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3 Day Coastal Combo Great Taste Trail Supported Bike Tour

Total Minimum Cycling Distance 73 kms

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3

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$849

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Overview

Embark on a 3 day/2 night Coastal Combo Great Taste Trail Bike Tour on Tasman’s Great Taste Trail on this independent cycle and Abel Tasman National Park adventure. This vehicle-free trail has easy to moderate gradient where you can enjoy 3 to 5 hours of cycling every day. Reflect on your day’s adventures on the Nelson/Tasman coastline, and recharge in your double/twin share accommodation for yet another day of fun. There’s more to your Great Taste Trail Experience after finishing in Kaiteriteri where the famous golden sands await. As the gateway to the renowned Abel Tasman National Park, Kaiteriteri puts you within cruising distance of Totaranui where the Abel Tasman Sea Shuttles take you aboard on its Discovery Day package. On the way back, you have the option to disembark and explore the Abel Tasman track on foot before getting on board the shuttle again to cap off a remarkable three-day adventure from Nelson.

Coastal board walk Great Taste Trail

Coastal board walk

Waimea Swing Bridge Great Taste Trail

Waimea Swing Bridge

Wineries Great Taste Cycle Trail

Wineries

Rabbit Island Ferry Great Taste Trail

Rabbit Island Ferry

Rabbit Island Great Taste Trail

Rabbit Island

Time for a stop Great Taste Trail

Time for a stop

Mapua Wharf Great Taste Trail

Mapua Wharf

360 degree views of Tasman Bay and Ranges Great Taste Trail

360 degree views of Tasman Bay and Ranges

Motueka West Bank Great Taste Cycle Trail

Motueka West Bank

Amazing Coastal Section Great Taste Cycle Trail

Amazing Coastal Section

Kaiteriteri Beach Great Taste Cycle Trail

Kaiteriteri Beach

Abel Tasman National Park Great Taste Cycle Trail

Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman National Park Great Taste Cycle Trail

Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman National Park Great Taste Cycle Trail

Abel Tasman National Park

Itinerary

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Day 1Nelson to MapuaCycling Distance 32 kms

Your adventure starts at our base in Nelson, where on arrival at our depot you will be fitted with your bikes and briefed on your tour. From here you will start your cycle ride to Mapua on Tasman’s Great Taste Trail. We suggest you be at our depot by 9.30am for a 10:00am departure (this is flexible).

You may choose to explore Nelson City before following the blue Great Taste Trail markers and heading south out to the seaside village of Mapua. Along the way, take in the ‘World of Wearable Art’ (WOW) exhibition then enjoy the atmosphere of the Honest Lawyer, a Country style pub. There are also many craft breweries and wineries to sample along the way.

Continue on the Trail where you turn off on the coastal route and take in the views from the coastal boardwalks of the Waimea Estuary and fertile farmland, (home to a range of internationally significant bird species including the white heron). Cross the spectacular Waimea Swing Bridge then on to Rabbit Island. Take a swim in a freshwater swimming hole or the warm sea waters of Rabbit Island.

The trail takes you along the main beach of Rabbit Island where you will come to the Ferry landing. A short trip across the channel on the iconic Mapua Ferry lands you at the Mapua Wharf, where you can enjoy the buzzing atmosphere of galleries, studios, restaurants, cafes, shops and the Golden Bear Boutique Brewery.

1 Night Accommodation: Mapua on the Water B&B

Day 2Mapua to Kaiteriteri (B)Cycling Distance 40 kms

After breakfast it’s on the bike again. A short ride through Ruby Bay and up to Tasman to New Zealand’s number 1 café ‘Jester House’. Enjoy the lovely gardens & feed the ‘Tame Eels’.

Once leaving Tasman, a steady climb up to Tasman View Road is all worthwhile as you enjoy the spectacular 360 degree views of Tasman Bay and the ranges (This section is grade 2-3 and has a climb of 200 metres over 4 km’s). You then drop down into the riverside community and on to Motueka.

Some recommended lunch or coffee stops are ‘Riverside Café’ at the bottom of Tasman View Road, or ‘Toad Hall’ at the beginning of Motueka.

As you make your way around the amazing coastal trail of Motueka, enjoy the variety of bird species and lovely scenery.
You are now approximately 12km’s from Kaiteriteri. This short bike ride into Kaiteriteri, takes in boardwalks, bridges, farmlands and orchards through Riwaka before entering the ‘Easy Rider’ trail of the Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park. This 4km section through the mountain bike park takes in stunning native forest. A reasonable level of fitness is required to bike this section and caution must be taken by inexperienced riders as there are tight turns and switchbacks.

Once you enter Kaiteriteri, explore the famous golden sands and atmosphere which is the gateway to the famous Abel Tasman National Park.

1 Night Accommodation: Kimi Ora Resort, Kaiteriteri Beach

Day 3Kaiteriteri to Abel Tasman National Park and Nelson (B)

Today you will experience something magical!

Departing at 9:00am the famous Discoverer Day is the ultimate boat cruise and walk combination in the Abel Tasman National Park. With two different walk options, the Discoverer Day offers all the best the Abel Tasman has to offer with a Full Scenic Boat Cruise, visits to Split Apple Rock and a Fur Seal colony, golden beaches, forest walking and wildlife encounters all in one superb day out.

Arriving back at Kaiteriteri, transport will be awaiting for the trip back to Nelson.

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Nelson to MapuaCycling Distance 32 kms

Your adventure starts at our base in Nelson, where on arrival at our depot you will be fitted with your bikes and briefed on your tour. From here you will start your cycle ride to Mapua on Tasman’s Great Taste Trail. We suggest you be at our depot by 9.30am for a 10:00am departure (this is flexible).

You may choose to explore Nelson City before following the blue Great Taste Trail markers and heading south out to the seaside village of Mapua. Along the way, take in the ‘World of Wearable Art’ (WOW) exhibition then enjoy the atmosphere of the Honest Lawyer, a Country style pub. There are also many craft breweries and wineries to sample along the way.

Continue on the Trail where you turn off on the coastal route and take in the views from the coastal boardwalks of the Waimea Estuary and fertile farmland, (home to a range of internationally significant bird species including the white heron). Cross the spectacular Waimea Swing Bridge then on to Rabbit Island. Take a swim in a freshwater swimming hole or the warm sea waters of Rabbit Island.

The trail takes you along the main beach of Rabbit Island where you will come to the Ferry landing. A short trip across the channel on the iconic Mapua Ferry lands you at the Mapua Wharf, where you can enjoy the buzzing atmosphere of galleries, studios, restaurants, cafes, shops and the Golden Bear Boutique Brewery.

1 Night Accommodation: Mapua on the Water B&B

Day 2Mapua to Kaiteriteri (B)Cycling Distance 40 kms

After breakfast it’s on the bike again. A short ride through Ruby Bay and up to Tasman to New Zealand’s number 1 café ‘Jester House’. Enjoy the lovely gardens & feed the ‘Tame Eels’.

Once leaving Tasman, a steady climb up to Tasman View Road is all worthwhile as you enjoy the spectacular 360 degree views of Tasman Bay and the ranges (This section is grade 2-3 and has a climb of 200 metres over 4 km’s). You then drop down into the riverside community and on to Motueka.

Some recommended lunch or coffee stops are ‘Riverside Café’ at the bottom of Tasman View Road, or ‘Toad Hall’ at the beginning of Motueka.

As you make your way around the amazing coastal trail of Motueka, enjoy the variety of bird species and lovely scenery.
You are now approximately 12km’s from Kaiteriteri. This short bike ride into Kaiteriteri, takes in boardwalks, bridges, farmlands and orchards through Riwaka before entering the ‘Easy Rider’ trail of the Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park. This 4km section through the mountain bike park takes in stunning native forest. A reasonable level of fitness is required to bike this section and caution must be taken by inexperienced riders as there are tight turns and switchbacks.

Once you enter Kaiteriteri, explore the famous golden sands and atmosphere which is the gateway to the famous Abel Tasman National Park.

1 Night Accommodation: Kimi Ora Resort, Kaiteriteri Beach

Day 3Kaiteriteri to Abel Tasman National Park and Nelson (B)

Today you will experience something magical!

Departing at 9:00am the famous Discoverer Day is the ultimate boat cruise and walk combination in the Abel Tasman National Park. With two different walk options, the Discoverer Day offers all the best the Abel Tasman has to offer with a Full Scenic Boat Cruise, visits to Split Apple Rock and a Fur Seal colony, golden beaches, forest walking and wildlife encounters all in one superb day out.

Arriving back at Kaiteriteri, transport will be awaiting for the trip back to Nelson.

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