Where to Ride - Hawke's Bay Trails
Hawke's Bay Trails
If you are into wide smooth limestone and paved pathways, scenic views and lots of cafe/winery stops then you'll love the Hawke's Bay Trails. This interconnected network of trails is over 170km long, connects Hastings with Napier, Havelock North to Clifton, Bay View to Taradale; you name it, there will be a route to take you anywhere you'd like to go, and the majority of the way you can count on being off the road, away from the traffic.
If you like to ride around town there is a dedicated route of marked cycle lanes called iWay, motto: Share the Road.
Some of our personal favourite things about the HB Trails:
- With the exception of the occasional stop-bank rise they are mostly flat.
- As many of the trails follow rivers, the stop-banks have been used as the trail base. So you are riding high, with a vista of the tops of apple orchards, vineyards, pony paddocks, and citrus groves, with amazing views from Te Mata Peak to the sea, to the Kaweka and Ruahine Mountain Ranges.
- The councils have been proactive in building separate 'clip on' cycle lanes on many bridges. They have mostly been designed with one or more passings bays, so if you want to stop and admire the view, look at the lazy river, or just pause a minute to take it all in, then you can.
We have free maps in store with the latest updates to the Hawke's Bay Cycle Trail network, or you can use the Great Rides App available free for Apple or Android.