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Cycling tours available from Stonefly Lodge to wineries and Abel Tasman

Guided Cycling

The Nelson Region is the Heart of Biking in New Zealand. It's home to two Great Rides; the family friendly Tasman's Great Taste Trail and the exhilarating and historically rich Dun Mountain Trail, all within easy ride from Nelson Airport. The region also boasts some of the very best mountain biking in the world, from the fun and easily accessed Codgers and Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Parks to the back country splendor and isolation of the renowned Heaphy, Rameka and Rainbow trails. Heli-biking from Stonefly Lodge opens up limitless opportunities in our spectacular remote backcountry trails.

Stonefly Lodge is located on the “Great Taste Trail” and when the final stage is complete it will be half way along the full 150km trail, linking Nelson, Mapua, Motueka, Abel Tasman National Park, Tapawera, and Wakefield giving access to a myriad of wineries, craft studios, and eateries.
All ages and fitness levels can be catered for. All tours are guided and flexible to suit required riding times.

Bicycle hire only
Bikes delivered to Stonefly Lodge, professionally maintained, helmets and suggested routes with maps.

Mapua Magic
Guided cycle tour with lunch at the jellyfish cafe in Mapua. Guests will be picked up from Stonefly Lodge and driven to Mapua a small seaside village full of art and craft shops and a ride along parts of the Great Taste Trail. Start the day with a coffee at an award-winning café on the wharf. Catch the ferry to Rabbit Island where you can cycle along forest trails and beside golden beaches. Return to Mapua and explore the village and the Ruby Bay coastline. Stop off at galleries, studios or sample local produce in the many eateries around Mapua. Guests are delivered back to Stonefly Lodge late afternoon.
Inclusions: Bike, helmet, hi viz vest and route maps, water bottle, ferry ticket & transfers, lunch.
Ride time: 2 - 4, Ride distance: 10-30 km

Tasman Countryside & Coast
Follow the majestic Motueka River valley, with a stunning mountain backdrop of Kahurangi National Park. Cycle along the coastline beside the glistening waters of the Tasman Bay. Stop off at wineries, artisan’s studios, award-winning restaurants and places of historical interest. Guided ride along sections of the Great Taste Trail on the West Bank of the Motueka River to Riwaka and on to Motueka. Pickup and dropoff at Stonefly Lodge. Vehicle support throughout.
Inclusions: Bike, helmet, hi vis vest, route maps, water bottle, vehicle support, lunch.

Moutere Wineries & Artisans Tour
Visit the most scenic winery in Nelson, as well as several other boutique wineries offering award-winning wines. New Zealand’s oldest pub, artisan’s studios, historical places of interest and stunning scenery all within a 20 – 30 km route. Wine tasting included (in moderation) This adds up to a unique cycling experience.
Inclusions: Bike, helmet, hi vis vest, route maps, water bottle, vehicle support, lunch.
Ride time: 1- 3hrs.

The Rameka Track private guided mountain bike.
We’ll collect you from Stonefly Lodge by vehicle, and it’s around a 50 minute drive to the beginning The Rameka Track. The track is a classic intermediate to advanced level single track mountain bike ride beginning from Canaan Downs on the top of Takaka Hill.
This ride is special, being situated in the very popular Abel Tasman National Park, which is normally off limits to mountain bikers, and features some stunning scenery and native bush. The reason for the access to the track is that (on paper) it is a legal road.
The Canaan area is mountain country, and has been a location for filming parts of the Lord of the Rings movies. The start area for the Rameka Track is also the access point to Harwoods Hole, a spectacular 300 metre deep, 50 metre wide hole leading to a cave system deep under the mountain. The surroundings are picturesque, with awesome views, native bush, caves and sink holes in the karst (limestone & marble) landscape. The ride ends in Takaka, a boutique and arty village in Golden Bay.

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