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Activities
  • 6 day guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 5 nights hotel/motel
Meals
  • 4 Dinners
  • 4 Lunches
  • 5 Breakfasts

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6 Days$2190USD

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Small groups only
Guided group sizes are strictly limited to maximum 16 people, average of 8-10


 
 
Trip Code: NNT

Trip highlights


  • Explore the Tasman Great Taste Cycle Trail's stunning coastline and inland rides
  • Experience the beautiful Queen Charlotte Sounds with a scenic bush walk
  • Take a bicycle ferry from the beautiful town of Mapua to the Ruby Coast
  • Test your tastebuds at local wineries, breweries and orchards
  • Discover the city of Nelson - known for its sunshine, arts, wine and great food
  • Sail through the Abel Tasman National Park on a Catamaran
  • Enjoy a half day walk on the famous Abel Tasman track
  • Make pancakes and billy tea on a perpetually burning fire hidden in native bush

Explore the best of Marlborough and Tasman at the top of the South Island on the ultimate bike, walk and sailing holiday. Walk through pristine native forest on the Queen Charlotte track, cycle along Nelson’s Great Taste Trail and sail a catamaran in the famous Abel Tasman National Park. Relax and enjoy the many local galleries, craft breweries, boutique stores, wineries and the renowned World of Wearable Arts that these regions are known for.

The journey begins by visiting the breathtaking Marlborough Sounds before heading towards the golden sandy beaches of the Abel Tasman. Riding along flat or gently rolling terrain, through vineyards and along coastal tracks, we arrive at the stunning Lake Rotoiti in the Nelson Lakes National Park surrounded by high mountain peaks. Our final day returns us to Christchurch over the scenic Lewis Pass after the unique Natural Flames experience. This is a fun and active adventure which will be enjoyed by adults and children alike and is suited to beginner cyclists.


We will collect you early this morning from a central Christchurch location around 7:30am and head away on our drive north to Kaikoura (2.5 - 3 hours). This scenic journey crosses the Canterbury Plains, winds over the Hunderlee Hills and then follows the beautiful coastline to arrive in time for lunch. We will enjoy a walk along the dramatic Kaikoura peninsula, spotting a few seals along the way with a bit of luck. This provides a good opportunity to stretch our legs before a further drive along the coast road (around 1.5 hours) to Blenheim. Here we will unload the bikes, try them out and enjoy our first cycle ride amongst the Marlborough vineyards. Marlborough is world renowned for its Sauvignon Blanc wine, and we take the time for some wine tasting at a few of the local vineyards along the way. Then a final van transfer takes us to Picton, a peaceful little port town, and our stop for the night. Picton is nestled in the beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound surrounded by hills, in the evening there will be time to wander along the waterfront to watch the ferries come and go. Cycle Distance: Blenheim towards Renwick - approx 27km

Meals:  D

This morning we take a water taxi to the nearby Queen Charlotte track, a spectacular ridge top walk above the Marlborough Sound. We get dropped off at Te Mahia Saddle and spend the morning weaving through lush native bush with glimpses into the many bays and coves below. Arriving at the little village of Anakiwa at the end of the track, we enjoy a picnic lunch on the beach. After lunch we continue to Nelson - the “sunshine capital” of the South Island of New Zealand, where we can hop on the bikes for a ride around the pretty town. There will be options for a longer ride towards the Maitai Valley or to visit Nelson's many galleries. Arriving at our central city accommodation we have some time to explore further before regrouping for dinner. Hiking Distance: 12km, approx 3-4 hours walking

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast we drive to Richmond to rejoin the Great Taste Trail. Before starting on your bike there is the option to take a tour of the Pic's Peanut butter factory, a local Nelson institution! Today's coastal ride takes us to Rabbit Island passing vineyards and galleries on the way. We take a short ferry journey to Mapua where we have lunch at one of the excellent waterfront cafes, before continuing our cycle along the Ruby Coast and into Motueka. From here we have the option to cycle another 8km to Riwaka River Estate Winery for a late afternoon tasting. We then load up the bikes and return to Motueka for overnight. For those who still have some energy, we can cycle from the winery back to our accommodation at Motueka. Cycle Distance: Richmond to Mapua - 18km Mapua to Motueka - 22km Motueka to Riwaka Winery - Optional 8km each way

Meals:  B,L

This morning we drive to Marahau and the start of the famous Abel Tasman track. We will rest our cycle legs by taking a half day hike into Anchorage on the Abel Tasman walkway. The track is well formed and drops into several beautiful sheltered bays and golden sand beaches. At midday we have lunch overlooking Torrent Bay and then board a catamaran for an exciting sail around the heads and back to our vehicle. To round out a wonderful day, we take some time to enjoy Kaiteriteri beach, with the chance for a late afternoon swim or a relaxing stroll along the golden sands. From here it is only a short drive back to Motueka. Walking Distance: 12.5km Sailing: 3 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

Our ride today is on a very quiet and pretty road along the west bank of the Moutere River, starting from Riwaka and passing through vineyards, kiwifruit orchards and hops farms along the way. This is an on road section of the Great Taste Trail which takes us through to Woodstock. After loading the bikes to drive a busy section of road to Kohatu for lunch, we continue on the Great Taste Trail through the Norris Gully, to the historic Spooners Tunnel. At 1.4km, it is New Zealand's longest decommissioned rail tunnel. A lovely downhill gradient takes us down to the Wai-iti Domain where we once again meet the bus and load up the bikes. We transfer by van through to St Arnaud and our hotel for the night, which is located on the edge of the Nelson Lakes National Park, set amidst stunning wilderness scenery. In the afternoon there are plenty of options for some lovely walks along the lakeside or take a swim in Lake Rotoiti. Cycle Distances: Moutere Valley Ride - 38km Norris Gully to Wai-iti Domain - 13km

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we drive alongside the Buller River on the way to Murchison, a small town at the confluence of four rivers and servicing the surrounding farming region. Here we witness a truly unique phenomenon as part of "the Natural Flames Experience". We will 4WD through a deer farm and enjoy a hike through native bush to discover "The Flames", the world's only fire perpetually burning in a forest. Enjoy ‘billy tea’ and pancakes cooked on the flames. Returning to Murchison to our own vehicle we drive over Lewis Pass and back to Christchurch, reminiscing about the variety of experiences we have encountered over the last few days. Arrival time in Christchurch is between 6-7:00pm.

Meals:  B


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Inclusions

  • 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • 5 nights hotel/motel ensuite accommodation on twin share basis
  • Professional qualified driver/guide
  • 2 professional guides/drivers on trips with 8 or more people
  • Private vehicle transport
  • Crossing on public ferry from Rabbit Island to Mapua
  • Transfer by catamaran in the Abel Tasman NP
  • Wine tasting at two wineries
  • The Natural Flames Experience
  • Water and snacks while cycling
  • Access and concession fees paid to the Department of Conservation
  • New Zealand Goods and Services Tax (GST)

  • International or domestic flights and taxes
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • All beverages, other than breakfast
  • Bike hire (including helmet)
  • Water bottle (help us save the environment and bring your own bike drink bottle)
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses (eg. phone calls, internet, laundry, shopping etc)
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa (if required)
  • Tips

About Your Leader

Our guides are one of our biggest assets and we pride ourselves on their level of quality and high standards. Once the trip reaches 8 people, we provide you with two of our expert guides to maximise your enjoyment and overall experience. You’ll know you’re in safe hands as all of our guides are certified in first aid and CPR and many of them are trained bike mechanics. They come from all walks of life but our guides have a common desire to give you the best possible experience, fun and lots of fond memories to take home with you.


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P
New Year's Supplement

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Total Priceper person from

$2190USD

Options & Supplements*
  • New Year's SupplementUSD$80
  • Bike RentalUSD$140
  • Single Supplement - Limited to 2 per departureUSD$390
  • e-Bike Rental (subject to availability)USD$450
*Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Nelson Bike Hike and Sail trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


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