Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Nelson Great Taste Trail

Its time for a break! The beginning of September found us in sunny Nelson. A big roadtrip from Auckland to Wellington on the first day, and then across the Cook Strait on the InterIslander and on to Nelson. We stayed at Delorenzo Studio Apartments on Trafalgar St giving us autonomy with apartment style accommodation and being close to the city centre.

We had planned for one day of bad weather, to go exploring in the car - the rest of the time would be biking.
This is at the Lord Rutherford Memorial.

Great Taste Trail - Mapua

The Trail is easy to find and day 1 we headed over towards Mapua, hoping to catch the ferry across for lunch. Unfortunately the ferry does not run in 'winter' so we got to view Mapua across the water.

Mapua from the Rabbit Island side.


Rabbit Island from the Mapua side.

The ride to Mapua across Rabbit Island went through a wonderful wetland, with Pukeko's and White Heron's taking not much notice of us. A decent ride for our first day, with a welcome coffee and excellent ginger crunch in Stoke at Lydia's Cafe.

Great Taste Trail - Wakefield

The overcast weather was welcome - I'm sure this would be a very hot place in the summer!

Great Taste Trail - Kaiteriteri

We drove with the bikes up to Motueka and rode on to Kaiteriteri, including the mountain bike track near the Kaiteriteri end. A beautiful beach - but the highlight for me was stopping at Hop Federation Brewery at Riwaka. With a couple of cold ones in the pack we headed back to Motueka and drove back to Nelson where we had a well deserved break from the saddle.

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