Bikes, Beer & Beaches

Bikes, Beer & Beaches

4 Days

Stoke – Mapua – Motueka (2 nights) – Mapua

If you have an interest in craft beer, this ride is a real treat. After visiting the Stoke breweries, it follows the Great Taste Trail, then heads up into the Moutere foothills to visit the oldest pub in New Zealand (serving local craft beers). There are also some premier vineyards here and the route continues through agricultural country with opportunities to try more beers or just enjoy some of the many cafes along the way. There are some hills and a few kms on a fairly busy road with no shoulder on one of the days, so this route is for experienced cyclists. Other roads are quiet and most of the way you’re on the Trail itself. You will also have time to enjoy two of the most beautiful beaches of the Nelson Region where you can swim, picnic or just relax and take in the scenery.

 

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Day 1. The Gentle Cycling Company to Mapua (22km)

It’s an easy, flat ride today and a nice soft introduction to your cycling trip. There are three breweries located in Stoke, within 5km of The Gentle Cycling Company. Once out on the Great Taste Trail Coastal Route you can also detour a little to visit three wineries and a number of cafes. Then it’s a flat ride around the Waimea Estuary before heading towards Rabbit Island beach. A shuttle transfer will be provided for the 6km section of this route which has been closed as of 2 February 2018. 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 also some great galleries and if you see something that takes your fancy at Graham Snook’s wonderful Garden Gallery, just ask him to set it aside for you, then, on the last day of your ride you can put it in the van and bring it back to Nelson!
Craft beer on the route:
Bays Brewery (Stoke)
McCashins Brewery (Stoke)
Eddyline Brewery (Stoke)
Golden Bear Brewery (Mapua)

Day 2. Mapua to Upper Moutere to Motueka (37km)

Today’s route is mostly on-road, detouring off the Great Taste Trail up into the hills behind Mapua to Upper Moutere and from there, on to Motueka. A reasonable level of fitness is required though the landscape is rolling rather than steep with one longer, steady climb of approximately 2 km. The route includes two short (2km each way), and one much shorter, sections on a secondary road with no shoulder, and is not recommended for children. Otherwise it is on quiet roads or the Great Taste Trail.

After the climb from the coast up to the summit of the rolling Moutere foothills (elevation approx 100 m) the route is a lovely meander on country roads past vineyards and apple orchards to Upper Moutere. Look out for plantings of grapes, olives, black currants and hops and the old hop kilns, colonial farmhouses and interesting farm buildings. Mahana Estates vineyard and kitchen is worth a look, set in a magical location with views to the mountains and the sea. In the village of Upper Moutere stands the Moutere Inn (opens 12 midday), NZ’s oldest pub. It is a craft beer freehouse with 13 rotating taps and a view of a hop garden from their outdoor courtyard. From there, the ride on to Motueka is briefly on the highway and then on quiet country roads through the heart of the historic apple orcharding country. Most of NZ’s cider apples are grown in this area and you will pass right by the beautiful Neudorf Vineyards where you are welcome to take a picnic and relax on the lawn with a glass of their gorgeous chardonnay. This route re-joins the off-road Great Taste Trail at Lower Moutere and from there it is a short easy ride into the edge of the township of Motueka where Townshend Brewery is right on the trail. The Coastal Route by-passes the long main street of Motueka, taking a pretty route past the old wharf and through an area many visitors miss.
Craft beer on the route:
Moutere Inn serving local craft beers (Upper Moutere)
Townshend Brewery (Motueka).This brewery is on the site of Toad Hall Café which serves the beers. There is a viewing window into the brewery.
Sprig & Fern (Motueka) serves a wide range of locally brewed craft beer, ales and ciders

Day 3. Motueka – Riwaka – Kaiteriteri return (25 km)

This section of the Great Taste Trail is flat – until the end, and not too long, so you will have time to linger at Kaiteriteri, have a swim and laze for a while on the beach. Or, if you have some spare energy, there are a few short walks in the area. The ride today is “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 in a container, Thomas’ real fruit icecreams (in season) and the Hop Federation Brewery which offers tastings to thirsty cyclists. 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; some riders prefer to walk. As the trail winds down through the bush and pine trees you will soon get your first glimpse of the stunning golden shores of Kaiteriteri Beach. Linger here a while then return to Motueka via the same route.
Craft beer on the route:
Hop Federation Brewery (Riwaka)

Day 4. Motueka – Mapua (28 km)

You will be retracing your route around the Motueka foreshore this morning (lovely in the early morning light and a good time for bird-spotting). Perhaps take a leisurely breakfast at Toad Hall Café and continue on the flat to Riverside Café (another great breakfast option) on the site of Riverside Community – the oldest alternative community in NZ. The Great Taste Trail then heads uphill following a rolling ridge with spectacular views out to Tasman Bay and across to Nelson city. The descent into the village of Tasman is a beauty and there is another great cafe here, the Jester House, with a quirky garden. The last section through to Mapua travels past apple orchards before another lovely descent down to the coast at Ruby Bay. From here it’s just a short flat ride to Mapua village and the chance of a rest and another beer while you wait for your shuttle pick up.
Craft beer on the route:
Golden Bear Brewery (Mapua)

 

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