On Yer Bike Winery Tours offers a fun one-day cycling experience exploring wineries in the region by bike. Hire bikes and discover some of Hawke’s Bay’s finest wineries, taste wines while also taking in the superb scenery of the Gimblett Gravels and Bridge Pa Triangle wine growing regions.
The terrain is flat and very easy cycling. Scenery includes vineyards, olive groves, horse studs, orchards and farmland. You are off the road on the new Hawke’s Bay cycle trails. On Yer Bike Winery Tours offers accessible experience tourism for adults aged 20 to 80.
On Yer Bike Winery Tours is a small friendly bike hire business located on State Highway 50, 7 km South of Hastings. We operate bicycle rentals focussed on Hawke's Bay wine tours from an established base in an olive grove, in the heart of the regions leading vineyards.
Phil and Chris Wilcock took over the business in 2012 from Mike and Julie Russell who successfully operated On Yer Bike from their woolshed for twelve years. Phil and Chris are passionate about Hawke's Bay and offer flexible tour packages so you can enjoy a unique and 'different' experience. From our location on State Highway 50, cyclists have access to a number of internationally reknown wineries within a few kilometres.
On Yer Bike is the oldest bike hire company focussed on winery tours in Hawke's Bay, and we have enjoyed very positive feedback from enthusiastic visitors from around the world - including being recommended by Lonely Planet.
On Yer Bike Winery Tours is the “original” bike wine tour company.
Arrive at our base at 2543 State Highway 50, Roys Hill, after 10.00 am and we will then get you set up with bikes, helmets, a map of the area and get you on your way.
The terrain is flat and very easy cycling. Scenery includes vineyards, olive groves, horse studs, orchards and farmland. Follow the wineries trail track - you are off-road most of the way.
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.
During the day we will have vehicle roadside support to help if you have any difficulties or run out of puff and to collect any wine that you purchase from the wineries you visit.
Enjoy a leisurely pace, choose the wineries you wish to visit, soak up the sun and enjoy the experience and surrounding countryside.
Wineries included on the cycle tour are:
All our 21 gear Mountain Bikes are fitted with comfortable cycle seats.
All bike hires include safety helmets (which are compulsory for all cycle riders in New Zealand), baskets and/or backpacks (for your provisions), and visibility flags (to enhance visibility on the road).
All bikes are fitted with stands and there are facilities at the wineries for cycle parking in bike racks.
A fun way for two to get around the countryside. If you have never tried one then here is your chance. Test one out before you choose your bike.
The cycling trails are generally quite flat; you can choose a wine tour route to match your level of fitness. On Yer Bike Winery Tours is a fun and healthy way to see and enjoy the countryside that is the world-renowned Gimblett Gravels and Bridge Pa Triangle grape growing regions on the scenic Heretaunga Plains in Hawke’s Bay.
Whether you want to go for a couple of hours or a whole day, we’ve got the trail for you. Up to nine wineries can be visited on a self-guided tour using the map provided. All offer the opportunity to taste the wines and have outside seating where a visitor can enjoy the superb settings before moving on. Some cycling is ‘off-road’ through vineyards, and an olive grove.
The routes are all clearly marked and with a number of wineries nearby you won’t get lost. Vehicle back-up and support are just a phone call away for when “you run out of puff’ or would like wine collected.
The distance from home base at Ash Ridge Wines, to the next winery is 10 to 15 minutes by bike. The wineries are well spaced from there on, for the perfect balance between exercise, scenery and wine tasting.
Summer (November to April) Opening Days - 10am to 5pm
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Winter (April to October) Opening Days - 11am to 4pm
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The prices above are for per person per day for our premium tour routes. To confirm your booking a deposit of 30% is required. Payment accepted by Cash, EFTPOS, Visa and Mastercard.Hire does NOT include:
* Infants upto 18kg or approx 4 years can use our infant seat for free. Children 4 - 6 years can use a child trailer for $30. Children 8 to 14 years we will partner with an adult on a tandem (where available).
Bookings are essential.
We understand that sometimes, plans can go awry. However from the time that you make your booking your bikes are held for you. We ask you to please understand that, should you cancel your tour, you may be charged a cancellation fee.
We would recommend that you mark the wine tour as a whole day activity. Depending on the number of wineries you visit and time spent at each winery it may take you a few hours to a whole day.
On the full route you can visit 9 wineries on the weekend and 7 wineries during the week, due to a couple been open only weekends. You can also do a shorter 5km loop and visit up to 5 wineries (depending on the day).
Best time to arrive is about 10am to 10.30am we can get you on your way fairly quickly. The wineries are fairly close and are open from 10am.
Most of the time you can turn up and we will have bikes available. Occasionally We do get busy time to time so bookings are essential to ensure that you don't miss out on a great day's bike ride.
To confirm your booking we do ask you call us with your Visa or MasterCard details - our policy is to take credit card details as a guarantee of your booking, so will not be processed until your booked date at which time your card will be manually processed. If you do not turn up or cancel within 24 hours of the booking date we will deduct 30% of the hire from your card.
Contact us at least 48 hours in advance if you cannot come to avoid losing your 30% deposit. We refund any deposits if you cannot ride due to rainy weather - but call us first.
The packed lunch we provide includes a chicken salad sandwich, brownie, nuts, fruit and water. We can offer a vegetarian and gluten-free option but we do need plenty of notice when booking.
There is a cafe at Ash Ridge Wines - our base - which offers Tea, Coffee, various platters and lunches. A few of the other wineries also offer a limited selection of cheese platters. There are no shops or farmers fruit outlets on the route.
All wineries different and many have a cover charge of around of $3 - $5 per person. Generally, this cover charge is refundable against any wine purchased, however some wineries may charge a non-refundable tasting fee if the group is larger than 10 people.
We have negotiated special rates with local taxis. Call The Village Shuttle on 06 877 7632 if you are coming from Hastings or Havelock North or Combined Taxis on 06 835 7777 if you are coming from Napier. If you make your way to the On Yer Bike Base it is 15 minutes drive from Havelock North and Hastings and 25 minutes from Napier. There are no bus routes to our rural location.
We have decided to concentrate and provide the best service in the Gimblett Gravels / Bridge Pa Triangle area. As a result we do not take the bikes or riders to other winery areas.
We are primarily a bike hire company with the theme of wine tours, so we would prefer that you hire our bikes. As we do want you to explore the wineries trail; to use your own bike we will charge a fee of $20 per person. This covers for you parking on our premises for the day, using our exclusive route and wine pickup from other wineries. If you would like the picnic lunch, you can order this for $10.
Not unless you want to. Since the addition of the Wineries Cycle Track you follow the lime tracks on the side of the road. It is one of the safest places to ride and very bike friendly. There is only one section where clients are on the road for 400m.
We will let you know what the weather will be like. If it is not suitable for cycling, we will see if there is another day you can do the tour.
No we do not. It takes a lot more staff and commitment to manage larger groups. We put a lot of effort into the service and hospitality to ensure you have a wonderful experience.
There is Cardoness Lodge - a 5-star lodge is situated in the Ash Ridge vineyard and right next to On Yer Bike.
In addition there is Grand Vue Country Stays which is situated just down the road from where we are located.
There are also several good lodges in Havelock North to consider which is only a 15 minute drive away. Go to www.hawkesbaynz.com for listings.
Yes, we have a baby seat for 1-3 year olds and one child trailer for 4-8 yr olds. For children 8-14 years we recommend that they share a tandem with an adult. Adult bikes are suitable for children over the age of 14 years.
Yes. Helmets are compulsory in New Zealand and client safety is paramount.
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