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. You then have a beautiful gentle downhill ride into Tasman village where there is a village store, café, 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 3km 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. Check out the café on the site of Riverside Community – the oldest alternative community in NZ. Approaching Motueka township, the trail passes Toad Hall Café & Townshend Brewery, a great place to relax with some food and beer under the big oak trees in the garden.
The final section from Motueka, is coastal and flat… until the end! This is “honesty box” country so expect some fresh fruit (in season) including cherries, boysenberries, strawberries, apples, grapes, feijoas, citrus and melons. Leaving Motueka the trail heads to Riwaka, a cute little village which is home to a great café and a craft brewery. The trail then follows the rugged coastline as you approach the Abel Tasman National Park before ducking into the Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park. This last section of 3.1 km is intermediate grade (trail grading not mountain bike grading!) 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 and enjoy the lovely bush clad trail. You will soon get the first glimpse of your destination – the stunning golden shores of Kaiteriteri Beach.
ADD AN OPTION: Extra night in Kaiteriteri
Why not enjoy a relaxing stay in Kaiteriteri at the end of your trip. There is a range of accommodation in Kaiteriteri including an Eco Resort, with vegetarian restaurant, spa, massage and pool facilities.
ADD AN OPTION: Abel Tasman National Park Day
Staying the night in Kaiteriteri makes it easy to use the following day for a trip in the Abel Tasman National Park. In the morning, it’s an easy walk to the beachfront where your Park Day begins. Wilsons Abel Tasman offer a range of single day trips in the park (standard retail prices apply). For a flexible full day walking trip option, we recommend the Open Day Pass. There is also a range of full day kayak trips available. When we book your Park Day as part of your cycling trip, we will ensure your whole itinerary fits together seamlessly.