Simply Wild have been offering guided mountain biking and cycling trips in Nelson since 2006. We’re delighted to have the opportunity to offer easy cycling on The Great Taste Trail.
Nelson’s Great Taste Trail is part of the National Cycle Trail Network, and will eventually cover a distance of 162 – 175 kilometres around the Nelson region, offering easy, family friendly touring through a wide variety of landscapes.
Easy-to-ride, with a gradient similar to the Otago Central Rail Trail, the Great Taste Trail caters for a wide range of cyclists and walkers. As stages of the trail are completed there will be the choice of day rides or a series of overnight stops.
When complete, the whole trail - including a section in the Motueka River Valley – will cover a distance of 162-175km and will run from Nelson Airport, to Richmond, out to Tapawera, along the Motueka River Valley to Riwaka, and then back to Richmond through Motueka and Mapua.
The first section of the trail, which can be cycled in part now, will be completed and open by January 2013. This delightful ride on a well formed trail from the village of Wakefield, set near the foothills of the Waimea plains, in the beginning travels through a classic heritage landscape dotted with vineyards, apple orchards and market gardens, before reaching the Tasman Bay coastline near Richmond.
It then follows the coastline around the Waimea Estuary to Rabbit Island, a council reserve, with recreation areas and pine forest, to the old Mapua wharf, a small boutique area of interesting shops, cafes and a brewery. The final leg across to the wharf and Mapua village from the island is across the estuary by special bike ferry. You can stop for a swim on the expansive Rabbit Island beach.
The Great Taste Trail has some special tasting experiences, including wineries, craft breweries, little cafes, fresh seafood, fruit and pick-your-own berries during the summer months.
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We have two categories of trip:
Fully guided (You will have a friendly & experienced guide all the way. We supply transport to and from the ride, ferry fares, bikes, helmets, gloves and a delightful picnic lunch).
Self guided and supported (We take you to the beginning of the ride, provide ferry fares, bikes, helmets, gloves and a delightful picnic lunch. We also supply a cellphone for you to call us at the end of your ride when we need to collect you, and a map of the ride and nearby attractions.)
Prices Guided (Minimum 2 people)
2 people – NZ$398.00 per person
Group of 3 people – NZ$302.00 per person
Group of 4 people – NZ$288.00 per person
Group of 5 people -NZ$244.00 per person
Group of 6 people -NZ$222.00 per person
Over 6 people – POA
Prices Self guided/supported (Minimum 2 people)
2 people – NZ$264.00 per person
Group of 3 people – NZ$213.00 per person
Group of 4 people – NZ$187.00 per person
Group of 5 people -NZ$172.00 per person
Group of 6 people -NZ$162.00 per person
Over 6 people – POA
Bikes, helmets & gloves
A delightful picnic lunch from our café
Ferry fares - Rabbit Island to Mapua
Cellphone for supported, self guided riding
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