This extensive trail network loops widely across the bucolic Heretaunga Plains and along the coast. Helpfully divided into themed quadrants – Water, Landscape, Wineries, the trails can also be linked-up and short-cut using the quiet, country roads that crisscross the plains. There is also an extensive urban cycle trail network in the main cities of Napier and Hastings, called iWay that link to the trails. The excellent, colour-coded trail map makes it easy to plan the perfect sightseeing tour.
Offering a taste of the pretty countryside the region is famous for, the Puketapu Loop is a half-day ride up and down the banks of the Tutaekuri River, with the cycle-friendly Puketapu pub offering refreshment at the halfway point. Enthusiastic riders can extend this ride by starting in art deco Napier, and finishing with a pedal along tree-lined Marine Parade.
More seaside scenery can be appreciated on the coastal trail from Clive to Clifton, another half-day return ride featuring wetlands and views of dramatic Cape Kidnappers. This super-easy section also passes two significant wineries – slick Elephant Hill and rustic Clearview – both brilliant for a leisurely lunch or tasting.
The 14 or so vineyards around Bridge Pa and Gimblett Gravels can be explored on the wineries trail, near Hastings. As well as cellar door tastings and some excellent dining, this ride features peaceful stretches of riverbank and an oak-lined avenue.
View trail map here Hawke's Bay Trails website(opens in new window).