Multi Day

Great Taste Multi Day Rides

Spend time with friends and family on the Great Taste Trail. When you come cycling with The Gentle Cycling Company, you get the benefit of many years of local knowledge from the team of art and food-loving cyclists. Our itineraries are designed for self-guided riding and our fabulous Good Things Maps will ensure you don’t miss any of the quirky cafes, award-winning wines or craft beers, and special places off the trail. These itineraries can be ridden just the way they are, or we can customise to suit. We’ll take care of all the details so you can just relax and enjoy the ride.

More about the Great Taste Trail

The Great Taste Trail Rail Route is a flat, inland trail across the Waimea Plains ending (for now) at the historic village of Wakefield. The Rail Route provides the densest area of wineries accessible from the Great Taste Trail. The Great Taste Trail Coastal Route combines flat terrain with some hills, offering stunning views along the way among classic landscapes, beaches and estuaries. From Mapua there is an optional on-road leg to Upper Moutere taking cyclists into the hop-growing and premium winery region beloved by artists. The Coastal Route ends at Kaiteriteri – gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park and all our itineraries can be combined with a single or multi day trip into the Park. And if you are riding one way across to Kaiteriteri, our packages can include your return door-to-door shuttle back to Nelson. The newest section of trail is a section through a 1.4km disused railway tunnel at Belgrove. This section does not yet have an off-road connection to the Great Taste Trail.

The Great Taste Trail network consists of off-road and on-road routes.

  • Rail Route & Coastal Route

    The Rail Route and Coastal Route are off-road. The Rail Route runs south to Wakefield. The Coastal Route runs west to Kaiteriteri.

  • Pigeon Valley

    The Pigeon Valley loop provides an on-road link to the two ends of the off-road trail. Pigeon Valley Road is an official NZ Cycle Trails route.

  • Tapawera

    The Tapawera loop is scheduled for completion in 2018/19. It will create a loop route, connecting the two ends of the off-road trail.

  • Get in touch

    We’re open 9am – 5pm  from 1 September 2017 till 27 April 2018. We are open 7 days a week, with these exceptions:  we are closed for Christmas from 23 – 26 December 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
      Address: 411 Nayland Rd, Stoke, Nelson, NZ.
    15 minutes south of Nelson city & 10 minutes from Nelson Airport.