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Tasman's Great Taste Trail is renowned for leisurely cycling between world-class food and drink stops with friendly, welcoming lodgings along the way. Add walking and kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park and you have the Pleasure Seeker’s Triathlon.
The cycle from Nelson to Kaiteriteri along the spectacular Tasman Coast is 77 km of easy to moderate cycling (Grades 1 and 2) with very short sections up to Grade 3. Take two leisurely days with an overnight stop at scenic Mapua Village where restaurants, cafes, bars and art galleries create a vibrant waterfront.
Increase the variety taking a 36 km detour inland to Wakefield and Norris Gully (easy Grades 1 and 2). Follow the old Nelson railway through the heritage Spooners Tunnel, the longest cycling tunnel the southern hemisphere. Stay overnight at a rural B & B, surrounded by farmlands, orchards and vineyards.
Cycle rental companies will allow you to leave bicycles at Kaiteriteri where boats and water taxis provide scheduled services into Abel Tasman National Park. You can choose from a range of accommodation options at Kaiteriteri and take day trips into the Park or book an overnight trip into the Park.
It is possible to design your own self-guided tour to include The Great Taste Trail with a trip into Abel Tasman Park. If you prefer to have the organising done for you, a partnership between Wilsons Abel Tasman and The Gentle Cycling Company removes all the worry, leaving you more time to relax and enjoy three courses of a delicious region.
The Great Taste Trio includes two days cycling from Nelson to Kaiteriteri, then three or five days in Abel Tasman National Park with cruising, walking and guided sea kayaking options, hosted at Beachfront Lodges with all meals included. Embrace the adventure with everything arranged for you, including back-up so you can choose how much cycling, walking, kayaking or relaxing you want each day.
To design your own adventure, cycle providers in Nelson will assist with bicycle hire and bookings in Abel Tasman National Park.