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Trail News & Alerts

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

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16/7/21 Trail Maintenance

16/7/21 Trail Maintenance

Trail Maintenance and detours in place. Find out more....

We've got some maintenance/detours on Hawke's Bay Trails happening in the coming weeks. Please follow all safety signage, detours and directions from staff, expect some short delays. Thanks for your understanding while we undertake this work.

1. Landscapes Ride - East Clive between Richmond Road and Black Bridge. Detour from 19th July for two weeks, using for approx. 400m of Richmond Rd/Horse Trail. The detour is along a four wheel drive track and is sharing the 'Horse Trail'. Please take care especially if you have thin tyres as this is a gravel surface and be respectful of other users. Make sure you’re slowing down and giving people and horses, warning well before you pass please. You are sharing the horse trail, please ring your friendly bike bell well in advance.

2.  Water Ride - between Hohepa and Pakowhai - the team are resurfacing a short section of access road, where the cycle trail crosses onto the stopbank. Please use caution and follow all safety signage.

Thanks again, our apologies for any inconvenience and enjoy the trails.

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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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