Canaan Downs Loop

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This is a very scenic and fun recreational ride that suits a variety of riders. While the main track is recreational in grade, there are lots of side loops, ramps, drops and logrides to keep more advanced riders happy too. About 1.5 - 2 hours of riding that does require a little bit of fitnss and endurance at times.

The Abel Tasman National Park encompasses this area, and the surroundings are picturesque and stunning with awesome views, native bush, caves and sink holes. If making the venture this far in, its well worth the short walk down to Harwoods Hole. The ride starts with a climb up to the start of the Rameka Track which branches off to the left, then carries on through a slightly rougher section to Wainui Saddle. Here the track breaks away to the right and follows the contour of the valley around and down through some clever creek crossings and fun flowy track. Eventually there is another climb to the top of the hill and a fun decent back to the road, and then back around to the carpark.

Almyra at Kina Boutique Accommodation
Luxury Accommodation
Almyra Luxury Accommodation at Kina Beach, offers you three luxurious individual suites. We're situated on the idyllic Kina Peninsula along the Ruby Coast between Nelson and Motueka.
Pohara Beachfront Motel
Absolutely on the Beach
Pohara Beachfront Motel is situated right on the beach in Pohara. Walk along the picturesque beach, swim in the blue waters, enjoy the amazing sunrises and sunsets across the bay or relax on your deck with a good book. 14 self-contained units all have cooking facilities and ensuites.
Ajax Apartments & Hostel
Come bike with us!
Your Nelson ride starts here! Ajax Ave is just 50m from the Nelson Information Centre on the Banks of the Maitai River and Riverside Cycleway. Nelsons best rides all start at our doorstep... Dun Coppermine, Fireball, Cogers & Tantragee, Centre of New Zealand, Maitai Caves and Dam plus many others.
ASURE Fountain Resort Motel
UNIQUE facilities for families
Nelson motel accommodation at the ASURE Fountain Resort Motel where we provide quality motel Accommodation for your stay in Nelson, New Zealand at a very affordable price. ASURE Fountain Resort Motel is situated in a quiet residential street in the popular seaside village of Tahunanui Beach close to Nelson City.
Cats Pjamas B&B
Organic B&B -- Cycle Friendly
Cats Pjamas is a small organic B&B situated 3 km off the Tasman Great Taste Trail close to Mapua.
The Wheelhouse
SPECTACULAR SEA VIEWS can be enjoyed from each of our fabulous self-contained holiday home accommodations in Nelson, New Zealand. The Wheelhouse Inn holiday homes have expansive sea views from Nelson's Port Hills over sparkling Tasman Bay.
Kaiteri Lodge
Beach-style accommodation minutes from the famous Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park
Kaiteri Lodge is set right at the start of the Abel Tasman National Park.
Tahuna Beach Holiday Park
By the Beach, in the Sun
Tahuna Beach Holiday Park is the ideal location for your stay in Nelson. It is the largest Holiday Park in the southern hemisphere.
A Woodsy House
Phone Number: (0)3 546 8770
AMBER HOUSE - at the centre!â„¢
Phone Number: +64 21-202 4961
The Station House Motel
Ideal Heaphy Track Accommodation in the Stunning Golden Bay.
The old police station in beautiful Collingwood has been converted into 4 cozy accommodation units and is ideal for your stay in Golden Bay. The Station House Motel has tw self contained cottage units and four studio units.
Phone Number: 035248464 or 0800752722
Chelsea Park
Chelsea Park Motor Lodge, Motel, bed and breakfast offers self-catering, bed and breakfast and motel accommodation in a Central Nelson location.
Phone Number: 0800 66 00 65
Hat Trick Lodge
Motueka is the ideal place to base yourself before checking out the Abel Tasman National Park or mountain biking the Heaphy Track, and the Hat Trick Lodge Backpackers is the ideal place to base yourself in Motueka.
Phone Number: 035285353
Mohua Motels
Mohua Motels is situated at the entrance to beautiful Golden Bay.
Phone Number: 0800 Mohua Motels
Arrow Motel
Phone Number:
Wall St Accommodation
Two modern stylish homes in a peaceful bush setting, centrally located to explore Abel Tasman National Park, Golden Bay and Nelson environs. Base yourself here while cycling in the greater Nelson region.
Phone Number: 035278338
Tapawera Settle Motels and Campground
Set in the heart of the Motueka Valley on the route of the Nelson-Tasman cycleway, Tapawera Settle is a traditional camping ground full of rustic charm and yet complete with modern amenities and facilities.
Phone Number: 03 522 4334
Appleby House
The Appleby House offers holdiay home or bed & breakfast options and is an ideal place to base yourself during a trip to Nelson. Relax in our modern contempory large home on 25 acres of land in the midst of the Waimea Plains; base yourself here and be close to...
Phone Number: 027 6632 639
Nikau Apartments
Ensuite hot showers and new double beds at Nikau will help you sleep easy and recuperate. All apartments have their own fully equipped kitchen and heaps of private space to sort your stuff .
Phone Number: 035487000
Nelson Beach Hostel
We offer a bunch of bikes that our guests get to use at their leisure at no extra cost and are the ideal place to base yourself whilst biking in the Nelson Region!
Phone Number: 08005486817
Golden Bay Motel
We are close to beaches,mountains and some great biking tracks.
Phone Number: 03 5259428
Motueka River Lodge
It is with pride that we provide a level of luxury accommodation with a unique riverside location, ensuring that our guests relax and enjoy their stay from beginning to end.
Phone Number: 03 526 8668
Ratanui Lodge
Boutique Accommodation and Restaurant in Golden Bay, New Zealand
Ratanui Lodge is a new, purpose-built boutique accommodation and restaurant just across the street from Pohara Beach in beautiful and diverse Golden Bay. Each room has a private en suite, luxurious down bedding, tea and coffee making facilities, and SkyTV with flatscreen. Continental breakfast and wireless internet included at no charge.
Phone Number: 03 525 7998
Trafalgar Lodge
Trafalgar Lodge offers affordably priced motels and lodge rooms in the city centre. 200m from the Nelson i-SITE for Atomic Shuttle connections. With comfortable, sunny and warm studios, 1-bedroom motel units or a 2-bedroom unit and ensuite rooms in the lodge.
Phone Number: 0800 00 00 51
Accents on the Park
Central Nelson Lodge & Backpackers
Accents on the Park is located in the heart of central Nelson City next to the Cathedral and just minutes walk from restaurants, shops, bars and the Nelson Saturday market. Accents backpackers lodge and hostel offers all the comforts and facilities modern world travellers are looking for.
Phone Number: 03 548 4335
Motueka Top 10 Holiday Park
5 star holiday accommodation
Motueka is the closest service town to the Abel Tasman National Park, where you can try tramping, sea kayaking, fishing, horse trekking, paragliding, tandem skydiving, helicopter or fixed wing flights -- and some of the best biking in the Tasman region.
Phone Number: 0800 66 88 35
Corru Gate Accommodation
Cycle-heaven accommodation
Corru Gate is stylish and different and right on the Great Taste Trail. City chic meets country style in this sunny, private, designer, family-friendly 3 bedroom cottage with an iconically Kiwi flavour on a 2ha farm overlooking the Ruby Coast between Nelson and Abel Tasman.
Phone Number: 035402793 or 0211671246
Vistara B&B
Vegetarian Breakfasts
We welcome you to Vistara a relaxed peaceful haven situated on our 7 acre property adjacent to the Motueka River.
Phone Number: +64 3 526 8288
Clifftops-Retreat
Clifftops Retreat is a new 1100 sq ft luxury cottage perched high on the cliffs near Nelson, overlooking sandy beaches, the glittering Tasman Sea and the sparkling lights of Nelson. It is a spectacular location.
Phone Number: 6435402767
Palms Motel
The Palms Motel offer you modern, interior decorated units, with a choice of studio, executive and family unit accommodation in Nelson, New Zealand.
Phone Number: 0800 NZByBike
Pixie Magic Hideaway Guest Accommodation
The perfect opportunity for couples or singles to escape the city life. Surround yourself with bird life and experience the unique simplistic life-style of living in a small space with all its quirky charm and character.
Phone Number: 0800 NZByBike
Nelson Cycle Hire
 We offer Cycle Hire and self-guided cycle tours based around the Nelson Great Taste Trail.
Te Anaroa Caves
Come with us to an underground hideaway of magnificent natural beauty.
Phone Number: 64275248114
Wildcat Charters
Fishing and scenic trips in Golden Bay and Abel Tasman National Park.
Phone Number: 035259438
The Cycle Shop
Phone Number: 035476758
Village Cycles
Phone Number: 035447116

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