Best Walks in Hawke’s Bay


Hawke’s Bay is a mecca for walks and checking out our trails is one of the top things to do in Hawke’s Bay, whether you’re into sandy beaches, native forest, epic lookouts or vibrant urban landscapes. Check out some of our favourite walks below, which you’re ideally placed to explore when you stay with us at Amuri Villas.

Te Mata Peak

At 399 metres above sea level, Te Mata Peak has fantastic 360-degree views of Hawke’s Bay. From the summit you can see Napier and the Mahia Peninsula, and the Ruahine, Kaweka and Maungaharuru ranges, rising up behind the thousands of acres of fertile farmland laid out before you. While you can drive to the summit if you wish, there is 99 hectares of parkland surrounding this peak, with a number of walking or biking trails of varying lengths, from just a few minutes to 2 hours. The park includes a majestic grove of 223 Californian redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens). Planted in 1927, they now stand more than 40 metres high and are a wonder to walk through.

Bell Rock and Shine Falls

If you’re up for a bit of adventure and medium-intensity walking, Bell Rock is an epic formation in the shape of an enormous bell. There is a large ledge in front of it affording spectacular views of Hawke’s Bay: Mahia Peninsula, Te Kooti’s Lookout, and the Kaweka mountain range. To reach the trail, head north on SH2 to Tutira for half an hour, and then up Matahorua Road and Pohokura Road until you reach the carpark. The walk is 3 hours return.
Alternatively, check out the nearby Shine Falls which is 1.5 hours return from the DOC carpark on Heays Access Road. This gorgeous waterfall is 58 metres high, and the track passes through farmland, lowland forest and sandstone bluffs.

Hawke’s Bay Trails

The Hawke’s Bay trails consist of almost 200 kilometres of fantastically scenic walking and biking trails – and most of them are fairly flat and accessible. For a decent ride or walk, we love the section from EIT Taradale to the Puketapu Pub. The lime sand path starts on the stopbank of the Tutaekuri River and takes you up through Puketapu village where you can stop at The Puketapu, an award-winning country tavern and great place for a cold beverage, a coffee or some excellent pub grub. There’s also a store there where you can buy snacks. A good section departing from Amuri Villas is to ride from Clive up to Hygge Café at Clifton along the Kidnappers Coast Trail – you’ll see loads of wetlands and vineyards.

Art deco walks from the i-Site

These tours are a fantastic way to get a real understanding of the history of Napier – namely the massive earthquake – and its fast rebuild that led to the unique art deco look. The guided tours leave from the Napier i-Site several times per day, and you’ll learn the stories of the tragedies and accomplishments in the aftermath. Tickets cost $28-$30.

Ocean Beach

A drive to Ocean Beach is a must – to us, this is a beach the way beaches used to be: it’s undeveloped, vast, scenic, and the surrounds are dotted by small humble baches with no fancy holiday homes. You’ll see surfers catching some of the good swell, surfcasters and divers pulling up kaimoana, and plenty of swimmers in the summer. The drive to Ocean Beach is also lovely, over the hills from Havelock North. Check out Waimarama as well, which is more built up and you’ll find a store and café.

Maraetotara Falls

This is a magical stop about 15 minutes’ drive from Havelock North, with a huge swimming hole below it that is just what you need on a hot summer’s day. There’s a historic walk there that you can also do, to learn more about the power station that used to be at the site.

Coastline near Amuri Villas

Drive along Richmond Road for five minutes and you’ll reach our special piece of coastline which is well worth a walk. It’s stony, moody and spectacular, with views up and down the Cape coast.
We hope you enjoy your time out and about enjoying the natural beauty of Hawkes Bay. As locals we’re passionate about our region and love introducing it to our guests – please ask us if you’d like any more information, we’re always happy to help!


Image credit: Kirsten Simcox