Get in touch
We’re open 9am – 5pm from 1 September 2016 till 30 April 2017. We are open 7 days a week, apart from these exceptions: 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.
The Gentle Cycling Company
When Rose Griffin launched The Gentle Cycling Company in a rather nice old shearing shed in Stoke, Nelson in 2009, the Great Taste Trail and the NZ Cycle Trails project were just a gleam in the eye. Now, the Great Taste Trail is one of many new trails around NZ providing locals and visitors alike with lots more reasons to get on a bike. Prior to starting this business, Rose had a long career in Art Education and as an exhibiting artist before establishing a ceramics studio, producing domestic ceramics which were sold in galleries and design stores around NZ. Her former workshop and gallery are now the site of the Gentle Cycling Company.
Gentle Cycling is all about savouring the journey rather than rushing from place to place. Sounds, smells and sights are intensified when travelling by bike. And while the off-road trail is fabulous it is often the detours which are the icing on the cake, providing memories to treasure and stories to recall with friends and family when you get home. Rose and the team have been cycling in this area for longer than some of them care to remember and have been careful to choose detours that provide a beautiful ride whilst also taking visitors to the best bits along the way. Their maps will let you know which roads you might want to avoid (like State Highways and roads with no shoulder) and which ones you really should include, to see some special things (such as interesting farm buildings, a historic site or another great cafe.) Their tips, maps and route advice will help to ensure you don’t miss anything. And they will share our up-to-the-minute local knowledge too, such as the latest award-winning wines, a chef receiving accolades, or a new craft beer to taste (these brewers are such a creative bunch!)
So whether you are new to cycling, or have done lots before, there is something for you here on the Great Taste Trail. Just be prepared to stop – often.
Wendy Barker is another food-loving cyclist, who likes nothing more than sharing her passion for living in Nelson. Wendy has done lots of cycling all over Europe, including a 1,000 km solo ride on her trusty Brompton, following the French Eurovelo route from the north to the south of France. When she’s not at The Gentle Cycling Company, Wendy is likely to be found walking in the hills near her home, cooking up a storm, or planning her next cycling trip somewhere – probably in France.