Four days to Six days
multi-day tours

Our premium multi-day bike tours  on Tasman’s Great Taste Trail allow our guests to enjoy the diverse characteristics of the trail and its surrounding area.

We don’t use the obvious, we use the best

A premium Itinerary on The Great Taste Trail

Day 1 – Cycle from central Nelson to Mapua via Rabbit Island. If day 1 is a Saturday, browse the Nelson market before you start your bike ride. Along the way cafes, a brewery and a winery are close to the trail as well as other possible places to explore including the and Nelson Collectable Car Museum.Before catching the little the ferry to Mapua, stop off by the long sandy beach of Rabbit Island and go for a swim. When you arrive at Mapua wharf you will instantly see many of the eateries and shops that make this a popular destination with locals and visitors alike. Your accommodation will be a short distance from here.

35kms Grade 1. Mostly flat

Stay at Mapua

Optional extra day – Make the most of the the beautiful village of Mapua and stay an extra night before moving on. Use the extra day to cycle to and from your accommodation in Mapua and explore the hidden gems of the Moutere. If you want to sample some of the best flavours of the region, then this is a ‘must do’. A 35 km circuit offers unique coffee stops, fine food, boutique award-wining wineries(including the most scenic winery in the Nelson region), craft beers ( The Moutere Inn, NZ’s oldest pub) and studios of acclaimed artists.

This ride is not on the trail and uses back roads and local cycle/walk paths.

Stay at Mapua

Day 2 –Cycle from Mapua to Kaiteriteri. This is one of the most popular and diverse segments of the trail. Countryside and coastal sections get you to places that only cyclists will go. Several craft breweries, great coffee, and food options along the way. Our notes and maps will also help you find some local gems that you wouldn’t find directly on the trail.

43kms. Grade 2 with two short  Grade 3 sections. A mix of flat and short hills.

Stay at Kaiteriteri 

Optional extra day – Explore Abel Tasman National Park or relax and enjoy a swim off one of the local beaches or leisurely walks around the local tracks of Kaiteriteri. A 20km round trip following the coastal road (narrow in places but great views along the way) to Marahau is also an option if you don’t want a day off the bike. Stay at Kaiteriteri 

Day 3 – Cycle from Kaiteriteri to Stanley Brook in the Motueka Valley.  Stunning scenery, different to all the other days. Follow the majestic Motueka river for most of the way with Kahurangi National Park as the background scenery. Due to the rural nature of this ride, only a couple of coffee stops today! There are also access points to the river for safe swimming or picnic locations.There is also the option  to ride some extra kms and explore the Stanley Brook area on gravel roads nearby, or just arrive at the tranquil retreat and have a leisurely soak in the hot tub or go for a swim in the river. Dinner is also included so you don’t have to make any plans, it’s all taken care of.

45kms. Grade 2& 3. Grade 3 on a quiet little road following the river for approximately 33kms, which is also quite flat.

Stay at Stanley Brook, Motueka Valley

Day 4 – Vehicle transfer to the start of the ride with your choice of start points, Tapawera, Kohatu or Spooners Tunnel. Cycle to Nelson city centre ( or finish at Nelson airport if you want to catch a flight on the same day as your last bike ride).Cycle through Spooners tunnel then stop off along the way at the historical villages of Wakefield and Brightwater. At Richmond you can follow the railway reserve route for part of the return leg to Nelson.

53-70km (mostly flat or downhill!)

Grade 3 Tapawera to Kohatu ( trail and road)

Grades 1 & 2 Kohatu to Nelson

Have you got more time? Would you like to explore more?

We can offer other days of cycling in the quiet countryside or include a day or more in Abel Tasman National Park. Walking, kayaking or boat trips can be arranged to get you off the beaten path. 

Why not try our popular ‘Hub & Spoke’ approach to a cycle tour?

If you like the idea of a cycle tour  which means  you unpack once and enjoy a ‘home’ base on your multi-day adventure, then this is the style of cycle tour for you. Mapua village has become a very popular hub to stay at for the duration of the tour. Customers have enjoyed it so much, some have returned for subsequent trips. Each day you can be transferred to the start of you ride and cycle back to your door, or collected at the end of the ride and returned back to Mapua. It also provides lots of options to do day rides ( trail, gravel and back roads) from your door. The village atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming.  With lots of good eateries  a stroll from your base,the big decision is where to dine each evening! Your hub could be a self-catered house or apartment, B&B or  an all inclusive  luxury lodge. 

The Details

What's Included In Our Premium Tours

  • Accommodation in 4 and 4+ star boutique accommodation with breakfasts. Some overnight locations may have limited choice. Dinner will be provided when no restaurants are nearby
  • Hire of trail bike, helmet, lock, inner tube replacement kit
  • A premium welcome goody bag with a 'taste of the region'.
  • A choice of day pannier bags or touring pannier bag
  • Bike & rider transfers as required.
    Luggage transfers with baggage allowance of up to 2 bags per person (max weight 15Kgs per bag)
  • Route maps and bespoke route notes to help you discover hidden gems and other places of interest.
  • One way ferry ticket to Rabbit Island
  • Discount vouchers for local restaurants and cafes
  • A dedicated tour manager and support service throughout the duration of your tour
  • Airport pick up and drop off if you want your tour to start or finish at the airport
  • Prices:
    4 days / 3 nights from $1390 pp
    5 days / 4 nights from $1565 pp
    6 days / 5 nights from $1825 pp
    Solo traveller and children under 12 POA. Discounts available for larger groups (more than 6 people)

other upgrades you could enjoy

  • E- bike upgrade for only an extra $60 pp per day
  • Premium Plus - Boutique accommodation in unique locations
  • A day or more in the Abel Tasman National Park. This can be added in to your itinerary as an extra day or it can replace a cycling day. Cruise, walk and/or kayaking combinations are available. All inclusive multi-day tours in the park can be included at the beginning, middle or end of your cycle tour - a seamless way to explore the region
  • Gourmet rendezvous picnic lunches or packed lunches can be arranged
  • Private wine tastings
  • Extra cycling days
  • Enjoy a guided day ride with one of our experienced guides who can help you explore hidden gems of the region on a back road adventure
  • Heli-tours with or without cycling
  • E-maps, load your personalised tour onto your phone or tablet

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