We had such a great time on our honeymoon in New Zealand and our cycle around Nelson and surrounds was one of the highlights.
It was great to slow down and not to be rushing from one place to another which tends to happen when one has a car. We have some amazing pictures and one that instantly jumps out is having breakfast on the storefront wall at Mapua looking onto Ruby Bay, looking back towards the mountains behind Nelson.
One thing i think maybe that the trip we went on could be an extra day, as that would allow you to slow right down and take ones times having lazy brunches, dinners etc.
We had a fantastic time and it was a holiday that I’m sure our kids will remember always. You were fantastic and very thorough with the organisation. Everyone thought the seats on your bikes were more comfy than those hired on other trails. A unexpected highlight of our trip was the fresh milk vending machine a farmer had on his farm - the kids loved it. The 2 night Abel Tasman trip with Wilson’s was fantastic and faultless. We would really recommend this as an addition to the cycling.- The four families, Auckland, NZ. We Love Nelson ride
An excellent company to deal with. Rose was helpful and knew the area well. She provided cycles in good repair, excellent maps, and suggestions that enhanced our 2 day trip.- Gillian, Auckland. Stoke, Brightwater, Mapua, Stoke
This was the third trail we have ridden now and our trip with you was the most well organised by miles. Everyone loved their bikes and accommodation - everything was beautiful. And Wendy was so welcoming - thank you.- Cranswick group, Hawkes Bay, NZ. We Love Nelson ride
Just had a wonderful 3 day trip on the Great Taste Trail - my best cycle ride ever! Soft bike saddle, enough gears to zoom along the flat and get up the (fairly gentle!) few hills, the Mapua Ferry, Spoonbills flying overhead, riding around the estuary, great overnight stops, and the rest of the lovely scenery - heaven! Thank you Rose and The Gentle Cycling Company.- Sally, UK. Art and Food ride
The Gentle Cycling Company designed a most attractive two day cycle tour for us. We were accompanied by a van driven by our guide, Wendy. It was an extraordinarily pleasant and successful tour especially since the trails we were on involved extremely attractive coastal scenery. My wife and I have over the years taken a number of organised bike trips with the leading overseas bike tour operators, Butterfield & Robinson and Backroads. The services offered by Gentle Cycling measured right up to those offered by these international companies and we would very strongly recommend The Gentle Cycling Company- David and Gail Williams, Auckland, NZ
Thank you for organizing our trip to Nelson/Tasman! It was amazing, we could have never done so much on our own nor found so many great places, and you made everything so easy for us.- Shawna, Deby, Suzii and Larry, USA. Great Taste Mini ride
We loved our ride. The panniers were great and our extra bags with the camping gear worked fine. We camped at Wakefield (domain campground, pretty basic) and at Mapua. The on-road gravel section over Pigeon Valley from Wakefield was a bit tough but we just took it gently. Loved exploring the Upper Moutere area, the hop gardens you can see from the road etc. Stayed the night at the pub there - real old school but fun. The views coming from Upper Moutere down to Mapua were fantastic. Other highlights were the pretty country churches (lots of photos), Neudorf Vineyard and Woollaston Estates at Upper Moutere.- John and Jill, Auckland, NZ. Moutere Loop ride
Cycled with a group on the Great Taste Trail for four days then onto walk the Abel Tasman with Wilsons on a guided walk. The cycling part was fantastic (as was the walking). Great friendly service - everything was planned for us and was of an exceptional standard. The bikes were great and very comfortable and the accommodation was faultless. Would highly recommend
We hired bikes 3 times from the Gentle Cycling Company on our recent trip to Nelson. Rose, the owner, was extremely helpful in planning the routes and the bikes and equipment provided (for an overnight trip) were of top quality.- Helen, UK. Stoke to Mapua, return
Just a note to thank you for helping us organise four wonderful days on Tasman's Great Taste Trail. The bag shuttle service to our accommodation made our biking experience easy. Best wishes, Lance & Sonya
PS: We would have no hesitation in recommending your services to our cycling friends
Really enjoyed a 3 day trip from Nelson to Kaiteriteri, with a trip into Abel Tasman at the end. The organisation was made easy by using Gentle Cycling, being picked up and returned to the airport. Lovely people to deal with. Enjoyed cycling through the orchards and estuaries and along the beautiful long beaches and also the food and environment at Riverside cafe and at Mapua. The hill on the middle day was a challenge but had a good view at the top
Kathy and I had a wonderful time, thanks. The rides were most enjoyable and the accommodation was great. Transfers easy and seamless. All your people were most helpful and friendly. I'm sure we'll be back to do more rides.
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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.