Hawkes Bay Explorer Tour - 5 Days

Hawkes Bay cycling tours offer some of the country’s best biking conditions. Exploring the eastern coast you will experience a variety of surfaces to ride on….the well known Hawkes Bay network of trails, quiet, sealed, backcountry roads and rarely traveled Gravel.

Hawkes Bay cycle tours, with full support of our driver guide. Discover beaches that remain a mystery to most Kiwis.

Hawkes Bay cycle tours are the perfect introduction to backroad and gravel cycling. The roads are quiet and beautiful. Furthermore, with the extraordinary climate experienced in Hawkes Bay, there are lots of options to relax in the sun or take a quick dip in the sea. We love to take our time to get where we are going and enjoy the journey.

This itinerary features extraordinary Luxury accommodation, amazing scenery and quiet country roads.

Overview

This itinerary explores from Havelock North through to Napier, riding on the Hawkes Bay Cycle trails. We then head South and discover the beaches and farmland of Central Hawkes Bay. Beautiful beaches, quiet roads and exquisite accomodation.

Hawkes Bay Highlights

  • Porters Boutique Hotel
  • Hawkes Bay Trails
  • Marine Parade, Napier
  • Wetland rides
  • Ahuriri
  • Patangata - Mangarara Eco-Lodge
  • Kairakau, Magngakuri, Blackhead and Te Paerahi beaches.
  • Wallingford House
  • Ormondville Railway station
  • Norsewood

Itinerary

Day 1
Travel to and Day one - We arrive in Havelock North.

We will collect your group from anywhere in the North Island andtravel to Hawkes Bay. We arrive in Havelock North for our first night at Porters Boutique Hotel, right in the middle of the action.

Day 2
Hawkes Bay Cycle Trails

Spending a day cruising the Hawkes Bay Trails, we make our way across to Clive and Awatoto , explore the stopbanks of the Tutaekuri River towards Puketapu before making our way out past the regional airport and wetland to Bayview. Our wheels will spin back down the coast toward the finishline at OceanSpa in Napier where we can soak our tired muscles.

Day 3
Havelock North to Patangata

Exit stage right. We leave Havelock North and ride the 50km to Elsthorpe and ultimately Patangata, a small settlement by the Tukituki River. Our ride is across the rolling limestone hills that are synonymous with Hawkes Bay. We wheel into the Mangarara Ecolodge in mid/late afternoon for a hearty homecooked dinner in front of the fire (winter time).

Day 4
Kairakau Loop

Potentially our longest day of cycling. A loop-de-loop to visit Kairakau Beach, past Mangakuri and back via the blackhead road to Mangarara. We might even stop at the Patangata Tavern for a quick refreshment before heading back to the Lodge.

Day 5
Patangata to Wallingford

Excellent riding of distant roads, a country route that is pleasing to the eye, and to the legs. We have an optional visit to Blackhead Beach , then after a quick (it it mostly downhill) 50km we can visit Te Paerahi beach for lunch and a swim, before completing our final 20km to Wallingford House. A Luxury accommodation.

Day 6
Wallingford to Norsewood - Final Day

Saddle up for a gentle climb out o Woodville via roads that rarely experience traffic. Discover Flemington and Ormondville with its historic Railway Station before we emerge in Norsewood beside SH2, Load up on socks at NZ Natural Clothing (formally Norsewear) and make for home.

Includes

  • Transport to Hawkes Bay for groups of 8-10
  • Standard hardtail mountainbike hire, if required
  • All accommodation
  • 4 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners, 3 Lunches
  • Driver/Guide

Excludes

  • Meals when in Havelock North and Napier
  • Electric Assist bike hire

Frequently Asked Questions

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What level of fitness is required?

moderate fitness is required, there are hills on this itinerary, but most are quite manageable.

What is the ideal bike for this tour?

This tour is on low traffic back roads that may be sealed of gravel. A hybrid touring bike is ideal although you might prefer front suspension on a hardtail mountainbike.

Can you cater for my dietary requirements?

Yes! We cater for all dietary requireents.

What if I ride a handbike or tricycle?

Bring it along. as usual there may be the odd gate that provides a challenge, but nothing we can’t overcome. You will love this ride.

Trip Facts

  • from $1600
  • 8-10 (min/max)
  • 250 km
  • 1-2 on road, mostly sealed.

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