The Trust

The Nelson Tasman Cycle Trail Trust's is creating great cycle trails for our communities. Its objective is to represent and develop cycling interests and opportunities in the Nelson region, to develop the area into New Zealand’s leading cycle tourism and recreational cycling destination.

The vision is to establish, extend and integrate cycle routes within the region to create a unique and sustainable world class destination for cycle tourists and local cyclists.

What this means for the region

  • Easier, short or multi-day rides will be provided by a loop trail and its component legs, and by a trail from the Nelson CBD up the Maitai Valley.
  • More challenging off-road riding will be catered for by mountain bike trail networks in Kaiteriteri and around Nelson.
  • Wilderness or adventure riding will be available on trails that include the Queen Charlotte Track, the Heaphy, and a Pelorus-Nelson trail.

No other region in New Zealand is in a position to offer this package of diverse cycling experiences.

The Trust board draws its members from cycling, business, engineering and local government.

  • Working groups have commenced detailing desired local routes.
  • Support and guidance is provided by Nelson Tasman Tourism and the Nelson Regional Economic Development Agency.
  • The Trust has the support of the region’s two councils. 

The Trust aims to create an economically and environmentally sustainable tourist attraction in the Nelson region. A cycleway fulfils this criteria and has already been proven in other regions to be successful, and well used by locals and tourists alike.


  • Gillian Wratt (chair)
  • Bill Gilbertson (engineering)
  • Rob Douglas (official partners)
  • Michelle Byczkow 
  • Tim Wanklyn (finance)
  • Lew Metcalfe (landowner liaison/ health&safety)
  • Nicky McBride  (official partners)
  • Tim Kelly 
  • Gisela Purcell
  • Peter Chisholm

Additional Support

  • Belinda Crisp (trail manager)
  • Elizabeth Bean (administrator)