A new tunnel for the Great Taste Trail

A new section of off-road Great Taste Trail opened on 17 April 2016, and the feature of this section is a dis-used rail tunnel. Cycling from Nelson, riders can take the Great Taste Trail Rail Route to Wakefield. The next leg is on the state highway for a distance of 4.5 km to the Wai-iti Domain. From here to the tunnel entrance the route is on trail. The trail continues through the tunnel, ending at the Norris Gully Recreation Area.

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Hiking, biking or kayaking

Hiking, biking or kayaking in the Nelson Tasman region feature in a new article in Australian magazine The Senior Traveller. The cover image is all a-glow with the autumn colour of Mahana apple trees, illustrating one of the delights of the Great Taste Trail. Foody places feature of course –  there are in fact five craft breweries and plenty of wineries easily accessible to cyclists riding the trail.

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Read an on-line article by the same author here   http://www.lifestyle.com.au/travel/eat-play-stay-best-of-nelson-new-zealand.aspx

A Rural Oasis

The Gentle Cycling Company is sited in a rural oasis in Stoke, a sleepy suburb just 15 minutes by car from the center of Nelson. We share a site with Nikau Gardens, a native plant nursery. The established trees are a great addition to our environment here. Our building is an old farm shed, built when this area of Stoke was still agricultural.

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Upper Moutere – Cycling Heaven

The village of Upper Moutere and it’s environs are a cycling heaven. And if you have never been to the Nelson region or have not had a chance to explore, this area is a must-see. After all, this is the region that inspired the early modernist painters such as Doris Lusk and Bill Sutton and has attracted arty types ever since. The hills of the beautiful Moutere area were covered in apple orchards then, whilst now you may see more vineyards than apples, but that isn’t all bad! Upper Moutere is a detour off the Great Taste Trail but we think it is well worth the ride – as long as you are happy cycling on roads. We recommend a stopover in Mapua en route. The village here is a beauty and if you enjoy a bustling holiday atmosphere, come during January – but book your accommodation early. The wharf at Mapua is now home to cafes and artsy, foody places, but not so long ago it was the loading point for ships, taking those fabulous Nelson apples to far flung ports. The photographs in the little museum on the wharf are a fascinating record of this history. A personal foody favourite in Mapua is the Naked Bun Cafe, where the European style baking is pretty jolly good.

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