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Biking Around Nelson:

Biking Nelson

Freephone within NZ - 0800 224 532 or 021 861 725 Guided bike rides around Nelson.

The Gentle Cycling Company

411 Nayland Road, Stoke.

Freephone within NZ - 0800 WE BIKE

They have bikes to suit a range of adult sizes. Bookings required for all bike rides. A variety of Rides; Moutere Country Ride - 21kms. Rabbit Island Beach Ride - 16kms. Brightwater Twilight Ride - 21kms.

Great Bike Rides:

City to Annesbrook (Old Railway Route)
  • Another great facility, this ride follows the Railway Reserve from Victory Square to Beatson Road. You will cross the Annesbrook overbridge and be rewarded with the Annesbrook Youth Park to play on.
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Distance/Time: 4kms, (20-30 minutes) each way
  • Conditions: On-road and off-road cycleways, sealed and unsealed. The railway reserve is a gentle uphill climb.
  • Start location: St Vincent Street/Totara Street.
Maitai River Ride
  • This ride takes you along the riverside and into the start of the leafy Maitai
  • Valley, a nice short ride with the option to connect to some off-road rides. There are some lovely picnic spots by the river, or bring your togs for a swim in the warmer months.
  • Grade: Easy - suitable for families.
  • Distance/Time: 3.7kms, (15 to 20 minutes) each way.
  • Conditions: Off and on-road cycleways, smooth surfaces, mostly flat.
  • Start location: Millers Acre Centre, corner Trafalgar and Halifax Streets.
Maitai Valley Ride
  • A good ride to begin with for Mountain biking, this track follows the Maitai River and connects with other rides in the area.
  • Grade: Easy
  • Distance/Time: 4kms one way, (20 minutes)
  • Conditions: Gravel path alongside the river, some steps and corners to negotiate as well as gates to cross. Mostly flat with a few short uphill and downhill sections.
  • Start location: From the city head up the Maitai Valley Road approximately 5 kilometre. Your bike ride starts at the Pipeline Bridge on the right just past the Maitai Campground. There is a small car parking area and interpretive panel.
Monaco Loop
  • This is an easy, quiet coastal ride where you could enjoy a family picnic along the water's edge or check out the Honest Lawyer Pub for a snack. Enjoy the coastal views.
  • Grade: Easy.
  • Distance/Time: 5kms, (25 minutes) return
  • Conditions: Off road cycleway, some on-road, mostly flat
  • Start location: Humpback Bridge car park by Nelson Airport. Get there from Bolt Road, turning into Trent Drive towards the airport, a gravelled car park is on the left by the bridge.
Old Codgers Track (Lower Part of Dun Mountain Railway)
  • Grade: A good off-road ride starting with an uphill gravel road section and then a delightful single track downhill to the Brook. Easy to moderate.
  • Distance/Time: 4km, (25 minutes) for the loop.
  • Conditions: 4WD gravel road up, and single track with few corners on way down - watch for uphill track users.
  • Start location: From the city, head up Brook Street for approximately 2km, after crossing the 2nd bridge, turn left into Tantragee Road where there is a gravel car park and interpretive panel.
Old Railway Route (Stoke)
  • This ride takes advantage of the cycleways that are part of the Railway Reserve and of those alongside Whakatu Drive. There are plenty of seats and ideal spots for picnics.
  • Grade: Easy.
  • Distance/Time: 13kms (45-60 minutes) loop.
  • Conditions: Off-road cycleways on Railway Reserve and Whakatu Drive
  • Start location: Annesbrook Youth Park - you can park at Quarantine Road cul-de-sac.
Tantragee Saddle
  • Grade: Easy to Moderate - climbs 200m
  • Distance/Time: 6-7km (30 minutes)
  • Conditions: Uphill climb on gravel road and then down gravel road and smaller track.
  • Start location: From the city, ride up Brook Street for approximately 2km, turn left after the second bridge turn left into Tantragee Road where there is a gravel car park and information panel.
Trafalgar Cycleway
  • This ride uses the Trafalgar Cycleway and takes you past Founders Heritage Park and the Miyazu Japanese Gardens. Carry on to the Wakapuaka Cemetery to enjoy the views and make use of the playground at Neale Park on the return journey.
  • Grade: Easy
  • Distance/Time: 4.8kms (30 minutes) loop
  • Conditions: Flat, on-road and off-road cycleways
  • Start location: By the river at Millers Acre Centre, corner Trafalgar and Halifax Streets.
Waterfront Ride
  • This ride follows Rocks Road along the waterfront for stunning views and returns via the Nelson Marina. A great ride to stop for a picnic, swim at the beach or make use of the recreational activities at Tahunanui Reserve.
  • Grade: Easy
  • Distance/Time: Total 11km. 5 km (25 minutes) to beach; 6km (35 minutes) return via Nelson Marina.
  • Conditions: Flat, on-road and off-road cycleways, mostly sealed.
  • Start location: Millers Acre Centre, corner Trafalgar and Halifax Streets.



There is so much to do and enjoy in this area and we would like to think that you had an incredible time during your stay.

If you need some help with planning your days, please feel free to talk with any of the Team, we’re here to help you!

  • Freephone within NZ - 0800 229 868
  • Half day immersing yourself in Nelson’s art culture
  • Art Tour - Immerse yourself in the world-class creative centre that is Nelson - 1/2 day
  • Icons Tour of Marlborough - Taste range of wines, and fresh Greenshell Mussels
  • Wine & Art Tour - discover Nelson’s artistic life, includes over 10 wine tastings
  • Wine Tour - 1/2 day- sample over 20 wines from 4 award winning vineyards
  • Wine Tour - 1/2 day- twin regions, sample over 25 wine tastings (5 vineyards)
  • Wine Tour - full day - a truly exclusive tour, 5 wineries, travelling over 100km - includes lunch
  • Beer Tasting Tour - For the beer lover, a fun and informative tour
  • Exclusive Tours - let the Team at Bay Tours custom design a one-off tour especially for you
Catamaran Sailing and Launch Charters
  • +64 (0) 3 547 6666
  • Harbour Cruise & Lighthouse Visit - 2½ hours - on demand or scheduled trip
  • Short Sail - 2 hours - on demand or scheduled trip
  • Fishing Fun Cruise - 4 hours - on demand or scheduled trip
  • Mapua Day Sail - Depart Nelson 10am return 4pm
  • Wednesday Evening Sailing - Depart Nelson 5.30pm Return 7.30pm
  • Sail, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast Cruise - Depart Nelson 5.30pm
  • Abel Tasman Overnight Yacht Stay - includes dinner, bed & breakfast
  • Sailing Abel Tasman - Anchorage to Kaiteriteri, depart 9.30am arrive 11.30am
  • Kaiteriteri to Anchorage - depart 2pm arrive 4pm

Combination Products:

  • Sail and Overnight Yacht Stay - join our sailing catamaran in Kaiteriteri
  • Stay and Sail - join our yacht and skipper at Anchorage at 4.30pm stay overnight
  • Walk, Stay Sail - Freedom walk from Marahau into Anchorage. Join the yacht and enjoy a delicious meal and comfortable night on board.
  • Sail, Stay, Kayaking - Join our sailing catamaran at Kaiteriteri beach
  • Sail and Water Taxi - Join our sailing catamaran at Kaiteriteri beach at 2pm
Cactus Tours & Travel
  • Freephone within NZ - 0800 222 373
  • Nelson Postcard Tour - 1½hour tour or ½day tour
  • Golden Bay Tour - full day tour
  • Nelson Lakes Tour - explore Nelson Lakes National Park, visit DOC centre, three hours walk
  • Travel on demand - chartered transport
Farewell Spit Echo Tours, leaves from Golden Bay
  • Freephone within NZ - 0800 808 257
  • Farewell Spit Echo Tour - 6½hours
  • Gannet Colony Tour - 6½hours
  • Lighthouse Tour - 4½hours
  • Wader Watch Tour - 3-4 hours
Farewell Spit Nature Experience, leaves from Golden Bay
  • Freephone within NZ - 0800 250 500
  • Farewell Spit Nature Experience - 6 hours
  • Farewell Spit Nature Experience - 4 hours
Four Winds Tours Ltd
  • +64 (0) 3 547 1466
  • Four Winds Tours is a new company and is now operating in Nelson - owned and operated by your hosts Ian & Hilary Ladds. Exclusive tours for up to 4 people: Larger groups by special arrangement only. Phone for full details.

All of these tours can be individually tailored to your needs:

  • Day Tours
  • Overnight Tours - Golden Bay or West Coast or East Coast
  • Scenic / Historic Tours
  • Geological / Geographical Tours - are Ian's specialty

Getting around - Tasman

Abel Tasman Aqua Taxi

Freephone 0800 278 282. Abel Tasman’s only all-weather water transport base, closest water taxi to track’s start, free off-street secure parking.

Abel Tasman Charters

Freephone 0800 22 35 22 Experience the Abel Tasman in style aboard their spacious, well-appointed catamaran.

Abel Tasman Marahau Water Taxi's

Freephone 0800 80 80 18.

Abel Tasman Sea Shuttle

0800 732 748. Four daily departures from Kaiteriteri Beach, unique ramps provide safe walk on access - no steps or stairs. Freephone 0800 732 748.

Getting around Nelson Lakes

Licensed Water Taxi & Hire Service

An on demand service personalised to your requirements. Transport for those enjoying the tranquil lakeside day walks, or those on expeditions such as tramping, mountaineering, hunting & fishing. Leisurely scenic cruises with short walks, (optional), available. Home baking provided by arrangement. Bookings recommended. Canoe and Kayak hire available for those wanting a relaxing paddle and to connect with the abundant peace and beauty of Rotoiti.

Guided trolling for brown trout, subject to availability.

Audrey & Calum McLeod

47 Main Road, P.O. Box 35, St Arnaud 7150

Phone: (03) 521 1894

Fax: (03) 521 1897

Mobile: 021 702 278


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