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Plains & Coast


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Plains and Coast

4 days from $883 NZ

This new ride includes all the off-road Great Taste Trail including the Spooners Tunnel. The bucket-list trip.



With the completion of all the sections of off-road trail from Stoke to Kohatu, this new trip ticks all the boxes. Starting at Kohatu, the first day explores the heritage rural landscape along the Rail Route. Discover historic villages, lush farmland dotted with big trees and charming colonial buildings, and vineyards. The second part of the trip is cycling the Coastal Route, dominated by fresh fruit stalls, cafes and breweries. The route ends on the golden shores of Kaiteriteri - gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park.

Explore the Plains and Coast ride with the interactive map below. Use the + and - to enlarge and reduce. Click on the orange symbols and the coloured route line for more information.  ↓




Kohatu → Stoke → Mapua → Motueka → Kaiteriteri  (112 km)

Day one


Kohatu to Stoke (46.5 km)

Today starts with a shuttle transfer to Kohatu, where the cafe is a great place for a refreshment before the cycling trip begins. The route is virtually all downhill today and there are cafes sited at regular intervals along the way. The historic Spooners Tunnel is located 7 km from Kohatu. The brick-lined tunnel is 1.4 km long and completely dark, so lights are required. Emerging on the northern side, the rest of today’s ride is through an expansive, lush valley full of history. The villages of Wakefield and Brightwater both have some charming old buildings in the main street. The trail includes sections riding on the route of the original railway, plus riverside legs and hop garden views. The section between Brightwater and Stoke is the densest area for wineries on the whole of the Great Taste Trail. We recommend staying in Stoke or Richmond tonight for ease of navigation. For more information on this section of trail please visit this page.


Day two


Stoke to Mapua (22 km)

It’s a flat, easy riding day today. Before you depart, you may wish to visit Pics Peanut Butter factory (bookings are required for a free tour), the World of Wearablearts or McCashins Brewery, which are all located in Stoke. Once out on the Great Taste Trail Coastal Route it’s pleasant ride around the Waimea Estuary before heading towards Rabbit Island beach. This is a great place for a break, a swim or a picnic, before catching the ferry from Rabbit Island to the Mapua Wharf. The old wharf is a great place to relax at the end of the ride, with a great gallery, wine bar, brewery, and cafes.

Extra night option: Linger Longer in Mapua

We recommend you consider two nights in Mapua, allowing time enjoy this arty, foodie village. Take time to enjoy the village, maybe following the locals to the estuary for a swim at high tide. There is plenty to fill a relaxing rest day here. With two nights in Mapua, there is also time for an on-road day ride to the village of Upper Moutere. For those with an interest in art, wine or beer, this day in the Moutere area is a must. For more information on this Upper Moutere day ride route please visit this page.

Please request the “Linger Longer in Mapua” version of this itinerary at time of enquiring.


Day three


Mapua to Motueka (26 km)

Today you are riding from Mapua to Motueka. This intermediate grade leg has some hills but there are great views too. Leaving Mapua, the trail follows the coast before heading inland, with a steepish climb of approx 1 km up onto an elevated route above the coast. This is apple country, so look out for the orchard packing sheds and interesting little workers cottages tucked amongst the apples trees. Leaving the village of Tasman, expect a slow climb of around 3 km up to the Moutere ridge. The next gravel section (4.5 km) climbs and descends as you follow the ridge (elevation approximately 110 m.)  It’s not a long section so take it easy and enjoy the views. There are three authentic “Nelson-style” cafes on your route today, with interesting gardens and great food and coffee. There are tame eels at one cafe – watch those teeth – and another is on the site of Riverside Community, with a fascinating cactus garden. The section of trail through Motueka avoids the town centre and follows around the estuary waterfront, past gardens and grassy beach reserves. Motueka is bustling during the fruit-picking season and pretty sleepy the rest of the time.


Day four


Motueka to Kaiteriteri (17.5 km)

It’s just a short ride to Kaiteriteri today and it’s flat – until the end. Following the wine cycling of previous days, today is “honesty box” cycling, so expect some fresh fruit (in season) including apples, pears, nashi, grapes, feijoas, citrus and melons. Leaving Motueka the trail heads to Riwaka, a cute little village which is home to a great cafe and a craft brewery, so plan to stop there! After Riwaka, there is a section that goes right through a kiwifruit orchard before the trail rejoins the coast. The trail then climbs and drops beside the road for a section before ducking into the Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park. This last section of 3.1 km is intermediate grade and takes the Easy Rider Trail through the bike park. The surface here is smooth and it is not technical, but you might want to take it very gently as there are some tight corners and some riders prefer to walk. As the trail winds down through the bush and pine trees you will soon get your first glimpse of your destination – the stunning golden shores of Kaiteriteri Beach. The beach here is the departure point for boats travelling into the Abel Tasman National Park. All our We Love Nelson packages include packages include door-to-door return transport from Kaiteriteri, bringing you and your bikes back to Nelson.

Extra night option: Kaiteriteri Overnight with Park Day

Why not add a day trip in the Abel Tasman National Park to your cycling holiday. This extra night option includes a night at an Eco Resort in Kaiteriteri – the perfect way to relax at the end of your cycling trip. The following morning it is a 10 minutes walk down to the beachfront where your Park Day begins. Book your full day Wilsons Abel Tasman trip with us (standard retail prices apply) to receive a complimentary light picnic lunch. Prices start at $89 adult for an Open Day Pass.

Please request the “Kaiteriteri Overnight with Park Day” version of this itinerary at time of enquiring.



Plains and Coast 4 day trip

From $883 (adult, twin share) 
E Bike surcharge $180

Includes 3 nights en suite accommodation, twin share

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Plains and Coast 5 day trip  

From $1090 (adult, twin share) 
E Bike surcharge $225

Includes 4 nights en suite accommodation, twin share.
Please request one of these options at time of booking:

  • “Linger Longer in Mapua” (includes 2 nights in Mapua)

  • “Kaiteriteri Overnight with Park Day” option (includes a night in Kaiteriteri with a day trip in the Abel Tasman the following day. Starting price does not include Abel Tasman trip)

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