Using Top of the south maps
How to use our region’s most extensive map system to find places to walk, run and ride.
The ‘Top of The South Maps’ system is the main, on-line public mapping resource for our region. It holds lots of useful and up-to-date information from both Tasman and Nelson councils on recreational facilities like parks and playgrounds, walking paths and tracks, cycle routes and bike trails. Download and use the guide to find your way around the system - and around our region!http://www.topofthesouthmaps.co.nz/
The Great Taste Trail
This is the big one, or at least it’s the early stages of what will be the region’s longest ‘Great Ride’. Sections open so far run from Nelson to Richmond, Richmond to Brightwater, and Richmond to Mapua. You can also ride the route from Motueka to Riwaka - it's flat and very pretty and it'll be incorporated into the GTT once it gets a minor spruce up and the Mapua to Motueka link is in place. There's a lovely ride around the inlet by the causeway to the port to explore too. Work is underway on the Riwaka to Kaiteriteri section and the bridge over the Riwaka is open. The GTT trail is a fantastic option for riders (and walkers and runners) of all levels since it’s relatively flat and wide. Remember to take some cash for the ferry if you want to cross from Rabbit Island to Mapua. See the trail web page (link below) for maps and updates.http://www.tasman.govt.nz/recreation/walking-cycling/tasmans-great-taste-trail/
The Grampians Tracks
Who needs a maze when you have the Grampians! If you’re not a regular user who knows the trails like the back of your hand this is the map for you. The different tracks are colour-coded on the map, and the separate listing for each track gives you information like their distance, likely walking time, and the fitness needed. Available from the leaflet racks in NCC’s customer services foyer (main building). Download the map here and guide here.
Richmond Walking and Cycling Pathways
A large scale map covering the Richmond area’s cycling and walking pathways, and a list of parks and reserves, plus the location of public art. The map is also a useful street map for Richmond, with a street index on the rear. Available from the TDC’s customer services foyer (main building, Richmond).
Nelson Shared Pathways
A large scale map covering the Nelson area’s cycle and walk ways, and a description of how to get the best out of these. Available from the leaflet racks in NCC’s customer services foyer (main building).
Motueka Walking and Cycling Lanes and Linkages
This is a comprehensive map and listing of the walking and cycling pathways and linkages in the Motueka urban area. On the back of the A3 map is a reference list of the urban links with grid references to help locate these on the map. Available from the TDC’s customer services foyer (main building, Richmond).
Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park
A fantastic regional resource built by volunteers on 180ha of conservation land. The trails range from easy (mountain bike level) to OMG, so check the map before you take the plunge. The park will eventually link to the Great Taste Trail, but at present the main entrance is off Martin Farm Rd. This is a bike park, but walkers (and runners) are permitted to use the trails. See the park website (link below) for a map, park updates, and full description. Entry is free, but even a small donation will help with park development and maintenance.http://www.kaiteriterimtbpark.org.nz/
Dun Mountain Trail
Our local off-road, epic ride, starting just 5 minutes from the Nelson CBD! Within an hour you can go from a mid-city cafe to being in the middle of the South Island wilderness via the historic route of NZ’s first railway. This ride through expansive and diverse landscapes can be done as either a full loop or as a there-and-back ride to a point like ‘Third House’. The full loop is up to 7 hours and there’s a lot of (mostly gentle) climbing, so if you’re relatively new to riding start with a stage and see how it goes. If you’re aiming to ride the whole loop remember that the weather can change quickly and sections of the track are exposed - and technically challenging. Mobile phone coverage is patchy on the route. The brochrure is downloadable in two parts, here and here (map). There is a separate safety leaflet for this trail, download it here.
CycleCrash - (Cycling resource)
Not a place, but something to help everyone to get to places safer. A leaflet outlining the 0800 CycleCrash system which collects information about accidents and near-misses. This helps identify problem areas in our network and safety issues in road design so it’s really worth using. Available from the leaflet racks in NCC’s customer services foyer (main building).
Codgers MTB network
An invaluable guide to the fast-growing network of tracks that cover the area between Brook St, Maitai Valley, and Tantragee Saddle. The guide’s map shows the location and name of the trails, and has their technical grade - very useful to check out before it you hit the trails! Available from the leaflet racks in NCC’s customer services foyer (main building).
Bikes on Busses (Cycling resource)
Found new places to ride and too tired to ride home? A handy guide to get you up to speed with loading and unloading your bike on the new NBus bike racks. Get yourself rack-wise before you need to use the bus with your bike and keep the process hassle free! Available from the leaflet racks in NCC’s customer services foyer (main building) or download it here.