Self-Guided Nelson To Mapua Cycle Adventure

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 4 Hrs
  • Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    37-39 Halifax Street East, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


This half-day self-guided cycle adventure takes in some of the most stunning scenery on Tasmans Great Taste Trail taking approximately 4-hours. There are many fun stops along the way with award winning wineries, craft breweries, and the World of Wearable Art 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. It 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.


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All necessary equipment included

All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included

Family friendly

Receive discounts at selected restaurants, shops and attractions

Cycle the city streets to absorb the local atmosphere

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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 Tasmans 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.


Cycle equipment which includes bicycle, helmet, repair kit, carrier bag, odometer and trail map.

Mapua Ferry crossing

10% discount voucher at the Apple Shed Caf or Jellyfish restaurant in Mapua

All taxes, fees and handling charges

Bottled water

Transport by air-conditioned minivan


Food (own cost)

Airport pick-up (additional costs apply)

Hotel pickup (additional costs apply)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Minimum age is 13 years

Subject to favorable weather conditions. If cancelled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

Traveler Reviews

  • 06-Apr-2018

    Not great directions, 30 of the trip wasnt too scenic, and some of the path had been washed out. The staff was extremely nice.

  • 21-Jan-2018

    A great experience. The bikes were in great condition and prepared and ready for us. I had made a couple of requests helmet size and saddle height and this had all been noted. We were given water and maps and advice. The only thing I would say is that getting out of Nelson and Richmond is not the prettiest or easiest and make sure that you have a clear idea of where you're going. Once you're out of the towns the scenery is well worth the ride. Make sure that you take the forest track on Rabbit Island and try a winery or two.