Five fabulous days venturing as far south as beautiful Central Hawke's Bay, creating an opportunity to discover many of the region's special secrets.Difficulty grading: Challenging
Ahuriri to Havelock North - via The Cape Coast - 50 kms - Overnight Havelock North
Havelock North to Waipawa - via Patangata - 50 kms - Overnight Waipawa
Waipawa to Hastings - via Raukawa Valley - 65 kms - Overnight Hastings
Hastings to Taradale - via Gimblett Gravels Appellation - 45 kms - Overnight Taradale
Taradale to Ahuriri - via Estuary trail and Bay View - 30kms
DAY BY DAY BRIEF:
Day 1: An easy first day to warm up the legs ! From the Art Deco glamour of the Napier CBD to the moody coastline of Marine Parade and the mouths of the regions three rivers, the scene is ever-changing. Turning inland the final 10kms takes you through stunning orchard and vineyard country to the bustling, stylish village of Havelock North for your overnight stay.
Day 2: There’s a fair bit of climbing today, totalling 586m, so a bit of pre-tour training is recommended! There’s also 467m of easy downhill to rest the legs and, with the stunning scenery of the Tuki Tuki Valley to distract you, today will be truly memorable. A cold drink at the rural Patangata Pub will fuel you through the final 10kms to your overnight accommodation in Waipawa.
Day 3: The longest day on tour as you gently descend back to Hastings through the remote, farming countryside of the Raukawa Valley. This day consistently proves to be a favourite with cyclists on this tour who have a reasonably good level of fitness. A picnic lunch is provided and a cold drink at the Bridge Pa Golf Club is always popular before the final few kms to your overnight accommodation in Hastings.
Day 4: This morning it’s back to Bridge Pa and the world-renowned Ngatarawa Gimblett Gravels appellation. There’s much to enjoy as you spend some time visiting the Cellar Doors of some of the regions finest wineries. Then, leaving the wine country behind you, join the Tutaekuri River trail for the final stretch to your overnight stay in Taradale.
Day 5: A visit to New Zealand’s oldest winery, The Mission Estate, is a ‘must do’ this morning. The history lesson then continues as you join the Ahuriri Estuary Trail and cycle through through a unique wildlife sanctuary, reflecting on the fact that before the big earthquake of 1931 all this area was a vast tidal inlet encompassing thousands of hectares of wetland, marshes and mud banks. Oh how a landscape can change in an instant! The final part of the route returns you to the coast, passing the popular surf beach of Westshore and back to your start point in Ahuriri.
“The service offer by Takaro Trails is exceptional. From the start through to the end our experience was fantastic. The trails were spectacular with constantly changing terrain and the accommodation far exceeded our expectations.”
Richards and Atkins Party. Melbourne, Australia
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