Takaro Trails

About

A fresh new way to see the Bay

When Jenny Ryan decide to put her extensive travel and tourism experience to good use it wasn’t difficult for her to decide on the focus of her new business.

With a passion for the outdoors and the increasing popularity of cycling as a fun and healthy holiday option Jenny established Tākaro Trails to provide quality cycle tours for visitors to Hawke’s Bay.  Having previously owned and operated a highly successful travel agency in Parnell, Auckland Jenny knew that ensuring excellent outcomes for clients was the key to the success of any business.  On selling her travel agency she decided to follow her other passion and went back to school for 12 months to study for a Diploma in Recreation and Sport.

Taking the knowledge gained about the wonderful benefits of ‘play-time’ for busy people Jenny has created a culture amongst her team which ensures fun, carefree holidays for arriving cyclists.  This is something which has been greatly commented on by past customers and, together with her commitment to quality through the QUALMARK programme, has seen Takaro Trails become a leading New Zealand cycle tour operator.  In 2016 Takaro Trails was one of three finalists in the New Zealand Tourism Awards for Business Excellence Under $5 Mill Category and was also named the Supreme Winner at the Hawke’s Bay Tourism Awards.  With these well deserved accolades Jenny has helped secure Hawke’s Bay as a highly desirable cycle tourism destination.  

For more information about Hawke’s Bay go to www.hawkesbaynz.com

A cycle tour to suit you.

Takaro Trails has several exciting trail itineraries to choose from.

  • Day rides from 2 – 6 hours
  • Privately guided day tours
  • Three and five day self-guided tours
  • Our all new luxury collection, multi-day tours featuring some of the regions finest lodges

Difficulty Grading

All Takaro Trails itineraries carry a ‘difficulty grading’ to help indicate the effort and cycling confidence required to fully enjoy your chosen itinerary.

It goes like this:

Easy: Flat, primarily off road, approx. 30-40km per day. Suitable for all ages and abilities.

Moderate: Mainly flat with some gentle hills, largest percentage off road, 40-55km per day. Some level of cycle confidence recommended.

Challenging: Some challenging days with multiple hills requiring extra effort. Elevation charts available on itinerary pdfs. A combination of country roads and off road trails, up to 65km per day. You should be training at least 2 or 3 days per week prior to your tour and have good cycle confidence to enjoy these tours.

If you have any concerns about choosing the best itinerary for you please don’t hesitate to email or call us to discuss the options so we can help you get it right! 

Our bikes…

Our bikes are primarily Scott Sportster touring bikes which feature 24 gears, front suspension, comfortable gel saddles and are fully equipped with panniers, odometers, locks, bottle holder and emergency repair kits.

We also now offer high quality E Bikes for multi day and guided day tours.  Brands include Moustache, Merida and Cannondale. A surcharge of $50.00 per day applies.

For safety reasons all cyclists must wear a correctly-fitted, legally compliant helmet. Tākaro Trails can provide a helmet but you are very welcome to bring your own.

 Our accommodation partners….

Hawke’s Bay abounds with a wonderful variety of accommodation to suit every taste and budget.  Here’s a selection of the great properties we partner with for our tours.

Pre & post tour options in Ahuriri and Westshore:

Fairley Lodge, Westshore, Napier
Navigate Seaside Apartments, Ahuriri, Napier
The Crown Boutique Hotel, Ahuriri, Napier

Havelock North:

Cherry Grove Motel  –  Motel pricing
Havelock North Motor Lodge  –  Motor Lodge pricing
The Loft B&B –  B&B pricing 
St Andrews Escape  –  Boutique Lodge pricing

Taradale:

Ballina Motel –  Motel pricing
Colonial Lodge –  Motor Lodge pricing
Kerry Lodge –  B&B pricing 
Watea Boutique B&B – Boutique Lodge pricing 
Ormlie Lodge –  Boutique Lodge pricing 

Hastings:

Portmans Motor Lodge –  Motel and Motor Lodge pricing

Waipawa:

Rivers Edge Villa –  Motel and Motor Lodge pricing 
Abbotsford Oaks B&B –  B&B and Boutique Lodge pricing