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We are based in a convenient location for wine & food cycling day rides on the Great Taste Trail. The densest area of wineries, breweries and cafes on the trail is in the area between Stoke (where we are) and Wakefield on the Rail Route.
Tourism NZ recently produced a new video of the Great Taste Trail and we had the pleasure of helping out with bikes and support. Here are some pics we took during the shoot. To view the gorgeous video, just go to our home page.
Hiking, biking or kayaking in the Nelson Tasman region feature in a new article in Australian magazine The Senior Traveller. The cover image is all a-glow with the autumn colour of Mahana apple trees, illustrating one of the delights of the Great Taste Trail. Foody places feature of course – there are in fact five craft breweries and plenty of wineries easily accessible to cyclists riding the trail.
Read an on-line article by the same author here http://www.lifestyle.com.au/travel/eat-play-stay-best-of-nelson-new-zealand.aspx
Browse the images below to see some candid shots taken by our staff at Gentle Cycling.
The Great Taste Trail Coastal Route is an off-road cycle trail running from Nelson city, to Kaiteriteri, gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park. Below are some photos taken along this section of the trail.
The Gentle Cycling Company is sited in a rural oasis in Stoke, a sleepy suburb just 15 minutes by car from the center of Nelson. We share a site with Nikau Gardens, a native plant nursery. The established trees are a great addition to our environment here. Our building is an old farm shed, built when this area of Stoke was still agricultural.
Thinking of doing our Art and Food Ride? This route is all ready to ride now – contact us for a detailed map of the ride. Below are a some photos taken along the route, just to get your tastebuds going.
The village of Upper Moutere and it’s environs are a cycling heaven. And if you have never been to the Nelson region or have not had a chance to explore, this area is a must-see. After all, this is the region that inspired the early modernist painters such as Doris Lusk and Bill Sutton and has attracted arty types ever since. The hills of the beautiful Moutere area were covered in apple orchards then, whilst now you may see more vineyards than apples, but that isn’t all bad! Upper Moutere is a detour off the Great Taste Trail but we think it is well worth the ride – as long as you are happy cycling on roads. We recommend a stopover in Mapua en route. The village here is a beauty and if you enjoy a bustling holiday atmosphere, come during January – but book your accommodation early. The wharf at Mapua is now home to cafes and artsy, foody places, but not so long ago it was the loading point for ships, taking those fabulous Nelson apples to far flung ports. The photographs in the little museum on the wharf are a fascinating record of this history. A personal foody favourite in Mapua is the Naked Bun Cafe, where the European style baking is pretty jolly good.
March is the month of the hop harvest in Nelson, when the fields that were curtained in green lose their flavour-laden curtain – until next year. At Kentishman Hops in Upper Moutere, the hop harvest rekindles images from my past, when tractors were smaller and closer to the ground and farmers still wore straw hats (yeah!)