Cycling in Nelson

Ride the Great Taste Trail

Easy-to-ride (Grade 1 and 2 – similar to the Otago Central Rail trail), the trail caters for a wide range of cyclists and walkers. Blue markers and signs with cycle logo on them identify the trail route, and interpretive signs are located along the way.

When complete, the whole trail – including a section in the Motueka River Valley – will cover a distance of 175km and will run from Nelson, to Richmond, Brightwater, Wakefield out to Tapawera, along the Motueka River Valley to Riwaka, Kaiteriteri, and then back to Richmond through Motueka and Mapua.

As stages of the trail are completed there will be the choice of day rides or a series of overnight stops.

Mountain Biking

What is so good about riding a bike off road in the Nelson region?

Having over 1000m of elevation to play with on our doorstep is a great starting point. From high alpine environments, to lush native forests and rooty forestry blocks the luxury of choice has resulted in a wide variety of trails in and around Nelson, each with a unique flavour.

Within a 10km radius of Nelson City you’ll find over 30 trails ranging from grade 2 to grade 5. Multiple DH tracks, flow tracks, root infested technical challenges, family friendly loops and classic back country epics. Dun Mountain, 629, Peaking Ridge, Maitai Face, Sharlands, Involution, Fringed Hill and Codgers trails are all just a short ride from town.