Great Taste Trail – South Island

Abel Tasman New Zealand

Now this trail is definitely right up my alley! It combines both cycling and the opportunity to sample some of the excellent hospitality and culinary options available in our neighbouring region of Tasman.

The Great Taste Trail is located at the top of New Zealand’s South Island in the Tasman region and will take you from Nelson right through to Kaiteriteri. At 178kms in length, the trail takes between 1-4 days to complete depending on how fast you want to take things and will take you up towards the stunning Abel Tasman National Park.

This is a loop trail which is perfect for those looking to start and finish in the same place. The trail starts at Nelson Airport making it the perfect weekend getaway for cycling enthusiasts.

Looping through the Tasman Bay towns of Nelson, Wakefield, Richmond, Motueka and Kaiteriteri, the Great Taste Trail is a terrific way to tour the attractions of this popular holiday destination.

Its mix of rural, urban, coastal and riverside scenery is a fabulous feast for the eyes. Natural beauty, however, is only part of the appeal, with this trail serving up a tantalising array of tasty attractions – from art galleries and boutique shopping, to fruit stalls, cafes, craft beer pubs and winery restaurants.

Forming a big loop around the Nelson–Tasman region, the trail can be enjoyed in full over several days or dipped into on short hops or day rides. Base yourself in one place or overnight along the way – either way you’re set for a super-sweet sightseeing tour with flavours to suit almost anyone!