About Tasman's Great Taste Trail
Located in sunny Nelson, at the top of New Zealand’s South Island, locally owned Kiwi Journeys specialise in both self-guided and fully supported cycle tours, servicing Tasman’s Great Taste Trail (160kms) and the West Coast wilderness Trail (132kms). Both ‘Great Rides’ are highly rated and a ‘must do’ in the New Zealand Cycle Trail network.
Nelson boasts the third busiest airport in New Zealand and is centrally positioned to receive direct flights from all the Major Cities. Nelson is known for the most sunshine hours, exquisite food, award winning wineries, the craft beer capital, Abel Tasman National Park, and its breath taking Scenery. With that in mind, Tasman’s Great Taste Trail rivals any European Cycle tour.
The Great Taste Trail starts at the Kiwi Journeys depot located right beside the i-SITE in Nelson City. You may also start at the Nelson Airport or any point that suits your itinerary or time frame.
We recommend you try ‘The Loop’ tour, which is made up of four days of cycling and a spare day in Kaiteriteri where you can experience a cruise, walk or kayak in the world famous Abel Tasman National Park. If you prefer to be guided then join yourself or a group to our all inclusive ‘Extraordinary Great Tatse Tour’.
Kiwi Journeys have four convenient locations in Nelson, Mapua Wharf, Motueka and Kaiteriteri which makes it really easy for you to rent a bike or jump on or off our trail transport shuttle to explore any part of the amazing coastal section.
The Trail is made up of three stunning sections which are all very different, the Rail route, Coastal route and Valley route. It has predominantly easy gradients with the odd intermediate grade. It is perfect for families and people of different fitness levels.
You can enjoy cycling all year round in the sunny climate's of the Nelson and Tasman regions.
Did you know: The Kiwi Journeys reservations team can package up your accommodation, along with transport, bag transfer, activities etc. This is a free service! For example, it will cost you the same amount to organise your own tour, as it would for us to do it for you. All you have to do is get yourself to Nelson and we will take care of your, hassle free itinerary.
Highlights on the Trail
The Mapua Ferry provides the vital link in Tasman’s Great Taste Trail between Rabbit Island and Mapua. This scheduled service provides a reliable daily service to cyclists and walkers. Cycle along the coastal section of the Trail and the beautiful beach of Rabbit Island before boarding the ferry to sample the fine array of restaurants, cafes, wine bars, breweries and galleries on the Mapua Wharf. Another popular day out: Start in Mapua, rent a bike from Kiwi Journeys and explore the trails and beaches of Rabbit Island with
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Construction on Spooners Tunnel began in 1873 and it was used by trains running between Nelson and Kawatiri up until 1955 when the line was dismantled. Now it is open to cyclists as part of Tasman’s Great Taste Trail. Its history, as well as
the experience of riding through 1352 metres of unlit tunnel – the longest tunnel open to cyclists
in the southern hemisphere is an experience you don’t want to miss!
All along the track are many great quality places to stay and enjoy the area. All itinerary planning and bookings come with your package. We take care of all these details for you.
Along with this there are some great places to enjoy a top class meal too!
Kiwi Journeys will package up your accommodation, along with transport, bag transfer, activities etc. This is a free service! For example, it will cost you the same amount to organise your tour, as it would for us to do it for you.
The region has a great reputation for the aromatic varieties – Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer, and their own distinctive take on Sauvignon Blanc, some exquisite examples of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and some superb "stickies". Nelson wines are sold around the world, but you have the chance to experience our wines in the place they are created.