Central Hawke’s Bay


Driving to Central Hawke’s Bay is a breeze from anywhere.

By plane, just 30mins south of Hastings, Central Hawke’s Bay is located within 1 hour’s drive of Hawke’s Bay Airport and 1 ½ hours from Palmerston North Airport. Air New Zealand operates daily flights from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch and other smaller airlines fly from Blenheim, New Plymouth and Nelson (via Palmerston North). 

Driving to Hawke’s Bay is a breeze from anywhere. From the north/west, it’s 90mins from Taupo (SH5). From the East, a three-hour drive from Gisborne (SH2). From the South, it’s a three-hour drive from Wellington through the Wairarapa (SH2).


Accommodation options include historic homesteads, motels, stunning lodges, two camping grounds and one private Holiday Park offering camping and self-contained accommodation, as well as several private accommodation options and beach holiday homes.

Book your accommodation now for Spirited Women, 27 – 29 March 2020.

Extend your stay and enjoy Central Hawke’s Bay!

Destination & activities

Central Hawke’s Bay runs from Pukehou in the North to Takapau in the South, and spans from the Ruahine Ranges to the Pacific Coast with our six stunning beaches. Central Hawke’s Bay is well known for its’ impressive natural landscapes, beaches, fishing and diving, golf, cycling, and bush walks.

It’s no wonder it was chosen to deliver the fifth annual North Island Spirited Women – All Women’s Adventure Race.

To discover more about this amazing destination, visit their website

Bike transportation

There are a few ways to get your mountain bike to/from Central Hawke’s Bay is, by way of vehicle, plane, or courier. Thanks to the local Hawke’s Bay bike operators, it is now simple and easy to transport your mountain bike, not only to Hawke’s Bay but to and from the bike drop after you arrive! This is optional and designed for women flying into Napier Airport, who have friends/family picking them up or hire a car that isn’t set up for transporting bikes. This service needs to be booked as soon as possible and solely through the bike operators. The bike operators will be offering the following support and assistance with your bikes.

Mountain bike hire

Due to having no bike hire providers in the Hawke’s Bay region, we advise transporting your own bike to the event. If you do not own a bike, we advise hiring or borrowing a bike in your home town and transporting to the event.

Courier Handling – by the local store ahead of the event weekend, included;

  • Receipt of couriered bike box from courier
  • Storage of this bike box until event weekend
  • Handover of bike box back to courier

Note: This doesn’t include organising the courier at either end, this will need to booked and paid for by the bike owner and at the owner’s expense.

Re-assembling and dis-assembly (TBC for each), included;

  • Unpacking your mountain bike from the box and re-assembly before the event
  • Storage of your bike box
  • Dis-assembly your mountain bike post-event and packaging it back into the bike box ready to travel

Transport of your bike to/from the bike drop (TBC each way), included;

  • Transport of your bike from the bike store to the mountain bike drop before the event
  • Collection of your bike from the mountain bike drop and brought back to the bike store

Note: It is the bike owner’s responsibility to fix the bike number plate to the handlebar of their assembled bike at the bike operators premises. We recommend that you collect your bike plate from the event registration, along with the rest of your gift box contents. Straight after registration, head to your bike transport provider to make any seat height adjustments/check the bike and attach bike plate, lights, drink bottle, helmet, bike shoe (if using them) before the shop closes at 5:30pm on Friday 27th March. No bikes will be transported without bike number plates. All mountain bike shoes, helmets, and drink bottles need to be secured well to the bike or carried by the entrant throughout the event. They will not transport any loose items. NOTE: you will need to give the bike shop your bike collection card to take an image of (in your gift box), as they won’t be able to collect the bike without this. After this, the bike shop can drop off all bikes to the bike drop that evening. The bikes will be located in order of distance Short, Medium, Long and in bike number plate order. The onsite marshals can direct you in the right direction.

On Saturday afternoon/evening, (unless you have made other arrangements) please leave your bike at the final bike drop. These will be collected by the bike shop.


To make all bookings, please contact;

Cycle Nation

Contact person: Renae

Contact phone: 06 877 6254

Contact email: info@cyclenation.co.nz

Address: 27 Te Mata Road, Havelock North

Facebook: @cyclenationnz

Revolution Bikes

Contact person: Hilton

Contact phone: 06 877 8477

Contact email: revolutionbikes@revolutionbikes.co.nz

Address: 5 Donnelly St, Havelock North

Facebook: @RevolutionBikes

My Ride Hastings

Contact person: Lara

Contact phone: 06 870 3500

Contact email: hastings@myride.co.nz

Address: 503 Karamu Rd N, Hastings