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 UPDATE
After a closure of several months to allow strengthening of the northern portal, Spooners Tunnel is open again for riding and walking. The Tunnel is NZ's longest decommissioned rail tunnel and has important heritage value and at 1.4km, 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.
At the same time as the strengthening, the construction team was quietly going about connecting the trail at Belgrove north to the Wai-iti Reserve, and south from the tunnel to Norris Gully. You can now ride 18.5km on purpose-built off-road trail from Wai-iti through the Tunnel to Norris picnic area – a perfect outing for family and visitors.
NB: The Tunnel is not lit and cyclists will need torches and a warm layer of clothing. MORE INFO. (Photo credit Chocolate Dog).
Download Maps for:
Tasman's Great Taste Trail (cycling)
Dun Mountain Trail (mountain biking)
The Old Ghost Road Trail (mountain biking)
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.