Takaro Trails

Ahuriri Estuary Trail & Taradale Wineries

Self-guided - Round Trip - 20kms - Allow 4 hours

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Self-guided Ahuriri Estuary cycle with Taradale Wineries

Difficulty grading: Easy

TOUR BRIEF:

Your cycle today starts at the Takaro Trails base in the historic port village of Ahuriri, Napier.  From here you cycle the short distance to the National Tobacco Building, one of New Zealand’s most photographed buildings with its distinctive Art Deco style.  This building is now home to the Tony Bish Urban Winery and we recommend you make a visit to see the barrel room, sample his excellent Chardonnay and learn about his unique ‘Golden Egg’ wine making process. 

Joining the cycle trail you then make your way past fishing boats and old port warehouses to the Ahuriri Estuary.  The trail meanders for approx.. 10kms through this low-lying wetlands area, home to many species of wading birds and other wildlife.  As you cycle along it is sobering to reflect that prior to the 1931 earthquake this area was all a vast tidal inlet before the land lifted 1.8m in the mighty shake. 

On reaching the suburb of Taradale you leave the estuary behind and cycle approx. 1km to the acclaimed wineries of the Mission Estate and Church Rd where you can visit their cellar doors and try the wines.  The final 6kms of your ride loops back through sheep farming country to complete the circuit back to Ahuriri. 

COSTINGS:

Departures from 01 Oct 2017:   $45.00 per adult  $30.00 per child

Cost includes: Bike, pannier & helmet hire, water bottle, route instructions & trail map and back  up support if required.