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Coastal Classic


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Coastal Classic

3 days from $575 NZD

The Coastal Classic is a great self-guided family ride suitable for keen and confident junior cyclists. This trip could be extended by adding a second night in the charming coastal village of Mapua.



On this ride, you will follow the Coastal Route of the Great Taste Trail from the Waimea plains to the golden beach at Kaiteriteri, the gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park. Take a ferry built for bikes, cycle through apple and kiwifruit orchards and stop off at the funky cafes. And while you are here (in the heartland of NZ hops) make time to taste the beers at the craft breweries along the trail. There are some hills on this route but nothing much over 100 metres and the views and down hills make it all worthwhile.

Explore the Coastal Classic ride with the interactive map below. Use the + to zoom right in and explore the landscape on the trail. Click on the orange symbols and the blue route line for more information.  ↓



Stoke → Mapua → Motueka → Kaiteriteri (65 km)

Day one


The Gentle Cycling Company to Mapua via Mapua Ferry (22 km)

It’s an easy, flat ride today and a nice soft introduction on the first day of your cycling trip. McCashins Brewery, Kitchen & Bar is a popular cafe for a snack before you head off. Once out on the Great Taste Trail Coastal Route it’s a flat ride around the Waimea Estuary before heading towards Rabbit Island beach. Stop for a break, have a swim, or bring a picnic to have on the beach, before catching the ferry from Rabbit Island to the Mapua Wharf. It is casual and summery on the wharf, with kids swimming, busy cafes, another brewery and hot smoked fish and chips to be eaten straight out of the paper. There are lots of neat things in Mapua, including a great gallery (with the best range of craft jewellery in the region) and the old wharf is a great place to relax at the end of the ride.

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 wander in the village, visiting the galleries, shops, wine bar, brewery and cafes. Or follow the locals to the estuary for a swim at high tide (or take your lead from the kids who prefer to jump off the wharf). 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 booking.


Day two


Mapua to Motueka (26 km)

You are cycling from Mapua to Motueka today. There are some hills in this intermediate grade section but there’s a great cafe after the hills! From Mapua the Great Taste Trail follows the coast to the sleepy settlement of Ruby Bay before a steepish climb of approximately 1 km up onto an elevated route above the coast among the apple orchards. It is a beautiful gentle downhill into Tasman, home to a quirky café (with tame eels), a stylish pottery and an optional detour out to the beachfront on the Kina Peninsula. The route then turns back uphill for a longer climb of approximately 3 km 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. The last leg, down to the charming cafe on the site of the original Riverside Community, offers gorgeous views across lush farmland to the Western Ranges. The last section of trail into Motueka is all flat and follows around the estuary waterfront, past rambling gardens and grassy beach reserves. Look out for the Saltwater Baths and the old wharf.


Day three


Motueka to Kaiteriteri  (17.5 km)

This is a short section and it’s flat – until the end. And it’s “honesty box” country 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 drops and climbs 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 park. The surface 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 the first glimpse of your destination – the stunning golden shores of Kaiteriteri Beach. The beach is the departure point for boats travelling into the Abel Tasman National Park. All our Coastal Classic 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’s just 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 booking.




Coastal Classic 3 day trip

From $575 (adult, twin share) 
E Bike surcharge $135

Includes 2 nights en suite accommodation, twin share

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Coastal Classic 4 day trip

From $855 (adult, twin share) 
E Bike surcharge $180

Includes 3 nights en suite accommodation, twin share.

For the 4 day trip, 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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