E-Bike: Hawkes Bay Trails March 2021

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E-Bike: Hawkes Bay Trails 2021

E-Bike: Hawkes Bay Trails March 2021

8 Day / 7 Night tour:

This tour covers every bit of the Hawkes Bay trails. You will really enjoy E-Bike riding and seeing the highlights of Hawkes Bay on the mainly easy, flat cycles trails. Highlights include: stunning scenery, visits to acclaimed wineries and a Cape Kidnappers Gannet Tour.

Tour at a Glance


$3,950 per person, share twin

$725 single supplement

Tour Date:

16 – 23 March, 2021


Introductory to Moderate

Remember E-Bikes take the strain and pain. 🙂

Tour Leader:


• 6 breakfasts & 3 lunches
• 12 wine tastings
• Cape Kidnappers Gannet Tour
• Art Deco walking Tour in Napier
• Accommodation as listed in the itinerary
• E-Bike rental, helmet & panniers bags
• Private transport for you, your luggage and the E-Bikes
• Services of Tours Direct Tour Leader, Mandy Page
• Cycle guide & technical support
• Airport transfers


• Domestic airfares

Proposed Tour Itinerary

Flexibility is our motto: The quoted cycling distances for each day are based on the day maps which you will be given, and represent the expected riding. An individual can adjust the cycling according to their needs and weather conditions on the day.

Day 1Arrive Napier

If you are flying into Napier airport you will be met and have a free transfer to the Crown Hotel, Ahuriri.
If you are driving to Napier there is lots of free parking in Ahuriri.
The full group meets at 2.00pm at the Crown Hotel to check in. This afternoon we have bike fittings followed by a short ride.
Recommended Dinner at a local restaurant Three Doors Up (within walking distance of our hotel)
Accommodation at the Crown Hotel, Ahuriri.

Day 2The Water Ride (B,L) 25km

An easy cycle north takes us to the coastal community of Bay View before we wind our way through the Ahuriri Station, a working sheep farm and low-lying wetlands.  We cross to the Ahuriri Estuary and view the variety of protected birdlife in this Department of Conservation Wildlife Sanctuary.
Arriving in Taradale, we visit New Zealand’s oldest winery, Mission Estate, and Church Road winery (they are within 200m of each other), before returning by shuttle to Ahuriri.
Lunch: Mission Estate Winery (included)
Recommended Dinner: Light meal at an Ahuriri restaurant. Mexi Mama is fun casual dining.
Optional stops: Crab Farm Winery & Gallery, Church Road wine tasting
Shuttle: Pick up from Mission Estate Winery to return to Ahuriri accommodation
Accommodation at the Crown Hotel, Ahuriri

Day 3Coastal Ride (B,L) 25km

We enjoy a day of diversity!  From the Art Deco glamour of the Napier CBD to the moody coastline of Marine Parade and the mouths of the regions three rivers the scene is ever-changing. We will cycle to Black Barn for lunch and Te Mata Estate (stop for wine tasting).
Lunch: Black Barn Vineyards (included)
Recommended Dinner: Light meal recommended at a Havelock North restaurant – Piku Japanese Restaurant
Optional stops: Akarangi Winery, Te Mata Winery
Accommodation at Porters Hotel, Havelock North

Day 4Rest Day in Havelock North & Gannet Visit

Take a late breakfast at one of the many cafes in town and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the village. Maybe spend some time shopping in the boutique stores.
In the afternoon we visit the gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers with an expert local guide. We travel overland in the comfort of an air conditioned 4WD bus, through spectacular Cape Kidnappers Station to view the largest and most accessible gannet colony in the world – over 20,000 gannets in their natural habitat.
Recommended Lunch: tons of cafes in Havelock North Village
Recommended Dinner at Malo Restaurant or Maina Restaurant
Accommodation at Porters Hotel, Havelock North

Day 5The Wineries Ride (B) 25km

Today our cycle ride will be around the acclaimed Ngatarawa Gimblett Gravels appellation.  The afternoon is then all about the wine! Enjoy the ambience of the many cellar doors offering tastings and winery style food. There’s much to enjoy as you visit the cellar doors of some of the regions finest wineries including Sileni Estates, Oak Estate, Trinity Hill and Te Awa.
Recommended Lunch: Oak Estate
Recommended Dinner at Allesandros Pizza and Pasta
Optional stops: Various wineries – Te Awa, Trinity Hill, Oak Estate, Abbey Estate and Selini Estates
Shuttle: Pick up from Havelock North accommodation and transfer to Pakowhai.  Pick up at Selini Estates and return to Havelock North.
Accommodation at Porters Hotel, Havelock North

Day 6Tuki Tuki River Trail (B,L) 30 km

Today’s route is cycled in part on the roads of the Tuki Tuki Valley, acclaimed as one of New Zealand’s classic road rides, before joining the Tuki Tuki River trail to the coastal communities of Haumoana and Te Awanga.
We first cycle to and visit the Arataki Honey Farm. Then we ride up the gentle climb of Waimarama Road before descending into the valley behind Te Mata Peak and visiting Craggy Range Winery for a wine tasting. Crossing the Tuki Tuki River at Red Bridge we cycle 9km on the Tuki Tuki Road taking in five smallish hills which add up to 320m of climbing in total. The scenic views over the river valley and vineyards are stunning and the lack of cars makes the cycling very relaxed. On reaching Moore Road we join the flat, easy cycle trail to follow the river to the coast at Haumoana. This sleepy seaside community has long been home to artists and retains its relaxed style. The coastal trail leads to Te Awanga and here we reward our cycling efforts with a long, lazy lunch at Clearview Estate Winery and a Walk and Talk with the winemaker Tim Turvey.
Lunch: Clearview Winery (included)
Recommended Dinner: Emporium is great; an historic Art Deco building in Napier
Shuttle: Pick up at Clearview Estate and transfer to Napier accommodation
Accommodation at Quest Napier

Day 7Puketapu Loop - Napier Art Deco Walking Tour (B) 24 km

Today we cycle on the Puketapu Loop, a favourite trail for locals and visitors alike.  Following the scenic bike path along the Tutaekuri River we can visit the historic Otātara Maori Pa site, Moana Park Organic Winery, Puketapu Hotel (a classic rural pub) and Silky Oaks Chocolates. 
The afternoon will be dedicated to exploring Napier on an Art Deco Walking Tour. This is a one and a half hour guided walk through Napier’s Art Deco Quarter, including visits to the interiors of some of the most stunning examples of this architectural style in the city.
Recommended Lunch: Silky Oak Chocolates’ Café
Recommended Dinner: Bistronomy is a popular Napier restaurant
Optional stops: Otātara Maori Pa site, Moana Park Organic Winery, Silky Oaks Chocolate Factory
Shuttle: Pick up from Napier accommodation and transfer to Awatoto (Atea A Rangi installation at the start).  Pick up at Silky Oak and return to Napier accommodation
Accommodation at Quest Napier

Day 8Depart Napier (B)

After breakfast we have an airport drop off.

Your Tour Leader: Mandy Page

Mandy lives in Auckland and is a walker and cyclist. She has led 58 tours for Tours Direct over the last 18 years, and just loves travelling with its adventure and fun.  Believing that most of the delight of travel is in the journey, Mandy likes to make tours flexible for different levels of fitness and experience.   In 2019 she was tour leader for a Danube Boat & Bike tour. Mandy discovered the joy of E-Biking by accident and is now an enthusiastic devotee. 

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