Bring your own or get rental bicycles (Arcadia Tour desk can assist!) and have an amazing day out traveling the Nelson Cycle trail!
Tasman’s Great Taste Trail starts at the Nelson Airport and offers panoramic coastal and mountain views over Tasman Bay, Waimea Estuary and the Western Ranges, with many stops for fine food and relaxation.
After leaving Richmond, riders pass over boardwalks along the edge of the Waimea Estuary, home to a range of internationally signiﬁcant bird species, including the white heron and royal spoonbill.
From here the trail crosses to Rabbit Island, where riders can take a boat trip to the Mapua wharf and enjoy cottage-industry shops, cafés and restaurants.
From Mapua the route leads via Tasman and Harley Roads to Motueka, which hosts award-winning wineries; then on to Kaiteriteri, the gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park.
The Motueka Valley section of the trail from Riwaka goes to Woodstock on country roads along the Motueka River’s west bank. The picturesque landscape is one of rivers and rolling hills with a gorgeous backdrop of forest and mountains.
From Woodstock, a Grade 3 route heads over Dovedale Hill to Wakeﬁeld on an unsealed undulating country road that climbs up to 300m. This route is temporary and will be replaced with a ﬂatter route via Tapawera and Kohatu Junction in the future.
From Wakeﬁeld, the trail returns to Nelson on purpose-built cycle paths and lanes and takes riders through vineyards and cafés, The full loop is 175km. From Wakefield, a 26km return side trip can be taken to historic Spooners Tunnel.