Tour de Great Taste Trail – Self Guided

Tour de Great Taste Trail – Self Guided

Duration: 6D/5N

Difficulty: Easy/Int (Easy with Ebike)

From $2,499

Welcome to the ultimate cycling adventure on the stunning South Island of New Zealand! Embark on a 5-night, 6-day self-guided cycling tour along the Great Taste Trail, an unforgettable journey through the heart of Nelson's breathtaking landscapes with Tour de Vines as your trusted companion. This cycling odyssey promises not just a tour, but a sensory experience as you immerse yourself in the flavors, scents, and sights of this remarkable region.

Experience the freedom of cycling self-guided with the confidence of knowing you are fully supported by Tour de Vines.

🌄 Picture yourself pedaling through sun-dappled vineyards, along coastal trails with the Tasman Sea as your companion, and through charming towns brimming with local charm. Don't miss the enchanting Spooners Tunnel, a historic railway tunnel that adds a touch of adventure to your ride. The Great Taste Trail, renowned for its easy gradients and well-maintained paths, ensures that riders of all levels can revel in the joy of cycling amidst New Zealand's natural wonders.

🏞️ The tour's highlights include a guided day within the Abel Tasman National Park, where you'll marvel at pristine beaches, lush forests, and crystal-clear waters. Indulge in a seamless blend of cycling, walking, and boat transfers, crowned with a delightful lunch – an experience that transcends the ordinary.

🍇 Discover why this part of New Zealand is a haven for foodies, with the trail winding through picturesque landscapes and introducing you to local delights.  Savor the freshness of the sea air and let the Great Taste Trail unveil the magic of Nelson's surroundings. Embark on this extraordinary journey, where every turn of the pedal reveals a new facet of natural beauty and culinary delight. Your adventure awaits! 🌿🚲

What We Love About this Great Taste Trail Self Guided Cycling Tour

  • Nelson's Arts Hub: Begin your journey in Nelson, a city bursting with artistic energy and vibrant galleries.

  • Spooners Tunnel Excursion: Explore the historic Spooners Tunnel, a 1.4-kilometer marvel, adding an adventurous twist to your route.

  • Kaiteriteri Coastal Bliss: Stay 2 nights in Kaiteriteri, a coastal paradise where golden sands meet the azure Tasman Sea, offering a perfect seaside break.

  • Abel Tasman National Park Adventure: Experience a guided day in the Abel Tasman National Park, immersing yourself in pristine beaches, lush forests, and seamless cycling, walking, including fun boat transfers.

  • Culinary Delights (it's called the 'Great Taste Trail' for a reason):  Savour the local flavors with the trail dotted with wineries, fruit outlets, cafes, breweries and more. 

What's Included in Your Great Taste Trail Self Guided Cycling Package

This cycling tour is amazing value when you add up what's included.  Here is the list:

  • Five (5) nights accommodation (ensuite hotel or B&B style)
  • 5 x full breakfasts, 3 x restaurant dinners, 1 x sumptuous lunch, 2 x picnic lunches
  • Detailed riding instructions and directions
  • On call support never far away
  • All food and wine tastings and outlet visits
  • Boat transfers to and from Abel Tasman National Park, park entry, fully guided walk with National Park Guide & lunch. 
  • Mapua Ferry ticket
  • Lightweight fair trade cycling t-shirt and environmentally friendly water bottle
  • Amazing memories and an incredible new set of photos!


    • Excellent, well maintained hybrid style bikes with pannier/carry bags available to hire
    • Quality E-bikes (step through style on request) also available to hire
    • BYO is possible at no extra cost

You can enjoy this cycling tour on any day or date that suits you, subject only to accommodation availability.  Prices and any blocked dates can be seen on the calendar below. 

Please note there is a $A100 per person supplement added post booking for tours that run over any New Zealand public holidays and long weekends.

To check accommodation we request a $400 deposit which enables us to check and hold accommodation for your preferred dates.  This is fully refundable if no accommodation is available (this is rare).  

Book online below or contact us +61 3 7068 5000

Trusted Operator
Tour de Vines has been running tours in since 2002 and has been awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 & 2023 and is now a Hall of Fame inductee. You can be assured we are a quality operator and want nothing more than for you to have an amazing travel experience.

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Itinerary at a Glance

Arrive into Nelson (there is airport connections across NZ) and make your way to your booked accommodation.  Enjoy included restaurant meal nearby.  

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