For more information about trails in the Hawke's Bay region check out the Hawke's Bay Cycling Trails cycle map.(external link)
Water Ride – Hawke’s Bay
Easy leisurely ride (68 km) | 5 hours
Perfect for families, and easy riders, the Water Ride is flat with lots of places to start your ride from. The ride takes in Napier and the surrounding area, from Bay View in the north to Clive in the south-east and Taradale and Puketapu to the west, you’ll encounter bustling cafes, shops and bars, wineries and some great coastal and rural views. The Estuary Loop meanders through the wetlands out to the coast at Bay View and back to Westshore or Ahuriri and offers winery, café and bar stops with lots to see en route. The Puketapu Loop offers a charming country pub, restaurant and general store, parks, a nearby winery and an historic church.
Landscape Ride – Hawke’s Bay
Easy, leisurely ride (56km) | 4.5 hours
What a great way to explore the coastal communities of Haumoana, Te Awanga and Clifton, which border the coastline of iconic Cape Kidnappers. The Cape is home to the world’s largest mainland gannet colony and one of the world’s top 40 golf courses. Head inland up the nearby valley via the more challenging Tuki Tuki River Road Loop and back down the easier off-road trail. You will overlook vineyards, orchards and the river. Enjoy changing scenery, especially awesome in autumn, views of the impressive Te Mata Peak and stop at the cafes or wineries on the western side of the trail.
Wineries Ride – Hawke’s Bay
Easy to medium (36km-47km) | 2.5 – 3.5 hours
Covering a good part of the fertile Heretaunga Plains, bordered by the Ngaruroro River and the Hastings City boundary, the Wineries Ride covers mainly flat terrain with a mixture of off-road trails and on-road connections. Why not try a Wineries Mooch - a fantastic sociable trail around the wine-growing areas of Bridge Pa and the Gimblett Gravels. This easy going off-road section of the trail is dotted with many award-winning wineries and eateries which give you plenty of places to stop, rest and refresh along the way. You can extend your ride here, through Hastings’ historic tree-lined Oak Avenue and along the banks of the Ngaruroro River to Fernhill.
Puketapu Ramble – Napier/Hastings
Easy to medium (17-35 km) | 1 - 2.5 hours
Starting from the coast at Awatoto or inland at Taradale, the Puketapu Loop offers a charming country pub stop, restaurant and general store, parks, nearby winery and a historic church.
Hastings iWay Loop, Hastings District
Easy (35 km loop) | 2.5 hours
Jump on the iWay at Clive or Havelock North and cruise the trails to the city cycle lanes, grab a world-famous Rush Munro ice-cream, breakfast at the Hawke’s Bay Farmers’ Market (every Sunday) or jump into Splash Planet Theme Park (open Summer only). Connect to the Wineries Ride or the Landscape Rides and loop back to where you started.
Wineries Mooch – Hawke’s Bay
Easy to medium (30-47km) | 2 – 4 hours
You’ll have a ball on this fantastic, sociable trail around the wine-growing areas of Bridge Pa and the Gimblett Gravels. Start wherever you like on this easy going off-road section of the trail dotted with many award-winning wineries and cafes.
Kidnappers Coast – Hawke’s Bay
Easy (15 - 18 km) | 1.5 hours
Jump on your bike at Black Bridge or Haumoana and cruise along the foreshore and picnic areas. Pop into the wineries and restaurants en route, and stop a while at Clifton and take in the great view of Cape Kidnappers before heading back - an ideal afternoon jaunt.
Pan Pac Eskdale Mountain Bike Park – Eskdale, Hastings District
Average to hard | Spend as long as you want at the track
One of the best mountain bike parks in New Zealand, this clay/dirt-based park makes for a speedy ride through large trees and tight turns.
Te Mata Peak
Easy to hard | 45 minutes - 2 hours
Standing 399 metres above the Heretaunga Plains, Te Mata Peak Park is a great place for mountain bikers and has several tracks regularly used by bikers. If you’re a road cyclist, cycling up the road to the summit offers an accessible local hill climb for a serious workout!
Taradale Dirt Park & Pump Track
Easy | Spend as long as you want at the track
A small, family-friendly, dirt jump park - it features a full-sized pump track and an extreme dirt jump park.
Marine Parade Pump Track – Napier
Easy | Spend as long as you want at the track
This beginner-level pump track has two L-shaped loops with roll-over bumps and bermed corners, perfect for riding multiple laps without pedalling and just using the momentum created from ‘pumping’ with your arms through the bumps and corners! This track is suitable for all ages and abilities.
Easy | Average riders – allow at least 1 hour each way, ‘hot shots’ – allow at least 45 minutes in and 30 minutes return
A walking track along an old logging route at the base of the Ruahine Forest Park, Yeomans Track is open for mountain bikers too. This track starts from the end of Wakarara Road (you need to cross the river to start the ride), which is approximately 86km from Hastings. Yeomans Track goes along to Ellis Hut (also known as Murderer’s Hut) on the edge of the PanPac Gwavas Forest. You can either return back the same way or follow a few forestry roads back to the river – you will need either a topomap, or the Kennetts MTB book for these road directions.
Easy to hard | 1 – 3 hours
Heli-Biking takes you into the heart of the isolated and untouched wilderness of the Central North Island – accessed off the Napier-Taupo SH5, approximately 35km from Taupo. Once you’re at the summit of the trail, you head down the magnificent 10km purpose built track, covering a vertical drop of 2500ft, surrounded by sheer beauty and epic views of the Tongariro National Park. Soak up the fresh air and let your heart pound while hammering the single-track, or just sit back and take your time on your trip downhill.