Tasty places on the Great Taste Trail

We are based in a convenient location for wine & food cycling day rides on the Great Taste Trail.  The densest area of wineries, breweries and cafes on the trail is in the area between Stoke (where we are) and Wakefield on the Rail Route.


Below is a list of the tasty places for wine & food cycling on the Rail Route. The hours and season dates were correct at time of publication but may be subject to change.

Within 6 km of The Gentle Cycling Company:
– The Coffee Factory – coffee, hot and cold drinks, hot and cold food; open Mon–Fri
–  Pic’s Peanut Butter Factory – free tour at 10am, book at www.picspeanutbutter.com; peanut butter and other products for sale; open Mon–Fri
– Eddyline Brewery & Pizzeria; open 7 days 11am – 9.30pm
– Waimea Estates Cellar Door and Café – wine tasting, wine by the glass, tasting plates, full meals; open Sun-Thurs 10-5 plus Fri and Sat 10-9
Waimea Estates Albarino 2015 was a trophy winning white wine at the 2015 Air NZ Wine Awards
– Grape Escape Café – café in a pretty garden setting offering cabinet food and full meals; open 7 days
– Wangapeka Cheese Shop – sales of Wangapeka cheeses made at the Wangapeka Family Dairy on farmland near Nelson; open Mon-Sat
– La Capilla Restaurant – mediterranean food in an elegant setting; open Wed – Sun from 10am
– Te Mania Wines & Richmond Plains Certified Organic Wines – wine-tasting; open 7 days till end of April

Within 12 km of The Gentle Cycling Company on the Great Taste Trail Rail Route
– Fossil Ridge Winery –  wine-tasting and cafe in beautiful setting; open Wed – Sun till Easter
– Milcrest Estate – wine-tasting and gourmet platters of local produce served in their sunny courtyard; open 7 days till end of April
– Greenhough Vineyard– wine-tasting and gallery of contemporary art; open Thurs-Sun till Easter
– Brightwater Vineyards – wine-tasting, crackers and cheese, wine truffles; open Mon-Fri till end of April
Brightwater Vineyards Pinot Noir 2014 was the champion Pinot Noir at the 2015 Air NZ Wine Awards
– HQ Café and Bar, Ellis St, Brightwater – counter food and hot meals, outdoor courtyard; open 7 days
– Sprig & Fern, Ellis St, Brightwater – craft beer and other drinks; open Tues-Sun

Within 22 km of the Gentle Cycling Company on the Great Taste Trail Rail Route:
– Kaimira Organic Vineyard – wine-tasting; will post your wine purchases home; open Mon-Fri
– Chateau Rhubarbe, Wakefield, counter food and hot meals; open Thurs-Tues
– The Bakery, Wakefield, bread and ready-made sandwiches; open 7 days

Cellar Door Waimea Estates

Cafe in the Vineyard at Waimea Estates


Photos: Waimea Estates Cellar Door and Cafe