Keep up to date with the latest news and information about the trails, including trail maintenance, closures and detours.
Hawke’s Bay Trails partners met for their 2020 Annual Summit this week to discuss the challenges and opportunities of COVID-19, meet other trail partners, and unveil the first three new story boards. Find out more...
As part of the truly cycle-oriented meeting, they biked around part of the Wineries Ride to see three new story boards on the trails. The signs were co-funded by Hawke’s Bay Wine, Gimblett Gravels Winegrowers Association, Bridge Pa Triangle Winegrowers and the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE). The new boards tell of the local history and richness of the Hawke’s Bay Wine Region, the Bridge Pa Triangle sub-region and Gimblet Gravels growing district.
Another four signs are being installed on the trails, which are funded by the Hawke’s Bay Trails Official Partners and MBIE’s ‘Managing the Great Rides’ fund.
Telling the story of an area makes the trails a real experience says Vicki Butterworth, Cycle Network Coordinator at Hawke’s Bay Regional Council. “We wanted to create a cycling experience for everyone who uses the Hawke’s Bay Trails so they can learn about the history and significance of the area. Pulling these signs together has been a great collaboration with the community, and I want to thank the Hawke’s Bay wine growing industry for contributing. It’s such a good way to tell our stories and we always get great feedback which is why we’ll continue creating them. The trails have seen a lot of use in 2019, showing how valued they are by the local community and visitors alike. In 2019 Hawke’s Bay Trail counters recorded 729510 pedestrian and cyclist trips. In the first six months of 2020, we’ve seen an increase of around 10 per cent for trips compared to the same time last year. We’ve also seen an increase of 11 per cent in cyclist only traffic. These results are terrific news for the region’s accommodation and hospitality businesses’ after lock down. Remember to get out there and support local,” says Vicki.
Hawke’s Bay Trails Official Partners
The Official Partner Programme is a way for local businesses and Hawke’s Bay Trails to work together to promote the trail and attract more cyclists to our region. The group is made up of local business providers that support the cycle trail network through services like bike hire, transport, accommodation, and food. To become an official partner, your business must meet and maintain certain cycle-friendly standards, such as promoting the NZ cycle trails, and providing good customer service and first-hand knowledge about the trails. To find out more about the Official Partner Programme or Sponsorship please contact Vicki.Butterworth@hbrc.govt.nz or head to hbtrails.nz
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
Friday 26/6/20 Due to a bit of rain, we’re experiencing some surface flooding . Read more...
Due to a bit of rain, we’re experiencing some surface flooding on or around low lying sections of trails. Please avoid underpass areas near rivers, specifically Awatoto, Clive and the Water Ride, from Onehunga Rd, Bayview to Park Island. Please avoid these areas until they dry out a bit.
Trail Maintenance and detours in place. Find out more....
We have to carry out some maintenance near the trails on Wednesday and Thursday this week from 7.30am to 4.30pm.
Please avoid the following areas if possible, if not please follow all safety advice. Thanks in advance
1. Puketapu Loop - Wed 24/6/20 Tree clearing near Waiohiki Marae
2. Landscapes Ride - Thur 25/6/20 Clive Grange Domain - pump station
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 - so please follow all safety signage. Thanks for your understanding while we undertake this work.
1. Water Ride - Rorookuri Hill, Bay View - we are resurfacing a short section so hill loop, the loop only will be closed temporarily from tomorrow till end of next week. The DOC walk to the top of the hill is still open, as is rest of ride.
2. Water Ride - Lagoon Farm - fixing water leak on trail, follow all detours. Should be completed by Tuesday.
3. Upgrade of Waitangi Regional Park entrance - when riding past please follow loop detour on limesand past Ātea a Rangi celestial star compass. Concrete section between bridges will be closed for for safety reasons.
Thanks again, our apologies for any inconvenience and enjoy the trails.
L2 COVID19 Update
Yeee haaa, delighted we can head into Alert Level 2 on Thursday 14 May! This means all our Hawke’s Bay Trails are being opened.
Remember that COVID19 is still about – so please play it safe and:
Enjoy exploring all our awesome Hawke’s Bay Trails, we hope to see you out there...…at a distance and appreciating our local hospitality!
Head to https://www.hbtrails.nz/ for inspiration.
Or COVID19 info here https://covid19.govt.nz/alert-system/alert-level-2/
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.
CAUTION: Road works on Bay View SH 2 road crossing near Onehunga Road on Water Ride
Please use CAUTION when crossing SH2 at Bay View on the Water Ride. NZTA is doing road repairs and has temporarily removed the centre median. Please follow all directions for the next week.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 :)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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