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Takaro Trails

With a passion for the outdoors and the increasing popularity of cycling as a fun and healthy holiday option Jenny established Tākaro Trails to provide quality cycle tours for visitors to Hawke’s Bay.

Takaro Trails has several exciting trail itineraries to choose from, day rides from 2 – 6 hours, privately guided day tours, three - five day self-guided tours, and our all new luxury collection, multi-day tours featuring some of the regions finest lodges.

Bikes are primarily Scott Sportster touring bikes which feature 24 gears, front suspension, comfortable gel saddles and are fully equipped with panniers, odometers, locks, bottle holder and emergency repair kits

RATES: (Includes a bike, helmet and lock hire and a Hawke’s Bay Trails Map)

2 Hours or less          Adult:  $25.00       Child:  $20.00

Up to 4 hours             Adult:  $35.00       Child:  $25.00

Full Day                      Adult:  $45.00       Child:  $35.00

Overnight                   Adult:  $55.00       Child:  $45.00  (Back by 10am following day)

‘E’ BIKES:  (Avanti Metro step-thru frame or similar)

Up to 2 hours            Adult:  $40.00        Child:  N/A

Up to 4 hours            Adult:  $60.00         Child:  N/A

Full day                      Adult:  $90.00         Child:  N/A

Delivery and pick up in urban Napier or Taradale $40.00 for up to 3 bikes. Delivery and pick up in urban Hastings or Havelock North $60.00 for up to 3 bikes.

Multi-Day Hire also available

Optional bike theft insurance cover for $2.00 per day, alternatively a credit card guarantee of $150.00 per bike is required until bikes are returned. Panniers and SPD pedals available at additional cost on application. Cold, bottled water available $3.50.  

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A very scenic  self guided cycle and featuring some of the regions favourite wineries, this is a truly great day out!  

Your adventure starts with the wineries of Black Barn, Te Mata Estate and Akarangi in Havelock North where the wine tasting starts early!  With your first two winery visits under your belt we also highly recommend a visit to the Chalk and Cheese Cafe and Origin Earth sample room to savour some of the best cheeses you’ll ever taste before departing Havelock North.

From here you enjoy a 16km cycle on the limestone cycle trail of the landscapes ride, following the Tuki Tuki River, to the coastal communities of Haumoana and Te Awanga.  The views are stunning as you cycle the raised stop-bank trail and look out over orchards, vineyards, corn fields and farmland. 

Reaching the coast you’ll be ready to taste some more fine wine at Beach House (summer weekends only), Elephant Hill, Clearview Estate and Te Awanga Estate (summer only).  If lunch at either Clearview Estate or Elephant Hill is on your ‘wish-list’ we strongly recommend pre-booking to avoid disappointment and we are happy to assist with reservations.    

NB:  Most wineries charge for tastings which is payable direct.

Opening hours at wineries vary and some wineries are closed over winter months. Please check at the time of booking the number of wineries you should expect to find open.  Wherever possible Takaro Trails will advise of closures due to private functions however we cannot be held responsible for closures we have not been advised of.  Transport is from/to the Napier or Hastings i-Sites or central accommodation only.

COSTS PER PERSON:  $90.00 per adult $60.00 per child

Cost includes:  Bike, pannier & helmet hire, water bottle, route instructions & trail map, wine pick up service and  return transport from Napier or Hastings i-sites or accommodation. (Min 2 people per booking).

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Your cycle  self guided tour starts at the Takaro Trails base in the historic port village of Ahuriri, Napier.  From here you cycle the short distance to the National Tobacco Building, one of New Zealand’s most photographed buildings with its distinctive Art Deco style.  This building is now home to the Tony Bish Urban Winery and we recommend you make a visit to see the barrel room, sample his excellent Chardonnay and learn about his unique ‘Golden Egg’ wine making process. 

Joining the cycle trail you then make your way past fishing boats and old port warehouses to the Ahuriri Estuary.  The trail meanders for approx.. 10kms through this low-lying wetlands area, home to many species of wading birds and other wildlife.  As you cycle along it is sobering to reflect that prior to the 1931 earthquake this area was all a vast tidal inlet before the land lifted 1.8m in the mighty shake. 

On reaching the suburb of Taradale you leave the estuary behind and cycle approx. 1km to the acclaimed wineries of the Mission Estate and Church Rd where you can visit their cellar doors and try the wines.  The final 6kms of your ride loops back through sheep farming country to complete the circuit back to Ahuriri. 

COST:  $45.00 per adult and $30.00 per child

Cost includes: Bike, pannier & helmet hire, water bottle, route instructions & trail map and back  up support if required.

20kms Allow 4 hours

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Tour Time: 4pm - 7pm, 16kms round trip, Departures 01 Oct 2018 – 31 Mar 2019

Your sunset cycling adventure starts at the Takaro Trails base in the historic port village of Ahuriri, Napier.  You will be set up on your comfortable, hybrid style bike and be given a safety briefing by your guide before cycling the short distance to the National Tobacco Building, one of New Zealand’s most photographed buildings with its distinctive Art Deco style.  This building is now home to the Tony Bish Urban Winery and we make a visit to sample his excellent Chardonnay and learn about his unique ‘Golden Egg’ wine making process. 

Joining the cycle trail we make our way past fishing boats and old port warehouses to the Ahuriri Estuary.  The trail then meanders for approximately 10kms through this low-lying wetlands area, home to many species of wading birds and other wildlife.  As we make our way it is sobering to reflect that prior to the 1931 earthquake this area was all a vast tidal inlet before the land lifted 1.8m in the mighty shake.  Leaving the estuary behind we continue a further 5kms through sheep farming country before looping back around to complete our circuit back to Ahuriri. 

Our tour ends with a well-deserved drink on the deck of a waterside bar where we can enjoy views of the sun setting over the water before returning to Takaro Trails.

COSTS:   $130.00 per adult  $85.00 per child

E’ Bike upgrade:  $75.00 per person

Cost includes:  Bike, helmet and pannier hire, water bottle, wine tasting at the Tony Bish Urban Winery, services of a guide throughout and one glass of wine, beer or soft drink.  Complimentary pick up / drop off at Napier accommodation available on request.

NB:  The group guided tour requires a minimum of 4 people to operate.  You will be advised at the time of booking if minimum numbers have been reached.

Privately Guided Option (Min. 2 people):  $275.00 per person

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Just 15 minutes from the centre of Napier is the Pan Pac Eskdale Mountain Bike Park. Purpose-built by the Hawke’s Bay Mountain Bike Club in the Tangoio forest, this park is regarded as one of the finest mountain biking facilities in the country. For more information about the park go to the H.B. Mountain Bike club site www.hawkesbaymtb.co.nz

With over 75km of specialist cross country trails and forest roads, the Pan Pac Eskdale MTB Park has something for riders of all abilities.

We offer two packages for your mountain biking experience. Hire one of our Scott Aspect 27 speed, front suspension mountain bikes with helmet, water bottle and trail map. We’ll also arrange your permit to enter the park. If you require transfers to and from your Hawke’s Bay accommodation we can provide at a minimal cost as below.

Why not add the exhilaration of mountain biking to your Hawke’s Bay experience.

Package costs include:  Scott Aspect 740 hard-tail bike hire, helmet, water bottle, park permit and trail map.

  • 4 Hours:  $75.00 per person
  • Full day:  $100.00 per person

    Transport available from central Napier accommodation:  Return cost $20.00 per person.

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 $75.00 per adult and $50.00 per child 

  • Self guided
  • One way cycle
  • 26 kms
  • Allow 5 hours

Departing the port village of Ahuriri you cycle around the port to the Napier CBD, a world renowned Art Deco treasure. Spend some time enjoying the unique facades of the beautiful buildings before continuing south, following Marine Parade with spectacular views across the sea to Cape Kidnappers.  

After travelling approx. 15km you arrive in the village of Clive, a great place for a refreshment stop.  Continuing on the trail through the East Clive wetlands, home to numerous black swans, you eventually arrive at Black Bridge and the mouth of theTuki Tuki river.  Cycle through the coastal communities of Haumoana and Te Awanga where you have the option to enjoy lunch at one of the fine winery restaurants of Elephant Hill or Clearview Estate.  

At the end of the day you will be collected and transferred back to Ahuriri.

Cost includes: Bike, pannier & helmet hire, water bottle, route instructions & trail map and return transport from the Cape Coast to Ahuriri.  (Min 2 people per booking).

$82.00 per adult and $55.00 per child

  • Self-guided
  • One Way cycle
  • 35 kms
  • Allow 5 hours

Departing the port village of Ahuriri you cycle around the port to the Napier CBD, a world renowned Art Deco treasure.  Spend some time enjoying the unique facades of these beautiful buildings before continuing south following Marine Parade with spectacular views across the sea to Cape Kidnappers.  

After travelling approx. 15km you arrive in the village of Clive, a great place for a refreshment stop.  Continuing on the trail through the East Clive wetlands, home to numerous black swans and wading birds, you eventually arrive at Black Bridge near the mouth of the Tuki Tuki River.  At this point you turn inland and ride the river stopbank through beautiful orchard country to Havelock North.  

A visit to Te Mata Estate and Black Barn Vineyards is a ‘must’ on the final leg into the village centre where you can immerse yourself in the many boutique stores and cafes before your return transfer. 

Cost includes:  Bike, pannier & helmet hire, water bottle, route instructions & trail map and return transfer from Havelock North to Ahuriri. (Min 2 people per booking). 

$270.00 per adult  $180.00 per child (Seasonal departures Oct – April incl. only)

  • Self-guided cycle
  • One way Cycle
  • 30 kms
  • Guided Cape Kidnappers Tour

Starting your cycle at the historic port village of Ahuriri you follow the coast to the Napier CBD, a world-renowned Art Deco treasure.  Continuing south the cycling is easy on scenic, off-road trails.  On reaching the settlement of Clive the trail takes you through a unique wetlands area with many coastal birds before arriving in communities of Haumoana and Te Awanga.  

There’s time for a quick visit to the acclaimed wineries of Elephant Hill and Clearview Estate, and to enjoy the picnic lunch you will be provided with, before joining your 3 hour Overland Safari to see the Gannet Colony of Cape Kidnappers.  As the largest, most accessible mainland gannet colony in the world, Cape Kidnappers is home to 20,000 gannets from the Booby family with their distinctive black eye markings and a pale gold crown.  Your safari takes you up close to these amazing birds, with their six foot wing span, as they swoop, dive and bring fish back to their young.

At the end of your safari you will be transferred back to Ahuriri.

Cost includes:  Bike, helmet and pannier hire, riding instructions and route map, water bottle, picnic lunch, 3 hour Cape Kidnappers Overland Safari and return transport.

$95.00 per adult and $64.00 per child 

  • Self-guided
  • Wineries Cycle
  • 16 kms
  • Allow 6 Hours

A very scenic cycle and featuring some of the regions favourite wineries, this is a truly great day out!  

Your adventure starts with the wineries of Black Barn, Te Mata Estate and Akarangi in Havelock North where the wine tasting starts early!  With your first two winery visits under your belt we also highly recommend a visit to the Chalk and Cheese Cafe and Origin Earth sample room to savour some of the best cheeses you’ll ever taste before departing Havelock North.

From here you enjoy a 16km cycle on the limestone cycle trail of the landscapes ride, following the Tuki Tuki River, to the coastal communities of Haumoana and Te Awanga.  The views are stunning as you cycle the raised stop-bank trail and look out over orchards, vineyards, corn fields and farmland. 

Reaching the coast you’ll be ready to taste some more fine wine at Elephant Hill, Clearview Estate and Te Awanga Estate (summer only).  If lunch at either Clearview Estate or Elephant Hill is on your ‘wish-list’ we strongly recommend pre-booking to avoid disappointment and we are happy to assist with reservations.    

NB:  Most wineries charge for tastings which is payable direct.

Opening hours at wineries vary and some wineries are closed over winter months. Please check at the time of booking the number of wineries you should expect to find open.  Wherever possible Takaro Trails will advise of closures due to private functions however we cannot be held responsible for closures we have not been advised of.  Transport is from/to the Napier or Hastings i-Sites or central accommodation only.

 

Cost includes:  Bike, pannier & helmet hire, water bottle, route instructions & trail map, wine pick up service and return transport from Napier or Hastings i-sites or central Napier accommodation. (Min 2 people per booking).

COSTS:
Departures 01 Oct 2019 – 31 Mar 2020:  $135.00 per adult  $90.00 per child

Group Guided Round Trip Cycle of 16kms - Daily 4.00pm - 7.00pm in Daylight Saving Months

Your sunset cycling adventure starts at the Takaro Trails base in the historic port village of Ahuriri, Napier.  You will be set up on your comfortable, hybrid style bike and be given a safety briefing by your guide before cycling the short distance to the National Tobacco Building, one of New Zealand’s most photographed buildings with its distinctive Art Deco style.  This building is now home to the Tony Bish Urban Winery and we make a visit to sample his excellent Chardonnay and learn about his unique ‘Golden Egg’ wine making process. 

Joining the cycle trail we make our way past fishing boats and old port warehouses to the Ahuriri Estuary.  The trail then meanders for approx.. 10kms through this low-lying wetlands area, home to many species of wading birds and other wildlife.  As we make our way it is sobering to reflect that prior to the 1931 earthquake this area was all a vast tidal inlet before the land lifted 1.8m in the mighty shake.  Leaving the estuary behind we continue a further 5kms through sheep farming country before looping back around to complete our circuit back to Ahuriri. 

Our tour ends with a well-deserved drink on the deck of a waterside bar where we can enjoy views of the sun setting over the water before returning to Takaro Trails.

E’ Bike upgrade:  $75.00 per adult.  

Cost includes:  Bike, helmet and pannier hire, water bottle, wine tasting at the Tony Bish Urban Winery, services of a guide throughout and one glass of wine, beer or soft drink.  Complimentary pick up / drop off at Napier accommodation available on request.

NB:  The group guided tour requires a minimum of 4 people to operate.  You will be advised at the time of booking if minimum numbers have been reached. ‘E’ bike upgrade is not available for children.

Privately Guided Option (Min. 2 people):  $285.00 per person

 $47.00 per adult and $32.00 per child 

  • Self-guided
  • Round trip cycle
  • 20 kms
  • Allow 2-3 Hours

Departing the port village of Ahuriri you cycle past the many bars and cafes of West Quay with views of the fishing trawlers and sailing boats. Continuing around the Pandora Estuary, a Department of Conservation protected wetlands,  we recommend you take some time to view the birds and read the information boards giving details of this unique environment.  

The next 10kms of the route is through the Ahuriri Station, a working sheep farm and wildlife sanctuary.  As you cycle along it’s sobering to reflect that before the 1931 earthquake all this area was a vast tidal flat which was raised nearly 2 metres during the big jolt!  Arriving in settlement of Bay View you can enjoy a refreshment break at the cycle friendly Snapper Cafe, or perhaps wine tasting at Crab Farm Winery renowned for its bohemian style.

The final section of trail takes you along the coast, passing Westshore beach before returning to Ahuriri.  This little taster will certainly leave you keen to experience more of the Hawke’s Bay Trails on your next visit! 

Cost includes:  Bike, pannier & helmet hire, water bottle, route instructions & trail map and back  up support if required.

$57.00 per adult and $42.00 per child 

  • Self-guided
  • Round trip cycle
  • 40 kms
  • Allow 6 Hours

Departing the port village of Ahuriri you cycle around the port to the Napier CBD, a world renowned Art Deco treasure. Enjoy the unique facades of these beautiful buildings before continuing south, following Marine Parade with spectacular views across the sea to Cape Kidnappers.

After travelling approx. 12kms you turn inland at Awatoto and follow the trail along the Tutaekuri River stopbank to the suburb of Taradale. The countryside is very typical of the Hawke’s Bay as you overlook orchards, vineyards and market gardens whilst sharing the trail with wandering cows.

On arrival in Taradale there’s the option to visit the Silky Oaks Chocolate Factory, the historic Otatara Maori Pa site and the fine wineries of Church Rd and the Mission Estate, N.Z.’s oldest winery.

The final part of your ride takes you around the Ahuriri Estuary Wildlife Reserve, ending a really diverse day sampling some of the best highlights of our region.

 
Cost includes: Bike, pannier & helmet hire, water bottle, route instructions & trail map and back  up support if required.

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