South Island Bike Trails
Great Taste Trail - begins in Nelson and is a perfect ride for anyone who loves the ocean and great food and drink. Offering panaroamic coastal views along the trip and plenty of wild birdlife the trail goes to Rabbit Island where you can take the boat to Mapua wharf and on to Motueka to a vast array of wineries, cafes and orchards to explore. The trail explores the stunning back roads of the Nelson region and to the base of the Abel Tasman National Park.
The Alps 2 Ocean - This is the longest trail ride in New Zealand with over 300 km of trails that defends from Mount Cook to the coastal city of Oamaru. Expansive views ranging from the jagged snow capped Alps through a World Heritage National Parks, along rivers, lakes and vast open spaces. Fabulous scenery around every corner makes this an epic ride. This is a mixture of trail and on road cycling and can be enjoyed in its entirety or in pieces.
Otago Rail Trail - The original “Great Ride” in New Zealand. Named after the railway it follows and full of history, this ride is a 150 kilometre expedition through scenic rocky landscapes, rich farmland and historic landmarks. You’ll travel through 20 different towns on the trail with plenty of side trips to abandoned gold mines, an international curling rink and other pioneer relics. This is an easy ride and can be done over a 4-5 day period with plenty of accommodation and creature comforts along the way.
West Coast Wilderness Trail - In the West Coast along the Great Alpine Fault, is a path of tracks developed by the pioneering gold rush miners. This 4 day cycling adventure is rugged and travels through the lush rainforest, along glacial river and lakes and through the wetlands. Starting at the mountains, following old railways and ending at the sea there is much to explore along the way off the bike too. You can pan for gold, take in some rafting or dolphin watching, bone carving and much more.