Highlights of the Great Taste Trail

Tasman's Great Taste Cycle Trail could be described as a point-to-point cafe trail. But in fact it's even better than that.

The cafes on the Great Taste Trail are certainly a highlight and this quirky, creative region does cafes a little differently. Here, a cafe menu could include a curried lamb pie, complimentary apples at harvest time, or even tame eels - strictly for feeding, not eating. And if food isn't enough for you, there is drink as well. Hops are grown commercially here, so beer has had a head start on the "Johnie-come-lately" wine industry which the region is also known for. There are breweries and vineyards along the trail route.

The scenery along the Great Taste Trail is memorable too. Hill climbs are rewarded with expansive views across apple orchards to the sea, and there are the more intimate moments such as stopping in your tracks as you catch your first glimpse of the golden sands at Kaiteriteri.

Kaiteriteri Beach is at the eastern end of the Great Taste Trail Coastal Route and is the departure point for trips into the Abel Tasman National Park. The Gentle Cycling Company and Wilsons Abel Tasman have a trip that combines two and a half days of indulgent cycling with two and a half days in the Abel Tasman National Park, staying at beachfront lodges. The Great Taste Trio combines cycling, walking and kayaking and could be described as a pleasure seekers triathlon, providing just enough activity to justify indulging in the region's food and drink. Cheers to that.

For more information about the Great Taste Trio visit our website gentlecycling.co.nz.

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