Nelson to Mapua

From NZD NZ$119.00
  • Duration: 5 Hours (approx.)
  • Location: Nelson, Nelson
  • Product code: NelMap

This one day cycle adventure takes in some of the most stunning scenery on Tasman’s Great Taste Trail. There are many fun stops along the way with award winning wineries, craft breweries, and the Classic Car Museum to name a few. Cycle along the old rail route from Nelson City to Richmond then turn onto the picturesque Coastal Route to Rabbit Island and Mapua. This is all grade one riding (easy) where a moderate fitness level is required. A short ride on the Mapua Ferry has you landing on the Mapua Wharf where the vibe and atmosphere is very relaxing while you enjoy some great food and beverages. This is also a great day out for the whole family.

Nelson City to Mapua

Distance: 32kms

Meals: Available along the Trail (own cost)

Your adventure starts at our base in Nelson where you will be fitted to your bikes and briefed on your tour. From here you will start your cycle ride to Mapua on Tasman’s Great Taste Trail.  we recommend to be at our depot between 9:00 to 9:30am for departure.

You may choose to explore Nelson City before following the blue Great Taste Trail markers and heading south out to the seaside village of Mapua. There are many craft breweries and wineries to sample along the way. Once you turn onto the coastal route, enjoy the views from the coastal boardwalks of the Waimea Estuary and fertile farmland (home to a range of internationally significant bird species including the white heron). Cross
the spectacular Waimea Swing Bridge then on to Rabbit Island. Take a swim in a freshwater swimming hole or the warm sea waters and sandy beaches of Rabbit Island. The trail takes you along the main beach of Rabbit Island where you will come to the Ferry landing. A short trip across the channel on the iconic Mapua Ferry lands you at the Mapua Wharf. Here you can enjoy the buzzing atmosphere of galleries, studios, restaurants, cafes, shops and the Golden Bear Boutique Brewery. Your return shuttle leaves Mapua Wharf at 4:30pm (winter) and arrives in Nelson at 5:05pm.


  • Cycle equipment which includes bicycle, helmet, repair kit, panniers or carrier bag, odometer and trail documentation

  • Bottled water

  • Transport: Mapua Wharf to Nelson

  • Mapua Ferry crossing