NELSON TRAILS

Motueka to Kaiteriteri

Great Taste Trail

From Motueka, the Great Taste Trail heads north along the Tasman Bay coast to Kaiteriteri MTB Park and the popular beachside settlement of Kaiteriteri.

Details
Length 15.8 km Motueka Rec Centre to Kaiteriteri
Time Required 1 hr 15 min (by MTB)
Trail Type Shared track
Physical Difficulty Easy   
Technical Difficulty Easy   
Uses Walking, trail running and MTB
Direction Either
Max Elevation 70 m

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Connections

Great Taste Trail: Mapua to Motueka

   Walking, running and MTB

Kaiteriteri MTB Park

   Walking, running and MTB

Access

  40 min from Nelson (Motueka end)

 

This section of the Great Taste Trail is described from Motueka Recreation Centre on Old Wharf Road. The Rec Centre is a good place to start if you’re coming specifically to do the Motueka to Kaiteriteri section of the trail, but in reality there are many places you could start from, depending on how far you want to go.

 

At the Kaiteriteri end, there is plenty of parking along the beachfront, though this fills quickly in summer. There is also a parking area at the entrance to Kaiteriteri MTB Park.

 

The trail is regularly marked with blue plastic posts and informative signs.

Description

From the Motueka Recreation Centre, the Great Taste Trail heads alongside Old Wharf Road and turns left onto the beachfront on Motueka Quay. At Harbour Rd it continues north along the Foreshore Walkway to Staples St, which heads back to reconnect with SH60. The trail follows the edge of the southbound lane of SH60 and crosses Motueka River Bridge, then turns right down Lodder Lane, then left onto School Rd at Riwaka. Back alongside on SH60, the trail soon turns right onto Goodall Rd, near the end of which there is a pedestrian suspension bridge across Riuwaka River.

 

The trail continues on the coast side of Riwaka-Kaiteriteri Rd, with a few small climbs. It passes through an underpass, then arrives at the southern entry to Kaiteriteri MTB Park. For the rest of the distance to Kaiteriteri, the Great Taste Trail doubles as a MTB park trail called Easy Rider. The smooth, clay trail climbs gently, zig-zagging through nice native bush, composed of beech, kānuka and lots of ferns. After climbing 50 m, the trail maintains the same elevation along the hillside. Several other MTB park tracks connect on either side. After 2.6 km the trail descends to the main entrance to the MTB park, on Martin Farm Rd. From here it is a short ride back along the road to the Kaiteriteri beachfront, which marks the official end of this section of the Great Taste Trail.

Amenities

Motueka has all the amenities of a small town (supermarkets, pharmacies, etc.). The main shopping area of Motueka is on the main street, High Street, which is a short deviation off the Great Taste Trail. Riwaka is halfway between Motueka and Kaiteriteri and has a cafe. Kaiteriteri has a couple of restaurants and a general store.

Motueka to Kaiteriteri
Great Taste Trail

From Motueka, the Great Taste Trail heads north along the Tasman Bay coast to Kaiteriteri MTB Park and the popular beachside settlement of Kaiteriteri.

Details
Length 15.8 km Motueka Rec Centre to Kaiteriteri
Time Required 1 hr 15 min (by MTB)
Trail Type Shared track
Physical Difficulty Easy   
Technical Difficulty Easy   
Uses Walking, trail running and MTB
Direction Either
Max Elevation 70 m

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Access

  40 min from Nelson (Motueka end)

 

This section of the Great Taste Trail is described from Motueka Recreation Centre on Old Wharf Road. The Rec Centre is a good place to start if you’re coming specifically to do the Motueka to Kaiteriteri section of the trail, but in reality there are many places you could start from, depending on how far you want to go.

 

At the Kaiteriteri end, there is plenty of parking along the beachfront, though this fills quickly in summer. There is also a parking area at the entrance to Kaiteriteri MTB Park.

 

The trail is regularly marked with blue plastic posts and informative signs.

Description

From the Motueka Recreation Centre, the Great Taste Trail heads alongside Old Wharf Road and turns left onto the beachfront on Motueka Quay. At Harbour Rd it continues north along the Foreshore Walkway to Staples St, which heads back to reconnect with SH60. The trail follows the edge of the southbound lane of SH60 and crosses Motueka River Bridge, then turns right down Lodder Lane, then left onto School Rd at Riwaka. Back alongside on SH60, the trail soon turns right onto Goodall Rd, near the end of which there is a pedestrian suspension bridge across Riuwaka River.

 

The trail continues on the coast side of Riwaka-Kaiteriteri Rd, with a few small climbs. It passes through an underpass, then arrives at the southern entry to Kaiteriteri MTB Park. For the rest of the distance to Kaiteriteri, the Great Taste Trail doubles as a MTB park trail called Easy Rider. The smooth, clay trail climbs gently, zig-zagging through nice native bush, composed of beech, kānuka and lots of ferns. After climbing 50 m, the trail maintains the same elevation along the hillside. Several other MTB park tracks connect on either side. After 2.6 km the trail descends to the main entrance to the MTB park, on Martin Farm Rd. From here it is a short ride back along the road to the Kaiteriteri beachfront, which marks the official end of this section of the Great Taste Trail.

Amenities

Motueka has all the amenities of a small town (supermarkets, pharmacies, etc.). The main shopping area of Motueka is on the main street, High Street, which is a short deviation off the Great Taste Trail. Riwaka is halfway between Motueka and Kaiteriteri and has a cafe. Kaiteriteri has a couple of restaurants and a general store.

Connections

Great Taste Trail: Mapua to Motueka

Walking, running and MTB

Kaiteriteri MTB Park

Walking, running and MTB

Updated 20 August 2020