The Hawke's Bay Trails is made up of 3 Rides: The Water Ride, the Landscapes Ride, and the Wineries Ride. You can see information relating to each of these by clicking on the relevant "tab" (immediately) below. On each tab you will find a number of "sliders". Clicking on a slider causes the information contained in it to be displayed. You can "zoom in" on a map of the trail you're interested in by choosing the appropriate tab and clicking on it map slider. You can "zoom out" at any time (on any tab) by clicking on the Hawke's Bay Trail (bottom) slider.
Think Water,from the long stretch of Napier's Marine Parade next to the Pacific Ocean backed by distant vistas of Mahia Peninsula & Cape Kidnappers. Extending through to the coastal areas of Awatoto to Clive and further inland to Taradale and Puketapu, the trail skirts the Tutaekuri & Ngaruroro Rivers while further north is the small seaside village of Ahuriri, then Westshore and BayView. The Ahuriri Estuary wetland scantuary is on the Water Ride. The Water Ride is flat, Grade 1.
Options of Interest:
Along Marine Parade (top of Napier City), options of interest include: Ocean Spa which contains a mixture of hot & cold pools, sauna & fitness complex (café attached), then a couple of minutes along, Par2 MiniGolf, beside the Napier i–SITE Visitor Centre. If you’re feeling patriotic or fishy at that point, keep going in the same direction. Much further down the track you’ll find The National Aquarium of New Zealand. Those in need of liquid or solid sustenance elsewhere on the trail might do well to check out the bar & café culture in the incredibly postcard-like West Quay District in Ahuriri. This is about 4kms from the Fishbike facility heading North. An even better option might be to cycle 6km to Hawke's Bays oldest pub Westshore Beach Inn for lunch or 12km north on the Water Ride to the Snapper Café at the Bay View Snapper Holiday Park. For a special weekend treat you could try the Grab Farm Winery's excellent food and wine, or, a similar distance from Fishbike in a different direction on the same trail, either the Mission Estate or the Church Road Winery.
Marine Parade, There and Back: 6km
Perfume Point-West Quay, return: 8km
Westshore Pub Lunch and Ahuriri Estuary, There and Back: 20km
Water Ride Bay View, the coastal route return: 22km
The Taradale Loop: 30km
Clive and Wetlands, There and Back: 28km
Puketapu There and Back: 52km
Travelling inland towards the pleasant boutique townlet (plus we must add, coffee paradise) of Havelock North, much of the scenic landscapes, centering around the coastal areas of Clifton, Te Awanga & Haumoana, closely hugs the course of the Tuki Tuki River (limestone paths, with crossings at Red Bridge & Black Bridge).The Landscape Ride is mostly flat- the Tukituki road pathway section is hilly. Grade 2.
Options of Interest:
If you’re on the trail at Clifton,the Clifton Bay Café is a good stop to refueled. you’re game to go further afield,Lock up your Fishbike and walk to the famous gannet colony can be found 8.8 kilometres further along the coast(check tide times)otherwise take the Gannet Beach Adventures.Should you find yourself starving or dehydrated at any point on the trail between Haumoana to Te Awanga, the Clearview Estate Winery & Restaurant is ready on hand. Similar situations occurring in the Red Bridge to River Road leg of the journey can be dealt with at the Craggy Range Winery NZ & Restaurant. Try the Tuki Kitchen Cafe nearby on the corner of Te Mata Road and Mangateretere Road.
The Three Rivers, There and Back:58km
The Tukituki Loop: 70km
Havelock North:35km (one way)
Hastings Farmers Market- the Sunday Morning Ride:20km (One way)
Think a good days ride, this open-air natural abundant trail will allow you to experience firsthand some premium vineyard & winery territory. Passing through Bridge Pa and the famous Gimblett Gravels Winegrowing District, the scenery alone would be reason enough to take the trail – but think of all those wineries along the way!. The Wineries Ride is all flat, Grade 1.
Options of Interest:
Options on the trail worth checking out are the Bridge Pa Aerodrome, which, amongst other aerial pursuits, offers skydiving while the Hastings Golf Club nearby includes Bunker Café & Restaurant with Roys Hill Restoration Country Park & last, but not least, the wineries dotted all over the place, amongst which appear well known names such as Stonecroft Hawke’s Bay, Trinity Hill & Sileni Estates.
The Fernhill-Bridge Pa day ride: 70km return to Fishbike.
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