Takaro Trails

3 Day Leisurely Pathways

Self-guided - Round trip - 110 kms total cycling - 95% off-road trails

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Perfect for those who prefer to ride away from traffic while still enjoying some of the region's best scenic highlights.

Difficulty grading: Easy
Day1

Ahuriri to Taradale via the Estuary trail and Puketapu Loop - 35 kms - Overnight Taradale

Day2

Taradale to the Wineries Ride via the River Trails and Oak Ave - 40 kms - Overnight Havelock North

Day3

Havelock North to Ahuriri via Tuki Tuki river and coastal trails - 35 kms

DAY BY DAY BRIEF:

Day 1:  The Ahuriri Estuary with its protected birdlife and low-lying wetlands is a great start to your three day leisurely look at beautiful Hawke’s Bay as you cycle towards Taradale.  Lunch time visits to the Mission Estate and Church Rd Wineries then set you up perfectly for an easy afternoon cycling the the stop-banks of the Tutaekuri River as you navigate your way around the Puketapu Loop, a favourite trail with locals and visitors alike.  Returning to Taradale at the end of the day for your overnight stay.

Day 2:  Today all the cycling is taken care of in the morning with a beautiful ride through orchard and farmland country, following the rivers of the Tutaekuri and Ngaruroro to the world acclaimed Ngatarawa Gimblett Gravels appellation.  The afternoon is then all about the wine!  Enjoy the ambience of the many Cellar Doors offering tastings and winery style food before your late afternoon transfer to your overnight accommodation in the vibrant village of Havelock North.

Day 3:  Join ‘frisky’ cattle who share the trail following the Tuki Tuki River as you make you way to the coast and the East Clive wetlands.  The countryside is dominated by apple orchards, vineyards and market gardens, reminding you of this regions status as the Food Bowl of New Zealand.  On reaching the outskirts of the city you follow the Norfolk Palm lined Marine Parade to the centre of Napier, the ‘Art Deco Capital of the World’.  Spend some time viewing the distinctive architectural style of the buildings before the final 5km cycle back to Ahuriri.

“Our group of over 60’s thoroughly enjoyed our three day cycle tour. It was a most enjoyable ride for cyclists of our age group and the Takaro Trails team could not have been more obliging or helpful. Many thanks”.

Helen Wilson, Rotorua

NEW for 2016 we have a limited number of quality Moustache E Bikes available for hire on our multi day tours. Surcharge applies.

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