Trail Grades and Safety

Our trails have been graded according to the trail grade standards set out by NZ Cycle Trails. You can read them here.

We recommend riders are fit and well prepared and we encourage you to know your limits and choose a trail that's suitable for all the riders in your group. Also be aware that there are areas on the trails where there is no cellphone reception. You may want to carry a Personal Locator Beacon in these areas. Check network coverage here.

Mapua to Motueka

Ride Length
26 km
Riding Time
1.5-2.5 hours
3: Intermediate

This section of the cycle trail winds through the back-ways, up and over a few hills, past fruit orchards and hop gardens into the town of Motueka.

Make sure you are well fuelled up before leaving Mapua Wharf as the next section is a bit more challenging but the views sure are worth it.

Keep a careful eye on the trail as you head away from the Mapua Wharf precinct. Follow the trail down the narrow lanes and paths in the village, and out along the coast until you cross Stafford Road and head up the tranquil Pine Hill Road.

A few short but steep climbs require use of the granny gear but never for too long.

The trail winds along apple orchards, vineyards, working artist studios and galleries and past Jester House to Tasman village. You can see eels in the creek from the trail at Jester House.

A purpose-built underpass crosses underneath State Highway 60, where you start the longest climb of the trail. On a typical Nelson summer day you should have a sea-breeze helping push you up Harleys Road before taking on the final climb up Tasman View Road where once again that granny gear will come in handy.

At the top your effort is rewarded with amazing 360° views taking in Tasman Bay and the Arthur Range.

 A picnic table, shade sail and information boards plus a toilet make this a perfect rest spot before heading down the other side. The decent is a little steep and a bit rough in places.

The Riverside Community settlement is nestled at the bottom of the hill. From here the trail is flat and runs alongside the road.

Toad Hall café and craft brewery marks the start of the Motueka township and is a great spot for a real fruit ice-cream, or something more.

Please note the trail does not go through the centre of the Motueka township. To head into town, carry on down the main road. Motueka is the best place to stock up if you need supplies from a supermarket and there are several bike shops if your bike needs attention. You can then follow the main road out, until it joins up with the trail again out the other side of town. Or reverse your steps and re-join the trail, so you don’t miss the gorgeous coastal views and wildlife.

Mapua to Motueka Profile Map
Mapua to Motueka Profile Map