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The Best of Tasman's Great Taste Trail Cycling 3D2N, Self Guided

The Best of Tasman's Great Taste Trail Cycling 3D2N, Self Guided

The Best of Tasman's Great Taste Trail Cycling 3D2N, Self Guided


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Enjoy three days' self guided cycling on the best sections of Tasman's Great Taste Trail from Wakefield to Kaiteriteri, and stay at quality 4+ star accommodation. We have everything arranged for you so that you can just enjoy comfortable “peace of mind” cycling holiday on the Great Taste Cycle Trail.

Tasman's Great Taste Trail is a network of cycleways along a sparkling coast, looping through the Tasman region's picturesque countryside dotted with galleries, vineyards and restaurants. The trail is part of Nga Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail network, one of 22 New Zealand's Great Rides. You will ride on the trail to enjoy postcard-perfect views. Your three day cycling itinerary at a glance:

Day 1: Wakefield - Mapua (44 km cycling)
Day 2: Mapua - Motueka (26 km cycling) or via Upper Moutere (54 km cycling)
Day 3: Motueka - Kaiteriteri (17.5 km cycling)

Self guided cycling holidays offer you maximum flexibility in organised travel. I's a great way to explore Nelson at your own pace with easy to follow route notes and maps. At the end of your daily cycling adventure, return to your quality accommodation to relax.

With your luggage delivered to your next accommodation you can travel light and enjoy the interesting places along the way. You only need to carry a day pack. You will also enjoy the wet weather support, exclusive waterproof topographic maps, personalised trip notes, personalised pre-ride briefing as well as bike, helmet and repair kit are included.

- Explore at your own pace with local assistance if needed
- Personalised pre-ride briefing included
- Personalised trip notes and waterproof topographic maps included
- Luggage transportation included
- Wet weather support included
Discover Nelson your way on this self guided 3 day cycling on the Great Taste Cycle Trail, a unique and memorable experience in Nelson New Zealand.

We will provide you with a fitted Avanti Discovery, 24 or 29 speed comfort hybrid bike. E-bike is available at additional cost (Please refer to FAQs for more information on the bikes. )

Tasman's Great Taste Trail Cycling Map
Please click to view Tasman's Great Taste Trail Cycling Map 

Departure Dates
Departure every day on request from 1 September to 30 April.

Child Rate
Children rate is applicable for 15 year old or under.

This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points.

Please contact us for departure dates and availability. E: travel@onlyluxe.com.au 


    Tasman Great Taste Trail is a cycleway and walkway in the Tasman region. Starting at Richmond, the trail offers panoramic coastal views over Tasman Bay, Waimea Estuary, and the Western Ranges, including Mt Arthur, Mt Owen and the Crusaders. The trail is off-road and the trail surface is sealed asphalt, gravel and compressed sand. It is fully signposted and is graded easy to intermediate. It is suitable for adults and children who ride regularly and are confident with gears.

    Riders pass over boardwalks along the edge of the Waimea Estuary; home to a range of internationally significant bird species including the white heron.

    From here the trail crosses to Rabbit Island, where riders can take a boat trip to Mapua wharf and enjoy cottage industry shops, cafes and restaurants. The route north-west from Mapua leads to Motueka, which hosts award winning wineries, then on to Riwaka, the gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park.

    - Trail is signposted
    - Trail is off-road, graded easy to intermediate (Grade 1 & 2)
    - Trail surface: sealed asphalt, gravel, compressed sand
    - Trail is 70% flat, highest elevation 100 metres
    - Landscape along trail includes coastal, rural & horticultural (grapes, apples, olives, berry fruit) - includes a ferry built for bikes
    - Towns/villages located at approximately 20 km intervals along the trail
    - 9 wineries on trail
    - 5 craft breweries on/very close to trail
  • Accommodation

    You will stay at two different accommodation during the trip:

    A Characteristic B&B in Mapua (4 star)
    You will be staying in a Characteristic B&B situated in New Zealand's beautiful South Island coastal village of Mapua with easy walking distance to Mapua Village and the gorgeous Mapua Wharf. The property is in a elevated position with lovely views of the mountains and surrounding area, situated in a peaceful garden setting. It offers you the privacy of your own luxury en-suite accommodation. The bedroom features a king bed with en-suite, looking out towards Mount Arthur and the sea or gardens. It also has a sunny courtyard where you can enjoy your breakfast. The property is centrally located and you have easy access to an array of cafes, wharfside restaurants and craft shops.

    Nautilus Lodge Motel in Motueka (4.5 star)
    Listed in the Lonely Planet as "Probably the BEST motel north of Christchurch", the Nautilus Lodge is located in the heart of Motueka surrounded by Motueka's cafés, restaurants and shops. It offers modern comfortable accommodation with its own private courtyard or balcony. All rooms are air conditioned and have 50+ SKY Guest Select TV channels, a DVD player and FREE unlimited wireless internet.

    Please contact us for accommodation upgrades. E: travel@onlyluxe.com.au 

  • Food & Wine

    At the top of the South Island, Nelson offers an unmistakable freshness to the land and the ocean. The Nelson Tasman region of New Zealand is well known for its food, wine, seafood, fresh produce and craft beer. If you love food and drink of any kind, then you'll love the artisan products for which Nelson Tasman is deservedly famous.

    Benefiting from a sunny, maritime climate, there are 25 wineries in Melson, 5 are on the Great Taste Trail. The wineries have some of the most stunning natural backdrops you'll find anywhere in New Zealand. The picturesque valley vineyards of Nelson Tasman yield some of New Zealand's most freshly scented, intensely flavoured sauvignon blanc and chardonnay, as well as vibrant, supple pinot noir. Nelson wines are sold worldwide, but you can sample them all here. You can also meet the winemakers, and taste your own selection.

    Nelson is also the Craft Brewing Capital of New Zealand. It has 12 breweries, 5 of which is on or very close to the the Great Taste Trail. Nelson is the only region in New Zealand where hops are grown commercially.

    Nelson is also well known for our award-winning restaurants and cafes. They showcase seasonal and regional produce and many offer stunning waterviews. There is also array of organic restaurant and cafes. You can relax in the beautiful Nelson and Tasman Bay surroundings with fresh food paired with local fine wine.

    The tour includes all breakfast. Lunches and Dinners are not included since there is a wide range of choices and we love to leave you to decide the best one to suite your taste. However, we provide you with a list of the opening hours of cafes, wineries and breweries along the trail and also advise on any particular seasonal activity or food along the trail at the pre-trip brief. We aslo offer complimentary services to help booking for tastings at wineries and breweries, lunches and dinners if required.
  • What's Included

    - Self guided three days of cycling on the Tasman's Great Taste Trail
    - Two nights accommodation at comfortable accommodation (4 to 4.5 star), on a twin share basis
    - 2 breakfasts
    - Bike hire, helmet & repair kit are provided
    - Wet weather support
    - Daily luggage transfers
    - Exclusive waterproof topographic maps, personalised trip notes
    - Personalised pre-ride briefing
    - Bookings for tastings at wineries and breweries (if required)
    - Bookings for lunches and dinners (if required)
    - Mapua Ferry tickets included
  • DAY 1

  • DAY 2

  • DAY 3

  • What's included

    - 2 nights' boutique comfortable accommodation (4 to 4.5 star) on a twin share basis (single supplement available at additional expenses)
    - 3 days of self guided cycling
    - Bike hire, helmet & repair kit are provided
    - Wet weather support
    - Daily luggage transfers
    - Exclusive waterproof topographic maps, personalised trip notes
    - Personalised pre-ride briefing
    - Bookings for tastings at wineries and breweries (if required)
    - Bookings for lunches and dinners (if required)
    - Mapua Ferry tickets included

    Day 1: Wakefield - Mapua (44 km cycling)
    Day 2: Mapua - Motueka (26 km cycling) or via Upper Moutere (54 km cycling)
    Day 3: Motueka - Kaiteriteri (17.5 km cycling)

    Grade 1 and 2
  • Getting There

    The departure point is Nelson, New Zealand.

    How to Get to Nelson, NZ

    BY SEA
    Regular Cook Strait ferries provide vehicle and passenger access between Wellington in the North Island and Picton in the South Island.

    BY AIR
    Nelson is fortunate to have five airlines servicing the region: Air New Zealand, Jetstar, Originair, Sounds Air and air2there in and out of Nelson Airport, along with Golden Bay Air, based at Takaka in Golden Bay.

    The Nelson Tasman region is accessible by road from Christchurch, Blenheim, Picton, the West Coast and Murchison.
  • Weather and Climate

    Nelson Tasman has sunny Mediterranean climate. Summer months have long sunny days with sunset at around 8.30pm. The summer temperatures average a high of 24 degrees celsius and low of 12 degrees celsius. There are 7 rain days on average, during summer.
  • Other Information

    Onlyluxe Travel acts as travel agency and work with different tour operators.

    Payment Detail
    All pricing is in Australian dollars and are quoted on a per person twin share basis. A supplementary price is available (see below). Bookings are not confirmed until full payment and the signed Booking Form has been received by Onlyluxe Travel.

    A non-refundable 30% deposit is payable within 7 days of your booking, with the final balance due 60 days prior to departure. If a booking is made 60 days or less before departure, the full payment is payable immediately. Last minute bookings are payable before arrival. Failure to pay on time may result in automatic cancellation of a booking with cancellation penalties payable to Onlyluxe Travel. If you pay by credit card or PayPal a surcharge will be added to the total price.

    Single Supplement
    All accommodation is twin share. Single guests will share with someone of the same gender. If a single room is demanded, a supplementary price of will apply. The supplementary price refers to our quotation and needs to be stipulated at the time of booking.

    General Cancellation Policies
    - Outside of 60 days monies will be refunded less 30% of full fee
    - Within 60 days prior to arrival all monies will be forfeited
    - No refunds will be given in the event of non-arrival, any unused services or unused nights due to flight or weather disruption
    - We strongly recommend guests protect themselves with travel insurance and medical insurance

    Please Note: Cancellations must be advised in email and will take effect from the date they are received.

    The participant agrees to indemnify Onlyluxe Travel, and its servant, tour operator and agents, in relation to any liability, loss and damage which the tour operator, or its servants and/or agents may incur as a result of the participants, negligence or misconduct during the tour.

    Smoking is not permitted on the bus, or in tents or in other accommodation being used by tour operator at the time that a trip is being conducted.

    Child Policy
    Please consult travel consultant on age limit.

    Changes to Itineraries
    Local conditions may necessitate changes to sightseeing, walking and driving routes, camping and accommodation locations. While every effort will be made to provide the services and experiences as offered in our brochure, on our website, and in our trip letters, we reserve the right to vary your itinerary. In the event that we are forced to change your arrangements, substitute arrangements of a similar standard will be provided. The tour operator will not be liable where interruptions to itineraries are caused by weather conditions, technical problems to transport used by the tour operator, industrial action, political or civil commotion or other circumstances beyond our control. We refer you to the conditions regarding travel insurance.

    Changes in Prices
    While we will do its utmost to honour its pricing unforeseen circumstances may mean that prices may be subject to change without notice.

    Pre-Existing Medical Conditions and Age Limits
    You need to advise Onlyluxe travel and the tour operator on any pre-existing medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability that might reasonably be expected to increase the risk of your requiring medical attention, or that might affect the normal conduct of a trip and the enjoyment of other trip members. Onlyluxe Travel and the tour operator may require an assessment of your medical condition from a qualified medical practitioner. If you fail to adequately notify the tour operator of any pre-existing medical conditions and/or disability, the tour operator reserves the right, at its reasonable discretion, to cancel your participation in a trip at any time, including after the commencement of your trip, with no right of refund if your medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability could be reasonably expected to affect the normal conduct of the trip and the enjoyment of other trip members.

    Cancellation by The Tour Operator
    The walks take place in very special wilderness settings. The tour operator is at the mercy of nature in all her beauty and all her fury. The tour operator will under no circumstance knowingly place at risk the health and well-being of our guests and guides. In the case of natural threats, acts of God and the like (e.g. bushfires, impassable snow, etc) the tour operator may need to cancel a walk with very little notice. In some cases, this can occur after the walk has commenced. The tour operator reserves the right to cancel any walk up to 60 days prior to departure if a minimum of 4 walkers are unable to meet for a tour. If the tour operator needs to cancel for any reason, the cost of the walk or any other costs associated with travel to the designated pick up point, overnight accommodation, meals, etc will not be covered by the Onlyluxe Travel and therefore we strongly recommend travel insurance be taken out prior to travel.

    Force Majeure
    'Force Majeure' means (without restriction) any event which Onlyluxe Travel or its third party providers could not, even with due care, foresee or avoid. Force Majeure covers events such as, but not limited to, adverse weather conditions, fire and all similar events beyond our control. In the case of Force Majeure Onlyluxe Travel will not accept liability, and reserves the right to change and cancel trips.

    In rare circumstances, due to injury or unforeseen illness, the tour operator may need to evacuate you from a remote part of the walk. Helicopter evacuations are expensive and in most cases will be at a cost to the customer.

    For Australian residents, under the Australian Government Medicare Act, it is prohibited for any domestic travel insurance product to provide any financial reimbursement with regard to ambulance or air ambulance services. We therefore strongly advise our customers to take specific ambulance cover through their health insurance provider. Evacuation cost will not be covered by the Onlyluxe Travel and therefore it is also strongly recommended that our customers take out travel insurance to cover (amongst other things) the costs associated with evacuation.

    Travel Insurance
    In view of the heavy cancellation penalties applied to cancelled reservations in certain circumstances, we strongly recommends suitable travel insurance be purchased at the time the holding deposit is paid. We recommend insurance cover that covers any loss which may be suffered due to cancellation. We also strongly recommend comprehensive travel insurance against loss of baggage and medical expenses.
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