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Spooners Tunnel (One day Self-Guided Cycle Tour)

Spooners Tunnel (One day Self-Guided Cycle Tour)

Cycle through the longest disused Rail Tunnel in the southern hemisphere then after an exhilarating 10 km downhill ride enjoy an easy coast through pastoral scenery back to Nelson City.

From

NZ$ 125

Per Person

Highlights

  • Cycle through 1.7 km long disused rail tunnel

  • Vineyards and Wine tastings

  • Artisan breweries and Beer tastings

  • Cycle past hop gardens, alongside meandering streams

  • One way ride with transport to start of ride

Full Description

Nelson Cycle Hire will transport you to the start of the ride at one end of the 1.7 km Spooners tunnel, the longest disused rail tunnel in New Zealand open for cycling.  You are in for a treat as the first 10 km, being all downhill, is a real blast. The ride from Spooners to Nelson is 40 km approx. and it’s pretty much all downhill or flat.  You will cycle through vineyards, hop country, past free range chicken farms, and alongside meandering streams, see some vestiges of the old tobacco farming days, with picturesque old hop kilns, forested hills and pastoral scenery.

Along the way, visit Wakefield (where there’s an opportunity for a side trip to visit the Higgins Park Steam Museum Thursday to Sunday) and great pies to be had. Cycle through Brightwater township, the birthplace of Lord Rutherford, the father of Nuclear Physics. Here you will find cafes, craft beer and a well-known pottery. Cross the river on a swing bridge then it's time for gourmet treats when you visit cafes, wineries for wine tastings, taste locally made cheeses, beer at a local artisan brewery, or indulge in a fresh berry icecream.  Your tour ends at Nelson airport.

Includes

Accessories including helmet, locking cable, pump and puncture repair kit

Headlamp and hi vis vest for the tunnel

Cycle Hire, helmet, lock, pump and repair kit, headlamp for the tunnel, hi-vis vest, map and transpo

Meeting Point

Meet at Nelson Cycle Hire depot in Airport House located at Nelson Airport (just 150 m from the main arrivals and departures terminal).  Look to your right as you exit the arrivals terminal and you will see a cream coloured terminal called Airport House. If you are driving, please follow the signs to the Value parking area and you will see Airport House on your left and Nelson Cycle Hire is located around the side of the building.

Additional Information

Cancellation policy

Full refund if cancelled up to 24 hours before activity starts.

From

NZ$ 125

Per Person

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Airport House, Nelson Airport, Trent Drive, Nelson, 7011

The Great Spooners Tunnel Experience One Day self-guided tour

Nelson Cycle Hire will transport you to the start of the ride at one end of the 1.5 km Spooners tunnel, the longest disused rail tunnel in New Zealand open for cycling. You are in for a treat as the first 10 km, being all downhill, is a real blast. The ride from Spooners to Nelson is 40 km approx. and it’s pretty much all downhill or flat. You will cycle through vineyards, hop country, past free...Show More
Duration: 24 Hours
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