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.

Nelson to Richmond

Ride Length
15  km
Riding Time
1-1½ hours
1: Easiest

This section of the Great Taste Trail begins at the Nelson i-Site, a great place to learn about the trail, pick up a map or find out about hiring a bike.

The Halifax Street, Saint Vincent Street cycle route out of Nelson follows excellent commuter paths along the historic railway reserve towards the airport. At the Nelson Airport, it joins the coastal route to Richmond, past the Honest Lawyer pub and café, and around the edge of the world heritage listed Waimea Inlet. Just follow the trail signs.

Riders staying anywhere from Nelson through to Richmond can easily join the trail at many access points along the way.

You will ride past the World of Wearable Arts and Classic Cars Museum, next door to the big orange Mitre-10. Short detours get you to McCashin’s brewery and restaurant and Pic’s Peanut Butter factory.

The Nelson-Richmond section of the trail is urban. There is a bridge and underpass to negotiate you safely past State Highway 6 (you’re off the road), and the section around Waimea Inlet runs parallel to the highway. It can be a little noisy here, but it is safely off the road, and well worth the ride around the Inlet.

Just before you get to Richmond the trail splits. The trail that goes right takes you on towards Mapua. The trail that continues straight, brings you to Richmond's main street, Queen Street where you’ll find shops and cafes. If you want to take the cycle trail towards Brightwater cross Queen Street and follow the signs.

Nelson to Richmond Profile Map
Nelson to Richmond Profile Map