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Level: Beginner
Length: 108 mi (173.8 km)
Surface: Doubletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +908/904 ft
Total: 20 riders
 

Mountain Biking Great Taste Trail

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#216 of 381 mountain bike trails in New Zealand
#10424 in the world

This is an easy, wide, gentle trail suitable for families and the Sunday cafe set. Quite a lot of it is coastal, and there are lots of points of interest along the way such as forests, green pastures, orchards, mountain views, beaches, estuaries, birds, craft shops, wineries, a brewery, restaurants and cafes.

It starts at the Nelson i-site (visitors centre) or at Nelson airport and goes along the coast to Richmond and on to Kaiteriteri via Rabbit Island. From there it goes inland, partly on country roads before circling back to Richmond.

The whole trail is 174km (108 miles) long but it's generally ridden in short leisurely sections combining gastronomy and pedalonomy.

The trail is very well serviced with a number of bike hire places, bike shops and shuttle operators. For maps, route details, photos and more check out the trail website: http://heartofbiking.org.nz/our-trails/tasmans-great-taste-trail/

Before you go
  • Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • Restrooms 
Getting there
You can pick up this very accessible trail at numerous points along the route. The official start is at the Nelson i-site (information centre), 77 Trafalgar Street, Nelson. Many people start at Nelson airport.
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  • Jim Cummings
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    It's quite a nice ride all year round but especially in summer when it can be combined with a swim, and a picnic with all the family. For most of the trail the great tastes are few and far between and the marketing is somewhat ahead of the reality.

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