Welcome to Nelson, the mountain bike capital of New Zealand and now the home of the NZ MTB Rally. We look forward to this inaugural event and are excited about what you will experience.
As well as the stunning scenery as you fly, drive, and of course, ride across Te Tauihu, the top of the South Island, you will also have an opportunity to feel our manaakitanga – a warm and generous welcome to a city that has a lot to offer.
Cycling is in Nelson’s DNA. We are proud to have more cycling commuters than anywhere else in New Zealand. That, along with the wealth of mountain bike tracks near the city centre, Tasman’s Great Taste Trail and other coastline tracks, make Nelson a must-do for cyclists.
It has been wonderful to be part of the development of mountain biking across New Zealand since the 1990s as the Minister of Conservation. I led changes from mountain biking being considered a road activity to be banned from national parks to a welcome new way in which to enjoy the great outdoors. It was great to be involved in developing iconic multiday enduro rides such as the Old Ghost Road, Paparoa Track and opening up the Heaphy in winter – all accessible from Nelson. It’s a logical step for Nelson City Council to be a major sponsor for the NZ MTB Rally.
We look forward to seeing you in March 2024.
Hon Dr Nick Smith Mayor of Nelson | Te Koromatua o Whakatū