Hawkes Bay Trails NZ – North Island
The Hawkes Bay Trails are part of the NZ Cycle Trails – or Nga Haerenga – network. One of 22 ‘Journeys’, these trails are diverse and spread across both the south and north islands, all offering fantastic world class cycling opportunities.
Located on the north east coast of the north island, the Hawkes Bay trails enjoy more sunshine days than the rest of New Zealand, making it ideal for cycling and other outdoor pursuits. Hawkes Bay is also a renowned wine region.
Highlights of this often underrated region include:
1. Nearly 200kms of Hawkes Bay Trails
Hawkes Bay Trails are easily labelled into Landscape, Water & Wineries rides, making navigation and selection easy.
2. Coastal Scenery & Wildlife Spotting
Ocean wildlife includes sightings of whales and dolphins
3. The Art Deco city of Napier
The city of Napier also holds an annual Art Deco Festival which is a highlight for the region.
4. World Class Wineries
Wineries & gourmet dining abound at the myriad of cellar doors. The Hawkes Bay wine region has over 200 vineyards, over 70 wineries and more than 30 cellar doors. The biggest decision is which ones to visit!
5. Cape Kidnappers
Hawkes Bay is home to a colony of magnificent gannet birds together with abundant birdlife in the surrounding wetlands. If you’re a bird watcher of lover of nature, you need to visit the Hawkes Bay region.
6. Te Mata Peak
Te Mata Peak is a stunning lookout point with outstanding views across coast and inland. But even if you can’t make the peak itself, it makes a dramatic backdrop across Hawkes Bay.
7. Local Gourmet Produce
The region is littered with small, quality, boutique produce makers and the Hawkes Bay Famers Market is possibly the best way to get a taste of them all in one hit.
8. Sunny Temperate Climate
Being coastal and located on the north east coast of the north island of New Zealand means the Hawkes Bay region sits in a rain shadow. It enjoys a sunny climate with relatively mild temperatures.