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Riding on the Great Taste Trail

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Riding on the Great Taste Trail


The Great Taste Trail consists of two main sections. The Great Taste Trail Rail Route is an inland trail and passes through the densest area of wineries accessible from the trail. The Great Taste Trail Coastal Route travels through stunning rural and coastal landscapes. 

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The section of the Rail Route from Wakefield, through the Spooners Tunnel and on to Kohatu is almost fully complete. The final piece between Wakefield and Belgrove is due for completion in September 2019 and there is more information here. 

The Coastal Route ends at Kaiteriteri – gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park. It is easy to combine an Abel Tasman day trip or multi day trip with one of our multi day itineraries.  

The Pigeon Valley route is on road and provides a link route between the villages of Wakefield (on the Rail Route) and Riwaka (on the Coastal Route). This is an official NZ Cycle Trails route and is signposted.

Explore the Great Taste Trail with the interactive map below. Use the + and - to enlarge and reduce. Click on the orange symbols and the coloured route lines for more information.  ↓


Rail Route & Coastal Route

The Rail Route and Coastal Route are off-road. The Rail Route runs south to Kohatu. The Coastal Route runs west to Kaiteriteri.

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Pigeon Valley On Road Route

The Pigeon Valley section provides an on-road link to connect the Rail and Coastal Routes. Pigeon Valley is an official NZ Cycle Trails route.

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The plan:

Tasman’s Great Taste Trail is part of a network of Great Rides being developed throughout the country under the NZ Cycle Trails Project. The first section of Tasman’s Great Taste Trail opened in 2012. The last section, which is yet to be built, will connect Kohatu, Tapawera and continue to Woodstock. When completed, the trail will be 175km long.