Stoke – Mapua – Motueka – Kaiteriteri (65.5 km)
A great self-guided family ride suitable for keen and confident junior cyclists, this trip could be extended by adding a second night at the charming coastal village of Mapua. With this route, you will follow the Coastal Route of the Great Taste Trail from the Waimea plains to the golden beach at Kaiteriteri, the gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park. Take a ferry built for bikes, cycle through apple and kiwifruit orchards and stop off at the funky cafes. And while you are here (in the heartland of NZ hops) make time to taste the beers at the four craft breweries along the trail. There are some hills on this route but nothing much over 100 metres and the views and down hills make it all worthwhile.
Day 1. The Gentle Cycling Company to Mapua via Mapua Ferry (22 km)
It’s not a long ride today, so you might want to ride to the World of Wearablearts or the Peanut Butter factory with the kids (yes they are both on the cycle trail) before heading away. McCashins Brewery and Eddyline Brewery are on the trail in Stoke. Once on the Great Taste Trail Coastal Route, it’s an easy, flat ride around the Waimea Estuary before heading towards Rabbit Island beach. Stop for a break, have a swim, or bring a picnic to have on the beach, before catching the ferry from Rabbit Island to the Mapua Wharf. It is casual and summery on the wharf, with kids swimming, busy cafes, another brewery and hot smoked fish and chips to be eaten straight out of the paper. There are lots of neat things in Mapua, including a great gallery (with the best range of craft jewellery in the region) and the old wharf is a great place to relax after your first day of riding.
Extra night option: Linger Longer in Mapua
We recommend you consider two nights in Mapua, allowing time enjoy this arty, foodie village. Take time to wander in the village, visiting the galleries, shops, wine bar, brewery and cafes. Or follow the locals to the estuary for a swim at high tide (or take your lead from the kids who prefer to jump off the wharf). There is plenty to fill a relaxing rest day here. Please request the “Linger Longer in Mapua” version of this itinerary at time of booking.
Day 2. Mapua to Motueka via Tasman and Lower Moutere (26 km)
You are cycling from Mapua to Motueka today. There are some hills in this intermediate grade section but there’s a great cafe after the hill section! From Mapua the Great Taste Trail follows the coast to the sleepy settlement of Ruby Bay before a steepish climb of approximately 1km up onto an elevated route above the coast among the apple orchards. It is a beautiful gentle downhill into Tasman, home to a quirky café (with tame eels), a stylish pottery and an optional detour out to the beachfront on the Kina Peninsula. The route then turns back uphill for a longer climb of approximately 3km to the Moutere ridge. The next gravel section (4.5km) climbs and descends as you follow the ridge (elevation approximately 110m). It’s not a long section so take it easy and enjoy the views. The last leg, down to the charming cafe on the site of the original Riverside Community, offers gorgeous views across lush farmland to the Western Ranges. The last section of trail into Motueka is all flat and follows around the estuary waterfront, past rambling gardens and grassy beach reserves. Look out for the Saltwater Baths and the old wharf.
Day 3. Motueka to Kaiteriteri via Riwaka (17.5 km)
This is a short section and it’s flat – until the end. And it’s “honesty box” country so expect some fresh fruit (in season) including apples, pears, nashi, grapes, feijoas, citrus and melons. Leaving Motueka the trail heads to Riwaka, a cute little village which is home to a great cafe and a craft brewery, so plan to stop there! After Riwaka, there is a section that goes right through a kiwifruit orchard before the trail rejoins the coast. The trail then drops and climbs beside the road for a section before ducking into the Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park. This last section of 3.1 km is intermediate grade and takes the Easy Rider Trail through the park. The surface is smooth and it is not technical but you might want to take it very gently as there are some tight corners and some riders prefer to walk. As the trail winds down through the bush and pine trees you will soon get the first glimpse of your destination – the stunning golden shores of Kaiteriteri Beach. The beach is the departure point for boats travelling into the Abel Tasman National Park. All our Coastal Classic packages include door-to-door return transport from Kaiteriteri, bringing you and your bikes back to Nelson.
Extra night option: Kaiteriteri Overnight with Park Day
Why not add a day trip in the Abel Tasman National Park to your cycling holiday. This extra night option includes a night at an Eco Resort in Kaiteriteri – the perfect way to relax at the end of your cycling trip. The following morning your hosts will shuttle you down to the beachfront where your Park Day begins. Book your Wilsons Abel Tasman trip with us (standard retail prices apply) to receive a complimentary picnic lunch. Prices start at $80 adult for an Open Day Pass. Please request the “Kaiteriteri Overnight with Park Day” version of this itinerary at time of booking.
|All Sorted||3||From $455 (adult)|
|All Sorted||4||From $620 (adult)|
|Pretty Independent||3||$266 (adult)|
All Sorted 3 day includes 2 nights en suite accommodation
All Sorted 4 day includes 3 nights en suite accommodation. Please request one of these options at time of booking:
– “Linger Longer in Mapua” (add an extra night for a 2 night stay in Mapua)
– “Kaiteriteri Overnight with Park Day” option (add a night in Kaiteriteri with a day trip in the Abel Tasman the following day. Price does not include Abel Tasman trip)
Wilsons Abel Tasman 3 or 5 day trips, staying in their beachfront lodges, can also be combined with this cycling itinerary.
When you email us we will reply with a bunch of questions which will provide all the information we need to provide a quote for you. For “All Sorted” packages, we will reserve accommodation at time of quoting and this will be held until you confirm.
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We’re open 9am – 5pm from 1 September 2016 till 27 April 2017. We are open 7 days a week, apart from these exceptions: we are closed for Christmas 23 – 26 December 2016 and open for multi day rides but closed for single day rides on New Years Day, Good Friday & Anzac Day. Bookings are essential.