The trail itself follows the same route as the original train tracks and the area has alot of historic information along the way. The trail itself is usually done from the Upper Hutt side and is relatively easy going up to the summit with a gentle gradient. The Waiarapa side is a little steeper but nothing too scary. The trail goes through five tunnels and so its best to bring a torch although plenty of people don’t. While the route isn’t difficult check the weather and particularly the wind before deciding to go. Transport can be an issue although plenty of people do it both ways and include a detour through Back Road to give some variety. Steve, Kev & Kem explore the Wellington side.
Wednesday, 14 December was surprisingly warm in Wellington, still hovering around 21 degrees at 4:00pm. So after a quick exchange of texts, and a mad dash home to beat the […]
On any extended tour there are always highlights (and lowlights, but we traditionally ignore those): The quality of the trail construction undertaken by the Nelson City Council, Tasman District Council […]
The final day of the trip was a relatively short (15 km) and largely flat ride along dedicated trails back to Richmond, then a quick run over the last 6 […]
Another day – another ride in the sun. The plan was an 8:00am start, with breakfast at The Naked Bun in Mapua township, before a leisurely ride along the coast […]
Another early start, and down to Wellington Airport for a coffee and a quick skip across the ditch to Nelson to start four days of fine weather, fine bycling and fine food and drink. That’s the plan anyway.
The opening of the Spooner’s Tunnel on the Great Taste Tasman Trail provides the opportunity to complete the full 175 km loop