Photo courtesy of Dean McKenzie/Tourism New Zealand
Great Taste Trail
New Zealand has no shortage of physically challenging bicycle rides through spectacular and remote backcountry, but the Tasman District's Great Taste Trail is designed for travelers seeking a more leisurely immersion in the flavors of this area. The entire trail runs through largely gentle terrain for 108 miles from Nelson to Kaiteriteri, and boasts plenty of accommodations along the way; it's an extremely pleasant way to sample wine, food, craft beer, and art. Highlights include the brews at Hop Federation in Riwaka—a region renowned for growing NZ's excellent hops—and wines at Seifried Estate, the South Island's oldest winery. See the Heart of Biking website (www.heartofbiking.org.nz) for details about discrete sections of the trail that can easily be achieved in a morning or afternoon.