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Takaro Trails

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A fresh new way to see the Bay

When Jenny Ryan decided to put her extensive travel and tourism experience to good use it wasn't difficult for her to decide on the focus of her new business.

With a passion for the outdoors and increasing popularity of biking as a fun and healthy holiday option, Jenny established Tākaro Trails to provide quality outdoor holidays in sunny Hawke's Bay.

Now there is a unique option for travellers who have previously enjoyed a cycling holiday, and for those who have always wanted to. Everyone who takes a self-guided Tākaro Trails tour will enjoy a fun, memorable and hassle-free holiday experience which also protects the environmental safety of the region. Takaro Trails demonstrates their strong commitment to environmental safety by their participation in the STAR sustainable tourism program and you can read all about their environmental policy here.

You can decide on the length and difficulty of your ride, plus each day of your chosen itinerary you can vary the amount of time spent visiting the region's many attractions.

Why use Hawke's Bay as a base? Because the region provides exactly the right environment for cyclists of all abilities seeking a memorable, invigorating holiday. What's more Hawke's Bay boasts mild weather, great on and off-road tracks and wonderfully diverse scenery.

Kids are welcome too! Children from age eight who are experienced on a bike are welcome on our mountain biking and three day tour options and our special 'family' suggestions will ensure they get the most enjoyment from their holiday as well. Due to the longer cycling distances our five day trail is restricted to children aged 12 years and over.