A Taste of the Bay Cycle with Helen Jackson
Following on from our lovely tour in May we will be repeating this itinerary for a spring time adventure starting on Thursday September 30th
Join us for a delicious 5 day/ 4 night exploration of Hawkes Bay, just when the fruit trees are at their prettiest with blossoms.
We provide e-bikes (regular bikes for those who would rather) which are extremely simple to ride and make everything just that much easier – we are on a Tour de Food not Tour de France! Please don’t stress about distances, it is all truly achievable.
When not cycling we will travel by comfort in a shuttle.
From when you arrive at Napier we will take care of your meals through until Monday
afternoon (most drinks are at your own cost).
We have selected lovely comfortable accommodation throughout.
Price is $2595 p/p twin share. For those travelling alone the single supplement is $550.
*Shuttle support and airport transfers
*Full back up support while on trails
Thursday September 30th, Day 1 (25km cycle)
11am Meet and greet at Napier Airport
We start our tour with an easy cycle south through the Ahuriri Estuary, view the
variety of protected birdlife in this Department of Conservation Wildlife Sanctuary.
Arriving in Taradale we will visit New Zealand’s oldest winery, Mission Estate, and
also Church Road winery – they are within 200m of each other.
After lunch we follow the scenic bike path along the Tutaekuri River where we can
visit the historic Otātara Maori Pa site. There will be time for a drink at the Puketapu
Hotel a classic rural pub before being picked up and take back to our
Platter Lunch: Church Road Winery
Accommodation: Crown Hotel Ahuriri
Friday October 1st, Day 2 (46km cycle)
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 out to Cape Kidnapers and visit Clearview Estate for a walk and talk with the winemaker and a relaxed delicious seasonal lunch.
We will then cycle the scenic Tukituki river trail onto our accommodation in
Breakfast: Smiths Ahuriri
Lunch: Clearview Estate
Accommodation: Porters Boutique Hotel, Havelock
Saturday October 2nd, Day 3 (35km cycle)
Starting off with a delicious cafe breakfast, we will then mount our e-bikes and explore both sides of the Tukituki valley. The ride starts along quiet country roads before dropping into the river trail and heading out to Cape Kidnappers then follow the Tukituki River back on the other side, through orchards and vineyards, to Black Barn Winery.
Lunch today is at the home of cheese expert Juliet Harbert. Juliet is Master of
Cheese, judge of the British Cheese awards and author of The World Cheese Book.
Expect to learn different aspects of cheese (and wine) tasting before cycling back to
our accommodation in Havelock North via Arataki honey with a little relaxed time before dinner.
Lunch: Juliet Harbert
Dinner: Giant Brewery
Accommodation: Porters Boutique Hotel, Havelock
Sunday October 3rd, Day 4 (35km cycle)
In the morning the shuttle will pick us up and take us to the Hawkes Bay Farmers
Market. Here we will have a meet and greet with the market manager and then
explore the market.
We will then take our shuttle to Bridge Pa. We start our cycle on the banks of the
Ngaruroro River where we will explore the river trail before reaching the Bridge Pa
Triangle. 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 and Trinity Hill.
We will then shuttle to our accommodation in Napier.
Lunch: Oak Estate Winery
Accommodation: Masonic Boutique Hotel Napier
Monday October 4th, Day 5: (23 Km cycle)
Breakfast today will be at the infamous local cafe Mr D.
From there you we can book you an Art Deco walking tour of the Napier CBD area ($28 p/p) or if you would rather have a little time for Napier retail then here is your chance.
Early lunch and then a cycle of the Baview Loop.
Cycle up the coast from Napier City, through Ahuriri, passing the popular surf beach of Westshore and out to Bayview. Cycle through the lagoon farmland and Ahuriri estuary back to Ahuriri Village. As you cycle through this unique wildlife sanctuary, reflect on the fact that before the big earthquake of 1931 all this area was a vast tidal inlet encompassing thousands of hectares of wetland, marshes and mud banks.
After our cycle we will be returned back to the airport around 3.30pm to make our
way home (we will finish in time to meet Christchurch and Auckland late afternoon flights).
Breakfast: Mr D
Lunch: paper bag picnic
For enquiries and bookings please contact me [email protected]