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Keep up to date with the latest news and information about the trails, including trail maintenance, closures and detours. 

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New art installation blessed and unveiled on Landscapes Ride

New art installation blessed and unveiled on Landscapes Ride

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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Trail Status Update 16/10/19

Trail Status Update 16/10/19

Surface flooding on trails. Read more...

Due to the deep low we have experienced high winds, swells and lashings of rain and more rain expected today. The stop banks are doing a great job of controlling rising river levels but there is some surface flooding, so please avoid the trails. When it does clear if there is any damage or debris on the trail please report via www.hbtrails.nz and the contact us email. They promise sun tomorrow, in the meantime enjoy jumping in those puddles.

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Trail Status Update: Temp trail closure for lambing 5/8/19

Trail Status Update: Temp trail closure for lambing 5/8/19

5/8/19 The Rorookuri Hill loop on the Water Ride is temporary closed for lambing. Read more....

Its that time of year, when we temporary close the trail around Rorookuri Hill, the loop on the Water Ride - just off Onehunga Road. Don't worry you can still complete the Water Ride, but just not around the hill. It's lambing season for the farm. Please do not enter past the signs and respect that new mum's and their lambs need quiet and rest. Thank you in advance for your understanding and respect.

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Trail status update: Temporary closure TSB Bridge Haumoana 12/07/19

Trail status update: Temporary closure TSB Bridge Haumoana 12/07/19

Trail from Black Bridge to Grange Road near Haumoana will be temporarily closed from Monday 15 to Tuesday 16 July.

The trail from Black Bridge to Grange Road (near Haumoana) will be temporarily closed from 7am to 5pm Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 July.

The repairs will be on TSB Bridge. Please do not enter this area and follow all signage.

Thanks in advance.

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Trail Status Update Monday 20th April 2019

Trail Status Update Monday 20th April 2019

Temporary Trail Closure for Tree work - Hohepa to Pakowhai. Read more....

Please avoid the section of trail from Chesterhope Bridge, Pakowhai to Hohepa, Waitangi Regional Park from Monday 20th May to Wednesday 23rd May from 8.30am to 4.30am.

Our team needs to carry out urgent tree work and for your safety please avoid these areas. DO NOT ENTER Closed sections. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation.

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The Air NZ Marathon means busy Hawke’s Bay Trails

The Air NZ Marathon means busy Hawke’s Bay Trails

This year the Air NZ Hawke’s Bay Marathon makes the most of the Hawke’s Bay Trails that meander through our coastal reserves and river corridors.

This year the Air NZ Hawke’s Bay Marathon makes the most of the Hawke’s Bay Trails that meander through our coastal reserves and river corridors.

The 4th Air New Zealand Hawke’s Bay Marathon is set to hit the streets this Saturday 18 May, with over 5000 participants expected to take part in this popular annual running festival. 

Starting at West Quay in Napier, the marathon course will take in road running and waterfront paths. Over the course of the day, a number of roads will be closed in Napier, Clive, Te Awanga and Havelock North.

While the trails being used for the marathon and half marathon will remain open to recreational users, the event areas will be very busy. If you are not part of the event, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council recommends avoiding the below sections of the trails from 7am to around 2pm.

Hawke’s Bay Trails coordinator, Vicki Butterworth said that while they always encourage users onto the Trails, this would be one day to avoid those particular areas.  

”This could be the perfect opportunity to sample some of the other fabulous rides on the trails, as there are still plenty of stretches of the trails unaffected by the marathon,” says Ms Butterworth

The sections of Hawke’s Bay Trails affected by the event will be:

Brookfields Road to Awatoto
Waitangi Regional Park to Pakowhai
Clive to Black Bridge
River Road to Black Bridge
Moore Road to Black Bridge
Black Bridge to Elephant Hill

An interactive map showing the road closures, crossing points, and affected areas of Hawke’s Bay Trails is available here - https://hawkesbaymarathon.co.nz/road-closures/

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Trail Status Update Thursday 18 April 2019

Trail Status Update Thursday 18 April 2019

First stage of upgrades at Black Bridge are complete. Read more...

The upgrades of the Black Bridge underpass areas are all go - thank you for your understanding and patience these past weeks. You'll notice the Havelock North side is nearly finished and will be able to be ridden this weekend - just in time for the Big Easy event on Saturday. We are excited to see the first 'Squeeze Barriers' and cattle stops installed - so be aware there is a new way to ride or walk around them. Like you, we'd rather not have these gates but need to for your safety - their purpose is to keep cattle in and unauthorised vehicles/motorbikes out. We are delighted with this new layout, hoping it makes it safer, more attractive and easier for cyclists/walkers to use. Please still use caution. It is a shared two-way path so keep left and slow down on blind corners.

Work has begun on the Haumoana side, again use caution and follow all trail signage while our team get the job done. Thanks for your co-operation.

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Trail Status Update Tuesday March 12th 2019

Trail Status Update Tuesday March 12th 2019

Exciting upgrades are starting at Black Bridge underpass areas. Read more...

Exciting upgrades are starting at Black Bridge this week. Construction underway to make the underpass areas easier to find, safer and more attractive. We need your help while construction takes place. If you can avoid using the underpass area on the ‘Havelock North’ side these coming weeks please do so, if not then follow all signage and make sure you cross the road safely. It will be open on weekend. We hope to have finished in time for you to try on the Big Easy at Easter. Thanks in advance for your patience and cooperation.

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The Big Easy is back this Easter

The Big Easy is back this Easter

07/02/19 The Big Easy event is a fab way to spend Easter on the trails. Read more ...

The Big Easy on the Hawke’s Bay Trails is the ultimate antidote to all those serious lycra-laden cycling events. The ride is approximately 42km and we encourage you to take all day and enjoy the many tasty Hawke’s Bay distractions along the way. Your entry includes a fabulous ride on the trails, a map, T-shirt and entry into the concert at Black Barn at the end of the ride. So come join us on a cruise around the trails this Easter.

Enter at www.thebigeasy.co.nz

The Little Easy, Central Hawke's Bay, Friday 19th April 2019
The Big Easy, Hawke's Bay, Saturday 20th April 2019

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Trail Status Update - Friday 24th Aug 2018

Trail Status Update - Friday 24th Aug 2018

24/08/18 Partial closure of Puketapu Loop - avoid Waiohiki/Vicarage Rd side. Read more....

An exciting upgrade requires us to close part of the trail while work takes place. From next Monday please avoid one side of the Puketapu Loop. Avoid the section from Waiohiki Marae to Vicarage Road and the bridge. Don't worry you can still reach the Pub for lunch from EIT side. Weather permitting it should only be closed from Monday 27th to Friday 31st Aug. Thanks for your understanding.

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Trail Status Update - Friday 20 July 2018

Trail Status Update - Friday 20 July 2018

20/07/18 Avoid Water Ride from Bayview to Ahuriri Lagoon due to Watchman Road road works. Read more.....

NZTA and Higgins are hard out finishing Watchman Road upgrades, so we recommend avoiding this section of the Water Ride this weekend. (From Bayview to Ahuriri Lagoon) If you do go, beware of gravel sections and detours in place while the trail gets an upgrade. Looking forward to it being finished and pencil in the official opening on Sunday Sept 16th!

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Trail Status Update - Friday 22 June 2018 Puketapu Loop is OPEN

Trail Status Update - Friday 22 June 2018 Puketapu Loop is OPEN

22/6/18 Puketapu Loop will be open this afternoon. Read more...

This week has seen a huge effort by our team to get the trails back in shape and riding better than before. The Puketapu Loop will be open from this afternoon and is still looking beautiful in autumn splendor. With a forecast for sunshine and 18 degrees on Sunday, riding Hawke's Bay trails this weekend is looking fantastic.

Note: One section of trail is still damaged. This is the Waitangi Regional Park 'Star Compass Loop' - you can still ride the concrete trails between Clive and Awatoto but the scenic loop is under repair.

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Trail Status Update - Thurs 14 June 2018 Flood Damage

Trail Status Update - Thurs 14 June 2018 Flood Damage

14/6/18 Puketapu Loop and Waitangi Regional park trails damaged. Read more...

Our team have been out checking the extent of the flooding and damage to Hawke’s Bay Trails. Sadly, both Puketapu Loop (Tutaekuri River) and Waitangi Regional Park have been the worst hit with whole sections of trail scoured out. We recommend you stay away from the Puketapu loop and the Waitangi loop while we repair to a ridable trail again. The river silt is very slippery and trail surface uneven in damaged areas. The Water Ride between Bayview and Airport is still flooded. Please avoid these sections of the trails this weekend and DO NOT ENTER Closed sections. If while riding the trails you find other damage please contact via www.hbtrails.nz contact us page. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation. Trail damage photos.

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Trail Status Update - Tues 12 June 2018 Flooding

Trail Status Update - Tues 12 June 2018 Flooding

12/6/18 - Sub Tropical Low causing flooding. Read more...

Due to the sub tropical low, we are experiencing high winds and lashings of rain. The stop banks are doing a great job of controlling rising river levels but there is surface flooding, so please avoid the trails.

We suggest you try a spin class indoors - instead of a ride :)

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Puketapu Loop - Temporary Closure

Puketapu Loop - Temporary Closure

30/05/18 Puketapu Loop - temp closure. Read more...

PUKETAPU LOOP is CLOSED on one side only, from Puketapu to Redclyffe Bridge. From Monday 11th June to Friday 29th June 2018.
For your safety, due to large trucks and falling trees please avoid this section of trail. It is strictly CLOSED on weekdays
Tree felling occurring between Redclyffe Recycling Station and Redclyffe Bridge, near Otatara Pā. 
The Puketapu Loop will be OPEN only on weekends. Our apologies and thanks for your understanding.

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Trail Status Update - Sat 12 May AirNZ HB Marathon

Trail Status Update - Sat 12 May AirNZ HB Marathon

11/05/18 AirNZ Hawke's Bay Marathon on this weekend on the Trails. Read more....

Please remember to avoid on Saturday morning the following sections of trails:
- Brookfield's Bridge to Awatoto/Waitangi
- Waitangi to Pakowhai Park and onto Ormond Road
Or head down and show your friendly support to the 4000+ participants.

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Trail Status Update - Marine Parade

Trail Status Update - Marine Parade

13/04/18 Marine Parade - Use caution as trucks working near trail. Read more...

Napier City Council is removing soil from McLean park and spreading it under the Norfolk pines, on a section of Marine Parade. The area starts approximately from the Pump Park (100km speed zone) and heads towards Awatoto. There are numerous truck movements in this area, please use caution, common sense and stay on the trail. Remember trucks have very limited visibility, if you can't see the truck driver looking at you - he won't be able to see you. This area is taped off but please keep dogs and children away. It's expected to take 2-3 weeks depending on weather and ideally finished by the end of April. Thank you for your understanding.

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Trail Status Update - Ngatarawa Road

Trail Status Update - Ngatarawa Road

5/04/18 Wineries Ride - earth works, please use caution. Read more...

Just a heads up if you are planning on riding The Wineries ride this weekend- we have some trail work on Ngatarawa Road, near Roy’s Hill. Please use caution in this area.

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Trail Status Update - Rising river levels

Trail Status Update - Rising river levels

8/3/18 Rising river levels - please avoid underpass areas

TRAIL STATUS UPDATE

We are experiencing high rainfall in the region and seeing rising river levels. Clive river is flooding at the carpark- please avoid. If you are riding we recommend avoiding Clive and Awatoto underpass areas. If not sure check in with Hawke's Bay Civil Defence Facebook page.  Hopefully the sun will back out on Saturday.

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Ormlie Lodge offer Rush Munro's Ice Cream

Ormlie Lodge offer Rush Munro's Ice Cream

Fancy a treat just off the trail on Sunday?

How does a delicious Rush Munro ice cream on your Sunday ride sound? This weekend, Sunday 25 February from 11am to 4pm the ‘O’ Team will be serving our ice cream from Rush Munro's old fashioned ice cream cart at Ormlie Lodge. 

It's easy to find them. Just hop off the Hawke's Bay Trails at Lennox Park (or Poplar Lane - where the beautiful poplar glade is), found half way down Puketapu Loop on the Waiohiki Marae side. Head out the car park entrance gate onto the road, turn left and head down Omarunui Rd. In about 1km, on your right, you will find the beautiful Ormlie Lodge.

  https://vimeo.com/245580850

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Trail Status Update - Clive Bridge Underpass

Trail Status Update - Clive Bridge Underpass

We are excited to see work starting on Clive bridge underpass areas - thanks to NZTA team.

Please be patient while works are in progress, the end result will be much easier and safer. Please ensure you follow the signs and instructions while riding during this period. Thanks in advance for your patience and understanding.

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