Hawkes Bay Trails: Highlights

Tukituki River Valley, Day 3

 Tukituki River Valley, Day 3

Every trip has its highlights – and lowlights. Preferring to focus on the former, here are a few of the highlights from our three days in Hawkes Bay:

  • The quality and accessibility of the Hawkes Bay Cycle Trails – the local Councils and interest groups have clearly
    Stopbanks on Tukituki

    Stopbanks on Tukituki

    made it work in this region:

    • Many lessons here for other Councils, especially those in the Greater Wellington region.
  • The widespread community and commercial support for users of the trails:
    • Many cafes, pubs, restaurants, wineries actively support trail users
    • The support of the commercial and service sectors are clearly a major factor in the success of the trails
  • The quality of the bikes and support provided by Napier City Bike Hire
    • If you are visiting the area and wish to explore the trails you can’t go wrong hiring from here
  • The lunch at The Puketapu on Day 2 of our rides

    The Old Church, Meeanee: Kem, Paul, Dale, Kev & Steve

    The Old Church, Meeanee: Kem, Paul, Dale, Kev & Steve

  • The visit to The Old Church in Meeanee Road on the way back into Napier on Day 2
    • The coffee and crumble afternoon tea was a bonus.
  • Riding the cooler leafy lanes of the Tukituki Valley after several hours of toiling on the stop-banks
    • If only the hills in the same area could have been avoided!
  • The refreshing Pinot Gris “sampled” at the Craggy Range Estate after a long ride on a hot day
  • The mixed platters under the blue umbrellas at Clearview Estate

    Relaxing at Craggy Range Estate

    Relaxing at Craggy Range Estate

  • The feeling of satisfaction after our longest day (87 Km) on Day 3, riding the Landscapes Ride along the coast and out to Craggy Range.
  • The lunch provided – at short notice – by Steve’s sister-in-law, Moana, when we stopped at Dannevirke on the way back to Wellington.
    • Thanks Moana.

The other side of the coin of course were the constant northerlies on Days 2 and 3 (if they weren’t pushing you off the stop-bank they were slowing progress outside the Port) and those diabolical “kissing gates” (albeit a necessary evil).

But you can’t have everything . . .

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