Great Taste Trio
2½ days cycling plus 2½ days in the Abel Tasman National Park
Stoke – Mapua – Motueka – Kaiteriteri (65.5 km)
Experience the Great Taste Trail and Abel Tasman National Park in five magical days. Our new trio package, in conjunction with Wilsons Abel Tasman, ensures that everything is taken care of. Enjoy two and a half days of glorious cycling, exploring the Great Taste Trail Coastal Route from Stoke to Kaiteriteri. Then luxuriate in the Park for two and a half days, staying in the Wilsons beach front lodges.
In this supported and partially guided package, we make sure that you get the best of everything the trail can offer. You have the security of a personalised service and we make the arrangements for you so you don’t miss anything along the way. Our detailed itinerary and trail maps provide clear instructions about the route, our favourite places to eat and drink and our recommended detours to special places off the trail. You have the option of vehicle support for the last leg of the trail through the Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park. This package includes 2 nights accommodation and 1 breakfast.
Day 1: Cycle from The Gentle Cycling Company to Mapua, 22km.
Easy grade, self guided
After your 9am shuttle pickup on day one, from Nelson city to The Gentle Cycling Company in Stoke, you will meet the crew and finalise your itinerary before bike fittings and departure. The ride today has no hills, so you will have ample time to visit a craft brewery, enjoy estuary views, stop for a swim and take a ferry built for bikes. The short ferry ride links the trail at Rabbit Island to the Mapua Wharf. Take time to explore the pretty coastal village of Mapua – it is casual and summery here, with kids swimming, busy cafes, a brewery, and hot smoked fish and chips best eaten straight out of the paper. And pick up a patisserie or two in the village too, they are pretty hard to resist. Your B & B accommodation is near Mapua, we recommend one of the cafes on the wharf for dinner.
Day 2: Cycle from Mapua to Motueka, 26kms.
Easy & intermediate grades, self guided
Enjoy a relaxed breakfast at your B & B before departure. There are some rolling hills and spectacular views along the trail today (max elevation 100m) and two cafes with rambling gardens. From Mapua the Great Taste Trail follows the coast to the sleepy settlement of Ruby Bay before ducking up onto an elevated route above the coast among the apple orchards. It is a beautiful gentle downhill into Tasman, home to the first quirky café, a stylish pottery and an optional detour out to the beachfront on the Kina Peninsula. The route then turns back uphill to follow a rolling trail along a ridge and down into Lower Moutere. The charming cafe here is at the original Riverside Community, the oldest alternative community in NZ. The last section of trail into Motueka follows around the estuary waterfront, past rambling gardens and grassy beach reserves. Look out for the Saltwater Baths and the old wharf. Your accommodation is at a centrally located motel, with restaurants nearby.
Day 3: Cycle from Motueka to Kaiteriteri, 17.5km.
Easy & intermediate grades, guided with vehicle support
Your personal guide will meet you at 9am to provide any support you need for the last leg of the ride through to Kaiteriteri. This section of the trail travels through the fruit-growing area of Motueka with trail-side stalls providing a range of fruit to sample. As you rejoin the coast, the trail climbs and drops beside the road for a section before ducking into the Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park. This last section of 3.1 km, takes the Easy Rider Trail through the bike park. The surface here is smooth and it is not technical, but some riders might want to take it very gently as there are some tight corners. The trail winds down through the bush and pine trees and you will soon get your first glimpse of your destination – the stunning golden shores of Kaiteriteri Beach. At mid-day your Gentle Cycling guide will introduce you to your Wilsons Abel Tasman guide for your transfer into the park.
Wilsons Abel Tasman offer all inclusive multi day park trips, staying in their beachfront lodges in the heart of the park. Choose either a Guided Walk or a Guided Kayak option.
Day 4, 5: Walk and kayak, Abel Tasman National Park
Your guides, lodge and boat hosts will help you plan each day in the park so you choose how active you want to be. Walk the well-formed track, weaving through lush native forest and emerging onto long, golden-sand beaches. Kayak the best sections of the granite coast or take a boat between the two Beachfront Lodges. Your package includes return transport to Nelson.
|A Little Bit Special||$650* (adult, minimum 2 people)|
*Price does not include Wilsons Abel Tasman component
Wilsons Guided Walk, 2 night option:
1 Oct – 31 Oct & 1 Apr – 30 Apr $12oo adult; 1 Nov – 31 Mar $1400 adult
Wilsons Guided Kayak & Walk, 2 night option:
1 Oct – 31 Oct & 1 Apr – 30 Apr $1340 adult; 1 Nov – 31 Mar $1540 adult
4 night Wilsons Abel Tasman trip options also available
Wilsons Abel Tasman trips can be added on to any of our cycling itineraries that end at Kaiteriteri
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.