Coastal Combo Classic
3 Day– 2 Night, Coastal Combo
Total minimum cycling distance 73km
This Abel Tasman National Park adventure is a three day/ two night independent cycle tour on the Tasman’s Great Taste Trail. You will cycle between three to five hours per day on a vehicle free trail with an easy to moderate gradient. During your ride you will be able to visit award winning wineries, craft breweries and cafés, you can sample local produce and enjoy the buzzing atmosphere of Mapua Wharf. At the end of your day after exploring the attractions and experiencing the amazing scenery of the Nelson and Tasman coastlines you can relax and reflect in your double or twin accommodation.
Adding to your Great Taste Trail experience, you will finish your tour in Kaiteriteri where you can explore the famous golden sands found here at the gateway to the world famous Abel Tasman National Park. You have the option to enjoy the Discoverer Day boat cruise package with Abel Tasman Sea Shuttles. Cruising up the stunning coastline to Totaranui you can choose one of two options, either to stay on the cruise and relax or to disembark and walk part of the Abel Tasman track before boarding the boat again to top off an unforgettable three days.
Day 1 - Nelson City to Mapua - Distance: 32kms - Meals: Available along the Trail (own cost)
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 the Tasman’s Great Taste Trail. We suggest you be at our depot by 9.00am for a 9:30am departure (this is flexible).
You may choose to explore Nelson City before following the blue Great Taste Trail markers and heading south out towards the seaside village of Mapua. Along the way you can visit the ‘World of Wearable Art’ exhibition and enjoy the atmosphere of the ‘Honest Lawyer’, a country style pub. There are also many craft breweries and wineries to sample along the way.
Continuing on the Great Taste Trail you will turn off the coastal path and experience the coastal boardwalks of the Waimea Estuary and fertile farmland there, which is home to a range of internationally significant bird species including the white heron. Next you will cross the spectacular Waimea Swing Bridge then on to Rabbit Island where you can take a swim in a freshwater swimming hole or the warm sea waters of Rabbit Island.
The trail takes you alongside the main beach of Rabbit Island where you will shortly arrive at 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 boutique Golden Bear Brewery.
Day 2 - Mapua to Kaiteriteri - Distance: 40kms - Meals: Breakfast
After breakfast it’s on the bike again for a short ride through Ruby Bay towards Tasman and to New Zealand’s number 1 café ‘Jester House’. Here you can enjoy the lovely gardens & feed the tame eels!
On 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 beyond (this section is grade 2-3 and has a climb of 200 meters over 4 km’s). Next you will drop down into the riverside community and on to Motueka. Some recommended lunch or coffee stops are the ‘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, you can enjoy the variety of bird species and gorgeous scenery.
From the edge of Motueka you will be approximately 12km’s from Kaiteriteri. The short bike ride into Kaiteriteri takes in boardwalks and bridges through the farmland and orchards of Riwaka before entering the ‘Easy Rider’ trail of the Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park. This 4km section through the mountain bike park winds through the stunning native beech 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 you can explore the famous golden sands which mark the gateway to the famous Abel Tasman National Park.
Day 3 - Abel Tasman National Park - Meals: Breakfast
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 is the best way to experience all the Abel Tasman has to offer including a scenic boat cruise, a visit to Split Apple Rock and a Fur Seal colony, views of beautiful golden beaches, forest walking and wildlife encounters all in one superb day out.
Arriving back at Kaiteriteri, transport will be awaiting you for your trip back to Nelson.
Prices based on twin/double share accommodation
Retail Rate 2017-2019 = NZD$679.00pp (single supplement $299.00pp if required)
- All cycle equipment which includes trail comfort bike, helmet, repair kit, panniers, odometer and trail documentation
- Luggage transfers (1 bag per person – limit 15kgs per bag)
- Abel Tasman Sea Shuttles – Discoverer Day
- Bottled water
- Transport: Kaiteriteri to Nelson
- Mapua Ferry crossing
- Accommodation based on twin/double share with breakfast included
- Luggage storage for excess luggage available if returning to Nelson after tour
- 12 months of the year
- Transport from Nelson Airport (or accommodation) to Nelson City (extra $30 per person – minimum 2 pax)
- Enjoy this tour and take the effort out of the hills on our high end Scott or Avanti electric bikes (extra $100 per person)
- Packed lunch for your day out in the Abel Tasman National Park (extra $20 per person)
(all accommodation is en suite/private bathroom based on twin/double share, based on availability)
- Day 1 – Mapua (B & B)
- Day 2 – Kaiteriteri