Great Taste Beer Trail Ride

If you are a lover of Craft Beer and you can ride a bike we have a brilliant beery bike-ride for you! New Zealand’s only Great Taste Beer ride is a no sweat way to visit 3 breweries, taste the brews and chat to the brewers, using the bike to get from one brewery to the next. And it’s almost all on cycle trails around the sleepy suburb of Stoke.

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New sections of Great Taste Trail now open

The section of the off-road Great Taste Cycle Trail from Stoke (that’s where our HQ is) to Mapua via Rabbit Island (that’s where all the locals go to swim and picnic) is now open. That’s great news for cyclists looking for a ride that combines lots of Nelson’s best things – beaches, fresh fruit stalls, cafes, wineries, a craft brewery, what more would anyone want? Continue reading

Autumn on the Great Taste Trail

Autumn, the season of mellow fruitfulness, has been almost unbelievably beautiful here this year. The warm, calm days are going on and on, providing us with tip top cycling weather. The hop harvest is long gone and the grapevines are starting to drop their leaves and hunker down for the winter. The warm afternoon light makes for some great photo opportunities.

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Lets go foraging

This autumn harvest consists of feijoas, chestnuts and mushrooms, all harvested in the heart of Nelson city. Our council is actively planting fruit trees for community use, so it’s been feijoa crumble, feijoa pie, feijoa sorbet and just feijoas eaten with a teaspoon au naturelle all April.

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Cycling in Nelson beer country

Whenever I spend time cycling in the Moutere area, just half an hour out of Nelson city, I come home feeling I have been somewhere special. Not only is it my favourite sort of landscape (soft, green and gently rolling) it is also dotted with lots of reminders of its agricultural history. The old farm buildings seem to be hidden behind hedges and under trees everywhere you go. The oak tree sheltering this little shed must be even older than the shed.

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A reason to cycle gently

Call me romantic, but gentle cycling that includes visiting hidden treasures tucked away in quiet rural locations (the prettier the better) gives me just the reason I need to get out and about.  Add in a country pub for afters and I’m a very happy cyclist. This rural Nelson church is a real beauty and ticks all the boxes.  The wooden interior is unpainted and it has a staircase leading up to a tiny balcony, which provides access for the bell-puller. It’s hard to ignore the temptation to pull on that rope.

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