From apple orchards to the wineries of one of New Zealand's most famous appellations.Difficulty grading: Easy
This route starts from the Pakowhai Country Park on the outskirts of Hastings. From here you ride the stop-bank of the Ngaruroro River through scenic apple orchard country for approximately 10kms to the settlement of Fernhill. Arriving in the Gimblett Gravels Appellation you spend the afternoon cycling a further approx. 15kms enjoying the ambiance of the acclaimed wineries of the area before your return transfer. Wineries with Cellar Doors offering tastings include Unison, Te Awa, Trinity Hill, Oak Estate, Ngatarawa, Abbey Cellars and Alpha Domus.
NB: Most wineries charge for tastings which is payable direct.
Opening hours at wineries vary and some wineries are closed over winter months. Please check at the time of booking the number of wineries you should expect to find open. Wherever possible Takaro Trails will advise of closures due to private functions however we cannot be held responsible for closures we have not been advised of. Transport is from/to the Napier i-Site or central accommodation only.
Tours until 30 Sept 2019: $90.00 per adult and $60.00 per child
Tours from 01 Oct 2019: $95.00 per adult and $64.00 per child
Cost includes: Bike, pannier & helmet hire, water bottle, route instructions & trail map, transport from the Napier i-site or central accommodation to Pakowhai Country Park and return from Bridge Pa. (Min 2 people per booking).
” The bikes are in good order and include a carry satchel that will hold a few bottles of wine purchased along the way. If you want to buy up big you can leave your order for the vehicle pick up later. This is a terrific service. All you need to do is dress for easy riding, prepare for sun and rain and take your fun face!” Kerry-Lee – Newcastle, Australia – March 2016