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Tasman’s Great Taste Trail

OverviewTrail Status: Open

Nelson — Kaiteriteri (1-4 days, 38-175km)

Tasman’s Great Taste Trail starts at the Nelson Airport or the Nelson i-SITE and offers panoramic coastal and mountain views over Tasman Bay, Waimea Estuary and the Western Ranges, with many stops for fine food and relaxation.

After leaving Richmond, riders pass over boardwalks along the edge of the Waimea Estuary, home to a range of internationally significant bird species, including the white heron and royal spoonbill.

From here the trail crosses to Rabbit Island, where riders can take a boat trip to the Mapua wharf and enjoy cottage-industry shops, cafés and restaurants.

From Mapua the route leads via Tasman and Harley Roads to Motueka, which hosts award-winning wineries; then on to Kaiteriteri, the gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park.

The Motueka Valley section of the trail from Riwaka goes to Woodstock on country roads along the Motueka River’s west bank. The picturesque landscape is one of rivers and rolling hills with a gorgeous backdrop of forest and mountains.

From Woodstock, a Grade 3 route heads over Dovedale Hill to Wakefield on an unsealed undulating country road that climbs up to 300m. This route is temporary and will be replaced with a flatter route via Tapawera and Kohatu Junction in the future.

From Wakefield, the trail returns to Nelson on purpose-built cycle paths and lanes and takes riders through vineyards and cafés, with various accommodation options. The full loop is 175km. From Wakefield, a 26km return side trip can be taken to historic Spooners Tunnel.

Mapua flavours

Known for its aromatic smoked seafood, Mapua is an essential stop for any food-lover. The waterfront cafés and fine-dining restaurants offer superb views to complement the great cuisine.

Abel Tasman National Park

This may be New Zealand’s smallest national park (22,530ha), but it’s huge on exquisite natural features. When you’re unwinding on a stretch of golden sand here you could be forgiven for thinking you’re on a tropical island.

If kayaking had a home in New Zealand it would undoubtedly be here… you can
spend your days exploring the beautiful bays and coves by yourself or with a guide. You can also charter a yacht, swim with seals, paddle a sea kayak or go skydiving.

Water taxis to the park are available from Kaiteriteri and Marahau. Road access is via Kaiteriteri and then Marahau.

Be Prepared

MOBILE PHONE COVERAGE: Available throughout the trail.

DRINKING WATER: Water can be purchased at shops at each township along the trail. Some drinking water is also available at reserves such as on Rabbit Island. The longest distance without water supply is from Richmond to Rabbit Island (15km).

Weather Info

The Nelson Tasman region is blessed with a mild mediterranean climate and often boasts the highest annual sunshine hours in New Zealand - perfect for exploring the region's cycle trails! Even in winter the region enjoys many clear sunny days for riding.

During summer (December to February) temperatures vary from 13 ̊ C to 22 ̊ C
During winter (June to August) temperatures vary from 3 ̊ C to 13 ̊ C
January and February are the hottest months of the year and July is generally the coldest.

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Inspiration, News and Updates

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APPLICATIONS FOR THIS POSITION HAVE NOW CLOSED.   Project Manager / Trail Manager Nelson Tasman Cycle Trails Trust Contract opportunity 20-30 hours per week Flexibility to manage your own working hours Optimise cycle trail opportunities in the region Work with a highly committed and energeti...

 

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TRAIL SAFETY UPDATE: Tasman's Great Taste Trail DATE: 6 May 2017 ISSUE: Duck Hunting Season - Part Trail Closure Please note the trail will be closed between Ravensdown on Lower Queen Street to Lansdowne Road from midnight to 10am, and 4pm to midnight on Saturday 6 May 2017. Closure is for only these times on...

 

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TRAIL SAFETY UPDATE: Tasman's Great Taste Trail DATE: 13 April 2017 The trail is currently closed at the Waimea bridge between Lower Queen street and Rabbit Island due to flooding. The trail is also closed between Wai-iti Domain and Quail Valley Road at Belgrove due to flooding. Flooding west on Riwaka bes...

 

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TRAIL SAFETY UPDATE: Tasman's Great Taste Trail DATE: 7 December 2016 ISSUE: Spooners Tunnel is Open for riders We're thrilled to inform riders the Spooners Tunnel is once again open for all to enjoy. Just in time for the Christmas holidays :-)...

 

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A routine geotechnical has identified some maintenance issues on the northern portal of Spooners Tunnel. The tunnel is therefore closed for repair work. The maintenance team are working hard to get the tunnel open for early November. Details for riding the sections of Tasman’s Great Taste Trail can be found her...

 

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A routine geotechnical has identified some maintenance issues on the northern portal of Spooners Tunnel. The tunnel is therefore closed for repair work. The maintenance team are working hard to get it open for the school holidays (23 September), but it may not be open until the end of September. Details for ridi...

 

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Please note the Spooners Tunnel along Tasman's Great Taste Trail is temporarily closed for structural repairs and maintenance. We will provide updates when available, however the work is expected to take about one month....

 

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TRAIL SAFETY UPDATE: SPOONERS TUNNEL TEMPORARY CLOSURE Please note The Spooners Tunnel section of Tasman's Great Taste Trail is currently closed due to inspection and maintenance requirements. We will provide an update to this closure once a further assessment has been carried out. Many thanks....

 

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The Nelson Tasman Cycle Trails Trust has been awarded the Overall Winner for Tasman in the 2016 Trustpower Nelson Tasman Community Awards. The community awards, held in Nelson, celebrated 270 million volunteer hours from across the country with the help of this year's nine other category winners, runners-up, final...

 

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Duck Hunting season starts this weekend! A section of Tasman's Great Taste Trail will be closed for one day on Saturday 7 May 2016 for the first day of the game bird hunting season. Between midnight and 10am and between 4pm and midnight the trail will be closed from Ravensdown on Lower Queen Street through to La...

 

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This Sunday 17 April, Spooners Tunnel will become the newest section of the Tasman's Great Taste Trail to be unveiled. A railway tunnel left unused for 60 years opened up to cyclists and walkers to enjoy. At 1.35km, it will be the Southern Hemisphere's longest tunnel used exclusively by cyclists and walkers. It'...

 

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TRAIL STATUS UPDATE: Tasman's Great Taste Trail DATE: 25 March 2016 We are pleased to advise the trail is now open. Please ride carefully as contractors remain carrying out flood repairs. Thank you. ...

 

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TRAIL SAFETY UPDATE: Tasman's Great Taste Trail DATE: 24 March 2016 ISSUE: Flooding Please note the trail is closed at the north of Riwaka due to flooding. We will provide further updates when possible. Waimea River bridge section is closed, and Lower Queen Street to Rabbit Island. ...

 

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CYCLE TRAIL SAFETY UPDATE: CYCLE TRAIL CLOSURE NOTICE - 18 February 2016 The Cycle Trail from Richmond to Brightwater, and Richmond to Mapua is closed due to damage on the trail from the severe weather in Nelson yesterday. Notice will be given once the trail has been cleared. Please note the MAPUA FERRY is...

 

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Richard Kempthorne
Enjoy leisurely riding through stunning scenery - from boardwalks around the Waimea Estuary, through forested trails on Rabbit Island to a ferry ride to a delicious lunch in Mapua - it's all here on the Great Taste Trail! RICHARD KEMPTHORNE – Mayor of Tasman