We’ve done it! Riding part of the Great Taste Trail over 4 days and 3 nights! Yes biking and camping two great outdoor activities mixed together and commonly known as bike touring. We want to share some highlights, thoughts and photos that might inspire you to goRide the Great Taste Trail – bike touring with kids.
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Read the details of our bike adventure at Nelson to Kaiteriteri – Planning & Preparation.
Scroll through the slider below to view our photos showing the fun and adventure we had -Bike Touring With Kids
The Mapua Ferry Ride, beach swimming at Rabbit Island and Kaiteriteri , real fruit ice creams at Hamishes in Mapua and Toad Hall in Motueka, the flying fox and toasting marshmallows over the camp fire at McKee Domain, the heated pool with a slide and climbing wall and the jumping pillow at the Motueka Top 10 Holiday Park, The waterslide at Bethany Park, lots of fun pump tracks along the way- Mapua, Tasman Domain, Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Track, Bethany Park Track and lots of playgrounds discovered.
Here are some words from the kids – their thoughts and feedback about their adventure.
Sam – I loved going and arriving somewhere new each day and getting to explore a new campsite each night. I thought riding the track Easy Rider into Kaiteriteri was really cool. I am keen to do some more riding in the Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park.
Rhea – The ride was fun but it rained lots so we got cold which wasn’t nice. I had a good time when we got moving. I really liked eating roasted marshmallows and ice creams. My favourite stop was at the Top 10 Holiday Park in Motueka because they had so many fun things to do. It was a really long way and I’m proud of myself for doing it. Next time I would like to stay longer at Bethany Park.
Hollie – It was so much fun. I loved all the water activites, the pool, the water slide, the water climbing wall, as well as the pump tracks and riding on the back of my dads bike. I love ice creams so much, so the real fruit ice creams from Hamishes in Mapua and Toad Hall in Motueka were just yum yum scrummy in my tummy.
Isaac – I loved the bike ride. I loved all the camping grounds especially Motueka Top 10 because of the warm pool and climbing wall. It was really exciting finding this when we arrived I couldn’t wait to get into my togs and it was raining a little bit which made the pool really warm – I love to be warm. Riding makes me hungry and we had lots of yummy food, the best was my chocolate bunny from Easter.
The kids were happy, amused and entertained with all the exploring and having each other. Seeing the kids achieving and growing from their adventure. A quick loop through some single track at the Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park on the afternoon that we arrived. The ride home while the kids traveled in the support vehicle, biking -Kaiteriteri to Nelson.
Here are some factors that made our bike adventure a success;
Planning and preparation – We used the get Ready to goRide with kids guide and the adventure went as smoothly as you can expect an adventure to go even with some rain to contend with. One of the big factors that helped everyones spirit and energy levels was the first day was our longest distance therefore our longest day. The distance got shorter each day and it made the adventure more manageable as the body, mind and enthusiasm tired.
There were some hills to contend with and having an inner tube to connect between 2 bikes for some assistance up the hills really helped in what may have been quite trying times.
Absolutely essential were the regular stops for refueling with good food and water. I continue to be amazed at the amount of food required to keep everyone going.
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