GTT Explorer Overview

Great Taste Explorer is a relaxed circuit with both Standard and Deluxe levels of accommodation. An ideal ride to explore, taste and unwind.

GTT Explorer Itinerary

Your trip starts mid-morning with a meet & greet at our new depot right on the trail. Our briefing will cover your trail itinerary and your bike, as well as hot tips on places to visit during your trip.

After settling on your bike, our staff will then guide 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 a great place to use for lunch. 

The path follows the formed trail to leave the Waimea estuary (until day 5) as you cycle south, passing grapevines along the way. Our next stop is lunch at HQ Cafe in the lovely township of Brightwater. Rest a while to taste some of the region’s great flavours. Exercise moderation, as there is still 8 km to ride to Wakefield and our accommodation for the first night on the trail.

Today’s ride is not long, albeit we pass through history along the regions early train line. A leisurely breakfast and the chance to explore the town of Wakefield before setting off. The dedicated off-road trail weaves through farmland, providing a rural experience as you slowly climb to Belgrove and the final climb to ride the route of the trains long gone through Spooners Tunnel. At 1.35 km in length, this is the longest decommissioned tunnel in the Southern Hemisphere, and a headlamp is a must!! Eventually, the glimmer does appear, and you will emerge into a new forested landscape. From here 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 follows the numerous Hop farms the region is famous for. En-route, we stop at the Sculptured Gardens for a fascinating break off bikes. Eventually, we roll into the rural town and our accommodation for the night. 

The exciting new trail development is evident today with our longest ride on the trail. Crossing the Motueka river, the ride starts with a gentle ride on quiet rural roads down to the Wangapeka Valley, then turns inland towards Kahurangi National Park. 

The hop farms mix with the rural landscapes before we finally start 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 takes us across to the road and its 14kms journey out to Woodstock.  

The ride from Woodstock is on West Bank Road with diversions across to Dunbar Estates, an ideal lunch spot. The ride 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 introduce us to the coast. Our destination is the historic and charming Riwaka Hotel and the hospitality of the nearby chalets.

The 11 km coastal ride into Motueka via a short detour off the trail takes us to our breakfast options while warming up tired muscles. The busy streets of the town provide numerous shopping opportunities. Retracing your tracks returns you to the trail and heading around Motueka port and then into the Lower Moutere Valley. 

Roadside orchards abound, and the Riverside Café & Gardens are worthy of a stop-off. 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. Enjoy a late lunch on the jetty in one of the local eateries and relax in this idyllic setting. 

The watery gap to Rabbit Island requires the ferry’s use, and with only 35km today, an early coffee fills the time between crossings. Once on Rabbit Island, the trail passes through the exotic forests before crossing to the mainland and heading back around the coast, crossing on yet another of the trails spectacular bridges.

Off the trail, there are numerous attractions for those interested in wine and glass blowing; diversions to visit are available. As the trail approaches Richmond, the landscape changes again before we re-join our tracks and head towards Monaco and the famous Nelson Classic Cars Museum.  

The route back to our depot requires re-joining the Nelson cycle path and following the signs back into Nelson and our depot for your onward journey.

5 days
5 cycling days


NZ $895.00

per person

Trip inclusions

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Wine tasting and food platter
  • Standard bike hire

Trip highlights

  • Cycle quiet back roads of the Wangapeka and Baton Valleys
  • Overnight in the waterfront town of Mapua
  • Sample the best of the Tastes of Tasman

What’s Included

  • Bike hire plus helmet and rack bag. Upgrades available. (Own bike and gear is also an option) 
  • Trip plan, map and trip notes
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 4 Breakfasts
  • Daily luggage transfers  
  • Mapua Ferry Crossing
  • Entry to Classic Car World
  • Entry to Hidden Sculpture Garden
  • Bike hire plus helmet and rack bag. Upgrades available. (Own bike and gear is also an option) 
  • 4 nights accommodation – upgraded where available 
  • 4 Breakfasts
  • Wine Tasting and platter on day 3
  • Daily luggage transfers  
  • Mapua Ferry Crossing on day 5
  • Trip plan, map and trip notes
  • Entry to Classic Car World
  • Entry to Hidden Sculpture Garden 


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Accommodation 21/22 Price
Standard Level
$895.00 pp
Deluxe Level$1075.00 pp

Note: All pricing is based on twin share rooms. Please contact us for details around our single supplement rates.

Accommodation Levels


E-Bike Upgrade

Riding an E-bike is a great way to enjoy the Great Taste Trail. Our E-bikes are equipped with the latest technology with a smooth electric motor to provide extra assistance whenever needed. They also come with a comfortable upright riding position. View bike

Add an E-bike to this trip for $250.00pp

Abel Tasman Add-On

The beautiful Abel Tasman National Park is on our doorstep, and many customers take the opportunity to add a day or three to experience the beautiful beaches and options available. We can organise to add an extra day into your itinerary while at Riwaka.

Learn more about the GTT Abel Tasman Plus