6 Day Great Taste Trail Bike, Hike & Sail

Tour Code: GT038

Explore the best of Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough at the top of the South Island on the ultimate bike, walk and sailing holiday.



Ride the Great Taste Cycle Trail along a mix of coastal and rural cycle trails or roads. Spend 2 nights at the secluded Lochmara Lodge nestled in the Marlborough Sounds. Experience the stunning Abel Tasman National Park coastline on a sailing excursion. Admire the golden sandy beaches and blue sea as we walk part of the Abel Tasman track. Hike a section of the beautiful Queen Charlotte track from Mistletoe Bay to Anakiwa. Savor local Tasman produce at wineries, breweries and orchards.

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Tour Detail

Cycle along Nelson’s Great Taste Trail, sail a catamaran in the famous Abel Tasman National Park and walk through lush native forest on the Queen Charlotte track. Discover the magic of the Marlborough Sounds as we spend 2 nights at a remote oceanfront lodge, accessed only by boat, kayak or foot. Visit galleries, craft breweries, boutique stores and wineries in a region renowned for its creative artisan culture.

Our journey begins in Nelson where we join the Great Taste Trail, cycling along flat or gently rolling terrain, through a disused railway tunnel and along coastal tracks towards the sandy beaches of the Abel Tasman. We then visit the breathtaking Marlborough Sounds where we enjoy a day relaxing at the lodge before a hike and bike ride leads us into the heart of wine making country. Our final ride takes us through the colourful vineyards of the Awatere Valley and we cycle over two passes before a wine tasting at a Blenheim winery, providing a fitting finale to this memorable outdoor adventure.


Tasty café breakfasts (x6), gourmet picnic or café lunches (x6), 2 course restaurant dinners (x4) catered to all dietary requirements. Experienced guides who handle all the hard bits and share epic stories (2 guides on groups of 8 or more). Full vehicle support along the trail including trailer for luggage. 3 hour sailing excursion in the Abel Tasman National Park including lunch. Ferry crossing from Rabbit Island to Mapua. Wine tasting at boutique Riwaka & Blenheim wineries. Return water taxi to Lochmara Lodge. Tasty nutritious snacks, drinks and treats plus our famous morning and afternoon teas. Access and concession fees paid to the Department of Conservation. Queen Charlotte Land Cooperative Track Pass. Pre departure information kit to help you plan and prepare. Please Note: a $100 peak holiday supplement is added to tours in the high season or Public Holiday.


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The Detail Stuff

Departure Dates:
15 Dec 2024-20 Dec 2024, 06 Apr 2025-11 Apr 2025

Cost:$3995.00 NZD

No. of Days:6

Tour Type:,

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Kms Per Day:up to 65km

Grade:2 – Moderate

Single Supplement:$895.00 NZD

Bike Hire:From $180

Meals:6B, 6L, 4D

Accommodation:4 nights hotel/motel ensuite accommodation on twin share basis. 2 nights at the secluded Lochmara Lodge in Queen Charlotte Sound ensuite accommodation on twin share basis