The Extraordinary Great Taste Trail
This is the perfect trip to experience stunning natural landscapes, arts and artisans, wineries and local cuisine on a fully guided bike tour
Arrival - Meet & Greet
Accommodation: Palms Motel
Trail Journeys staff can meet you from your flight or bus trip and and transfer you to your accommodation at Palms Motel, or you can make your own way there from 3pm. Relax, acclimatise to the beautiful Nelson region and prepare to experience an extraordinary bike tour.
At 6.45pm, you will be met at Palms Motel by your guide who will give you a brief run down of what to expect over the next four days. Your guide will then take you to one of Nelson’s top restaurants, the Cod and Lobster Brassiere, for dinner.
Day one - Nelson to Wakefield
Accommodation: Snowball Manor and Oka Cottage
Your adventure starts today. Your guide will meet you at the Palms Motel at 9am and walk you to our depot (one block from the Palms), where we will fit you to your bike, and give you all the information you will need to enjoy your cycling holiday.
Your first morning of cycling takes you along the old rail corridor. We will stop at the ‘World of Wearable Art’ (WOW) museum before continuing our way around the Estuary towards Richmond. Lunch will be at the Waimea Plains Winery where there will be a chance to sample and purchase some of their award-winning wines.
After lunch there is some gentle cycling amongst gorgeous vineyards, orchards and farmland.
We will cross the Waimea River via a swing bridge with stunning views of the New Zealand Alps and carry on to Brightwater. The Brightwater to Wakefield stretch has quiet on road sections with minimal traffic, and winds through farmland and a small native forest. Just before Wakefield, we will stop at the boutique Falcon Ridge Winery, before finishing the day in the quaint village of Wakefield, where you will stay in Bed & Breakfast accommodation.
Day two - Wakefield – Spooners Tunnel to Kaiteriteri
Accommodation: - Torlesse Motel
You will be picked up at 8am this morning and transferred to Spooners Tunnel. This section is a highlight for many, the ride through “Spooners Tunnel” is 1352 metres long, it is the oldest disused rail tunnel in the southern hemisphere. A lovely downhill gradient takes you down to the Wai-iti Domain where our driver will pick you up again and transfer you over the Pigeon Valley summit, down the Dovedale Valley to Woodstock.
Whilst the distance is a bit longer today it is mostly downhill and flat. There are no eateries along this section, so a packed lunch and snacks are provided (included). On a nice day a swim in a Motueka river makes for an invigorating dip. The ride into Kaiteriteri takes in boardwalks, bridges, farmlands and orchards before entering the ‘Easy Rider’ trail of the Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park.
Once you enter Kaiteriteri, you can explore the famous golden sands and atmosphere of this beautiful town, the gateway to the famous Abel Tasman National Park.
Day three - Abel Tasman National Park
Accommodation: Torlesse Motel
An incredible day awaits, exploring the stunning Abel Tasman National Park (some say the eighth natural wonder of the world!). Your tour includes a guided walk inside the National Park with a scrumptious local picnic lunch. This is a great active day of walking and exploring this incredible National Park. The walking is graded easy, is four hours total and includes a cruise transfer to and from the start and end points and plenty of opportunities to swim and enjoy the sunny outdoors.
Day four - Kaiteriteri to Mapua
Accommodation: Mapua on the Water / For Puffed Pedallers
After breakfast we jump on our bikes again, bound for Mapua. This is a leisurely ride with many scenic attractions along the way. We re-trace our steps back to Riwaka and make our way around the coastal trail of Motueka, enjoying the variety of bird species and scenery. We enjoy a lunch stop at the very popular ‘TOAD Hall’ (own expense and no they don’t serve toads!) in lovely Motueka. On leaving Motueka we will pass through the Riverside Community, (great café here called Riverside Café) then head up over Tasman View Road. This section is grade two to three and is a steady climb. The spectacular views of Tasman Bay make it all worth it! Onward to the charming village of Tasman, and then past New Zealand’s number one café, ‘Jester House’. This is also a recommended coffee/café stop. Enjoy the lovely gardens & feed ‘Tame Eels’. Our final stop for the day is in Mapua where we will finish at the Rimu Grove Wine Bar, which stocks a huge selection of wines from around the region. Mapua is a lovely seaside town which has a buzzing atmosphere of galleries, studios, restaurants, cafes, shops, & craft beer. Our final group dinner is included at the premium restaurant, Jellyfish.
Day five - Mapua to Nelson
Today we board the iconic Mapua Ferry for the short trip across the channel to Rabbit Island. This is a relatively short day bound for our final destination, Nelson. The trail takes us along the main beach of Rabbit Island where long white sandy beaches and the peaceful surroundings are very calming. Perhaps a swim if you are keen (bring your togs)! Upon leaving the island we take a side excursion to the oldest family run winery in the South Island, Seifried’s Estate. The trail traverses the Waimea Swing Bridge, before taking 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). Lunch is at the Honest Lawyer, which is an “Olde Worlde English Country Pub” situated on the Monaco Peninsula. From here it is just a short final ride heading back to Nelson for our last farewells and your onward journey.
· Your own guide for the trip who will be with you from your arrival to departure
· Airport / Bus Transfers for arrival
· Standard Bike Hire (including helmet, lock, maps and panniers)
· All accommodation (5 nights)
· All breakfasts
· Three lunches (2 x packed lunches and including one winery lunch)
· Three restaurant dinners
· All wine tastings
· All bag transfers
· Mapua Ferry tickets
· Exclusive service for a maximum of 10 guests per tour
· Please note that a reasonable level of fitness is required for this tour. Please don’t let this put you off! You can opt for an e-bike for an additional cost of $52 per day.
· Departure transfers / accommodation can be arranged. Please inquire.
December 2nd to 7th 2018
February 10th to 15th 2019
· NZ$1,799 per person (minimum of two guests)
· Single supplement $500per person