“Takaro Trails, one of the country’s best cycle guiding companies.” The Kennett Brothers – N’Z’s leading publisher of cycling guide books.Difficulty grading: Easy
You will be met at your accommodation by your private guide and enjoy a day on the trails with lots of stops and stories along the way! Depending on your interests and energy levels, choose from one of the following four great routes.
Havelock North and Cape Coast Wineries – 16kms easy cycling with 4 winery visits
A very scenic cycle and featuring some of the regions favourite wineries, this is a truly great day out! Your adventure starts with the wineries of Black Barn and Te Mata Estate in Havelock North. From here you enjoy a 12km cycle on the limestone cycle trail of the landscapes ride, following the Tuki Tuki River, to the coastal communities of Haumoana and Te Awanga. By now you’ll be ready for lunch at the region’s top winery restaurant, Elephant Hill, before a final tasting at Clearview Estate. From here you will be transferred back to your accommodation.
Leisurely Gimblett Gravels Wineries Ride – For Serious Wine Lovers! 12kms easy cycling with up to 6 winery visits
If wine is your passion then this is the ride for you! An easy, flat cycle following the Wineries Ride trail around the Ngatarawa Triangle where you have the opportunity to visit some of the following acclaimed wineries: Unison, Te Awa, Ash Ridge, Trinity Hill, Salvare, Ngatarawa, Triangle Cellars, Abbey Cellars, Alpha Domus and Sileni.
Water Trail South and Taradale – 40kms round trip on easy off-road trails
Departing the port village of Ahuriri you cycle around the port to the Napier CBD, a world renowned Art Deco treasure. Enjoy the unique facades of these beautiful buildings before continuing south, following Marine Parade with spectacular views across the sea to Cape Kidnappers. After travelling approx. 12kms you turn inland at Awatoto and follow the trail along the Tutaekuri River stopbank to the suburb of Taradale. The countryside is very typical of the Hawke’s Bay as you overlook orchards, vineyards and market gardens whilst sharing the trail with wandering cows. On arrival in Taradale there’s the option to visit the Silky Oaks Chocolate Factory and the historic Otatara Maori Pa site before continuing to the fine wineries of Church Rd and the Mission Estate. The final part of your ride takes you around the Ahuriri Estuary Wildlife Reserve back to Ahuriri ending a really diverse and fun day sampling some of the best highlights of our region.
Ahuriri to Clifton (Cape Coast) – 30kms
Departing the port village of Ahuriri you cycle around the port to the Napier CBD, a world renowned Art Deco treasure. Spend some time enjoying the unique facades of the beautiful buildings before continuing south, following Marine Parade with spectacular views across the sea to Cape Kidnappers. After travelling approx. 15km you arrive in the village of Clive, a great place for a refreshment stop. Continuing on the trail through the East Clive wetlands, home to numerous black swans, you eventually arrive at Black Bridge and the mouth of theTuki Tuki river. Cycle through the coastal communities of Haumoana and Te Awanga before lunch at the region’s top winery restaurant, Elephant Hill. A final wine tasting at Clearview Estate ends your day our before your return transfer to your accommodation.
Cost for all tour options: $275.00 per adult
Cost includes: Return transport from Napier or Hastings accommodation, bike, pannier & helmet hire, water bottle, wine tastings and the services of a private guide throughout. (Min 2 people per booking) Cost excludes lunches. A transport surcharge will also apply for pick up / drop off at rural lodges.
“While my husband toured the area in vintage cars, a few friends and I enjoyed our bike ride with Jenny of Takaro Trails. Jenny is a wonderful guide and her passion for the area and for biking is evident from the moment you meet her. The gear is all first class and the bikes comfortable. Our trail from vineyard to vineyard was easy to ride and beautiful, so no need to be worried about your fitness or ability. I would highly recommend booking a tour with Jenny as I am sure you will enjoy it!”
As reviewed on Tripadvisor – April 2015