A perfect snapshot of the Hawke's Bay Trails for those short on time!Difficulty grading: Easy
Departing the port village of Ahuriri you cycle past the many bars and cafes of West Quay with views of the fishing trawlers and sailing boats. Continuing around the Pandora Estuary, a Department of Conservation protected wetlands, we recommend you take some time to view the birds and read the information boards giving details of this unique environment.
The next 10kms of the route is through the Ahuriri Station, a working sheep farm and wildlife sanctuary. As you cycle along it’s sobering to reflect that before the 1931 earthquake all this area was a vast tidal flat which was raised nearly 2 metres during the big jolt! Arriving in settlement of Bay View you can enjoy a refreshment break at the cycle friendly Snapper Cafe, or perhaps wine tasting at Crab Farm Winery renowned for its bohemian style.
The final section of trail takes you along the coast, passing Westshore beach before returning to Ahuriri. This little taster will certainly leave you keen to experience more of the Hawke’s Bay Trails on your next visit!
COST: $45.00 per adult and $30.00 per child
Cost includes: Bike, pannier & helmet hire, water bottle, route instructions & trail map and back up support if required.
“We’ve used Takaro quite a few times, for half-day hires, for the past few years. Jenny has always made sure my son (primary age) has the right size bike; and usually at short notice. He’s been lucky to try a few brand new ones too, though the last time we knew it was special as we were given a lock. We usually do the loop thru the bird wetlands/farm past the airport, to the Snapper park campground/café (for lunch), and then back via the Westshore Inn (cleansing craft beers and great food), from/to the shop, past West Quay. When he gets older, I’ll have to make it a full day, so we can linger at Crab Farm winery, tasting. The only place you have to worry about roads is crossing the highway to get to Snapper (or Crab Farm), as the rest are rather quiet.” Josh – Wellington – October 2015