Nelson Tasman Tourism sees our region as a "Bikers Paradise" (http://www.nelsonnz.com/Things-To-Do-See/Activities-Adventure/Biker-s-Paradise.html) but while we do have some fantastic mountain bike tracks, they're not everyone's cup of tea.
When it comes to cycle tourism, Otago put New Zealand on the map. With our Great Taste Trail still in it's infancy, The Otago Central Rail Trail trust is celebrating 20 years so we're very much playing catch up. Additionally, without an attractive link into Nelson, those tourist dollars generated by our own trail are going to stay in Tasman. In this article in the Herald "Catherine Smith jumped at the chance to bike and hike her way through Nelson's stunning landscape" (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/travel/news/article.cfm?c_id=7&objectid=11111483). Unfortunately Catherine didn't get as far as our central city; "Our end point was McCashin's Cafe in Stoke".
With the Maitai Walkway upgrade nearing completion and a link through the port to the wharf as well as another through Tahunanui planned for the future, this vital link will allow tourists from the city to easily enjoy a cycle to Tahunanui or further on to the Great Taste Trail. Tourists staying in Tahunanui or further out will be able to easily cycle into Nelson to visit the gallery, museum, shop for clothes or have a meal. When the boulevard is complete, perhaps we can ask Catherine back and tempt her with a meal at The Boat Shed/Stix/Harbour Light this time