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
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.
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
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 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.
I wanted to drop you a line to say how much we enjoyed the cycling we did through you & your company. Like your other customers, we also enjoyed the cycle day from Mapua to Upper Moutere. We had a very nice platter lunch at Mahana Wines (Forresters) & enjoyed the countryside we cycled through.
The B & B accommodation at Mapua was outstanding as was the accommodation in Motueka. From Mapua, we cycled through all the delightful orchards etc to Motueka. We did the Mountain Bike Park at Kaiteriteri & found that thrilling. All in all a most enjoyable time cycling. Thank you so much for wonderful organisation & a most enjoyable time. I have one of your brochures & will most certainly be in touch in the future to see what else you can offer us for a future tour. Many thanks for a great time.
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
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
Following our successful cycle trip last year with the Gentle Cycling Company we decided to repeat the fabulous 3 day-Coastal Classic bike trip from Stoke to Kaiteriteri. Again, very good communication by email and phone ahead of our personalised trip. Prompt pick-up from our accommodation on our first day and extensive and clear briefing at the company’s depot. Appreciated the company’s creative detours following the cyclone damage a few weeks before. Luggage in our rooms every time at arrival. An unusual problem with one of the bike chains mid-tour was resolved within an hour with a bike exchange. Thanks Rose! Wilson boat trip into the Abel Tasman organised by the company too, including complimentary lite picnic. Prompt pick up from Kaiteriteri by cheerful Dutch team member. Would highly recommend the company to family and friends. Excellent experience.- Annemarie and Steve, NZ. Coastal Classic trip, March 2018
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
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
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
The Gentle Cycling Company designed a most attractive two day cycle tour for us. 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
I can not recommend Rose Griffin and her team too highly. Our two day " We Love Nelson Trip" was outstanding. Dunpuffin food and hospitality is excellent . We were most impressed with the Top 10 Motor Camp in Motueka.
Our bikes were first class and the 3 electric bikes were very welcome.
We had a fabulous time on the bike tour, loved all the accommodation provided and have some enduring wonderful memories. Thanks for organising such a wonderful trip for us - I can't think of a better way of exploring the area.- Jacqueline & Chris, UK. We Love Nelson trip, February 2018
Background: After completing a 5 day hiking trip in Abel Tasman (going lodge to lodge versus hut to hut), we advance booked a 3 day bike trip with Gentle Cycling, who gave us a route, bikes, ferry tickets and booked us lodging in Mapua.
Verdict: The Taste Trail from Richmond to Mapua is awesome; it meanders along the ocean shoreline and through fields, farms and forests. For anyone who has experience riding on mostly flat dirt or gravel, this trip will be most enjoyable. There is one suspension bridge which is wide enough to ride over or short enough to walk over if one has a fear of heights. The ride through Rabbit Island is magical, as you ride on a dirt road with the ocean on one side and a pine forest on the other. We recommend this easy trip to almost anyone who has "dirt road" biking experience.
We highly recommend Rose and her Gentle Cycling Company! If we were to return to the North end of the South Island, we'd definitely use the Gentle Cycling Company again!
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
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We’re open 9am – 5pm from 1 September 2017 till 27 April 2018. We are open from 9am – 5pm 7 days 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.