Tasman's Great Taste Trail

Tasman's Great Taste Trail - formerly the Tasman Loop Cycle Trail - is a new cycleway and walkway in the Tasman region. Stage One - the Coastal Route - is nearing completion. Further sections of the trail will be completed as funding allows.

This page has details of the route, maps and proposed future construction.

Trip Planning and Maps

The overview map is a large map of the entire trail as at July 2014, the area maps show individual sections of the trail in greater detail.

Visit the Heart of Biking Website for more detail on cycle trail passports and planning your trip.

About the Trail

Easy-to-ride, with a gradient similar to the Otago Central Rail Trail, the trail caters for a wide range of cyclists and walkers. As stages of the trail are completed there will be the choice of day rides or a series of overnight stops.

When complete, the whole trail - including a section in the Motueka River Valley - will cover a distance of 162-175km and will run from Nelson Airport, to Richmond, out to Tapawera, along the Motueka River Valley to Riwaka, and then back to Richmond through Motueka and Mapua.

Reminder: Rabbit Island Logging in Progress

Visitors to Rabbit Island are asked to keep to the marked trails. Logging is in progress and heavy machinery and trucks are in constant use. Please use caution, particularly at intersections.

Coastal Route

The Coastal Route is the first of the three sections of the trail. It runs from Richmond to Wakefield (19.8km), with a coastal section from Nelson to Mapua (24.5km). The map below show sections that are completed (in solid blue) and those still in  progress (solid pink). Temporary connections are shown as solid green lines indicate and dotted yellow lines indicate sections of the trail located on a physical road.

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About Tasman's Great Taste Trail Project

Part of a joint Tasman District Council, Nelson City Council and Nelson Tasman Cycle Trails Trust initiative, the project was launched in early 2010.


Construction of stage one was a joint venture with the Nelson Cycleways Trails Trust and Tasman District Council. The Nelson Tasman Cycleways Trails Trust is a charitable trust for the Tasman/ Nelson region.


The trail was allocated just over $2 million in funding from central Government's National Cycleway programme and $940,000 additional funding from Tasman District Council.

The National Cycleway programme has the aim of building a series of ‘Great Rides’ around the country to showcase areas of natural beauty and to generate economic activity through tourism. The two projects for our region are the ‘rail trail’ style Tasman's Great Taste Trail, and improving and extending the Dun Mountain mountain bike trail near Nelson.

Read more information about the New Zealand Cycle Trail programme on the New Zealand Cycle Trail website

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