Travel to the Great Taste Trail

There are several ways to get to and from the Nelson Tasman region to cycle the Great Taste Trail. Some options may require an additional day of travel time, and other options may vary depending on if it is Summer or Winter.

For options on how to coordinate your travel see below.

Rental Car Deal

With uncertainties around the future of a regular bus service throughout the South Island, we have been working on alternative ways for you to get to the start of the A2O, West Coast Wilderness Trail and Great Taste Trail.

We are working with a rental car company to allow you to rent a car for the duration of your cycle trip but receive significant discount by activating an exclusive promo code from us. The discounted rate will factor in the number of days that the vehicle will be “parked up” while you are out enjoying the trail on your bike, which of course is the whole point of your holiday. This will allow you time to drive to the start of the trail, experience the cycle trail, and then either take our shuttle back to your rental car, or we can relocate the car for you.

Please get in touch with our Reservations Team for more details.

Private Car

Driving north from Christchurch to Nelson there are two options:

  • Inland route via Lewis Pass (409 km) approx. 5.5 hours
  • Coastal route via Kaikoura (431 .2 km) approx 6 hours

Driving from the West Coast to Nelson:

  • Greymouth to Nelson (283 km) 3.45 hours

Talk to us about secure parking at our depot when you make your booking.

Public Transport

There are several options to get to/from the main South Island centres, which are offered by local public transport operators. Please note, due to COVID-19 there has been significant changes to timetables. Contact details are listed below to arrange your public transport bookings.


Phone: +64 9 583 5780 Auckland Bookings and help phone
Phone: +64 3 365 1114 Christchurch


If you have the time and are travelling from the North Island,

The ferry departs Wellington and arrives in Picton, taking approximately 3-3.5 hours.

Picton – Nelson by car ( 113 kms 2 hours )


Phone: 0800 802 802


Phone: 0800 844 844


If you’re short on time, flying is your best option. With the newly redeveloped Nelson Airport, it’s the country’s busiest regional airport – 4 airlines service the Nelson Tasman region with up to 400 flights per week.

All destinations have flights arriving into Nelson by 10.00am allowing you to start your ride that day if you wish.

Air New Zealand –

Sounds Air –

Originair –

Golden Bay Air –