Gentle Long Weekender
Stoke – Mapua – Stoke (54 km)
If your idea of the best things in life includes getting your friends together for an easy cycling weekend (or any other days of the week) of wine, craft beer, and food then this ride is for you. The basic route is completely flat, the distances are relaxed and we provide detailed maps to make your self-guided riding a breeze. And we shuttle your bags too of course! The destination for this two night / three day itinerary is Mapua, an arty, foodie coastal village located on the Great Taste Trail Coastal Route. This trip would be a great introduction to multi-day cycling.
Day 1. The Gentle Cycling Company to Mapua (22km)
Our shuttle will pick you up at Nelson Airport which is 10 minutes from our base among the breweries in Stoke. The cycling distance, taking the off-road Great Taste Trail Coastal Route to Mapua is only 22km so as long as you leave our base by 2pm you will be in time for the last crossing of the Mapua Ferry, which transfers cyclists from the trail at Rabbit Island to the wharf in Mapua (10 minutes). The wharf is now home to galleries, cafes, a brewery, and a smoked fish shop loved by the locals. Your accommodation will be in a centrally located apartment or B&B in the village, close to a choice of dinner venues. If it is wet (which is hardly ever is in Nelson) and you choose not to cycle, we will shuttle you to Mapua for no extra charge. The shuttle is also available on day 3.
Day 2. Flexible Day
If you wish to do some more cycling today there are two great options. One is to cycle the next leg of the off-road Great Taste Trail Coastal Route towards Tasman, Lower Moutere and Motueka. There is a short sharp hill just beyond Mapua but after that it is an easy ride to Tasman (20km return) where the famous Jester House Cafe is a great venue for lunch. Steve Fullmer Gallery is also a must-see in Tasman. Beyond Tasman the hills get a bit more serious (maximum elevation 110m) but for those keen to go further we recommend cycling to Riverside Cafe in Lower Moutere and perhaps to Motueka return. The Riverside Cafe is located in a cottage with rambling gardens on the grounds of the Riverside Community – a unique Nelson location. Motueka is an old-style town with an interesting foreshore and sandspit.
Another option for a day of cycling would be the on-road route from Mapua to Upper Moutere (23km return). This area, known locally as the Tuscany of NZ, is lush and rolling and dotted with olive groves, apple orchards, old agricultural buildings and colonial houses. You will pass the stunning Mahana Vineyard (formerly Woollaston Estates), with it’s expansive views to the mountains and the sea. Upper Moutere village, with the Moutere Inn (serving a range of local craft beers), Katie Gold and Owen Bartlett Pottery, and the historic Lutheran Church, is also worth exploring. This is hop country, with hop gardens visible across the valley from the Moutere Inn. The route is not flat (maximum elevation 110m) so best for those happy with rolling terrain and a couple of longer hills. The on-road route includes one section of approximately 2km on a secondary highway, with the rest on quiet country roads.
Day 3. Mapua to The Gentle Cycling Company via Waimea Plains (approx 32km)
Today is the return cycle from Mapua to Stoke, and we recommend you take time for a detour into the wine country. After crossing on the ferry back to Rabbit Island, the first winery is Seifried Estates, which is a detour of 3km off the trail. Other wineries which are easy to access off the trail are Waimea Estates and Te Mania/Richmond Plains and there is a choice of cafes in this area also. Your final destination could be McCashins Brewery, Kitchen and Bar, which is 10 minutes from The Gentle Cycling Company. Our shuttle can transfer you back to Nelson Airport any time before 5pm.
|All Sorted||3||$497 (adult, minimum 2)|
All Sorted Gentle Weekender includes:
– Our Exclusive Good Things Maps of the Great Taste Cycle Trail
– Door-to-door transport, Nelson Airport to the Gentle Cycling Company on first day
– Bike, helmet & route notes
– Mapua Ferry tickets
– 2 nights accommodation in Mapua
– Daily luggage transfers
– Transport from The Gentle Cycling Company to Nelson airport on last day (any time before 5pm)
– Optional wet weather passenger shuttles to and from Mapua
Get in touch
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.