particularly beautiful when buds burst into life on the many orchards and fruit trees, with rich colours in autumn, beautiful ocean views and dynamic sunsets.

Getting there

Hawke's Bay Trails are unique to New Zealand providing semi-urban point-to-point and loop rides that cross over much of the two cities of Napier and Hastings. With multiple starting points, riders can create their own unique experiences. Hawke's Bay also has an extensive network of city cycle lanes making it easy to ride, navigate and experience the vibrant cafés and shopping.

Trail partners

Hawke's Bay Regional Council and The New Zealand Cycle Trail project, Hastings District Council, Napier City Council, Napier Rotary Pathway Trust and Hastings Rotary.

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