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.
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.