A new section of off-road Great Taste Trail opened on 17 April 2016, and the feature of this section is a dis-used rail tunnel. Cycling from Nelson, riders can take the Great Taste Trail Rail Route to Wakefield. The next leg is on the state highway for a distance of 4.5 km to the Wai-iti Domain. From here to the tunnel entrance the route is on trail. The trail continues through the tunnel, ending at the Norris Gully Recreation Area.
– Wakefield to Wai-iti Domain 4.5km via state highway with a small shoulder
– Wai-iti Domain to Belgrove 4.5km via Great Taste Trail
– Belgrove to Spooners Tunnel 10.8km via Great Taste Trail
– Spooners Tunnel to Norris Gully Recreation Area 3.2km via Great Taste Trail
The tunnel is 1.5km long. It is not lit and good lights are required.
The trail and tunnel are managed by the Nelson Tasman Cycle Trails Trust. For more information go to their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/cycletrails