DAY 1: Kaiteriteri - Mapua
Cycle approx. 43 km (Easy to Moderate Grade). We can tailor the cycling route to suit your fitness level.
Pick up from Nelson accommodation in the morning, and transfer to Kaiteriteri. Today you will cycle on the Tasman's Great Taste Trail from Kaiteriteri to Mapua.
Some of highlights on the Tasman's Great Taste Trail:
- Beach-side cycling
- Quirky cafés
- Boutique breweries with beer and food to match
- Arts and crafts to inspire
Kaiteriteri to Motueka via Riwaka (17.5 km)
Start your cycling trip at the stunning golden shores of Kaiteriteri Beach. Then following the Easy Rider Trail through the bush and pine trees you will arrive at Riwaka - a cute little village which is home to a great cafe and a craft brewery, so plan to stop there! This section of 3.1 km is intermediate grade. The surface is smooth and it is not technical but you might want to take it gently as there are some tight corners and some riders prefer to walk.
After Riwaka, you'll ride to Motueka. This is a short section and it’s flat. And it’s "honesty box" country so expect some fresh fruit (in season) including apples, pears, nashi, grapes, feijoas, citrus and melons.
Motueka to Mapua via Tasman (26 km)
Then cycle from Motueka to Mapua. The first section of trail into Mapua is all flat and follows around the estuary waterfront, past rambling gardens and grassy beach reserves. Look out for the Saltwater Baths and the old wharf. The you will arrive at the charming cafe on the site of the original Riverside Community, offering gorgeous views across lush farmland to the Western Ranges. The next gravel section (4.5km) climbs and descends as you follow the ridge (elevation approximately 110m). It's not a long section so take it easy and enjoy the view. It is a beautiful gentle uphill into Tasman, home to a quirky café (with tame eels), a stylish pottery and an optional detour out to the beachfront on the Kina Peninsula. Ride the Great Taste Trail following the coast to the sleepy settlement of Ruby Bay, then you arrive at Mapua.
Take time to explore the pretty coastal village of Mapua. Relax and explore the vibrant Mapua community including bars, cafes, restaurants, museums and galleries. It is casual and laid-back here, with kids swimming, busy cafes, a brewery, and hot smoked fish and chips best eaten straight out of the paper. And pick up a patisserie or two in the village too, they are pretty hard to resist.
Door-to-door return transport bring you and your bikes back to Edenhouse. Relax in the internationally acclaimed gardens, enjoy pre-dinner drinks with canapés, then 3-courses fine dining with local award-winning wines.