I rode on a long trail out past the airport today. After a long ride along the foreshore the trail turns inland and then returns across the land that was raised in the 1931 earthquake. There is still a small amount of swampland left to give a place for birds. Then the track runs along a lagoon not far from the airport and next to the "Ahuriri Lagoon" which is in fact what's left of the old Napier Harbor. It was really pretty so hence the fotos.
There is mown grass but also planting that keeps the water of the lagoon from going brackish. On the opposite side is a busy highway. Unreal!!!
Sometimes you'd think there are more gums in New Zealand than Australia. Not true! But here are some more Aussie gums growing in NZ.
The limestone surface weathers into a really nice surface to bike on. The park is pretty. And it is only a few K's to the city.
That is the Napier Hill in the background. It was a lovely morning.
The surface of the water is like a mirror. The motorway is in the distance. The airport is quiet. So this peacful lagoon looks and sound perfect!!
There is just a little bit of beach on the edge of the lagoon. It may look pretty but it is muddy to the touch. Perfect for the creatures that feed birds!
The road disappears into the distance....... but just out of sight it ducks under a very busy highway and the scene changes completely.
You can see the Ahuriri lagoon from under the railway bridge. The Napier Hill is in the distance, and across the lagoon runs the road that was built across the harbor after the '31 Earthquake.
It is not clear in this foto, but the trail can be seen coming out of the waterway under the road. It doesn't allow much headroom, and it is hardly wide enough for biking, but it does mean you can get across the highway without getting flattened by logging trucks.
If you do come to Hawkes Bay you just have to do the bike trails! Cheers Chris the Pipemaker.