Temporary Closure - Waimarama Road, 7am - 5pm Monday - Friday from 19th February - 1 March 2024 Finishing works will commence this week for the section of trails from Te Mata Road to Craggy Range.
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Hawke’s Bay Trails is one of the easiest and relaxing Great Rides, expect regular servings of stunning scenery, superb food, coffee and, of course, fine wine. Our trails suit pathway, touring or mountain bikes. We’re set up for social riders, families and new cyclists. Multi-geared bikes with medium to wide tyres are right at home. We do have gates on our river/farm sections, to keep out unauthorised motorbikes and stock in.
Trail Grade - easy to intermediate
GRADE 1: Most of our Trails are flat and off-road with some gentle climbs. We have firm limesand, gravel, concrete or asphalt. Usually wide enough for two side-by-side cyclists, though single file in places. Safety Note: Where the Trail goes up or down quickly or the surface seems loose, slow down and take care. If you haven’t cycled for a while or you’re on an unfamiliar bike, consider walking these sections.
GRADE 2: Some small sections of Trail follow quiet roads with little traffic. Consider the New Zealand Code for Cyclists. Safety Note: Use caution with changes in Trail surface, loose material, holes, water ruts, steep bits and tight or blind corners.
GRADE 3: Small sections of on-road Trail, some with open road or hill climbs. Follow the New Zealand Code for Cyclists. Check the map for these sections. Suitable for regular, experienced cyclists, 12+ years with good fitness. An adult should accompany children.
Visitors are responsible for their own safety at all times and children must be supervised.
If you are riding our trails you need to know how to ride and control a bicycle. This includes being able to look for potential hazards and avoiding them. We recommend a cycle skills course if you are not confident.
Please remember that children and dogs are unpredictable, slow down and prepare to stop suddenly.
Please keep on the trails only and always follow trail signage for closures or important safety messages - it is for your safety.
If sharing the Trails with local cows or birdlife, do so quietly and considerately.
Always take your rubbish with you, please be respectful of nature and others.
Approach underpasses with caution. Slow down, change gears, look for others at blind corners. Be aware of changing steepness, uneven and loose surfaces.
Seasonal or tidal flooding can happen in low areas or under bridges, sometimes at Ahuriri Lagoon or Awatoto. Check high tide timesand avoid these sections with tides over 1.7m. Consider (if not fast flowing) carrying your bike through before continuing or detouring. Wet feet can be refreshing and are part of an authentic cycling experience. Tip: If you ride in salt water - remember to wash your bike later.
Gates - if we didn’t need them, we wouldn’t have them. They improve safety, stop motorbikes and stock. However gates mean that some sections of Trail may not be suitable for tandems, trikes, wheelchairs, cargo or hand bikes.
Railway crossings - railway lines can catch you out with tight corners or slippery tyres – consider dismounting. Always cross at safety crossing points, look for trains and cross at right angles. Take extra care when wet, as tracks can be very slippery
Accidents sometimes happen – always carry a cell phone. If someone has a serious accident, phone Emergency Services on 111, request an ambulance, let them know your location and follow their instructions.
Dog Owners: Dogs are allowed on some of the trails but for safety reasons please be responsible, make sure they are on a lead and under control at all times. Busy areas like Marine Parade you need to have your dog on-lead, this is to help prevent accidents. You may be fined if your dog is off lead in a designated 'On Lead' area. DOGS NOT ALLOWED IN SOME AREAS: do not take dogs into DOC areas, with sensitive bird life or on farms with stock. Avoid the Water Ride section from Bayview, Onehunga Road, past the airport to Prebensen Drive.
NO unauthorised motorised vehicles (cars, motor bikes, mopeds, quad bikes, mini bikes) are allowed on the Trails. If you see this behavior please report to the police immediately.
NO horses are permitted on the trails except where horse trails cross the Trails in a few areas i.e. stopbank near Clive, Awatoto and where trail exits near Puketapu. There are separate Horse Trails here: Horse Trails
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