The consistently superb weather of Hawke’s Bay, and the sure length of trails available makes this area a very attractive mountain biking destination. The Hawkes Bay Trails consist of over 180kms of riding, tiki-touring along the shore line and through wineries across the Napier/ Hastings region. There is also 80km of awesome purpose-built tracks at the Eskdale Mountain Bike Park and higher altitude riding in Te Mata Park. And then there’s the pump tracks - the riding just goes on and on.
Cycle-friendly, 80 wineries, awesome weather, scenery and food… What’s not to like about Hawke’s Bay! Add in Beginner to Expert, and extreme Downhill trails, MTB parks, pump tracks and heli-biking, there’s something for everyone.
Licence to Ride
Starting in Havelock North, we rode along Te Mata Road stopping for lunch at Black Barn Bistro. The landscape along the way reminding us of the South of France. From the vineyard, an off-road limestone trail meanders along River Road, away from passing traffic and some welcome fresh air to soak up lunch. We were then off to Haumoana. The limestone track sits atop a stopbank, giving panoramic views to Te Mata Peak. If you’d prefer a road cycle first, check out the Tukituki Rive