01 July Cycle to Sacred Hill
Start at Guppy Road in Taradale, go along the Tutaekuri Riverbank to Puketapu then on to Dartmoor and beyond.
08 July Walk the Napier Hills
Always a good winter outing, up and down the steps and tracks above the town.
15 July Cycle from Pakowhai Park
Flat riding with long stretches along the stopbanks,then heading through Fernhill and Ngatarawa to Hastings Golf Club.
22 July Blowhard Bush
Attractive forest and limestone formations in this reserve off the Napier -Taihape Road.
29 July Cycle Crownthorpe Circuit
Start at Pukehamoamoa School and head past Matapiro’s modest hills to Crownthorpe and the church. A choice of routes back to the start.
05 Aug Spooners Hill
Attractive bush tracks leading to the limestone tops with outcrops and tomos; maybe a look at Opouahi on the way back if there is time.
12 Aug Cycle Clive to Clearview
Flat all the way on cycleways with the sea at our sides.
19 Aug Eskdale Reserves
Let’s see how much more the plantings have grown; maybe a look in at Heipipi via Whakamaharatanga afterwards – great views.
26 Aug Cycle the Tukituki Area
From Red Bridge over to investigate Mahanga Road; back to Kahuranaki Road as far as we like. This one’s on roads all the way.
02 Sept MacIntosh Hut, Kaweka FP
It’s a big down and up but a good walk through forest and over clay pans to the hut; one of HTC’s most visited places over its 85 years.
09 Sept Cycle in CHB
Leader will decide closer to the time whether it’s an easterly ride from Otane or in a westerly direction to Argyll. Hills on both routes.
16 Sept Beach Walk
TBD: maybe north to Waipatiki or Tangoio or south to Waimarama or Aramoana; tide-dependant.
23 Sept Cycle Tour of the Bay Circuit
A fair number of hills to be covered in the Raukawa/Valley Road area.
30 Sept Bell Rock
A walk through lovely bush with singing birds to the iconic limestone formations near the top of HB’s Maungahararu Range.
07 Oct Cycle to Camp David and Beyond
South and east on the roads near Havelock North; Chocolate Fish Hill is a challenge which the ebikers will make short work of.
14 Oct Te Mata Park
Let’s have a look at the new tracks, plantings and upgrades. Always something to see in this treasured reserve.
21 Oct Mystery Cycle Ride
Another chance to get lost with Mr Lyn.
28 Oct Fred’s Farm Maraetotara
A chance to see what’s going on at Fred’s place in Maraetotara; we hope to be able to see the trees he has been planting for the last few years.
04 Nov Cycle from Waipawa to Waipukurau
Go along the cycleways between these two towns – the suspended bridge is always a treat. No hills.
11 Nov Sunrise Hut, Ruahine FP
Smartest hut in the ranges after its recent renovations; a graded walk through different forest levels to the tops; shorter trip available on the Swamp Walk. Fast people could even duck over to Waipawa Chalet.
18 Nov Cycle Apley Road
Start at Park Island in Taradale, go along Puketitiri Road to Apley and down to Puketapu settlement. A number of big hills this time.
25 Nov Yeomans Track, Ruahine Forest Park
Over the Makaroro River and through lovely forest to Murderer’s Hut if you want to go that far. Hopefully some flowers will still be out.
02 Dec Cycle in CHB
A road trip in the Tikokino area – a bit of hill work.
09 Dec Clover Patch, Kaweka Forest Park
Will we get there this time? Bring your contorta -slaughtering tools!
16 Dec Cycle Seafield Road to Bay View
You can avoid the hills by riding around the estuary if you like. End-of-year Christmas cheer at the caff or on the beach.