Make the most of your Abel Tasman Cycle Challenge

We've put together a few packages so you can get the most out of your trip to Nelson Tasman.

Please contact our friendly and knowledgeable i-SITE staff in order to make your booking and find out more information on the packages below. They'll be happy to assist you with any of your questions or arranging alternative options. 

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Find out more about the Abel Tasman Cycle Challenge.  

Stay and Explore the Abel Tasman National Park

Stay and Explore the Abel Tasman National Park

Spoil yourself with a couple of nights away at the beautiful beachside location of Kaiteriteri. Stay at Kaiteriteri Apartments only a stone’s throw away from Kaiteriteri Beach, with beautiful views across Tasman Bay.

Take a day out exploring the stunning Abel Tasman National Park with Abel Tasman Sea Shuttle. Enjoy their Awaroa Ambience cruise from Kaiteriteri to Awaroa. Then dine at the world famous Awaroa Lodge. Abel Tasman Sea Shuttles offer many ways for you to easily enjoy the Abel Tasman National Park. 


Enjoy our award winning boutique style wine region

Enjoy our award winning boutique style wine region

Stay at Saxton Lodge, close to Saxton Sports Complex and the start of the Abel Tasman Cycle Challenge. Saxton Lodge offers you comfortable, spacious motel style accommodation and is the perfect place to base yourself.

From there why not take some time out to enjoy a wine tour with Bay Tours. Nelson wines are sold around the world, and you have the chance to experience our wines in the place they were created. The Twin Regions Wine Tour is the perfect tour for this, exploring the Waimea Plains region, and the softly rolling Moutere Hills. 


Explore all Nelson City has to offer

Explore all Nelson City has to offer

Stay in the fantastic Tahuna Beach Kiwi Holiday Park and Motel located just 10 minutes' walk from Tahunanui Beach, their fabulous self-contained apartment motel units have comfy beds and 1 or 2 bedroom options. Nearby enjoy the Nelson Fun Park, Natureland Zoo or the National WOW Museum and Nelson Classic Car Collection.

Other places to explore include walking up the Centre of New Zealand lookout, wandering through the Queen Gardens and visiting Jens Hansen the jeweler for Lord of the Rings. Finish off a day exploring with a craft beer at Founders Brewery in Founders Heritage Park. 


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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