Tunnel to Town (Nelson City)
- Duration: 9 Hours (approx.)
- Location: Nelson, Nelson
- Product code: TunnTown
Kiwi Journeys are excited to release the new ‘Tunnel to Town’ tour. Construction on a new 5km section of trail into Wakefield is now complete allowing this amazing day of cycling, scenery and tasting.
Today you will ride through the longest disused rail tunnel in the southern hemisphere, extraordinary mountain vistas, amazing scenery through farmland, orchards, hop gardens, vineyards, coastal estuaries as well as being able to sample world class food and beverage.
1 Day - Spooners Tunnel to Nelson City
Distance: 50kms approximately
Meals: Available along the Trail (own cost)
Your adventure starts at our Nelson City depot at 8:40am, where you will be fitted to your bikes and briefed before you board our trail transport by road, and escape to the countryside at 9:00am. With an approximate shuttle time of 45 minutes to Spooner’s Tunnel, our Kiwi Journeys driver will give you some useful tips about the trail including food and beverage stops.
At 1352 metres long, the Spooner’s Tunnel is the longest tunnel open to cyclists in the southern hemisphere. The old rail corridor into Richmond is unique and the amazing scenery combined with the peace and tranquility of the countryside must be experienced.
Highlights include riding through farmland, pristine native forests, following rivers, swing-bridges, past vineyards and berry farms to name a few. We highly recommend a stop for lunch at the Grape Escape Café followed by a tasting at the Richmond Plains/Te-Mania winery and then a real fruit ice cream made from local raspberries and boysenberries.
There are many things to explore and taste in between Richmond and Nelson City. Some of the many options include stopping at Eddyline Brewery & Pizzeria, visiting Pics Peanut Butter World, McCashins Brewery and the World of Wearable Art & Classic Car Museum. Detour off the trail to take the waterfront scenic route, exploring Tahunanui Beach, stand-up paddle boarding, many eateries and of course sample a craft beer.
· Summer: September to April (with the exclusion of Christmas Day)
· Winter: May to August (Weekends, School and Public Holidays only)
· Cycle equipment which includes trail comfort bike, light, helmet, repair kit, panniers or carrier bag, odometer and trail map
· Bottled water
· Transport: Nelson to Spooner’s Tunnel
Optional Add On’s:
· Enjoy this fantastic fun day out on our high-end e-Bikes (electric)!! (NB: extra $60 per person)