Great Taste Trail: Mapua to Motueka
The Great Taste Trail travels between the coastal settlements of Mapua and Motueka. On the way you will pass orchards, farmland, art studios and cafes, and enjoy fantastic views of Arthur Range and Tasman Bay.
|Length: 10.2 km one way||Time Required: 1-2 hrs for MTB|
|Trail Type: Unsealed pathway||Physical Difficulty: Moderate|
|Uses: Walking, running and MTB||Primary Direction: Either|
|Links to: Great Taste Trail: Richmond to Mapua and Motueka to Kaiteriteri|
This section of the Great Taste Trail starts at the Mapua Wharf, where the ferry from Rabbit Island arrives. There are several car parking areas near the wharf, though they can be very busy during summer. As the first few kilometres of the trail pass through urban streets in Mapua, there are plenty of options for street parking.
If you are starting at the Motueka end, there is plenty of street parking along the streets which the trail follows, as well as car parks closer to the town centre. A good parking option is the Motueka Recreation Centre on Old Wharf Road, as the trail passes right by it.
From the wharf at Mapua the Great Taste Trail heads west along Iwa Street then cuts back alongside the sports field to follow Aranui Road. Just before the intersection with Stafford Drive the trail turns north toward the coast and then follows the coast along to Broadsea Ave, turns left onto Tait St and then right onto Stafford Drive.
At Ruby Bay the trail turns left up Pine Hill Road, climbing to Pine Hill Road West, before descending down Pomona Road, which becomes Marriages Road. The trail runs alongside Aporo Road (formerly State Highway 60), passing The Jester House and reaching the small community of Tasman. Be careful at the two road crossings through this section. Just past Tasman the trail goes through an underpass beneath Te Mamaku Drive (State Highway 60) and joins Harley Road, where it heads inland, climbing along a ridge amid lifestyle blocks.
At the top of the ridge the trail turns right and heads north along Tasman View Road, where there are fantastic views west toward Arthur Range and north toward Tasman Bay. At the highest point of the ridge (121 m) there is a lookout with seating, information panels and a toilet.
The trail continues along Tasman View Road, descending the ridge and turning left at Community Road and then right to head alongside Lower Moutere Main Road. After 2.7 km the trail turns right onto Wildman Road and then left onto High Street, which will take you to the roundabout at the entrance to Motueka.
Mapua is renowned for it cafes and restaurants, and has all the amenities of a small town. Ruby Bay a few kilometres north of Mapua has a dairy on Stafford Drive. The trail runs right past The Jester House restaurant just before Tasman, and in Tasman there is a general store. The Riverside Cafe is just off the trail near Lower Moutere; turn left at Main Road Lower Moutere to get to it. There is also a dairy a few kilometres up the road in Lower Moutere. Motueka has all the amenities of a small town (supermarkets, pharmacies, etc.).
There are many galleries and studios located right next to the trail or down nearby side roads. Many of them have signs indicating their presence so keep an eye out.