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Abel Tasman Great Taste Trio

5 Days: Great Taste Trail + Abel Tasman National Park

Cycle, walk and kayak on this triple treat tour along the coast and explore the stunning Abel Tasman National Park

Enjoy two and a half days of glorious cycling, exploring the Great Taste Trail Coastal Route from Nelson 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 tour begins with flat off-road trail cycling out of Nelson and along the pretty coastline to the golden sands of Rabbit Island. From here, a small ferry transports you a short distance to the wharfside town of Mapua. Here you’ll stay the night, giving you plenty of time to explore the many arty and tasty places the town has on offer.

Our detailed itinerary and trail maps provide clear instructions about the route, with favourite places to eat and drink and our recommended detours to special places off the trail. On day two you will cycle past fields of fruit and vines as you approach the horticultural and hop hub of Motueka. Once again, you will have time to enjoy the tastes of the region and a variety of cuisine styles. On the morning of day three you’ll cycle towards Kaiteriteri and the beginning of the Abel Tasman National Park where we meet you to collect your bikes and hand you over to our partners at Wilson’s Abel Tasman. They transport you by boat to stunning Totaranui at the northern end of the park. You will then get the opportunity to walk trails and kayak along the golden coastline back to Kaiteriteri over two and a half days. A night each at Awaroa and Torrent Bay where you are fully catered and cared for in style.

Quick Details:

DURATION: 5 days / 4 nights
DISTANCE COVERED: 65.5km cycling over 2.5 days (Nelson to Kaiteriteri) then walk or kayak through the Abel Tasman National Park over 2.5 days

  • $2,820 for 5 day cycle, kayak & walk 1st November to 31st March
  • $2,720 for 5 day cycle, kayak & walk 1st September to 31st October & April
  • $2,670 for 5 day cycle & walk 1st November to 31st March
  • $2,570 for 5 day cycle & walk 1st September to 31st October & April
Guided Walk – 2 night option:
1 Sept – 31 Oct 2022, 1 Apr – 30 Apr 2023: Adult $1445, Child $950
1 Nov 2022 – 31 Mar 2023: Adult $1595, Child $1150
Self-Guided Walk – 2 night option:
1 Sept 2022 – 30 Apr 2023: Adult $1445, Child $1050
Guided Kayak & Walk, 2 night option:
1 Sept 2022 – 31 Oct 2022, 1 Apr – 30 Apr 2023: Adult $1585, Child $1135
1 Nov 2022 – 31 Mar 2023: Adult $1735, Child $1290

NOTE: A four night option is also available for the Wilsons Abel Tasman component.

E-BIKE: $150 surcharge

  • 4 nights ensuite accommodation, double / twin share
  • Breakfast days 2, 3, 4 & 5
  • Lunch and dinner days 3, 4 & 5

The Itinerary

Nelson → Mapua → Motueka → Kaiteriteri → Abel Tasman National Park

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.

ADD AN OPTION: Extra night in Mapua

Why not enjoy two nights in Mapua and take a day to ride in the marvellous Moutere area. Visit the regions’ premium cellar doors, linger over a long vineyard lunch, and relax with a craft beer in hop country, at the oldest pub in NZ. Contact us for more information.

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 a cafe, 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. Approaching Motueka township, the trail passes Toad Hall Cafe & Townshend Brewery, a great place to relax with some food and beer under the big oak trees in the garden. The last section of trail into Motueka follows 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.

Your personal guide is available this morning 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.

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.

More Information

Personalised trip route notes with tasty places to visit (sent on receipt of full payment)

Door-to-door transport from Nelson / airport to our base on the first day

Personalised pre-ride briefing

Our exclusive Good Things Maps – topographic style maps

24 speed comfort trail bike, helmet, lock & toolkit (e-bike upgrade available at $50 per bike per day)

Accommodation for 4 nights (typically)

Mapua Ferry tickets

Daily luggage transfers (by 3pm)

Bad weather and emergency support

Abel Tasman component includes accommodation and meals in the Abel Tasman National Park

Door-to-door transport from our base to Nelson / airport on the final day

Prices are $NZD and include GST of 15%

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Our Gentle Cycling packages include accommodation and we have been out and about along the trail to find the best accommodation in each village. It includes motels, B&B’s and en-suite cabins. The accommodation we have chosen for you is close to the trail and close to cafes for meals. “A Little Bit Special” Gentle Cycling package prices use B&B or motel accommodation.

The Gentle Cycling Good Things Maps are included in our packages. These are waterproof, topographic-style maps. They illustrate our exclusive recommendations for detours off the trail to visit all our favourite places. For the adults, we provide tips for the best local food, wine, craft beer, art, history and landscape. And for the kids, we’ve thought of fun things along the trail that will add something special every day. So everyone can enjoy the journey.

Due to health and safety concerns, the maximum bag weight for our Gentle Cycling luggage transfers is 15kg. We can provide secure storage for extra luggage at our base.

We have plenty of free, off-street parking for your vehicles at our base.

Interactive Map

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.

What our adventurers say

Great customer service. Very easy to deal with A+++
Nice folks, pretty good bikes, all good.
Bernie and Chris were really helpful and provided a fantastic service
Bernie was so helpful to us on our self guided cycle of the great tast trail last weekend (Nov 3-6th 2023).We hadn’t booked anything through the Gentle Cycle Co but needed a shuttle for 4 of us + bikes from Nelson to Tapawerea as the weather was awful on our first day. Bernie turned up in 10 mins and took us all out to Tapawera in no time at all and was really friendly and informative on the area and trails.She checked in on us via text the next day and then picked us up on the last day and delivered us in time for our flight on Monday midday.We cant recommend Bernie & the Gentle Cycle Company enough, really super helpful & responsive and with all the shuttle equipment and knowledge about the trail, the people and the area!Thanks so much for helping us out Bernie, we’ll be back down for more!
Amazing, very friendly and flexible team who has gone beyond the extra mile to make our cycling experience the best possible.Chris and Bernie and genuine and very experienced people with great quality bikes both electric and push bikes.They also had a good selection of quality kid seats for multiple ages, sizes including trailers etc.Shuttle was on time and entertaining .Thank you Team!! We will be back!
Fantastic company who went above & beyond to ensure we had a great day out cycling. Great communication, super helpful, very friendly & awesome bikes. I highly recommend to anyone looking to hire a bike while in the Nelson region. Thanks so much Bernie & Chris for everything, you guys rock.
Chris and Bernie were so lovely and very helpful and checked in on us during our trip to make sure everything was going well. I’d definitely recommend booking a cycling trip with them!
Chris and Bernie were great hosts so friendly…helping us with planning our cycle tour along the track from Kōhatu through the Spooners tunnel to Tāhunanui Great advice for some good stops bakery and beer 👍They organised everything great bikes ,lights ,detailed maps even gel seats!!Thank you for a great day I would highly recommend this family company
Rented a bike for 2 days. Chris explained all the Interesting areas, the route, explained the ferry timeline on Mapua, major land marks, gave me a couple of paper maps, and and ensured I had everything I needed for the bike ride. He was kind enough to let me ride along with his family to Mapua the next day. The bikes were in excellent condition and have a basket or saddle. I would highly recommend and rent bikes from them again without a second thought.
We just finished the Great Taste Trail and that was an awesome experience. We chose to do the trail carrying our own food and gear (tent, sleeping bags). Bernie told us so many tips along the road, which was very kind. At the end, Chris advised us lots of places to go to carry on our holidays 👍5 stars to the Gentle Cycling company for their warm welcome. Moreover, bicycles are good 😊🚴
Helped me out with a bike at very short notice. Friendly and helpful service. Bike was solid and well equipped.
I highly recommend The Gentle Cycling company! I recently took the “Coastal Classic” trip and worked closely with Bernie, the co-owner, to plan and book everything. Bernie was exceptionally kind and communicative and was willing to tailor the experience to fit my budget and make the most of the experience within the time frame I had. As a young solo female traveler, I really appreciated the lengths Bernie went to to make sure I felt safe and cared for: she checked in at the end of each day to make sure I had reached my destination and thoughtfully picked out my lodging. The accommodation was comfortable and in convenient locations. Also, the bike was comfortable and well-maintained. The points of interest Bernie suggested were also very worthwhile. You can really tell that there is a lot of care put into this family business.
Rented e-bikes off of Chris and Bernie yesterday. From start to finish they could not have been more helpful, super friendly and welcoming. They gave us handy maps, loads of advice on where to go/ what to do and were so so nice. The ride through the trails to the winery was beautiful. Would highly recommend. 🤩🤩
Accommodated some whingey kids to a great family day out, thanks team
die tour war perfekt vorbereitet und geplant, man fühlt sich sicher und sehr persönlich betreut. die unterkünfte sind sehr einfach aber sauber und die tour ist sehr abwächslungsreich.
Great bike hire company. Lisa was really helpful sorting out the right ebikes for us, advice on routes to take and tips on places to visit. My wife and I hadn't cycled for several years but managed a 40K+ trip to Rabbit Island. Thanks Lisa
What a fantastic few days doing the Great Taste Trail. Bernie organised the whole trip and provided us with a great itinerary. She went the extra mile collecting us from the airport and kept in touch each day. We had awesome accommodation in Mapua and Kaiteriteri. 2 of us used e-bikes and 2 standard bikes. Panniers and handle bar bags were provided. The mountain bike track on the last day was so much fun as none of us have done this before. I would highly recommend The Gentle Cycling Company for bike hire and organising Cycling trips.
We had an excellent experience with The Gentle Cycling Company. Bernie and Chris, the owners, went out of their way to help us construct the exact biking itinerary we wanted and were both lovely and friendly and efficient at all times.Our group of three chose to ride from their location in Stoke up to Mapua. We had intended to bike further but we simply enjoyed the ride, stopped too often, and had a leisurely lunch in Mapua. Chris came and picked us up, along with the bikes, and brought us back to our car.The bikes were new, or really close to it, as were the helmets and panniers. We had no issue with any of the equipment.This is truly a family-owned and operated business and it shows in all the best ways. I strongly recommend them if you're planning on biking any part of (or all) of Great Taste Trail in Nelson.
Such a great day. We couldn’t believe how far we cycled as well as managing to cram in a great coffee stop, two wine tastings, loads of photo ops etc. Excellent e bikes and instruction from Chris and Bernie who really take time to make you comfortable with the route etc. Very friendly and knowledgeable. Thank you!
Chris and Bernie were fantastic to deal with super helpful super friendly and provided great support turning up to fix flat tyres doing special pick up and drop off nothing was too much trouble and their recommendations on what to see and where to eat were spot on. If you want to do a supported self guided stress free cycling trip let the Gentle Cycling Co wrap their arms around you!
Great experience cycling and renting bikes! Bernie took great care of us, so helpful providing us with info and maps before we went! Would definitely recommend!
We hired two touring bikes to cycle around Nelson and enjoy some of the craft beer breweries. It was a fantastic experience, the cycleways in Nelson are amazing where you can cycle mainly the entire way off the road.Chris was very helpful getting us setup on our bikes and giving us some tips for the day.The bikes were in excellent condition and well maintained.Would highly recommend.
We had an amazing day! The bikes were great quality. We got a bit lost and Bernie and Chris were so helpful. They went out of their way to get us and even gave us a lift back to our hostel! 10/10 would recommend
I would recommend these guys to anyone thinking of doing the great taste trail or hiring bikes for smaller day trips. Chris & Bernie made our cycle on the great taste trail a breeze! From organising ferry transfers, accommodation and transferring our luggage between accommodation, writing lists of recommended food and leisure stops, to offering extras like gel seat pads and a bike tray to carry our day stuff. They were so friendly and such a pleasure to talk to and quickly responded to any queries.
A wonderful day cycling along the sea, tasting wine and lunching. Chris and his team very professional, bikes in great condition and everything provided for a great experience.
Great service meant we had a great holiday. Chris and Bernie provided everything we needed and went above and beyond to ensure everything was just perfect. They were very accommodating when we changed plans and allowed us flexibility on the trail. Definitely recommend them.
Our family rented bike from the Gentle Cycling compang. Chris was very helpful to explain the bike trail and told us good places to go. We got back late as we were stuck in the middle of journey. Chris kept in touch with us to make sure we were safe. Highly recommended! It was one of the best bike trip.Thank you 😊
I rented an e-bike from the Gentle Cycling Company and Chris was extremely helpful and cheerful as she directed my time on the Taste Trail with a fine pub recommendation as well. Would highly recommend both the trail and the rental experience. The e-bike was a very comfortable and agile hard tail, mountain bike style and the battery assist made me feel 20 years younger.
Great company to hire bikes and Bernie was so helpful and kind. Made us feel confident getting back on bikes again after a while. Beautiful scenery and cycle trails.Highly recommend !
Great experience today riding with The Gentle Cycling Company. Bernie met us early so we could get a jump start on the trail, and picked us up in Motueka after a long ride. A family run company that is focused on helping people enjoy cycling. I highly recommend booking your tour with them!
Chris & Bernie we’re great hosts. Highly recommend!
So lovely and helpful - told us all the good places to go and made for a great day out !
Website and booking was super explanatory and easy to do/navigate. Day of, we were met by Bernie (one of the owners) who personally greeted us, gave fantastic recommendations for routes and generally made sure we had everything we needed for a single day of biking. Bike itself was in top condition and easy to use. I’d highly recommend this company for anyone wanting to bike some/all of the great taste trail. Excellent service and we will be back!
Super thoughtful operators. Really curated the experience to my tastes and abilities, and provided paper maps mounted on the bike to help me along the way. On top of that, they provided great riding e-bikes, better than the few others I’ve rented across the country. Includes basket to carry your goods
The Gentle Cycling Company is THE place to go if you are looking for some cycle adventure near Nelson! Super friendly team, great bikes and cool tips for exploring the area such as wineries, pubs etc! Highly recommended! Thanks team!
Great experience. Chris and Bernie are awesome hosts. They put together a great itinerary for us, which meant we could just turn up and enjoy the cycling, scenery, eating and drinking along the way. Great attention to detail. Awesome experience.
The Gentle Cycling Company was really kind and friendly. We arrived late in the morning and they showed us what we still can do until the end of the day. So not only with renting bicycles but also with giving recommendations for nice spots and wineries the team helped us. Would really recommend this small family business!The bikes were super good for our size and they gave us everything we needed in case of a flat tire.
We really enjoyed our day of cycling! Chris and his wife were super helpful, the bikes were great and the landscape was beautiful! Would definitely recommend!
What a fantastic experience. So much fun and a beautiful way to see the country! Chris and Bernie are so knowledgeable about the area and have some great suggestions. Our group thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, even after spending 5 hours on a bike!
This is my business so I'm a bit biased 🤣
Ik belde naar hun en al snel werd duidelijk dat ik opgehaald kon worden(top 10 holiday park) de volgende dag. Keurig op tijd kreeg ik eerst even een kleine toeristische toer. Daarna naar hun shop. Keurig op orde en door goede informatie kon ik de juiste fiets voor mij huren.De hele toer werd mij goed en grondig uitgelegd. Super fiets tocht gemaakt. 1x verkeerd gereden, even gebeld en alles werd opgelost. Nadat ik terug kwam kreeg ik nog een kop thee aangeboden. En daarna terug gebracht naar het park.Een echte aanrader als je van persoonlijke en enthousiaste eigenaren houdt. Alhoewel uberhaupt een aanrader!!
Had a great day out with the Gentle Cycling Company - part of the Great Taste Trail was closed due to storm damage, so Bernie offered a modified trip from Rabbit Island to Upper Moutere. Easy communication by email / text beforehand and during the day to coordinate pickup. Lots of support with set up to make sure that everyone had the bike that suited them best. Bikes in good condition & Bernie even noticed the tyres of a riders own bike were a bit flat and pumped them up. Would use the Gentle Cycling Company again - recommend.
Fantastic day out. Bernie was awesome, giving great advice about options. She cared about our destination and getting back. This company is personable, ready to meet your individual needs and adaptable. Would highly recommend them.
Chris & Bernie provide a A++ service. From great condition bikes to Chris's chat, our day was easy, carefree and the kids had a blast on the trail aswell. Cheers again for looking after us while we were in Nelson👍🏽
Totally recommend this. I had an amazing time riding around Nelson using the rented e-bike. Bernie was willing to accomodate my schedule, so everything is easy as. Special thanks to Bernie for the encouragement for going the extra miles 😊.
Friendly and accommodating family run business. Great communication and efficiency. We’ll see you again next time we’re in Nelson!
Chris & Bernie were incredibly helpful and accomodating, definitely eager to share the best that Nelson has to offer! We had an awesome day out, with easy pick-up and drop-off, can't wait to plan a longer ride for our next trip.
Great bikes and great hire price! Love the basket on back of the bike to put backpack in
TGCC really went above and beyond for customer service! Highly recommend the e-bikes for a fun activity in Nelson.
Great bikes, and a lovely area. But most importantly such lovely people! No problem to fit out an ebike with a child bike attachment when our small person had a bit of a wobbly about riding her own.

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