Exploring the Hawke’s Bay wine region of New Zealand is no mean feat. There are so many outstanding vineyards in this area, that we decided to focus the day on what is known as the ‘Bridge Pa Triangle’ and hire bicycles through a great company called ‘On Yer Bike’.
We had a bit of trouble finding our accommodation and the first vineyard on the stop, this was the first and only time we got lost in New Zealand! But all of our hosts were very gracious in waiting for us despite us turning up over an hour late.
Our first stop on the vineyard tour was The Ash Ridge Vineyard where we were whisked outside for a spot of wine tasting before being set up with our bikes, our packed lunches and a map of all the local vineyards.
You start the tour at Ash Ridge Wines from where you can cycle to Sileni Estate, Alpha Domus, Abbey Cellars, Triangle Cellars, Ngatarawa Estate, Salvare, Trinity Hill and Te Awa. This makes up around a 20Km circuit and you can comfortably do it in around 4-5 hours depending on how long you stay for tasting wine at each winery. Alternatively you can cycle the shorter route of Ngatarawa Road and cover 6 out of the 9 wineries.
The advantages of hiring bicycles from On Yer Bike are that they offer roadside assistance all day long if you have any problems, find you are too tired to cycle back or end up buying so much wine you simply can’t carry it on your bike, they are there to help!
The lunch we were provided with was absolutely delicious and very substantial. For me, cycle hire is by far the best way to enjoy the beautiful countryside of these stunning vineyards and I can’t recommend On Yer Bike enough, it’s one of the best days out I’ve had in New Zealand.
2543 State Highway 50, Hastings, Hawkes Bay
Tel: (06) 650 4627
Wineries included on the cycle tour are:
- Abbey Cellars
- Alpha Domus
- Ash Ridge Wines
- Ngatarawa Estate
- Sileni Estates
- Te Awa
- Triangle Cellars
- Trinity Hill