Eat, Drink and Cycle Nelson Great Taste Trail December 3rd – 8th
Prepare yourself for the festive season with an unwind and join us for a delicious 5 day/ 5 night cycle in the Nelson area. The Great Taste Trail provides great off road cycling paths and when we are on road the traffic will be minimal.
We provide e-bikes (regular bikes for those who would rather) which are extremely simple to ride and make everything just that much easier – we are on a Tour de Food not Tour de France! As our distances are light and day 1 and 2 flat, you are very welcome to choose a regular bike if you feel you would like more exercise.
December is a great time for Nelson berries – strawberries of course and hopefully some early boysenberries and raspberries. The orchards and vineyards will be lush, the hops green and the weather should be around 21°C.
Accommodation is a mix of B&Bs and resort/motel. At the B&Bs there is likely to be some sharing of bathrooms, single supplements will have their own.
Price for twin share $2300
Single supplement plus $550
Numbers strictly limited to 12.
Your package includes:
Door-to-door transport, Nelson to our base on first day
Our exclusive Good Things Maps
4 days bike hire. Low step e-bike, charger, lock & toolkit
5 x nights’ accommodation
5 x breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
Mapua Ferry tickets
Door-to-door transport, Kaiteriteri to Nelson on final day
Wilsons Abel Tasman Open Day Pass, including picnic lunch
Day 1. Friday December 3rd. Stoke to Wakefield Approximately 25km cycle
Our Eat, Drink and Cycle Nelson starts in Stoke this morning where we meet and greet before getting on our bikes and heading out for a quick cycle to Richmond where we will have a sensorial overload. It starts with a fabulous local cheese tasting, lunch at Grape Escape and a sip or two of wine at Brightwater vineyard, plus a peek at beautiful Hoglund Glass.
From here it is a leisurely cycle on through the village of Brightwater to our destination of Wakefield.
Accommodation for the night will be at local B&Bs.
Dinner to be advised
Day 2. Saturday December 4th. Wakefield to Mapua Approximately 28km cycle (+26km early morning side trip to Spooners tunnel for those keen)
For those that want to experience the Spooners Tunnel we will have a 26km add on this morning by cycling up and through the tunnel (tunnel length is 1.4km) and back again to Wakefield. This is optional but on an e-bike should be totally achievable for most.
Today we head across the Waimea Plains to Rabbit Island. The first section retraces the Rail Route from Wakefield back to Brightwater. We will have a coffee stop, visit McGlashen pottery and then travel along quiet and pretty country roads across the Waimea Plains and on to the tranquil beach of Rabbit Island. Have your togs handy in case you feel like a quick dip. We follow the beach for approximately 7km to the ferry landing before doing a quick ferry crossing to Mapua Wharf. The village of Mapua is known for its galleries, cafes, and Sprig & Fern brewery.
Dinner the Apple Shed
Day 3 Sunday December 5th. Exploring Upper Moutere (Approximately 28km cycle)
Fondly known as the Tuscany of New Zealand, Upper Moutere is as lovely place to spend a day exploring with vineyards, art galleries and cafes.
Having had 2 days of flat riding we now head into some rolling hills with one 2km gradual climb. The cycle today is on-road, we are off the Great Taste Trail but the traffic should be mild. We will pass vineyards and apple orchards as well as fields of fragrant hops.
Neudorf vineyard is recognized internationally as this regions’ premiere vineyard, we will enjoy a wine tasting here as well as a craft beer or two at the charming Moutere Inn (the oldest pub in NZ)
Dinner at The Smokehouse or something similar
Day 4. Monday December 6th. Mapua to Kaiteriteri
Our day starts by cycling to Motueka (26km), we will pass craft studios and orchards where we are able to stop to browse. As we approach the township we will arrive at Toad Hall café and craft brewery, it is here that we will stop for lunch.
Then we bypass the township of Motueka and make our way to the village of Riwaka (10km) where we will call into Hop Federation brewery and then on to the golden sands of Kaiteriteri. (6km) Tonight we spend at Kimi Ora Eco Resort, you may like to book a spa or massage and just relax and unwind.
Accommodation Kimi Ora Eco Resort
Dinner at either Kimi Ora or Riwaka pub.
Day 5. Tuesday December 7th. Abel Tasman area to Nelson
Today we head out in a water taxi to the beautiful Abel Tasman area, armed with a picnic lunch, we will be dropped at a designated point and then after a walk* we will be picked up from a different point later in the afternoon and returned by boat to Kaiteriteri. From there our shuttle will take us to Nelson and after a refresh at our accommodation we will head out to one of Nelson’s iconic restaurants, The Boatshed Café. As its name suggests The Boatshed is perched on the edge of the harbour with stunning views.
After a comfortable night’s sleep we head off in our own directions the next morning.
*For those not inclined for walking you may choose to do the boat ride and then have some time at you leisure OR we could organise for you to spend the day poolside at Kimi Ora.
Dinner The Boatshed Café
Accommodation The Sails Nelson or something similar