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Temp detour and maintenance work in progress this coming week. Find out more...
TRAIL STATUS UPDATE
Hawke's Bay Trails celebrating 10 years, find out more...
Hawke’s Bay Trails celebrates 10th anniversary
Hawke’s Bay Trails is celebrating its 10th anniversary since it opened as one of 23 iconic ‘Great Rides’ in New Zealand. The network of 200 kilometres of mostly off-road scenic trails through the region, passes through vineyards, and beside winding rivers, orchards, mountains and the Pacific coastline.
To mark this significant milestone, today in Taradale, trail partners, council staff <anyone else?> jumped on their bikes to ride the Puketapu Loop, as it was done to open the trails in 2012.
Hawke’s Bay Regional Council Cycle Network Coordinator Vicki Butterworth says the trails have experienced exceptional growth and development over the years. “We know that the Marine Parade trail has seen a 55% increase in trips since 2014.”
The trails are the busiest of all 23 Great Rides in the country, with the majority of the trails being used by locals, followed by visitors to the region, according to research from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. People enjoy cycling the trails and stopping at the range of cafes, country pubs and wineries.
Before the trails opened, there were no dedicated cycle tour or bike hire operators in Hawke’s Bay. Now, there are 12 bike hire and tour companies employing local people across the region, says Ms Butterworth.
“The trails contribute economically to our region, and they’re also leading the way in sustainable tourism.
Where trails have been developed, we’ve seen wetlands restored, which sequester carbon, and attract wetland and coastal birdlife and enhanced biodiversity.
The trails have sparked collaboration of community groups - and the development of tourist attractions like the magnificent Ātea a Rangi Star Compass in Waitangi Regional Park and the Cape Coast Trail, filled with art sculptures and early heritage stories, all supporting and enriching our communities”, she says.
Hawke’s Bay Trails is a local collaboration led by Hawke’s Bay Regional Council. Working with key stakeholders including Rotary Pathway Trust, Hastings District Council, Napier City Council, Hawke’s Bay Tourism, NZ Transport Agency and many other landowners including Department of Conservation, Hawke’s Bay Airport, Landcorp Pamu Farm and others, to create Hawke’s Bay Trails ‘Water’, ‘Winery’ and ‘Landscape’ rides.
Trail updates. Find out more....
With the wet month of Sept behind us, the sun looks to be out for October and our long weekend - fabulous news! Which also means its drying out, so our teams have been busy fixing the damage, from this extraordinary wet spring.
1. Landscapes Ride - Waimārama/Te Mata off road section was damaged multiple times, its now dry enough that it can be repaired this week. We will be looking at future resilience work on this section, to ensure we limit future damage from weather events. In the mean time be aware this is a beautiful but dynamic section, so always look for surface damage i.e. water scours. Please dismount and walk if not confident and always be prepared to stop on blind corners.
2. Water Ride - Puketapu loop, the water scouring near the pub is fixed and the flood silt debris down steam of the bridge has been removed. The underpass scouring near Waiohiki Marae is next to be fixed.
3. Water Ride - this section certainly delivers on an authentic water ride experience after rain, however it drying out well.
4. Wineries Ride - water scouring near Bridge Pā school has been fixed.
5. Finally check out the new 'Ngā Haerenga Great Rides of New Zealand' sign at Clive. These have popped up at three key locations telling you more about similar rides around New Zealand.
Any other maintenance issues, please let us know through the contact us section of this website. We appreciate your feedback.
Enjoy your rides this weekend and if out enjoying the trails remember to complete our trail survey here.
What you may not know about cycle trails. Find out more...
Earlier this year an evaluation of Great Rides was completed by Ngā Haerenga New Zealand Cycle Trail. It investigated the numbers and delves deeper into the value our cycle trails bring to our communities and country. Thanks to all who completed the trail surveys and stakeholders who provided information.
In a nutshell, it told us:
The full report can be found here: Evaluation of Nga Haerenga Great Rides of New Zealand Jan 22
So it’s no surprise when we get emails like this – thanks Charlie. Well we think you guys rock too – keep up the friendly, social group rides and being our Ride Leader champions.
Our group E-bike Social Riders Hawkes Bay. On todays ride our accumulated group kms for 2022 exceeded 100,000 kms. (100,202 kms)
Whilst not all of these kms are a result of riding on the Hawkes Bay Trails the vast majority are.
Correlation of the group kms is not totally accurate simply number of riders x ride distance. This simple formula does not allow for riders that leave the ride early but this is more than compensated by the number of riders that ride considerable distance to our various start points.
To date in 2022 we have hosted 112 group rides and have involved 164 individual riders. The majority of our riders are local but some are returning out-of-town riders.
The takings from this data are:
1. We have ridden over 100,000 kms without any serious incidents which is a testament to the safety of the trails.
2. The majority of our group riders can be classified as elderly 65 to 80. Without the trails they possibly would not be gaining the health benefits from cycling.
3 The diversity of the “hub” of trails maintains interest in group riding and with some “out of the square” thinking from our ride leaders our ride routes avoid the norm.
4 .Our group provides social contact which is important in these times and many friendships have developed as a result of our rides.
5. Each ride includes a coffee stop, which supports the local hospitality industry.
6. Buying a bike is just the first step we provide ongoing support for the local cycling shops.
I don’t envy your position which at time must seem like being between a rock and a hard place. Along with negative feedback from riders that you are trying to support it must be quite difficult to remain positive.
However on behalf of our group I say thank you for the work you do and without the trails we would have no group.
Charlie - E bike Social Riders Hawkes Bay
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After the high rainfall the last few weeks (and more rain expected shortly), we have had some significant damage to the trails. When riding or walking the trails, please use caution and be aware of any damaged surfaces. Water scoured or rutted sections of trails mean you might have a fall, if you ride over them. If not confident please dismount and walk for your safety. As soon as it dries out our team will be out there fixing the trails.
Be aware of the following issues:
There may be further damage, or if you find trees down please report via our www.hbtrails.nz 'Contact Us' page.
Please take care out there, and we are all hoping for our Hawke's Bay sunshine and the ground to dry out, so we can get in and tidy trails up.
After the weather event in overnight, we have had some substantial rainfall creating some damage and flooding to the trails.
Please be aware of the following:
There may be further damage, if you find trees down or water scouring issues please report via our Contact Us page.
Please take care out there, and hope you get to enjoy the long weekend on the trails.
Temp detours and maintenance work in progress this week. Find out more….
Looking forward to a taste of spring this coming weekend on the trails, with mild temperatures and sunshine predicted. Please be aware we have some upgrade work happening around or near the trails:
Temp detour and maintenance work in progress this week. Find out more….
Taradale Stopbank partial opening. Find out more....
From 13th-22nd June one side CLOSED. Find out more...
Update on open sections, detours. Find out more....
Update on open sections, detours and closures. Find out more....
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/
Surface flooding and trails closures. Find out more....
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/
Trail maintenance and detours. Find out more....
Surface Flooding. Find out more....
Trail Detours and Maintenance for Jan-Feb. Find out more....
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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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Read more about Tākaro Trails' tours
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.
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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