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Hawke's Bay Trail Rides

You might like a relaxed, short ride of an hour or two, or spend a few days exploring all the Trails have to offer.  Most Trails are easy, flat and off-road (Grades 1&2), well-suited to cycle touring, pathway, mountain or electric bikes. The only place you can expect a few hills is in the Tukituki River valley. 

 The Trails have mostly a lime-sand surface for quiet, safe riding.  Some Trails have on-road connections and you can even take your bike on a bus between Hastings – Napier to explore further Trails.  

Finding your way is easy and there are lots of ways:

  • Trail Map: You can download the Hawke's Bay Trails map here or pick up one from the local i-SITES
  • iWay: For getting around our cities we have more detailed maps here iWay Routes - these are our urban cycle lanes and off road shared pathways 
  • Great Rides App: If you've got a smart phone why not try the Great Rides App , a great way to see where you are exactly on the trails - and its free
  • Rotary Club: Purchase Official Trail merchandise, a collectable Hawke's Bay Trails micro-fibre map here: Rotary Club of Ahuriri Sunrise 
  • Or have a look at our favourite rides below, and don't forget to check out the detailed maps including the trails location, suggested parking, points of interest and toilet locations

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Distance: 35km
Trail Status: Open

Surface: Concrete and lime sand sections
Traffic: Light to Heavy
Grade: 1

The Water Ride Map

about the ride

This section of Hawke’s Bay Trails starts from Ahuriri in Napier, near East Pier Hotel. It runs along the coast towards Bayview, to wetlands which were part of the old inner harbour. It returns past the airport with an optional loop extension to the base of the Poraiti foothills. An alternative start with plenty of parking and a map board, is across the road from the Westshore Beach Inn, on Meeanee Quay. Activities to stop and explore on the way include: the Ahuriri fishing precinct, cafés, restaurants, playgrounds, coffee houses and bird hides. This section has a rich history – rare migrating birds, historic maritime beacons, Māori history and the lasting effects of 1931’s brutal earthquake.

The popular trail from Ahuriri to Bay View is concrete, about 7km in length and  suitable for all recreational uses including hand bikes, wheelchairs, recumbent's and trikes. It is an easy, flat ride to the end of the concrete. After the concrete, the trail is only suitable for standard bikes. Some gated lime sand sections cross a working farm - sheep and cattle may be present.

At Bay View, an intersection means you can stay on Ferguson Road to the end and ride through the campground to Snapper Café  OR cross at the railway crossing, and over the main road to head down Onehunga Road. This is where the trail leads to wetlands and the marked Whakamaharatanga Walkway - previously an island of Ahuriri estuary. The trail buffers conservation land teeming with bird life and crosses a working farm.

Once past the airport, there is an underpass crossing at the expressway/railway bridges where the trail continues to natural wetlands of the upper harbour. Stop off at the bird hides - see how many native or different species you spot out of: Royal Spoonbill, White and Grey Heron, Godwits, Ducks, Swans, Oystercatchers, Plovers, Shags, Stilts, Pukekos, Terns and Kingfisher.  The trail then exits across and beside Prebensen Drive, returning to the bridges, creating a loop and connecting back to Ahuriri.

The big loop is about 35km OR break it into easy sections for shorter options. If you don't have a bike then just hire one from any of the local hire places located in Napier: Bike About Tours NapierFishbikeNapier City Bike Hire or Takaro Trails.

local tip

Go right to the end of Ferguson Road, through a gap in the fence and through the campground to enjoy a café stop at Snapper Cafe.

Bay View is a great spot to base yourself with both Napier Beach Kiwi Holiday Park & Motels. Or for something more central in Napier try Kennedy Park, with its great range of options 

Thinking an extended lunch? Go a little bit further to Crab Farm Winery. Or do the whole lot and check out numerous dining venues on the Ahuriri or Napier waterfront for a later booking. A recommended stop if you enjoy wines is the Urban Winery, check out the famous 'Egg' and taste Tony Bish Wines, located in the historic National Tobacco Company Art Deco building, Ahuriri.

  • Phone coverage is good on this section of trail
  • City areas are busy with all types of trail users – slow down, let others know you’re coming, smile, share and enjoy the picturesque harbour area
  • Go slow and use care on underpass areas - bridge approaches and trail edges can be steep and uneven

Good to know

The SH underpass's at Ahuriri Lagoon can sometimes get trail surface flooding, at high tides.  If wet, dismount and walk your bike through. On Airport/Westshore side the detour is to double back and use Watchman Rd as an alternative.

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Distance: 18km

Trail Status: Open
Surface: Lime sand and short on-road section
Traffic: Light to Moderate
Grade: 1-2

Puketapu Loop Map

About the ride

We love this perfect small loop – and it was voted one of the most beautiful short rides by Lonely Planet. Activities to stop and explore on the way or nearby include: historic Otarara Pa, The Puketapu Pub for a meal or coffee, the dairy for ice-cream in a cone. The Puketapu domain has a great kids playground and toilet. A short detour past Waiohiki Marae you will find Waiohiki Creative Arts Village and just up Links Road is Silky Oak Chocolates and Cafe. You will find plenty of picnic and swimming spots under the trees, just off the trail.

The short loop is approx.18km. Park at Puketapu, or Otatara Pa, Taradale. Look for the signposts,  trail near the entrance, by Redclyffe Bridge, the trail is beside the river. The limesand leads you up one side of the river to Puketapu village, cross the on-road one lane bridge on Vicarage Road, turn sharply after the bridge and head back down the other side of the river. Cross the river for the second time near Waiohiki Marae at Redcliff bridge, using the cycle/ walking clip-on to return to the carpark. This trail can be ridden in either direction.

Located nearby in Taradale shopping precinct is Avanti Plus Pedal Power for any bike needs and in Greenmeadows is Bike About Tours if you need to hire a bike or book a tour.

There is a long loop, it is about 38km return. Start at Waitangi Regional Park and head inland on Awatoto side of the park. It’s about 10km from the coast to Taradale following the limesand trail. Once you reach Guppy Road, follow the detour and join the above loop, before coming back and retracing your route to the coast. If you are lucky you will see Model airplanes flying at Awatoto. NOTE: The gates in this section are there to restrict motorbikes (who damage the trails) and occasionally cattle. At king tides or after heavy rain up-stream, the underpass at Awatoto sometimes has tidal flooding. Use caution to cross, or avoid during/ after heavy rain

Local Tip

Just off the trail, down the road and around the corner from Waiohiki Marae is the Waiohiki Arts Creative Village. 

Good to Know

  • Phone coverage is good on this section of the trail.
  • Go slow and use care on underpass areas -  expect oncoming riders or walkers. 
  • Expect occasional high-tide flooding with full moon’s or after heavy rain at Awatoto underpass at these times if you don’t want wet feet.
  • Dismount and carry your bike through, the trail beneath is concrete - remember to wash your bike when you get

marine paradeDistance: 15km one way or 30km return
Trail Status: Open
Surface: Concrete and lime sand sections
Traffic: Light to Heavy
Grade: 1

Marine Parade Explorer Map

About The ride

This section of Hawke’s Bay Trails starts at Ahuriri, near East Pier Hotel. It passes Napier Port, parks, gardens and numerous fun attractions for the kids. There are many places you can park a vehicle beside the trail and get started – just check time limits. This popular urban section of trail is shared with many users and ideal for hand bike, wheelchairs, recumbents and trikes. If you don't have a bike then just hire one from any of the local hire places located in Napier: Bike About Tours NapierFishbike, Napier City Bike Hire or Takaro Trails

Activities to stop and indulge on the way include: the iconic Napier ‘cloud’ viewing platform, mini-golf, the sunken garden, ice-cream shops, skate park, playgrounds, historic building, coffee houses, junior bike park, pump park and the National Aquarium. The Napier i-SITE Visitor Centre is located near the Sound Shell, just off the trail and they have a bike pump/repair station located outside the toilets. If you are looking for an indulgent weekend we recommend 415 Marine Parade, located right on the trails.

As you leave the city limits the trail stretches out beside the ocean. It is an easy, mostly flat ride to Waitangi Regional Park, worth a short lime sand detour to see the stunning Star Compass, Ātea A Rangi. Stop here for a photo, learn about early European settlers and how Maori ancestors used the sun, moon and stars to navigate throughout the Pacific Ocean on sailing canoes known as waka.

Leaving the bridges and concrete section of trail, turn left, go through the gate onto a lime sand section and to join the Clive River to Clive, where there are some great places to stop for refreshments.

Clive township is the end of this section. A popular area offering a range of accommodation, with parking for self-contained campervans right through to luxury cottages.  

Local Tip

This busy part of the trail is very popular with locals and visitors, with lots of people enjoying this area. Slow down, be prepared to stop, look out for the unpredictable, and just enjoy the vibe! 

Good to Know

  • Phone coverage is good on this section of trail
  • Around the city is our busiest section for all types of trail users – slow down, let others know you’re coming, smile, share and enjoy the trail
  • Go slow and use care on underpass areas at Clive – bridge approaches and trail edges can be steep and uneven.

wineries rideDistance: 30km or 60k
Trail Status: Open
Surface: Lime sand and short on-road sections
Traffic: Light
Grade: 1

The Wineries Ride Map

About the ride

You cannot say you’ve seen Hawke’s Bay without a visit to at least a few of our award winning wineries. The Wineries Ride is simply the best way to experience our vineyards and renowned terroir. Either ride the long leg from Clive (60km) via beautiful Oak Avenue, a shorter stint from Roy’s Hill Reserve (30km), or pick your own selection of cellar doors. For those you more inclined to an ale, check out Roosters Craft Brewery just off the trail.

When starting from Roy’s Hill Reserve, park at the upper carpark to go past a trails map board. Carefully cross the main road and you’re on limesand trail. Either turn left and head to Unison Vineyard and down Mere Road to Stonecroft Wines  - or save these till last.  . Or head towards the hills, you will find Villa Maria Gimblett Gravels Cellar Door or cross the road to the magnificent settling of Trinity Hill Winery. Further down the road, after crossing Ngatarawa Road you’ll find Ash Ridge Wines with delightful platters.

Head back and down Ngatarawa Road to see the new kids at Oak Estate. They are just past the Oak tree and offer a great place to stop for a wine tasting and to enjoy their picnic provisions. Carry on to down Ngatarawa Road to Bridge Pa Aerodrome. Follow the trail left to Fairways Café and Bar, an upstairs retreat in surrounds of Hastings Golf Course or turn right and follow trail past Bridge Pa village, cross again at the school and follow trail to the end before returning. Beyond Bridge Pa village you will find Abbey Cellars, with an option for beer, Alpha Domas before finishing at Sileni Estates Winery. From here go back the same way, to where you parked the car.

For a longer version starting at Clive, you will be rewarded with open river sections on the way, a winery loop returning via the short on-road section via Stock Rd and Wilson Road, then through historic ‘Oak Avenue’ – majestic any time of year.

Local Tip

Note: Cellar doors hours will vary with the season, some only open in summer, so it pays to check websites or ring them in advance to book. For more info check out Hawke's Bay Wine website here, for Cellar door hours and contact details.

It's not just wine out that way, if you like cider then you must call into the tap room at Zeffer Cider Co., just off the trails near Omahu. Or just off the trails at Pakowhai Park, is Karamu Road Bay Espresso Cafe. For all your coffee, food (and second breakfast) options, an approx. 3k detour down Ruahapia Road.

There are two cycle hire/tour providers located out on the Wineries Ride, check out On Yer Bike, also the home of Ash Ridge Wines and Ali's Cycle de Vine near Sileni Estates.

Good to Know

  • Phone coverage is good on this section of trail
  • You can also park at Hastings Golf Club, where Bunkers Cafe is and ride from there.
  • If you have a large group we recommend booking in advance with cellar doors and restaurants
  • Be careful where the trail crosses driveways in rural areas
  • Go slow and use care on underpass areas – bridge approaches and trail edges can be steep and uneven.

Richard Brimmer Cape kidnappers

Distance: 15km
Trail Status: Open 
Surface: Lime sand and short on-road sections
Traffic: Light to Moderate
Grade: 1-2

Clive to Clifton Map

About the ride

This section of the Landscapes Ride teems with creativity and activities to do. Affectionately known as Cape Coast, stop and explore on the way or nearby including: cycle hire, wineries, restaurants, dairies, cute cafes, gannet safari, art studios, museums, Haumoana farmyard zoo and the legendary Cape Kidnappers golf course. Of interest is the new, developing art installations from Cape Coast Arts & Heritage Trust - find out about the history and heritage through enthralling art installations.

Start from Clive, where there is plenty of parking, toilets, coffee and supplies. If looking for accommodation check out the bike friendly Clive StudiosClive Colonial Cottages or Te Awanga Cottages or desperate for that first coffee, then you must check out the Clive Pub. Follow the trail beside the Waitangi Regional Park wetlands and along the coastal corridor before passing under Black Bridge at Tukituki River and over the clip-on crossing.

As you reach Haumoana, remember to check out the native breeding ground for whitebait and if you need a toilet you'll find one in the domain at the river mouth. You then leave the limesand section and follow a short section of road, here you will find your first coffee stop at Haumoana Coffee. Look out for signposts and follow the green bikes on the short road section to connect back to the off-road coastal trail. Here you ride beside Pohutukawa trees and pass (or stop) Brown Dog Espresso, a great coffee stop. From here follow the trail to Te Awanga and through the quaint back streets of this popular surf spot before getting back on the limesand section for the final stretch to Clifton - the gateway to Cape Kidnappers.  

For an adventure check out Gannet Bikes - try taking a fat bike out to along the beach to Cape Kidnappers and the gannet colony. If you feel like a cruise around the area, hire classic beach-cruiser bikes from Coastal Wine Cycles in Haumoana. We also recommend the following Official Partners. A must check out Clearview Estate Winery, Restaurant and Cellar Door is perfect for a well deserved lunch under the vines.  Or go right to the end of the trail to Clifton and enjoy a stop the new cafe - Hygge at Clifton Bay

Local Tip

If you plan to stop and have lunch at any of the superb winery restaurants, we absolutely recommend booking in advance.

Good to Know

  • Phone coverage is good on this section of the trail.
  • Go slow and use care with underpass areas - bridge approaches and trail edges can be steep and uneven.
  • When trail surface changes from trail to short sections of road, always look for the cycle trail sign posts and markings.

Clive to Clifton Image Alphapix imageDistance: 18.5k one-way or 37km return
Trail Status: Open
Surface: Short on-road sections and lime sand
Traffic: Light to Medium
Grade: 1

Havelock North to Clive Map

About the ride

This popular ride can be done in either direction but we’ve started in quaint Havelock North village, with plenty of shops to explore and places to hire bikes: Cycle Nation, Good Fun Bike Rides and Revolution Bikes. Enjoy beautiful views of the Heretaunga Plains, Te Mata Peak and the distant ranges.

From Havelock North village go along Te Mata Road, past the domain and turn right into Te Mata Road. Follow the cycle lanes slightly uphill and then down to the intersection of Te Mata  and Te Mata Managateretere Roads. Succumb to the temptation of stopping at two famous wineries: Black Barn – the Bistro is highly recommended – and historic Te Mata Estate are both worth a stop. At the end of this road, you are beside the home of Origin Earth – cheese lovers should duck in for a tasting.

Cross the main road intersection and drop down River Road, on the trail beside the road. Enjoy the brief scenic section of woodlands before arriving at the top of the stopbank. Here the trails sits elevated beside the Tukituki River on one side and orchards, farmlands and vineyards on the other. It stretches towards the river crossing at Black Bridge. Use the under pass to go under and up past the carpark to access the gated section to Clive. You travel beside Waitangi Regional Park wetlands, teeming with birdlife, and follow the coast before turning down beside the Clive River to the reserve and shops at Clive. From Clive you can return or head off in the direction of your choice.

Clive is a vibrant coastal town with many great café/coffee/refreshment options, just off the trail between Napier and Hastings. If you want to use Clive as your base, check out Clive Studios or Clive Colonial Cottages for bike friendly accommodation options. 

Local Tip

You are best to use the underpasses always - a slight detour but much safer than crossing a busy road. As you reach Black Bridge, go under the bridge and back up, go past the carpark and head to the top of the stopbank through the trees to Clive. Or cross on the clip on and then do the same at the other end to head to Haumoana, Te Awanga or Clifton.

As you approach the coast, you enter Waitangi Regional Park, which goes all the way to Clive. This area is a sanctuary for breeding birds and great for bird watching.

Good to Know

  • Phone coverage is good on this section of trail
  • Gates help us to manage stock and unwelcome motorcycles
  • A horse trail is adjacent to the trail in some sections
  • Be careful when trail crosses driveways in rural areas
  • Go slow and use care on underpass areas – bridge approaches and trail edges can be steep and uneven.


Distance: 30km approx.Te Mata and vineyard AVD Dec 2018
Trail Status: OPEN
Surface: Lime sand off-road  approx. 20k, road crossings and 10k on-road - hilly sections
Traffic: Light to Moderate
Grade: 3

 Tuki Tuki Loop Map

About the ride

The Tuki Tuki Loop, as it’s affectionally known by local cyclists, has to be one of the most beautiful rides you’ll find anywhere. Though you’ve got to pay for the views, expect to be climbing a couple of hills to enjoy the stunning views of Te Mata, Craggy Range, and the beautiful Tuki Tuki Valley.

It is easily ridable from Hastings, Havelock North and Clive. For those looking for parking we recommend using the River Road carpark and riding the loop around and back. Start from River Road, enjoying the tree glade and head towards Te Mata Peak/Havelock North direction. Cross with caution over Waimārama Road and go left towards the olive grove or direction ‘Red Bridge’.

From here you start climbing up past the vineyards and olive groves, cross with care over McLean Rd and head to the top of the climb. You will be traversing the foothills of the majestic and culturally significant Te Mata Peak and Park, so slow down and enjoy the view of the Tuki Tuki Valley below and maunga (mountain) views.

Once at the top, take your time descending, keep left and give way to those climbing up. At the bottom of the climb you’ll have to cross a main road – please use caution. From here you will be looking across at the world-renowned Craggy Range Winery. Follow the brick section to their entrance, stop if you want or carry on past to Red Bridge. From the end of the limesand section, on the top of the river escarpment, you’ll drop down on a short piece of tarseal, before joining up on the limesand trail again. Enjoy riding beside a stunning avenue of Plane trees. Once at Red Bridge this is where the 10k section of on-road begins. You need to share with traffic when crossing the bridge, so keep left and single file.

Cross Red Bridge and turn left onto Tuki Tuki Road. Here is the perfect spot to stop at Red Bridge Coffee for caffeine and fuel. From here follow Tuki Tuki Road, keeping left. There are a few climbs (to work off those treats from Red Bridge Coffee), but it will feel like you have been transported to Tuscany with all the grapes, olives, stone walls and cypress trees. Take a moment at the top to enjoy the views back to Te Mata peak and across the Heretaunga plains. After the last hairpin corner, and about halfway down the descent watch for the turn off to Moore Road. Turn left onto Moore Road and at the bottom turn right to enter back onto the limesand stopbanks and Black Bridge. If you need a toilet about now, head under Black Bridge for a short detour (1.5km) to the river mouth and Haumoana Domain Toilets.

Once at Black Bridge cross over the river via the bridge clip-on, head left and ride back up the other side of the river to River Road, where you parked your car. Approximately at 30km loop.

NOTE: There are some gates on the limesand sections. They are there to restrict motorbikes (who damage the trails and pose safety risks) and restrict cattle.

Local Tip

If you are stopping at Red Bridge Coffee be warned, their pastries are pretty darn tempting. Don’t worry they are excellent fuel for those hills to come; remember views. You will absolutely have earned that indulgence!

Good to Know

  • Give Way at all road crossings, be prepared to stop
  • On the on-road sections, follow all road rules
  • Keep left at all times
  • This section is hilly and has steep drop offs
  • People going downhill need to give way to cyclists/pedestrians going uphill
  • Use caution on blind corners, expect oncoming users so slow down and prepare to stop if needed
  • Always slow down when descending the climbs
  • Phone coverage is good on this section of the trail
  • Please stop off the trail if you want to take a photo
  • Go slow and use care on underpass areas
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