New video of the Great Taste Trail

Tourism NZ recently produced a new video of the Great Taste Trail and we had the pleasure of helping out with bikes and support. Here are some pics we took during the shoot. To view the gorgeous video, just go to our home page.

TNZ film crew on the Great Taste TrailIntroducing – the film crew.

Filming in Kina Beach vineyard on the Great Taste TrailThe cyclists in the Kina Beach vineyard. This vineyard is situated on the lovely Kina Peninsula, just off the Great Taste Trail Coastal Route trail near the village of Tasman. Darryl Frost’s “Playing with Fire” sculpture garden and pottery, with anagama kiln, is just across the road. Also in Tasman is Steve Fulmer’s pottery gallery. His fabulous, painterly pieces of domestic-ware and quirky non-functional ware are a joy.

Lou at Kina Beach vineyard on the Great Taste TrailLou raking the gravel at Kina Beach Vineyard. Lou is the friendly welcoming face at Kina Beach Vineyard. Appointments are necessary for a tasting here. For casual vineyard visits, the densest area of vineyards is on the Great Taste Trail Rail Route, between Stoke and Brightwater, where many cellar doors are open regular hours and some have cafes.

Cyclists buying apples on the Great Taste TrailThe cyclists stopping to pick up a bag of Nelson apples. This stall has small bags of apples just right for picking up and taking with you on your ride. The Great Taste Trail Coastal Route goes right through the heart of the apple growing region. In spring, the blossom is a delight. In summer, expect to see apple pickers in the orchards and to enjoy the crunch of biting into the freshly picked fruit. Apples have been grown in these apple-tree loving clay soils since the early 1920’s, when the apple industry arrived with a flourish, leading to the establishment of the wharf at Mapua. The Mapua Wharf is now a destination for eating, drinking and shopping.

At the Jester House Cafe on the Great Taste TrailGetting up close and personal with the eels (and the cat) at the Jester House Cafe. This cafe, also sited right on the Great Taste Trail, is a classic Nelson Tasman experience – a marriage between quirky creativity (think rambling gardens with a maze and hidden jungle animals for the kids) and great food and service.

With the cat at the Jester House Cafe on the Great Taste TrailAngie taking a break from riding a bike, to have a chat with the Jester House cat.

At Rabbit Island on the Great Taste TrailRose holding the big silver reflector. Even the Gentle Cycling crew got called in to help from time to time.

At Kaiteriteri Beach on the Great Taste TrailGrabbing the last of the warm evening sun at Kaiteriteri beach. The beachfront marks the end of the Great Taste Trail Coastal Route. Waiting for this sun was an excercise in optimism, as we sat, and we waited, and the sun stayed behind the clouds. But the crew were determined it was going to pop out again before the light faded and were ready when it did. It’s a wrap!