The official start point of this section of Tasman's Great Taste Trail is Nelson i-SITE. You can also join it at Nelson Airport and various locations along its length.
From the i-SITE you'll first travel through Nelson's CBD along Halifax Street, then along Saint Vincent Street. The trail then joins an old railway corridor and goes up a gradual incline until it joins up with Beatson Road. A short descent down Beatson Road is followed with a right turn onto Whakatu Drive.
At the bottom of Whakatu Drive there is a bridge and underpass to negotiate to take you safely past State Highway 6 (just follow the signs). Once past State Highway 6 you will see the famous WoW and Classic Car Museum on your right (next door to Mitre10).
The cycle trail takes a left turn and runs parallel with the State Highway for a few km, and past Nelson Airport. Once past the Airport the trail meanders its way towards Richmond, first passing the settlement of Monaco, which includes the Honest Lawyer pub and Monaco Resort.
A long stretch of trail runs alongside the world heritage listed Waimea Inlet before splitting just before you get to Richmond. The trail that goes right takes you on towards Mapua, whilst the trail that continues straight on brings you to Richmond's main street, Queen Street. If you want to go to Richmond's centre turn left at the main intersection and go up Queen Street. If you want to continue on the cycle trail towards Brightwater then cross Queen Street and follow the signs. The trail runs parallel to State Highway 6, about 500m to its right.