New Zealand Cycling and Hiking Adventures

Nelson Great Taste Cycle Trail

Nelson Great Taste Cycle Trail

Trip Highlights

Quiet backroads to ride on
  • Explore the dedicated cycle trails and quiet backroads of the Nelson region
  • Cycle the coastal trail to Mapua and take a bicycle ferry to the Ruby Coast
  • Make pancakes and billy tea on the world's only perpetually burning fire hidden in native bush
  • Visit the Riwaka River Estate Winery and olive oil farm
  • Challenge yourself to reach a cycling best on a very long downhill road
  • Visit the McCashin Brewery that started the craft beer revolution
  • Enjoy a half day walk on the famous Abel Tasman track

Trip Summary

Cyclists on the Nelson Trail

The Nelson/Tasman region is well known for its crafts, wines & great foods, with the best time to visit in autumn when weather is settled and the harvest is in full swing. On this new tour we ride on quiet back country roads and completed sections of the Great Taste Cycle trail, with a feature being the flat cycling and long easy downhill runs.

Trip Grading

Cycling on quiet rural roads & easy dedicated cycle paths


Important: The night before your tour is to depart your guide will call your pre tour accommodation to advise what time they will collect you the following morning. (Please make sure you have given us information as to where you are staying). If you are not around when your guide calls they will leave a message at reception – its really important that you check with reception if you have not heard from your guide directly. If for any reason you have not heard from your guide by the morning of the tour please call us in the NZ office on 0800 00 11 66 (from within NZ). We collect you from your lodgings at 8.30 a.m. and travel to the local marina where we fit & test your bikes. The day is spent riding the bike paths & trails around the city, we follow the river to historic Maitai valley, before returning to the city where we take a brewery tour. We continue to Monaco for a coastal ride and lunch at an old pub. Next is a visit to the famous World of Wearable Arts Museum & Classic Car collection before returning to the marina and checking into our waterfront lodgings. Cycle distances - 30>45 kms

Meals:  L,D

This morning we can drive you to the start of the Great Taste Trail. Today's coastal ride takes us to Rabbit Island with options to stop at vineyards & potteries on the way. We take the Flat Bottomed Ferry (a specialized bike transport ferry) to Mapua where we have lunch at one of the excellent waterfront cafes, before continuing our cycle along the Ruby Coast and into Motueka. Cycle Distance - Richmond to Mapua- 15 kms Mapua to Motueka -33km

Meals:  B

This morning we cycle from Motueka visiting Riwaka River Estate Winery and enjoying a wine tasting along the way before cycling into the seaside resort of Kaiteriteri. We'll stop for lunch before taking a short drive to the start of the famous Abel Tasman Walkway. We'll do a half day hike into Torrent Bay. The track is well formed and drops into several sheltered bays and beaches. We return by water taxi to Marahau. Your coach will meet you here and we have a short drive to Kaiteriteri for the evening.

Meals:  B,D

Today we have two lovely rides. Our first ride is the very quiet & pretty road along the west bank of the Moutere River, passing through vineyards, kiwifruit orchards & hop growing farms along the way. We load up & drive to Lake Rotoroa and cycle downhill beside the Gowan River with stunning wilderness scenery. We drive to our base for the night in the Nelson Lakes National Park. For those with energy to burn, there are some lovely easy walks along the lakeside. Cycle distances -Moutere Valley ride - 31kms -Lake Rotoroa ride- 12 kms

Meals:  B,L,D

After an optional early morning walk into the native forest to hear the "Dawn Chorus", we cycle the quiet roads down to the Buller River where we load up and drive to Murchison. Here we will 4WD through a deer farm and enjoy a hike through native bush to discover "The flames", the world's only perpetually burning fire in a forest. Enjoy ‘billy tea’ and pancakes cooked on the flames. After this we re-board our coach and drive over Lewis Pass and back to Christchurch.

Meals:  B,L

What's Included

  • 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 3 dinners
  • Four nights lodge/motel/ accommodation
  • All transport, bike trailer, cycle ferry, water taxi
  • Wine tasting at Riwaka River Estate & a brewery tour
  • Entry to World of Wearable Arts & Classic Car Museum
  • The Natural Flames Experience

What's Not Included

  • Bike rental
  • 2 lunches and 1 evening meal
  • Tips & gratuities for good service, although not expected in New Zealand these are always gratefully received.

Hybrid bike (top) and Ebike

HYBRID BIKE for rent

A hybrid bike blends the best characteristics of both road and mountain bikes into a comfortable bike ideal for riding on both sealed roads and gravel cycle trails.

The hybrids design allows you to sit upright in a position that provides the best control of the bike with well-placed center of gravity and in a posture that reduces strain on the rider's neck and back.

We have low rise, also known as step though bike frames. as well as standard frame styles available.


An e-bike is perfect for cyclists that may require a little assistance on their travels. Pedalling our e-bikes is easier on knees and joints than riding a traditional bike. They provide up to 80kms of pedal assistance before requiring recharging. Very simple to operate and they provide people with varying levels of cycling experience, health and fitness levels the opportunity to enjoy our cycling holidays.

For bicycle specifications please contact us for more details.

A bicycle helmet and drink bottle will be included with your bike rental.

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Duration:5 Days
Starting Point:Nelson
Grade:Introductory  Click for more information
Trip Code:NNT
Prices From:NZD$1640
Public Holiday Supplement:NZD$50 
Bike Rental:NZD$160 
Single Supplement:NZD$380 

"Great trip, great food, great company and the scenery was magic” Therese KogelmanNew Zealand

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