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Self-Guided Nelson to Mapua Cycle Adventure

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    What to Expect
    Your adventure starts at the 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.  
    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. Along the way, take in the ‘World of Wearable Art’ (WOW) exhibition then enjoy the atmosphere of the Honest Lawyer, a country style pub. There are also many craft breweries and wineries to sample along the way.
    Continue on the Trail, take the coastal route and 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. You will then be taken back to base in a vehicle.
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    Reviewed 26 April 2019

    Beautiful stretch of coast and easy cycling. Lots of options for stop offs: I stopped at the WOW, Pic's peanut butter factory, a delicious lunch at the Grape Escape (with glass of wine of course) and for a swim off the beach on rabbit island....More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank CarpeDiemz
    TrailJourneysN, Office at Nelson Kiwi Journeys New Zealand, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2019

    Thrilled to hear you had a great day out riding part of the Great Taste Trail, visiting some of our "great taste" places on offer. We look forward to seeing you again.

    Reviewed 25 April 2019

    We rode from Nelson to Mapua via the maps provided. The Ebikes are great. the staff were very informative and friendly. I would highly recommend the Ebikes as they make the ride super easy. Stop at all the places of any interest to you, there...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank RelaxingH0lidays
    TrailJourneysN, Office at Nelson Kiwi Journeys New Zealand, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2019

    Thanks for your review and pleased to hear you enjoyed your Nelson/Mapua day out on e-bikes. We are working closely with the governing bodies about improving the signage, which is why our team always go through the maps in detail with our guests. We look...More

    Reviewed 24 April 2019

    Kia Ora We took a self guided trip from Mapua to Richmond starting on the short ferry journey then pedaled our way along the very flat Great Taste Trail. See photo We loved the help and advice for getting set up with bikes. Friendly, helpful...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank Climber652344
    Reviewed 27 December 2018 via mobile

    My husband and I and our two teenage daughters loved this experience. We stopped at the World of Wearable Art & Classic Car exhibition and wandered around this fabulous exhibition for an hour. We then cycled to the Grape Escape for lunch. This place was...More

    Date of experience: December 2018
    Thank dabulls5
    Reviewed 15 December 2017

    We had a wonderful cycle from Nelson to Mapua. The map was spot on. Instructions given to us spot on. The bikes excellent. The route wonderful. The ferry an experience all be it for a very short time. Pick up at 6 pm as arranged....More

    Date of experience: December 2017
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