The Big Easy will be back in 2016 so lock it in your diarys now - Easter Saturday, March 26th 2016. See you there!
If you just can't wait until Easter, you don't have to! The Hawke's Bay Trails are free and open 365 days a year. Pick your own route or choose from one of four themed rides. There are more than 200 kilometres of on-road and off-road trails where you can see everything from mountainous lookouts and beautiful lowland rivers to endangered wetland wildlife and the sweeping Hawke's Bay coastline. Download a copy of the Hawke's Bay Trails map here or visit the i-SITE Information Centre closest to you.
The Big Easy on the Hawke’s Bay Trails is the ultimate antidote to all those serious lycra laden cycling events held across the country. The Big Easy ride is 45kms and we encourage you to take all day and enjoy the many tasty Hawke’s Bay distractions along the way.
At 10am Easter Saturday we rode out from the Village Green in the Havelock North Domain, heading out on Te Mata Road to hit the limestone off-road Hawke’s Bay Trails. After enjoying 45km of tasty stops riders will finish at Church Road Winery for the finale party and concert.
There was a "Family Start" for the first time in 2015 which started at Farndon Park in Clive at 10.30am.
The 2015 concert featured Uncle Monkey and The Hitchcock Railway Band - a Joe Cocker tribute band.
Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for kids (12 and under).
Make sure you follow us on Facebook to get the inside word on all The Big Easy deals!
In 2015 you could get your legs in shape with the Big Easy Warm Up on Friday April 3rd (Good Friday). This free ride was a nice gentle 12km loop along the brand spanking new Central Hawke's Bay Rotary River Pathway.
Starting at 11am from Russell Park, Waipukurau, riders headed off along the northern side of the Tukituki Bridge and followed the signposted loop, finishing up back at Russell Park for some post-ride entertainment. Local musician Cougan Renata performed between 1:00pm- 2:00pm and again at 4:30pm – 5:30pm. There was a Easter Egg Hunt for the kids at 3pm and the option to grab a steak sandwich, cold drink or coffee after your ride.
To stay up to date with all news make sure you sign up to our mailing list, and to stay in the loop with everything going on in Hawke's Bay why not add yourself to the Hawke's Bay mailing list as well!