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Tour de Hawkes Bay Estates – Cycling Tour Hawkes Bay

Style:Group Difficulty: Easy Length:5 days

Join a guided small group or cycle self guided on this exclusive cycling tour Hawkes Bay.  Located on the North Island of New Zealand centred around the famous art deco town of Napier, this 5 day/4 night all inclusive cycling tour is the perfect way to experience everything the wonderful Hawkes Bay region of New Zealand has to offer, and more!

Experience the best of this compelling gourmet region of New Zealand on this Cycling Tour Hawkes Bay.  Similar in climate and wines, Hawkes Bay has been likened to the Mediterranean of the Pacific, and rightly so! Long sunny summers and mild winters make this a year round destination ideal for cycling. In addition, the New Zealand government and local councils have developed a network of incredible cycling trails that are flat, easy, off road and great fun to ride. It almost goes without saying that Hawkes Bay is also a world class wine region. Great wines come from here, and with that come great cellar doors and wineries for us to visit. Beautiful properties in gorgeous settings, with plenty of local produce, all in a coastal, seaside setting. The question should be, why NOT Hawkes Bay!

Read our blog on why we think Hawkes Bay should be on your bucket list, or find out more about this under rated region of New Zealand.  Here’s a little teaser:

Our small group tours are limited to 16, and are fully guided and supported, so you can cycle stress free and learn all about the region from our knowledgeable local guides.

Cycling Tour Hawkes Bay Small Group Departure dates:

2019: Friday 6th December – Tuesday 10th December – LIMITED
2020: Friday 14th February – Tuesday 18th February AVAILABLE

This same tour can also be undertaken on a self guided basis on any day or date that suits you.  All the same inclusions apply just without a guide.

Tour Highlights

  • BONUS Behind the Scenes wine and tasting tutorial at Church Road Wines

  • Evening of Dining at the historic Mission Estate Winery (3 courses included)

  • Beachside accommodation at the Crown Hotel in Napier (2 nights)

  • Cycling the network of well laid, easy and safe ‘Hawkes Bay Trails’

  • Wonderful weather (never guaranteed by pretty good chance) and coastal scenery

  • Meeting new friends and socialising in a small group of like-minded riders.

Itinerary at a glance   

Day 1 : After collection from Napier airport we arrive at our gorgeous seaside accommodation at The Crown Hotel overlooking the waterfront of Napier.  Wander around Art Deco Napier exploring the fishing port or even the Hawkes Bay Museum Theatre Gallery.  This evening we will enjoy our first group meal, where you will meet your guide, ask as many questions as you like, and get to know your fellow cyclists. Conveniently, and to allow for late comers and drivers, we will dine at the Crown Hotel restaurant Milk and Honey. Your two-course meal is included in your tour.

Day 2: After a full breakfast, our first day in the saddle is a morning cycle via the Ahuriri Estuary to Taradale, using the flat off road ‘Water Trail’ that leads out of Napier. Wonderful water views and abundant birdlife is all around us. We enjoy a stop at Church Road Wines where we are treated to a platter style lunch of local gourmet delights, and our BONUS Behind the Scenes winery tour.  We jump back on our bikes and head to Mission Estate Winery, New Zealands oldest winery, for a visit and tasting. Dinner is at a local restaurant with accommodation at the Colonial Lodge Taradale. Total distance covered today is 20kms, with an optional cycle around the Puketapu Loop (20kms) for those feeling energetic.

Day 3: After a full breakfast we cycle from Taradale heading to the more open vineyard area known as ‘Gimblett Gravels Appellation’. Enjoying the flat off road ‘Water Trail’, and then joining the ‘Wineries Ride’, we will stop at a number of superb wineries including Te Awa Estate, Trinity Hill, Salvare Estate – where we will enjoy a gorgeous platter style lunch amongst the vines - Ngatarawa Estate and Abbey Cellars. We are then transferred by bus to Havelock North to our accommodation at Havelock North Motor Lodge. Total distance cycled today is 35kms all flat and slow paced with lots of stops!  Dinner tonight is included in your tour at a local restaurant.

Day 4 : Today we cycle our way toward the coast. A slightly longer day’s cycling, but still lots of time to visit a number of our favourite wineries. Lunch is at the lovely Clearview Estate Winery, and visits to the incredible Black Barn Vineyard, Te Mata Estate Winery and the unique Elephant Hill winery are all included on our way along the coast back to Napier. Today’s cycling will cover approximately 50kms over flat, off road trails with lots of stops, finishing with delightful coastal scenery as we head back to Napier. Arriving back ‘home’ to the Crown Hotel, dinner on our final night is at the Shed 2 Bistro on West Quay (casual pub style, 2 courses included), where we can debate our favourite winery or the best wines, and exchange contact details with our new friends.  You have cycled the best of the Hawkes Bay Trails!

Day 5 : After enjoying our breakfast, we make arrangements for your onward transfers as required

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