Nelson - Tasman
Surrounded by National Parks and golden beaches, Nelson is also renowned as the creative arts capital of New Zealand. The Region also boasts many fine wineries, craft breweries, countless great cafes, and some of the world’s best biking.
There are over 50 MTB trails and the Nelson trail network is a Gold Ride Center - one of only six in the world! Rides include Tasman’s Great Taste Trail including Mapua and Motueka… The Dun Mountain Trail (white-knuckle it on one of NZ’s longest downhills!)… Trails in gorgeous Golden Bay… Plus you can start the Old Ghost Road and Heaphy Track from the Nelson region. MTB parks: Codgers, and Kaiteriteri (180 hectares!).
Nelson and Golden Bay form the top of the South Island... For a riding adventure, there's a huge array of trails there to explore. Nelson provides the ideal gateway for people travelling from all parts of New Zealand, and Golden Bay is also accessible by plane from Wellington.
If you're thinking of heading to Nelson for a mountain biking trip then the following guide gives you plenty of ideas for a fun filled, three-day riding weekend.
I headed up to Nelson for Easter weekend to catch up with family and tick another well-known bike track off my list, the Coppermine Saddle, a one day trail ride on the doorstep of Nelson City.