Great Taste Trio
2.5 days cycling on the Great Taste Trail $670 NZD
2.5 days walking or kayaking in the Abel Tasman National Park from $1320 NZD
Experience the Great Taste Trail and Abel Tasman National Park in five magical days. Our combo trip, in conjunction with Wilsons Abel Tasman, ensures that everything is taken care of.
Enjoy two and a half days of glorious cycling, exploring the Great Taste Trail Coastal Route from Stoke to Kaiteriteri with The Gentle Cycling Company. Then luxuriate in the Abel Tasman Park for two and a half days, staying in the Wilson's beach front lodges.
This trip begins with the cycling, and in this supported and partially guided package, we make sure that you get the best of everything the trail can offer. You have the security of a personalised service and we make the arrangements for you so you don’t miss anything along the way. Our detailed itinerary and trail maps provide clear instructions about the route, our favourite places to eat and drink and our recommended detours to special places off the trail. You have the option of vehicle support for the last leg of the trail through the Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park. This cycling package includes two nights accommodation and two breakfasts.
Explore the Great Taste Trio ride with the interactive map below. Use the + to zoom 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
Cycle from The Gentle Cycling Company to Mapua (22 km)
After your shuttle pickup on day one, from Nelson city to The Gentle Cycling Company in Stoke, you will meet the crew and finalise your itinerary before bike fittings and departure. The ride today has no hills, so you will have ample time to visit a craft brewery, enjoy estuary views, stop for a swim and take a ferry built for bikes. The short ferry ride links the trail at Rabbit Island to the Mapua Wharf. Take time to explore the pretty coastal village of Mapua – it is casual and summery here, with kids swimming, busy cafes, a brewery, and hot smoked fish and chips best eaten straight out of the paper. And pick up a patisserie or two in the village too, they are pretty hard to resist. Your B & B accommodation is near Mapua, we recommend one of the cafes on the wharf for dinner.
Cycle from Mapua to Motueka (26 km)
Enjoy a relaxed breakfast at your B & B before departure. There are some rolling hills and spectacular views along the trail today (max elevation 100 m) and two cafes with rambling gardens. From Mapua the Great Taste Trail follows the coast to the sleepy settlement of Ruby Bay before ducking up onto an elevated route above the coast among the apple orchards. It is a beautiful gentle downhill into Tasman, home to the first quirky café, a stylish pottery and an optional detour out to the beachfront on the Kina Peninsula. The route then turns back uphill to follow a rolling trail along a ridge and down into Lower Moutere. The charming cafe here is at the original Riverside Community, the oldest alternative community in NZ. The last section of trail into Motueka follows around the estuary waterfront, past rambling gardens and grassy beach reserves. Look out for the Saltwater Baths and the old wharf. Your accommodation is at a centrally located motel, with restaurants nearby.
Cycle from Motueka to Kaiteriteri (17.5 km)
Your personal guide will meet you at 9am to provide any support you need for the last leg of the ride through to Kaiteriteri. This section of the trail travels through the fruit-growing area of Motueka with trail-side stalls providing a range of fruit to sample. As you rejoin the coast, the trail climbs and drops beside the road for a section before ducking into the Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park. This last section of 3.1 km, takes the Easy Rider Trail through the bike park. The surface here is smooth and it is not technical, but some riders might want to take it very gently as there are some tight corners. The trail winds down through the bush and pine trees and you will soon get your first glimpse of your destination – the stunning golden shores of Kaiteriteri Beach. At mid-day your Gentle Cycling guide will introduce you to your Wilsons Abel Tasman guide for your transfer into the park.
Abel Tasman Itinerary
Day four & five
Walk and kayak, Abel Tasman National Park
This component of the trip is located within the Abel Tasman National Park, staying in the Wilson family lodges at Awaroa and Torrent Bay. On day one you will cruise from Kaiteriteri to Totaranui, then travel to Awaroa for the night. Meadowbank Homestead, the Wilson’s lodge in Awaroa, is a faithful recreation of their original Victorian homestead. On day two you will walk, kayak or cruise to the Torrent Bay lodge, once the site of the Wilson’s holiday home. On the final day, walk, kayak or cruise back to Kaiteriteri. Each day, your guides, lodge and boat hosts will help you plan, so you choose how active you want to be. Walk the well-formed track, enjoying the lush native forest and golden-sand beaches, kayak the best sections, or take a boat between the two Beachfront Lodges. Your package includes all transfers, accommodation in the Park, and all meals and snacks.
The Great Taste Trio combines cycling with The Gentle Cycling Company and walking/kayaking with Wilsons Abel Tasman
The Gentle Cycling Company cycling:
$670 (adult, minimum 2 people twin share)
E Bike surcharge $135
Single Supplement available on request
Wilsons Abel Tasman Guided Walk, 2 night option:
1 Oct – 31 Oct 2019, 20 Jan – 31 Jan 2020, 1 Apr – 30 Apr 2020: $1320 adult
1 Nov 2019 – 19 Jan 2020, 1 Feb – 31 Mar 2020: $1470 adult
Wilsons Abel Tasman Guided Kayak & Walk, 2 night option:
1 Oct – 31 Oct 2019, 20 Jan – 31 Jan 2020, 1 Apr – 30 Apr 2020: $1445 adult
1 Nov 2019 – 19 Jan 2020, 1 Feb – 31 March 2020: $1595 adult
A four night option is also available for the Wilsons Abel Tasman component