The Great Taste Cycle Trail in New Zealand
The Great Taste Trail is one of the Great Bike Rides of New Zealand. Commencing in Nelson the 175km cycle trail follows a route with magnificent coastal views of Waimea Estuary, the Tasman Bay and the peaks of Mt Owen, the Crusaders and Mt Arthur in the rugged Western Ranges.
Whilst cycling around Waimea Estuary, look out for the many migratory birds in the area including the royal spoonbill, white heron, bar-tailed godwit, Australasian bittern and little egret. At Mapua there are many small artisan shops to browse, as well as excellent small cafes and restaurants. The route takes you through many small wineries, past Abel Tasman National Park, and along a long abandoned railway track.