Multi Day

Tasman’s Great Taste Trail
Multi Day Bike Hire

The Gentle Cycling Company specialises in “peace of mind” self-guided cycling trips on the Great Taste Trail. With our fleet of hybrid comfort bikes (including electric assist models) and our team of professional, caring staff you can relax and enjoy the ride, knowing all the details are taken care of. Gentle Cycling itineraries can be cycled just the way they are, or customised to suit you.

Package prices include bike hire, accommodation, all passenger and luggage transfers, personalised trip notes and a detailed pre-departure briefing. Our beautifully designed topographic maps will ensure you don’t miss any of the cafes, award-winning wineries or craft breweries and other special places off the trail. For independent multi day cyclists who prefer to go it alone, we provide freedom hire with optional Ortlieb panniers.

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.
Great Taste Trail Map - Cycling New Zealand

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 7 days from 9am – 5pm  from 1 September 2017 till 27 April 2018. We are closed for Christmas 23 – 26 December  and open for multi day rides but closed for single day rides on New Years Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday & 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.