Back to top

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.

Find out more about trail grades here.

 Trail Etiquette

  • Share: all Trails are shared - all users please keep left and slow down and  give a friendly warning to others when approaching from behind
  • Care: cyclists/scooters travel faster than pedestrians, please slow down and give way to them. Pedestrians remember to keep left and keep dogs on lead.
  • Be Kind: say a friendly ‘hi’ or ring a bell to let those in front of you know, before passing
  • Be Respectful: Slow down on busy sections and look out for children, elderly, people with impairments and those with four legs (dogs, horses and cattle)
  • Be Safe: Please wear a helmet, ride to your ability, follow signage, be aware of hazards and supervise children
  • Gates: Please shut gates and stay on the Trails only. Its a privilege to travel through these places, especially when crossing private land, Regional Parks, Department of Conservation land or areas of natural/ historic significance.
  • E-bikes: They can travel fast so to avoid accidents remember to always slow down when approaching other users, warn before passing, especially in busy shared sections and look out for hazards.


Before riding your e-bike on the trails, check the rules and regulations for e-bike users.

Ngā Haerenga NZ Cycle Trails E-bike policy

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency also lists the rules for low-powered vehicles including E-bikes.



  • 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 we share the trails, look out for children and dogs. Both can be unpredictable, slow down and prepare to stop suddenly.
  • You’re going on a Great Ride, so plan with (and take) a map , keep track of your location, look for the 'Trail' signs.  Try the free ‘Great Rides’ App
  • You will be riding in the great outdoors, check the weather conditions - before you go. 
  • When outside in nature, take any medications you may need. For example if get hay fever or are allergic to bee stings take your medication.
  • Please keep on the trails only, keep left 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.
  • If going for a while take your own water bottle and snacks. Always remember to take your rubbish with you, please be respectful of nature. 
  • 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 times and 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.
  • Safe Crossing points on Water Ride are here: Safe Crossing Area
  • Please follow the New Zealand Road Code for Cyclists when on or crossing roads.
  • 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
Hawke's Bay Tourism logo
Hawke's Bay Regional Council logo
New Zealand Cycle Trail logo

Hawke's Bay Regional Council - Copyright © 2024 Hawke's Bay Regional Council

Disclaimers and Copyright
While every endeavour has been taken by the Hawke's Bay Regional Council to ensure that the information on this website is accurate and up to date, Hawke's Bay Regional Council shall not be liable for any loss suffered through the use, directly or indirectly, of information on this website. Information contained has been assembled in good faith. Some of the information available in this site is from the New Zealand Public domain and supplied by relevant government agencies. Hawke's Bay Regional Council cannot accept any liability for its accuracy or content. Portions of the information and material on this site, including data, pages, documents, online graphics and images are protected by copyright, unless specifically notified to the contrary. Externally sourced information or material is copyright to the respective provider.

© Hawke's Bay Regional Council - / 0800 108 838 /