- Riding Time:
- 2-3 hours
- Trail Grade:
- 2: Easy
- Trail Status:
Leaving Mapua Wharf this section of the trail runs along the coast, before climbing it's way steadily up Tasman View Road, one of the trail's high points, where you'll be rewarded with amazing views out across Tasman Bay and up to the Mt Arthur Range and Kahurangi National Park. From here the trail descends gradually to the major settlement of Motueka.
Leaving Mapua Wharf you'll travel through Mapua via Iwa Street and Aranui Road. Before you get to the main road (Mapua Drive) you'll take a right hand turn down past the side of the school towards the sea, and then along Broadsea Avenue and to Ruby Bay. Crossing Stafford Drive you'll ride up Pine Hill Road, a short but relatively steep incline, and then along Marriages Road until it joins with Aporo Road. The trail then follows Aporo Road all the way to Tasman, where you can refuel before the next leg.
From Tasman you'll continue along Aporo Road and under State Highway 60 via a purpose built underpass. This leads you to Harley Road, where you leave the coast behind and begin an inland route up to the right turn onto Tasman View Road. Tasman View Road climbs steadily to a lookout and toilet where you'll get an amazing view of Motueka, the ranges and Tasman Bay. The gradient of the climb is steady, but you'll be ready for a rest at the top!
Descending towards Motueka along Tasman View Road will lead you to a left turn onto Community Road, followed by a right along the side of the Lower Moutere Main Road. A right turn onto Wildman Road and High Street then you have two options; follow the State Highway (High Street) for 1km into the heart of Motueka, or take a right turn at Courtney Street and continue your journey along Tasman's Great Taste Trail.