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Self-Guided Nelson to Mapua Cycle Adventure

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Nelson, New Zealand
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Self-Guided Nelson to Mapua Cycle Adventure

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icon4 to 7 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Experience the convenience of a guided tour and the freedom of independent travel on this self-guided cycle adventure. You’ll receive all biking equipment and a trail map, and will be transported by vehicle to the start of the trail. Visit highlights of your own choice between Nelson and Mapua, along a coastal route. You’ll also get a discount voucher for a restaurant en route, and a ferry ticket.
  • Receive a bicycle, helmet, repair kit, carrier bag, odometer and trail map
  • Enjoy the freedom of bike exploration on a self-guided tour
  • Cycle at your own pace and stop wherever you want
  • Transport by minivan to the start of the trail
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Cycle equipment which includes bicycle, helmet, repair kit, carrier bag, odometer and trail map.
Mapua Ferry crossing
All taxes, fees and handling charges
Bottled water
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Food (own cost)
Airport pick-up (additional costs apply)
Hotel pickup (additional costs apply)
37 Halifax Street , 37 Halifax Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand

Find us right beside the iSite in Nelson City.

9:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 13 years
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If cancelled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Mapua Ventures Ltd (trading as: Kiwi Journeys)
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

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    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    What is the policy on sanitization during Self-Guided Nelson to Mapua Cycle Adventure?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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    Not so great
    , Feb 2020
    A group of us rented bikes for the ride to Mapua that is billed as a flat easy ride with stops along the way for wine tasting and breweries. The advertisement also said we would be taken to the beginning of the trail by the tour provider but we were not, we were told to ride to the trail through town which was a bit difficult to navigate with traffic. At this point the bike trail was paved and we did fine. As we went longer the trail became stone and those who did not have ebikes were fighting the wind and the gravel trail. We followed the map to the suggest Grape Escape for lunch which was not on the trail so we had to navigate 2 busy streets and share with logging trucks and other vehicles. The food at the Grape Escape was good but the ride there is not enjoyable. As we continued on the winds got much worse and one person in our group fell and was injured. We were a few miles from Mapua and honestly did not see one winery/brewery. We passed many factories and industrial areas. We called Kiwi Journeys to get picked up due to our friend's injuries. I called the number on the bicycle and no one answered so I was lucky that I had the original email and called that number instead. They did answer and sent someone to get us but they couldn't come on to the trail so our injured friend had to walk 1 mile to get to the nearest road. They were very nice and helped us get back into Nelson. Here is my feedback: -I'm wondering why this bike trail is called the Great Tasting Trail? Most of the time we were on isolated paths that had no where to stop. The signage was not great but we followed the coast almost exclusively and found signs along the way. Just no where to eat/taste/stop. We did not make it all the way to Mapua but we did get beyond the swing bridge. -The bike tour company should have a small first aid kit in each bike due to the remote trails. Some antiseptic wipes and a few band aids would have been helpful. -There did not seem to be a plan in place to pick up someone who is injured on the trail. Our injured person who was not able to get back on the bike had to walk about 1 mile. -I would suggest using ebikes if you are not a seasoned rider as it is a long, isolated trail. Those of us who had ebikes had a much easier time navigating the very strong, gusty winds on the coast. My poor review is mostly due to the way the trail is advertised as stops along the way to taste and also about how easy the trail is to navigate. Kiwi Journeys had good equipment and they were very nice. However, the advertising of the experience is just not accurate.
    icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
    Hi Beth, Thanks for taking the time to give us your feedback. I would like to point out that this tour is our most popular tour and the advertising of this experience is 100% accurate. Your group was given a tour briefing which included the following information. 1. Start of the trail - Straight across the road from our depot (50 metres). 2. The ride from Nelson to Mapua is 'flat & easy' (grade one). This grade was certified by NZ Cycle Trails. 3. We brief all customers on our detailed maps and outline that not all experiences are right on the trail and some may need to be cycled to. You were taken to the start of the trail by your tour provider, as you were on a cruise ship you were taken to our depot by bus, which is the start of the trail. The trail is very well signposted and this is always open to interpretation. You had a very windy day which undoubtedly affected your tour. Ebikes are always great in windy conditions! Unfortunately, Irene's choice of riding on the swing bridge resulted in her falling off and splitting her lip. The bridge is situated in a part of the trail where we cant get to in our vans. The only other option was to meet you down the trail by the road. As far as giving out first aid kits for all our tours, this is logistically not feasable. Many thanks for visiting Nelson and again we are sorry it was a windy day which affected your experince. Trust the rest of your cruise goes well. Regards, Andrew
    Well worth the exercise!
    , Oct 2019
    Awesome scenery and well marked trail. We only visited one winery...the others were off the track a bit and we were a little worried we wouldn’t make the ferry. Wish there had been more wineries closer to the trail. Bikes were comfortable. We had a great time!
    Not great directions, 30 of the trip...
    Anthony L
    , Apr 2018
    Not great directions, 30 of the trip wasnt too scenic, and some of the path had been washed out. The staff was extremely nice.
    A great experience. The bikes were...
    Merril T
    , Jan 2018
    A great experience. The bikes were in great condition and prepared and ready for us. I had made a couple of requests helmet size and saddle height and this had all been noted. We were given water and maps and advice. The only thing I would say is that getting out of Nelson and Richmond is not the prettiest or easiest and make sure that you have a clear idea of where you're going. Once you're out of the towns the scenery is well worth the ride. Make sure that you take the forest track on Rabbit Island and try a winery or two.

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