Cycling in Nelson just got even better with the official opening of the first section of the 175km Great Taste Trail. This section of the Great Taste Trail is at Rabbit Island Reserve (20 kms from Nelson airport). The connecting section, to link with Richmond (on the outskirts of Nelson city) is due for completion in October 2012.
This section Rabbit Island section of the Great Taste Trail starts at the causeway entrance to the island and travels 1.5km to the beachfront, then 5 kms along a sandy trail to the most western end of the island where it links with a new ferry service which takes cyclists and walkers across a narrow channel to the scenic coastal village of Mapua.
Once at Mapua, the redeveloped wharf area includes galleries, fish and chips, smoked fish, a cool garden shop and more. In the township, don’t miss the Naked Bun for European style pastries and great coffee.
For a fabulous day ride, add the ferry option to our Classic Beach and Wine Ride and we will pick you and your bikes up from Mapua at the end of the day and return you to Nelson. This would be a brilliant day of wineries, history, a swim, ferry ride and some retail therapy and coffee culture at the end.