Cycling Mecca

Welcome to the Heart of Biking in New Zealand. The Nelson Tasman region is a cycling mecca and home to two Great Rides (Tasman's Great Taste Trail and the Dun Mountain Trail).

Spooners Tunnel Temporary Closure

The tunnel is currently closed due to inspection and maintenance. We will update this message once a further assessment has been carried out.

Tunnel Information

The 1.4km Spooners Tunnel is NZ's longest decommissioned rail tunnel and has important heritage value.  It is the 5th longest tunnel open to cycling and walking in the world, and the longest in the southern hemisphere.  Trains used the Nelson Railway line and Spooners Tunnel until services stopped in 1955. 

TUNNEL FUN – Cycle from Spooners Tunnel Southern entrance for I hour on grade 1, 15km. The Tunnel is not lit and cyclists will need torches and a warm layer of clothing. MORE INFO. (Photo credit Chocolate Dog).

Nelson was recently rated by IMBA as a Gold Ride Centre - one of only six in the world.

As well as three purpose-built mountain-biking (MTB) parks, there are numerous mountain biking options within a short distance from the city including Sharlands Creek (Hira Forest), Fringed Hill, Sunrise Ridge, Marsden Reserve (Involution and Widdershins), Richmond Hills, Hackett/Browning Hut and Rabbit Island.

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Pass vineyards, breweries, orchards and no end of places to stop and enjoy some quality cuisine while you ride!

Read about all of the different optional rides which make up this trail here

From Easy to Intermediate and Advanced

Tasman's Great Taste Trail

Tasman's Great Taste Trail

NZ Great Ride graded easy and 175kms. This trail is mostly flat and meanders through urban areas, along the coast and through farmed areas. Bike a little or bike a lot and enjoy coastal views over Tasman Bay and Waimea... More info

Dun Mountain Trail

Dun Mountain Trail

NZ Great Ride graded intermediate and advanced and 43kms. Begins and ending in the heart of Nelson city, the trail follows an historic mining railway line to an alpine environment with stunning scenery and climbs to over 878m. More info

Heaphy Track

Heaphy Track

A remote, multi-day, winter ride only, that has no equal in New Zealand. The 78km track starts in Golden Bay and traverses to the West Coast with varying wide smooth trail to technical and rocky track with frequent creek... More info

Watch our video covering 3 days mountain biking on the Heaphy Track

Dallas Hewett and Derek Morrison ride the Heaphy Track located in Kahurangi National Park, Nelson-Tasman, New Zealand. Read more about biking the Heaphy

From urban trails to MTB parks & wilderness tracks

Urban off-road cycle trails

Urban off-road cycle trails

These offer unique and fun cycling to suit all tastes and include the Nelson City Centennial Cycleway curving from the CBD through to Atawhai and the Stoke Railway Reserve or Rocks Road to the southwest. More info

Three purpose-built mountain-bike parks

Three purpose-built mountain-bike parks

Codgers MTB Park in Nelson city, Silvan Forest in Richmond and Kaiteriteri MTB Park The very best hand-built mountain bike trails in New Zealand and all just minutes from local cafes, services and the beach. More info

Cycle touring routes

Cycle touring routes

Cycle a bit further and explore Maungatapu Track (up over the hill to the gorgeous Pelorus Valley), Golden Downs Trail or cycle from Murchison to Tapawera. More info

Check out some aerial footage of our famous Coppermine MTB Track.

 Find maps and read more about ways you can ride the coppermine here

See the best of the region by bike

Big Day Out

Big Day Out

7 hours on grades 1, 2 and 3, 77km
Start at Kaiteriteri and cycle to Nelson.
Best suited for experienced cyclists wanting to put their head down and get pedals cranking. More Info

Little Day Out

Little Day Out

4 hours on grades 1, 2 and 3, 32km
Cycle from Kaiteriteri to Motueka (and back again).
A leisurely pace allowing plenty of stops for sightseeing, eating, drinking and general relaxation. Striking vistas of Tasman Bay. More Info

Family Weekend

Family Weekend

2 days on grades 1, 2 and 3, 77km. Start in Kaiteriteri and cycle to Mapua. Overnight at Mapua and then cycle into Nelson. Get the family on their bikes for a special weekend together. More info

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