GTT Delight Overview
GTT Delight focuses more on riding with a 4-day itinerary without losing the beauty or opportunities to sample the regions produce, and includes two longer cycling days to start with, finishing with more time in Mapua and Nelson.
GTT Delight Itinerary
Day 1 - Cycle Nelson to Tapawera (69km)
Your trip starts mid-morning with a meet & greet at our new depot right on the trail. After settling on the fit for your bike, our staff will then set you on the trail to ensure you navigate through Nelson’s trails all the way to Pic’s Peanut Butter World, the start of your taste experience. A tour of the factory follows, and it can be an excellent place for an early lunch.
The path follows the formed trail to leave the Waimea estuary (until day 4) as you cycle south, passing grapevines along the way. Our next stop is Tasteology in the lovely township of Brightwater. Rest a while to taste the best of the region with their stunning platters.
From nearby Wakefield, the trail slowly climbs to Belgrove and the final climb to ride the route of the trains long gone up to Spooners Tunnel. At 1.35 km in length, this is the longest decommissioned tunnel in the Southern Hemisphere, and a headlamp and jacket is a must!!
From the tunnel exit down to Kohatu Café, the trail descends on wooded trails to finally reach your next coffee fix. On the short ride to Tapawera, the trail flows north through the numerous hop farms the region is famous for.
Day 2 - Cycle Tapawera to Riwaka (63km)
The exciting new trail development is evident as the trail crosses the Motueka River, starting with a gentle ride on quiet rural roads down to the Wangapeka Valley and then turns inland towards Kahurangi National Park.
The hop farms mix with the rural landscapes before finally starting the gradual 2km climb to the top of the spur overlooking the Baton River. The descent is somewhat steeper but quickly emerges into the Baton River catchment and an exciting new 50m suspension bridge which takes us across to the road and out to Woodstock.
The ride on West Bank Road always has the presence of the Motueka River as part of the appeal, and its swimming spots provide a welcome break. As riders get closer to Riwaka, the many orchards, hop gardens and rural surroundings signal the coast ahead. Accommodation tonight is overlooking the Riwaka orchards and dining at the historic hotel.
Day 3 - Cycle Riwaka to Mapua (37km)
Retracing our steps via the Riwaka hotel brings us to the coast; we then loop back through Port Motueka and divert to Motueka township for a late breakfast. Motueka is worth exploring before heading around and then into the Lower Moutere Valley.
Roadside orchards abound, and the Riverside Café & Gardens are worthy of a stop. The trail gradually rises to the high point view over the Tasman Bay before heading back to the coast and weaving its way to the coastal town of Mapua with its many shops and beautiful accommodation.
Day 4 - Cycle Mapua to Nelson (35km)
Explore Mapua before you relax over a coffee on the jetty in one of the eateries in this idyllic setting before crossing the ferry to Rabbit Island for the final leg home to Nelson.
The trail passes through the exotic forests before crossing the mainland and heading back around the coast, crossing another of the spectacular bridges. As the trail approaches Richmond, the landscape changes before we re-join our tracks and continue towards Monaco and the famous Classic Cars Museum.
The route back to our depot requires re-join the cycle path and follow the signs back into Nelson and our depot for your onward journey.