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8/4/22 Trail Alert: All trails open

8/4/22 Trail Alert: All trails open

Update on open sections, detours. Find out more....

Hawke’s Bay Trails Update Friday 8th April 1200HRS
We are delighted to have the sunshine back, and the trails all OPEN for the weekend.
To the hard-working teams, doing the mahi in challenging times – thank you. Work is nearly complete, we ask you to please follow and respect all safety signage for detours or warnings on the Water Ride. Thanks for your patience and understanding over the past few weeks.
Please let us know of any trail maintenance issues via www.hbtrails.nz and the 'contact us' email.
 

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29/3/22 Trail Alert: Flooding update and closures

29/3/22 Trail Alert: Flooding update and closures

Update on open sections, detours and closures. Find out more....

Hawke’s Bay Trails Update Tues 29th March 1630HRS
Our team has been out assessing and started the clean-up of the trails post our flood event last week. With rain set to keep coming over the next few days, the trails are will remain very wet.
We have sustained most damage in the Tūtaekurī, Ngaruroro, Tukituki river corridors and Waitangi Regional Park in low lying areas. We have managed to clear most of the debris from surface flooding, started repairs to water scoured areas and to the sections that need major repairs. Shout out to Dodge Contracting and HBRC Works Group for their mahi.
While majority of trails are now open and ridable, we recommend waiting till later in week to get out on the trails so most of our work can be completed. When you do head out, please note the following Closures/detours - while we complete repairs or water subsides.
1. Water Ride, Puketapu Loop most of the work will be completed by end of tomorrow, both sides are affected. The most serious is the culvert at Tuirau stream (off Springfield Rd) that was ‘blown out’ is going to take a few more days to complete. Please use a short on-road detour is in place. We hope to have open by Monday 4th April.
2. Waitangi Regional Park – Ātea a Rangi Star Compass, the loop trail has had major damage, please use detour on concrete trail parallel to road.
3. Water Ride still has a lot of surface flooding. We have CLOSED the section from Hawke’s Bay Airport to Onehunga Road, Bayview, or the Pāmu Landcorp Farm section. There are many sections flooded still, slips/rockfall and ground saturated. We need to let it dry out and reduce damage being done.
The Wineries/Landscapes Rides are both open, including Tukituki Loop, new section from Te Mata Road, up and over to Craggy Range, slips/scouring has been repaired, completed and open.
Please DO NOT use the trails if there is trail flooding – turn back. Rains is still expected, and flooding may still occur quickly. Do not ride through flooded areas, you are doing more damage to the trails and putting yourself at risk. Please follow and respect all safety signage for closures, detours, and warnings.
Thanks for your patience and understanding. If you feel we have missed damaged sections next week please let us know via www.hbtrails.nz and the 'contact us' email.

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25/3/22 Trail Alerts: Flooding on Trails

25/3/22 Trail Alerts: Flooding on Trails

Flooded areas - avoid this weekend. Find out more...

If planning a ride on Hawke’s Bay Trails this weekend, we recommend postponing till the sun is shining again. 

Due to heavy rain there is flooding in our river corridors and at our river mouths, affecting our low-lying sections of Hawke’s Bay Trails and all our underpass areas. There is more rain predicted and flooding occurring still.

We expect damage from this heavy rainfall, with flooding causing slips, washouts, water scouring to trail surfaces, fallen trees, debris and silt build up.

Please avoid using The Water Ride (except concrete sections) – Lagoon Farm (Park Island to Ahuriri), Landcorp Farm (Bayview to Ahuriri), Puketapu Loop, Brookfields bridge, Waitangi Regional Park, Clive, Pakowhai and use caution on the Landscapes Ride Tuki Tuki Loop. 

DO NOT use the trails if there is trail flooding – turn back. Do not ride through these areas, you are doing more damage to the trails and putting yourself at risk. Councils are concerned about the potential risk of wastewater contamination in some areas. Please follow all safety signage for closures or warnings. Once the flood waters have receded and our team have assessed the damage, we will begin the clean-up. We will keep you updated with progress, thanks for your understanding.

To notify any issues https://www.hbtrails.nz/contact-us/ 

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24/3/22 Trail Alerts: Surface flooding

24/3/22 Trail Alerts: Surface flooding

Surface flooding and trails closures. Find out more....

TRAIL STATUS UPDATE 24/3/22 0900hrs
With all the rain we have had over the past few days and still expecting for next few days, low lying sections have surface flooding.
Please be aware there is and could be more surface flooding to come. As of this morning please avoid and treat as closed the following:
- Underpass areas at Waitangi Regional Park and Star compass loop - from Taradale to Awatoto, Pakowhai to Hohepa- trail flooded at underpass areas
- Water Ride - Lagoon Farm from Park Island, Taipo Stream to Ahuriri Lagoon
- Water Ride - from Hawke's Bay Airport Entrance Rd, through the Landcorp Farm to Onehunga Rd, Bay View - please avoid
- Landscapes Ride - Clive Boat Ramp, underpass on both sides of river and trail flooded
Please avoid these areas, till flooding subsided and be aware that rivers could change quickly.
After this weather there maybe water scouring on gradients or soft surfaces and trees down. Until our teams can assess and repair, please look out for these hazards and avoid. We recommend using the concrete sections of the trails while the limesand surfaces dry out. Keep dry and stay safe.

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2/3/22 Trail Alerts: Sections with Detours

2/3/22 Trail Alerts: Sections with Detours

Trail maintenance and detours. Find out more....

TRAIL ALERTS UPDATE 2/03/22: Details on maintenance/detours happening on Hawke's Bay Trails. Please follow all safety signage, detours and use caution. Thanks for your understanding while we undertake this work.

1. Hawkes Bay Airport Detour - due to Napier City Council pump station upgrade, there is a short detour near the airport, please use caution and follow detour. Expect some surface flooding end of this week.

2. Clive River section upgrade - final finishes being made this week, follow all detours.

3. Stop bank renewal Guppy Rd to Redclyffe Bridge. Work and detour to continue till April. Stop bank CLOSED from Redclyffe Bridge to Guppy Road till June 2022 for maintenance. DETOUR will be in place around Taradale, (Murphy Rd, Howard Rd, Gloucester Street) please follow all directions.

To notify any issues https://www.hbtrails.nz/contact-us/ 

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21/02/22 Trail Alerts: sections with detours

21/02/22 Trail Alerts: sections with detours

Trail maintenance and detours. Find out more....

TRAIL ALERTS UPDATE 21/02/22: Details on maintenance/detours happening on Hawke's Bay Trails. Please follow all safety signage, detours and use caution. Thanks for your understanding while we undertake this work.

1. Clive section renewal - approx. 600m of trail is being repaired, from Clive Boat ramp, section below stopbank, to the top of the stopbank. Detour will be below existing trail, beside the river. UPDATED: Dates with detour Tues 22nd to Tues 1st March. We suggest avoiding this week/weekend if possible, while repairs take place.

2. Ahuriri Lagoon - underpass on Embankment bridge has a hole being repaired, please use caution when riding and follow all safety signage.

3. Stop bank renewal Guppy Rd to Redclyffe Bridge. Work and detour to continue till April. Stop bank CLOSED from Redclyffe Bridge to Guppy Road till June 2022 for maintenance. DETOUR will be in place around Taradale, (Murphy Rd, Howard Rd, Gloucester Street) please follow all directions.

4. Hawkes Bay Airport Detour - due to Napier City Council pump station upgrade, there is a short detour near the airport, please use caution and follow detour.

To notify any issues https://www.hbtrails.nz/contact-us/ 

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08/02/22 Trail Alert: Surface Flooding Update

08/02/22 Trail Alert: Surface Flooding Update

Surface Flooding. Find out more....

With all the rain we have had over the past few days, we are expecting low lying sections to have surface flooding.
Please be aware there maybe surface flooding at these areas:
- Underpass areas at Waitangi Regional Park
- Water Ride - from Hawke's Bay Airport, through the Landcorp Farm to Onehunga Rd.
- Landscapes Ride - Clive Boat Ramp to East Clive
Please avoid until  these areas can dry out, water recedes and be aware that after this rain there maybe water scouring on gradients or soft surfaces. Look for these hazards, until our teams can assess and repair. We recommend using the concrete sections while the limesand surfaces dry out.
Stay safe.

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27/1/22 Trail detours and maintenance update

27/1/22 Trail detours and maintenance update

Trail Detours and Maintenance for Jan-Feb. Find out more....

We've got maintenance/detours happening on Hawke's Bay Trails. For your safety and our staff, please follow all safety signage, detours and use caution. 
1. Water Ride: Stop bank renewal work and detour to continue, while stop bank is CLOSED, from Redclyffe Bridge to Guppy Road. Detour in place till end of April 2022 around Taradale, (Carters Arm Park, Murphy Rd, Howard Rd, Gloucester Street) please follow all directions.
2. Water Ride: Hawkes Bay Airport Detour - due to Napier City Council pump station upgrade, there is a short detour near the airport, please use caution and follow detour.
2. Water Ride: Puketapu Loop – near Springfield refuse centre, trucks will be moving across the trail. Please use caution and give way to trucks crossing. 
Thanks for your cooperation while we undertake this important work. 

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4/01/22 Trail Detour Water Ride

4/01/22 Trail Detour Water Ride

Detour in place near airport. Find out more....

A short detour will be in place from early January – June 2022 . Located on the Water Ride, near Hawke's Bay airport, it will be clearly marked and run through an adjoining section owned by Hawke’s Bay Airport. Napier City Council contractors will complete work to install a new pump station and decommission the existing one. Work is to upgrade a critical piece of wastewater infrastructure near Hawke’s Bay Airport. Please follow all detour signage.

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15/12/21 Hawke's Bay Trails Newsletter Dec 21

15/12/21 Hawke's Bay Trails Newsletter Dec 21

Our latest news and tips. Find out more....

Our newsletter brings you the latest news, stories and tips. To receive the newsletter sign up on this page.

Follow this link the December newsletter. 

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3/12/21 Trail Status Update: Puketapu Loop Fri 3rd and Mon 6th

3/12/21 Trail Status Update: Puketapu Loop Fri 3rd and Mon 6th

Partial Closure due to tree felling. Find out more....

UPDATE: We've got tree maintenance, that requires a temporary closure of one side of Puketapu Loop on Friday 3rd Dec and Monday 6th Dec (AM only). For those wanting to get to Puketapu, we recommend using the true right bank (Waiohiki Marae side/Poplar Lane), to go up and back.

Please follow all health & safety signage, directions, detours and use caution. Thanks for your understanding while we undertake this important work. 

NOTE: If you are confident of riding on the road you can use the below Puketapu Rd/Springfield Rds to avoid the closure.

Puketapu tree work temp closure Dec 21

Reminder: Detour is in place near Pettigrew Green Arena/EIT. The Stop bank is CLOSED from Redclyffe Bridge to Guppy Road till January for strengthening work. For your safety a detour is in place around Taradale, (Guppy, Murphy and Howard Roads) please follow all directions. Thanks for your co-operation.

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25/11/21 Update Hawke's Bay Trails map online

25/11/21 Update Hawke's Bay Trails map online

The Hawke's Bay Trails map has been updated. Find out more....

The Hawke's Bay Trails map has been updated, with the Tuki Tuki loop now included. This incorporates the urban iWay networks.  

Thanks to Hawke's Bay Tourism, once they have been printed they will be available from iSITE's, Official Partners and from Hawke's Bay Regional Council.

For the latest downloadable version go to our home page here:  www.hbtrails.nz

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9/9/21 NZ Herald Article on cycling holidays in Hawke's Bay

9/9/21 NZ Herald Article on cycling holidays in Hawke's Bay

Check out this great article by Sarah Bennett, to inspire your next cycling holiday....

Here's a fantastic NZ Herald Travel article, all about why you need a cycling holiday riding Hawke's Bay Trails and a few more good reasons visit our region. Thanks Sarah Bennett.

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/travel/post-lockdown-planning-cycling-holidays-in-napier-and-hawkes-bay/HAQYKDAK56D6YUZVMNMFJUQC24/

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1/7/21 – Water Ride

1/7/21 – Water Ride

Ahuriri underpass is open, please use caution while final part of construction takes place.

Construction of a second flood wall underneath Ahuriri Estuary Bridge has started and is expected to be completed in mid July.
The trail is open during construction, however please follow all safety signage.

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18/6/21 Tuki Tuki Loop re-opens

18/6/21 Tuki Tuki Loop re-opens

A massive thank you to everyone involved in the new off-road section on Waimārama Road. Read more...

Officially re-opened on Tuesday 15th June 2021, the Tuki Tuki Loop section of the Landscapes Ride is again open, and it is a stunner. We've created a new off-road 2.7km section to avoid the most unsafe part of this loop. Expect both off-road and on-road sections and a few hills while passing by olive groves, vineyards, orchards and enjoying beautiful views of  the Tuki Tuki river/valley and the majestic Te Mata peak. 

This new off-road section of trail is freshly completed and as expected, it’s quite soft until in packs down. So please use caution when riding it, remember to keep left and give way at all road crossings. We have a few final safety touches to come, however you can head out and have a ride now. For more info on best way to ride this 30k loop check out the Fav Rides Section on our website, look for the 'Tuki Tuki Loop - Landscapes Ride'. 

Local tip: Red Bridge Coffee is our latest Official Partner, located on the ride at Red Bridge. Welcome Mel and your fabulous team  - there will be many cyclists enjoying your coffee and treats.

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Hawke's Bay Marathon 2021

Loving this video showcasing our wonderful trails and region - thanks Hawke's Bay Sotheby's International Realty Marathon. Read more...

Fabulous to host the 5th Hawke's Bay Sotheby's International Realty Marathon, wonderful to see so many running on our Hawke's Bay Trails. As always the energy and support around this event has been wonderful, thanks to all who ran or walked, supported, volunteered and helped with this amazing event.

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A Hawke's Baycation by bike

A Hawke's Baycation by bike

We absolutely agree New Zealand Cycle Trail -a Hawke's Baycation is just the antidote to winter blues and perfect for families these school holidays. Hiring a bike or doing a multi-day tour is super easy, with the added bonus of it being a great way to experience Hawke's Bay and the fabulous local hospitality on offer. Find out more...

Hawke’s Bay is a winner in winter, boasting one of the country’s best networks of easygoing, free-draining cycle trails with the bonus of plenty of off-season sun and mild temperatures.

The Hawke's Bay Trails' 200km-plus network of coastal, cross-country and riverside pathways link lashings of must-see sights such as bird-filled wetlands, Napier’s beautiful art deco buildings, wineries galore and friendly pubs where you can tuck into great local grub. It really has got something for everyone – from wine-touring and art and architecture, to restful contemplation of natural wonders and panoramic views.

Local tour company Tākaro Trails can help you make the most of your time on the trail, offering a range of cycling tours with plenty of scope to tailor them to your group’s skills, interests and itineraries. Tākaro Trails’ Three-day Highlight Tour is the perfect mid-winter trip, looping widely around the region on easy, flat trails taking in the region’s stunning scenery. The tour generally features 30–55km riding each day, most of which is on dedicated off-road pathways lining the riversides, wetland and coast, and traversing beautiful countryside. This tour has plenty of flexiblity, starting with three different levels of accommodation to suit your budget. Choose the distance you want to ride each day, arrange special pick-ups and drop-offs, and add in all sorts of extras such as dinner at the restaurant of your choice. E-bikes are also available.

Three-day Hawke’s Bay tour highlights:

  • art deco Napier & Marine Parade
  • wineries including Black Barn, Te Mata, Sileni & Trinity Hill
  • beautiful riverside Puketapu Loop for a pub lunch
  • Ahuriri Estuary Trail
  • fascinating earthquake history
  • artisan local flavours – cheese, honey, fresh produce
  • optional detour to Cape Kidnappers wineries including Clearview
  • flexibility to extend your stay, see more and do more

Read more about Tākaro Trails' tours 

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Trail Update 25/3/20

Trail Update 25/3/20

COVID-19 update

New Zealand Cycle Trail COVID-19 Alert Level 4 Response

Alert Level 4 means we must severely limit travel, with driving only permitted for essential travel such as getting food or medicine from your local area. The best way to reduce the risk of exposure to yourself and others is to stay at home. However, we do realise that people will want to get out and exercise.

If you do go out, please limit yourself to short walks or rides in nearby parks and on locals trails, following the government’s recommended hygiene guidelines https://covid19.govt.nz/.

Here are some tips to help you protect yourself and others:

1. Consider whether you need to leave your property at all. Can you exercise at home?

2. Don’t ride trails if you have symptoms (e.g. fever, coughing, shortness of breath etc). Please stay at home!

3. Please only venture onto our Great Rides if you live adjacent to or very close to one. Remember driving in your car is for essential travel only, which doesn't include transporting you and your bike to a trail.

4. Ride alone or only with the people you are self-isolating with. If you’re riding alone tell someone what your plans are.

5. If you’re riding with your self-isolating group, make sure everyone knows the recommended hygiene guidelines before they set off.

6. Keep at least 2m away from other trail users. When approaching other people slow down so that it’s easier to maintain this separation. Avoid narrow tracks where maintaining this separation may be difficult.

7. Where possible, avoid touching any surfaces that could be contaminated such as gates, squeeze bars, handrails, fences, benches and picnic tables. The virus can remain on surfaces for three days.

8. Try to avoid using public toilets; many will be closed anyway. Go before you ride. Carry your own toilet paper and sanitiser in case using the toilets is unavoidable.

9. Don’t touch your face while you’re riding. Wash your hands and disinfect your handlebars when you get home.

10. Make smart and conservative choices about the rides you choose to do and how you ride them. Our hospitals and emergency services are already overburdened – unnecessary accidents will make things harder.

11. Some trails and mountains bike parks, such as Makara Peak MTB Park in Wellington, have been closed. Check online to see what trails are open before heading out and stay close to home.

12. This isn’t a time to be heading into our remote areas, so all wilderness rides – including the Timber Trail, St James, Mangapurua Track, the Old Ghost Road and Paparoa Track – are off the menu.

13. Ride local trails only. With all non-essential travel prohibited and non-essential business along or near the trails closed, visiting other areas to ride is not an option. Travelling further afield increases the risk of community transmission, and the length of time we may remain at Alert Level 4. Please remember that driving is only permitted for visiting essential services such as supermarkets and pharmacies, not for leisure/exercise.

14. The Hauraki Rail Trail has announced that its entire network is closed to all users, and other cycle trails could close in the coming weeks. Check individual trail websites; we will also keep this website updated with the latest news.

Be calm, be kind. Be responsible and show the community you care. Kia kaha (stand strong) – united we can help stop the spread of Covid-19 and get back to riding all of our beautiful trails.

More information can be found on individual trail websites and Facebook pages. Links to official trail websites are provided on our websites' Great Ride pages, which you can find here – https://nzcycletrail.com/find-your-ride/22-great-rides/.

These guidelines are also available on our website: https://bit.ly/NZCTCOVIDResponse

 If you have any questions regarding Hawke's Bay Trails, we’re checking social media regularly and the Regional Council is taking calls on 06 835 9200 or 0800 108 838.

Kia kaha!

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New art installation blessed and unveiled on Landscapes Ride 31/10/19

New art installation blessed and unveiled on Landscapes Ride 31/10/19

Te Matua-a-Māui Art and Heritage trail unveiled Te Waka Huhua - The Waka of Plenty this morning. Read more ...

Te Matua-a-Māui Art and Heritage trail unveiled Te Waka Huhua - The Waka of Plenty this morning. Blessed by local kaumatua Tom Mulligan, from Matahiwi Marae and opened by Sandra Hazlehurst, Mayor Hastings District Council. This amazing sculpture sits on the Landscapes ride, on the Cape Coast section between Haumoana and Te Awanga. You can find it the ride in our Fav Rides section of this website, look for the 'Kidnappers Coast Ride', from Clive to Clifton. Bought to you by the Cape Coast Art & Heritage Trust with help from the local community. Go check out this latest Ricks Terstappen sculpture - can you find the kiore or rat?

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