Nelson: Self-Guided Tunnel to Town Cycling Tour via Mapua

Activity provider: Kiwi Journeys

Nelson: Self-Guided Tunnel to Town Cycling Tour via Mapua

Activity provider: Kiwi Journeys

From US$ 103.57 per person

Embark on an exciting self-guided cycling journey through the newly released 5-kilometers section trail into Wakefield. Spend an amazing day of cycling, scenery, and tastings.

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Duration 9 hours
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  • Ride through the longest disused tunnel in the southern hemisphere
  • Enjoy the views from the coastal boardwalks of the Waimea Estuary
  • Explore Mapua Wharf's buzzing galleries, cafes and shops
  • Stop at the many wineries and breweries along the way
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Begin your journey in Nelson City at 8:35 AM where you will be fitted for your bikes and briefed on the tour. Get ready to board your trail transport by road, and escape to the countryside by 9 AM. With an approximate shuttle time of 45 minutes to Spooner’s Tunnel, your driver will give you some useful tips about the trail including food and beverage stops. Enjoy the longest (1352 meters) tunnel route open to cyclists in the southern hemisphere. Cycle along the old unique rail corridor into Richmond and admire the amazing scenery of the countryside. Ride through farmland, pristine native forests, following rivers, swing-bridges, past vineyards, and berry farms. Then, stop for lunch at the Grape Escape Café followed by a tasting at the Richmond Plains/Te-Mania winery and finally, by a real fruit ice cream made from local berries. From Richmond, Mapua is an approximately 15- kilometers ride. Enjoy the views from the coastal boardwalks of the Waimea Estuary and fertile farmland. Spot native bird species including the kotuku or white heron along the way. Cross the spectacular Waimea Swing Bridge before heading on to Rabbit Island. On the way, you may stop at the oldest and largest winery in Nelson at the Seifried Estate. Once in Rabbit Island, explore the white sandy beaches and take a dip in the warm sea waters. Next, journey across the channel on the iconic Mapua Ferry. Land at Mapua Wharf and enjoy the buzzing atmosphere of galleries, studios, restaurants, cafes, shops and the Golden Bear Boutique Brewery. Afterward, jump on the Trail Hopper transport and return to Nelson.
  • All cycling equipment: comfort bike, light, helmet, repair kit, panniers or carrier bag, odometer and trail map
  • Transportation between Nelson and Spooner's Tunnel
  • Mapua Ferry crossing
  • Transfer Mapua Wharf to Nelson
  • Bottles water
  • Food (available at own cost)
  • Tastings
  • Alcoholic beverages
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

The meeting point is located beside the Nelson i-SITE Visitor Information Center

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Windbreaker
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable clothes

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility.
  • Please note, this is not a guided tour
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October 7, 2022

Product ID: 344796