2 days on grades 1, 2 and 3 (77 km)
Start in the beautiful coastal settlement of Kaiteriteri. There are plenty of things to do with the family here, including a purpose-built MTB park or spend some time relaxing on the beach before you head off on your cycling adventure.
The Great Taste Trail leaves Kaiteriteri via the MTB park and follows the estuary for some seriously scenic riding to Riwaka, stop here for a bite to eat or pedal on the mostly flat trail to Motueka where there are also plenty of cafes and eateries to choose from.
The section between Motueka and Mapua climbs up just over 100 m on Tasman Heights, you will be well rewarded with 360-degree views. It's 18 km from the top to Mapua township where you will be spoiled for choice with accommodation and food options for your overnight stay.
Next morning catch the iconic Mapua ferry to Rabbit Island and enjoy your ride around Waimea Inlet and onwards to Nelson. The ride can be done in either direction, this section of trail was recently described as "insanely scenic" by Men's Journal USA!