Takaro Trails

Privately Guided Day Tours

Slow down to savour Hawke’s Bay with our privately guided day tours for discerning cyclists - Allow 5 hours.

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“Takaro Trails, one of the country’s best cycle guiding companies.” The Kennett Brothers – New Zealand’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.  (Lunch cost excluded)  From here you will be transferred back to your accommodation.

Cost from 01 Oct 2018: $295.00 per person (Based on minimum 2 people per booking) 

‘E’ Bike Tour of  the Water Trail South and Taradale Wineries – 40kms round trip – Go further with Less Effort!

Departing the port village of Ahuriri on your comfortable ‘E’ bike the riding is easy as 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 historic Otatara Maori Pa site before continuing to the fine wineries of Church Rd and the Mission Estate where we recommend lunch on the lawn. 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.  (Lunch cost excluded)

Cost from 01 Oct 2018: $395.00 per person (Based on minimum 2 people per booking) 

Ahuriri Estuary Trail and Urban Winery Experience – 16kms round trip – Morning tour 9am – 1pm

Departing the historic port village of Ahuriri, Napier you join the cycle trail and make your way past fishing boats and old wool warehouses to the Ahuriri Estuary.  The trail meanders for approx. 10kms through the low-lying wetland area which is home to many species of wading birds and wildlife.  Leaving the estuary behind you continue a further 5kms through sheep farming country before looping back to complete your circuit back to Ahuriri.  Your tour ends at the National Tobacco Building, one of N.Z.’s most photographed buildings with its distinctive Art Deco style and home to the Tony Bish Urban Winery.  Here you will enjoy a tour of the winery, wine tasting and a platter style, light lunch before your return transfer to your accommodation. (Lunch cost included)

Cost from 01 Oct 2018:  $315.00 per person (Based on minimum 2 people per booking) 

Ahurri to Black Barn Vineyard, Havelock North – 30kms – Allow 4 hours

Departing the historic port village of Ahuriri the cycle trail takes you past the Napier CBD, a world renowned Art Deco treasure, before continuing south along Marine Parade with spectacular views out towards Cape Kidnappers.  The scenery changes to rural farmland as you approach the settlement of Clive, a great place for a refreshment stop. The final stretch of coastal riding takes you through the East Clive Wetlands, home to many coastal birds and black swans who nest in the area.  Turning inland through apple orchard and vineyard country you follow the Tuki Tuki River to the bustling village of Havelock North.  A visit to the Origin Earth Cheese Factory and Tasting Room is a ‘must do’ before continuing to Black Barn Vineyard.  Browse the ‘We Love Local’ gourmet food store, taste the wines and view the amphitheatre and market site which make Black Barn unique.  We recommend ending your adventure with lunch at the acclaimed Black Barn Bistro before your return transfer. (Lunch cost excluded)

Cost from 01 Oct 2018 $295.00 per person (Based on minimum 2 people per booking) 

Costs include: Return transport from Napier accommodation, bike, pannier & helmet hire, water bottle, wine tastings and the services of a private guide throughout.  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