Gentle Cycling


The Gentle Cycling Company.
Civilised cycling trips on the Great Taste Trail, for lovers of food, wine & beautiful
Nelson landscapes

Come to us for bike hire and self-guided tours on the Great Taste Cycle Trail. And fall in love with our Nelson.

Tasman's Great Taste Trail

  • TUNNEL OPENS: The Great Taste Trail has a new section of trail now open, which features 1.4km of old railway tunnel. Click here for more information

  • BEER:  The Gentle Cycling Company Great Taste Beer ride was recently featured on TV here in Nelson,  New Zealand. Click here to watch it now 

The Great Taste Trail

Take time and come cycling on the Great Taste Trail. Take a day – cycle through vineyards and taste the wine. And in between, stop for some fresh berries or a bag of apples. Take a few days – cycle to the Abel Tasman and soak up the sun and golden sand. And in between, stop to explore sleepy villages and take a ferry built for bikes. Take time. Cycle.

The important stuff:

  • The Gentle Cycling Company is situated in Stoke, 8 km from Nelson City and 4km from Nelson Airport, providing easy access for cycling on the Great Taste Trail.
  • We have been providing cycling on and around the Great Taste Trail since our launch in 2009.
  • We provide bike hire, maps, itineraries, multi and single day packages and support.
  • The Great Taste Trail is off-road.
  • It is graded easy to intermediate, with a maximum elevation of 110 metres.
  • The Great Taste Trail runs from Nelson, south to the village of Wakefield  and west to Kaiteriteri Beach, gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park.
  • All our multi day itineraries can be combined with a single or multi day trip in the Park.

The plan:

Tasman’s Great Taste Trail is part of a network of Great Rides being developed throughout the country under the NZ Cycle Trails Project. The first section of Tasman’s Great Taste Trail opened in 2012. The final trail is due to be completed in 2019 and will be 175km long. For more information on the NZ Cycle Trail Project visit nzcycletrail.com or check our Great Taste Trail Master Map here.
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  • Get in touch

    The Gentle Cycling crew are taking a winter break right now, but you can still email us any time to make a booking to come cycling. We re-open 1 September 2016 and are open from 9am – 5pm 7 days till 30 April 2017. We are closed for Christmas 23 – 26 December 2016 and open for multi day rides but closed for single day rides on New Years Day, Good Friday & Anzac Day. Bookings are essential.

      Phone: 0800 932 453  / +64 3 929 5652
      Email: info@gentlecycling.co.nz
      Address: 411 Nayland Rd, Stoke, Nelson, NZ.
    15 minutes south of Nelson city & 10 minutes from Nelson Airport.