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About Us

Who we are and our sustainability commitment

Inspired by the formation of The Great Taste Trail, The Gentle Cycling Company was the first cycle tour company to be formed in sunny Nelson. Since 2009, thousands of cyclists have made use of our knowledge, support and inspiration to explore the Top of the South Island on two wheels. Our passion and commitment towards providing bespoke cycle tours to suit the needs of your group makes for peace of mind travel at your own pace.

When you visit us at The Gentle Cycling Company, you will be welcomed by a family who are passionate about Nelson. For us, travelling by bike is the best way to really explore and experience the many varied pleasures to be found in the top of the South!

Meet the Gentle Cycling Team

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The Whitaker family

Chocolate lovers

We love adventures, great and small. From surfing, soccer and snowboarding to tramping, trampolining and trail riding, we love the great outdoors.

We also love Whittaker’s chocolate, but sadly, have not found a family link to the delicious brand!

Summer gets very busy with cycle tours, but we make sure to take time to connect with the diverse landscapes around Nelson / Tasman whenever we can. We’re happy to advise our customers of the many wonderful opportunities in this stunning part of the world.

Bernie-Whitaker

Bernie

The boss

Bernie is the organised member of the team. She works tirelessly to make sure that everybody is happy and prepared for the adventures ahead.

Being surrounded by nature keeps Bernie grounded and she will encourage you to take your time whilst on your tour. Her mantra is not to rush, but to regularly stop, breathe and take in the wonders of the world around you. An accomplished cyclist and triathlete in a former life, Bernie now prefers extolling the virtues of life in the steady lane.

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Chris

The chatter box

Bernie’s right-hand man is a former Science teacher who loves to connect with people and enrich their riding experience.

From bike packing to beer tours, Chris loves cycling in its many forms and is always happy to assist and advise on places to explore.

Felix-Laufcotter

Felix Laufcotter

Fix it Felix

We are very lucky to have Felix as our “on-call” bike mechanic. Felix’s bike workshop is a pristine wonder-land of bike tools, and his attention to detail is legendary. This is no doubt one of the main reasons he has been the bike mechanic with the NZ Paracycling team in Italy in August 2018. Felix is a treasure. Enough said!

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Will

Junior mechanic / bike valet

The next generation inspired by cycling and adventuring on two wheels

Our bikes can handle a bit of off road cycling and get muddy on their adventures. Will is good with a bucket of soapy water and a sponge. He’s used to getting dirty!

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Lily

Junior mechanic / bike valet / smoothie maker

A rocket on two wheels and with great attention to detail, bikes are always left spotless after a clean by Lily.

Smoothies are Lily’s speciality, and they keep the wheels turning when we need a refreshment break.

Lily loves to take breaks on bike rides to climb trees and build huts. There are some great places to build or add to huts and teepee’s along the Great Taste Trail.

Proud to be Climate Positive

and Kaitiaki (guardians)

As a Climate Positive business and the Kaitiaki Promise made by The Gentle Cycling Company, we are evolving and adapting as best we can to minimise the impacts of our tours. Choosing to offset 120% of the carbon emitted by our vehicles and electricity consumption, the wonderful people at Ekos are rewilding Mohua, an indigenous forest in Golden Bay. We’re proud to support this and many other great initiatives to improve the biodiversity and resilience of our natural habitats.

Sustainability means more to us than simply paying for trees to be planted. We are continually reviewing what, why and how we do things to reduce our use of the world’s precious resources and to reuse whatever we can in innovative ways day to day. Furthermore, we take part in community planting, weeding and pest eradication programs and regularly clear up plastic and glass waste around the Great Taste Trail, coast and bush, recycling / upcycling whatever we can.

Social sustainability is also of great importance to us. Read here to find out about some of the recent initiatives we have been involved in to get people cycling, gain independence and educated for safer roads.

See below about the Zero Carbon Weekender, an amazing eco-friendly holiday that we are proud to be a part of.

The Zero Carbon Weekender

A joint Nelson Tasman Tourism initiative

We are proud to be part of the Zero Carbon Weekender – your eco-friendly holiday in the Nelson-Tasman region.

It is a joint initiative created by Nelson Regional Development Agency involving like-minded businesses that are Zero Carbon or Climate Positive. That means we are regularly audited to measure, reduce and offset our emissions. What’s more, when you book this itinerary through Nelson Regional Development Agency, they’ll help tailor it, especially for you and will offset your travel to, from and around the region. Check out the Seven Sharp feature video below and click on the button to book  your spot!

What our adventurers say

Great customer service. Very easy to deal with A+++
Nice folks, pretty good bikes, all good.
Bernie and Chris were really helpful and provided a fantastic service
Bernie was so helpful to us on our self guided cycle of the great tast trail last weekend (Nov 3-6th 2023).We hadn’t booked anything through the Gentle Cycle Co but needed a shuttle for 4 of us + bikes from Nelson to Tapawerea as the weather was awful on our first day. Bernie turned up in 10 mins and took us all out to Tapawera in no time at all and was really friendly and informative on the area and trails.She checked in on us via text the next day and then picked us up on the last day and delivered us in time for our flight on Monday midday.We cant recommend Bernie & the Gentle Cycle Company enough, really super helpful & responsive and with all the shuttle equipment and knowledge about the trail, the people and the area!Thanks so much for helping us out Bernie, we’ll be back down for more!
Amazing, very friendly and flexible team who has gone beyond the extra mile to make our cycling experience the best possible.Chris and Bernie and genuine and very experienced people with great quality bikes both electric and push bikes.They also had a good selection of quality kid seats for multiple ages, sizes including trailers etc.Shuttle was on time and entertaining .Thank you Team!! We will be back!
Fantastic company who went above & beyond to ensure we had a great day out cycling. Great communication, super helpful, very friendly & awesome bikes. I highly recommend to anyone looking to hire a bike while in the Nelson region. Thanks so much Bernie & Chris for everything, you guys rock.
Chris and Bernie were so lovely and very helpful and checked in on us during our trip to make sure everything was going well. I’d definitely recommend booking a cycling trip with them!
Chris and Bernie were great hosts so friendly…helping us with planning our cycle tour along the track from Kōhatu through the Spooners tunnel to Tāhunanui Great advice for some good stops bakery and beer 👍They organised everything great bikes ,lights ,detailed maps even gel seats!!Thank you for a great day I would highly recommend this family company
Rented a bike for 2 days. Chris explained all the Interesting areas, the route, explained the ferry timeline on Mapua, major land marks, gave me a couple of paper maps, and and ensured I had everything I needed for the bike ride. He was kind enough to let me ride along with his family to Mapua the next day. The bikes were in excellent condition and have a basket or saddle. I would highly recommend and rent bikes from them again without a second thought.
We just finished the Great Taste Trail and that was an awesome experience. We chose to do the trail carrying our own food and gear (tent, sleeping bags). Bernie told us so many tips along the road, which was very kind. At the end, Chris advised us lots of places to go to carry on our holidays 👍5 stars to the Gentle Cycling company for their warm welcome. Moreover, bicycles are good 😊🚴
Helped me out with a bike at very short notice. Friendly and helpful service. Bike was solid and well equipped.
I highly recommend The Gentle Cycling company! I recently took the “Coastal Classic” trip and worked closely with Bernie, the co-owner, to plan and book everything. Bernie was exceptionally kind and communicative and was willing to tailor the experience to fit my budget and make the most of the experience within the time frame I had. As a young solo female traveler, I really appreciated the lengths Bernie went to to make sure I felt safe and cared for: she checked in at the end of each day to make sure I had reached my destination and thoughtfully picked out my lodging. The accommodation was comfortable and in convenient locations. Also, the bike was comfortable and well-maintained. The points of interest Bernie suggested were also very worthwhile. You can really tell that there is a lot of care put into this family business.
Rented e-bikes off of Chris and Bernie yesterday. From start to finish they could not have been more helpful, super friendly and welcoming. They gave us handy maps, loads of advice on where to go/ what to do and were so so nice. The ride through the trails to the winery was beautiful. Would highly recommend. 🤩🤩
Accommodated some whingey kids to a great family day out, thanks team
die tour war perfekt vorbereitet und geplant, man fühlt sich sicher und sehr persönlich betreut. die unterkünfte sind sehr einfach aber sauber und die tour ist sehr abwächslungsreich.
Great bike hire company. Lisa was really helpful sorting out the right ebikes for us, advice on routes to take and tips on places to visit. My wife and I hadn't cycled for several years but managed a 40K+ trip to Rabbit Island. Thanks Lisa
What a fantastic few days doing the Great Taste Trail. Bernie organised the whole trip and provided us with a great itinerary. She went the extra mile collecting us from the airport and kept in touch each day. We had awesome accommodation in Mapua and Kaiteriteri. 2 of us used e-bikes and 2 standard bikes. Panniers and handle bar bags were provided. The mountain bike track on the last day was so much fun as none of us have done this before. I would highly recommend The Gentle Cycling Company for bike hire and organising Cycling trips.
We had an excellent experience with The Gentle Cycling Company. Bernie and Chris, the owners, went out of their way to help us construct the exact biking itinerary we wanted and were both lovely and friendly and efficient at all times.Our group of three chose to ride from their location in Stoke up to Mapua. We had intended to bike further but we simply enjoyed the ride, stopped too often, and had a leisurely lunch in Mapua. Chris came and picked us up, along with the bikes, and brought us back to our car.The bikes were new, or really close to it, as were the helmets and panniers. We had no issue with any of the equipment.This is truly a family-owned and operated business and it shows in all the best ways. I strongly recommend them if you're planning on biking any part of (or all) of Great Taste Trail in Nelson.
Such a great day. We couldn’t believe how far we cycled as well as managing to cram in a great coffee stop, two wine tastings, loads of photo ops etc. Excellent e bikes and instruction from Chris and Bernie who really take time to make you comfortable with the route etc. Very friendly and knowledgeable. Thank you!
Chris and Bernie were fantastic to deal with super helpful super friendly and provided great support turning up to fix flat tyres doing special pick up and drop off nothing was too much trouble and their recommendations on what to see and where to eat were spot on. If you want to do a supported self guided stress free cycling trip let the Gentle Cycling Co wrap their arms around you!
Great experience cycling and renting bikes! Bernie took great care of us, so helpful providing us with info and maps before we went! Would definitely recommend!
We hired two touring bikes to cycle around Nelson and enjoy some of the craft beer breweries. It was a fantastic experience, the cycleways in Nelson are amazing where you can cycle mainly the entire way off the road.Chris was very helpful getting us setup on our bikes and giving us some tips for the day.The bikes were in excellent condition and well maintained.Would highly recommend.
We had an amazing day! The bikes were great quality. We got a bit lost and Bernie and Chris were so helpful. They went out of their way to get us and even gave us a lift back to our hostel! 10/10 would recommend
I would recommend these guys to anyone thinking of doing the great taste trail or hiring bikes for smaller day trips. Chris & Bernie made our cycle on the great taste trail a breeze! From organising ferry transfers, accommodation and transferring our luggage between accommodation, writing lists of recommended food and leisure stops, to offering extras like gel seat pads and a bike tray to carry our day stuff. They were so friendly and such a pleasure to talk to and quickly responded to any queries.
A wonderful day cycling along the sea, tasting wine and lunching. Chris and his team very professional, bikes in great condition and everything provided for a great experience.
Great service meant we had a great holiday. Chris and Bernie provided everything we needed and went above and beyond to ensure everything was just perfect. They were very accommodating when we changed plans and allowed us flexibility on the trail. Definitely recommend them.
Our family rented bike from the Gentle Cycling compang. Chris was very helpful to explain the bike trail and told us good places to go. We got back late as we were stuck in the middle of journey. Chris kept in touch with us to make sure we were safe. Highly recommended! It was one of the best bike trip.Thank you 😊
I rented an e-bike from the Gentle Cycling Company and Chris was extremely helpful and cheerful as she directed my time on the Taste Trail with a fine pub recommendation as well. Would highly recommend both the trail and the rental experience. The e-bike was a very comfortable and agile hard tail, mountain bike style and the battery assist made me feel 20 years younger.
Great company to hire bikes and Bernie was so helpful and kind. Made us feel confident getting back on bikes again after a while. Beautiful scenery and cycle trails.Highly recommend !
Great experience today riding with The Gentle Cycling Company. Bernie met us early so we could get a jump start on the trail, and picked us up in Motueka after a long ride. A family run company that is focused on helping people enjoy cycling. I highly recommend booking your tour with them!
Chris & Bernie we’re great hosts. Highly recommend!
So lovely and helpful - told us all the good places to go and made for a great day out !
Website and booking was super explanatory and easy to do/navigate. Day of, we were met by Bernie (one of the owners) who personally greeted us, gave fantastic recommendations for routes and generally made sure we had everything we needed for a single day of biking. Bike itself was in top condition and easy to use. I’d highly recommend this company for anyone wanting to bike some/all of the great taste trail. Excellent service and we will be back!
Super thoughtful operators. Really curated the experience to my tastes and abilities, and provided paper maps mounted on the bike to help me along the way. On top of that, they provided great riding e-bikes, better than the few others I’ve rented across the country. Includes basket to carry your goods
The Gentle Cycling Company is THE place to go if you are looking for some cycle adventure near Nelson! Super friendly team, great bikes and cool tips for exploring the area such as wineries, pubs etc! Highly recommended! Thanks team!
Great experience. Chris and Bernie are awesome hosts. They put together a great itinerary for us, which meant we could just turn up and enjoy the cycling, scenery, eating and drinking along the way. Great attention to detail. Awesome experience.
The Gentle Cycling Company was really kind and friendly. We arrived late in the morning and they showed us what we still can do until the end of the day. So not only with renting bicycles but also with giving recommendations for nice spots and wineries the team helped us. Would really recommend this small family business!The bikes were super good for our size and they gave us everything we needed in case of a flat tire.
We really enjoyed our day of cycling! Chris and his wife were super helpful, the bikes were great and the landscape was beautiful! Would definitely recommend!
What a fantastic experience. So much fun and a beautiful way to see the country! Chris and Bernie are so knowledgeable about the area and have some great suggestions. Our group thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, even after spending 5 hours on a bike!
This is my business so I'm a bit biased 🤣
Ik belde naar hun en al snel werd duidelijk dat ik opgehaald kon worden(top 10 holiday park) de volgende dag. Keurig op tijd kreeg ik eerst even een kleine toeristische toer. Daarna naar hun shop. Keurig op orde en door goede informatie kon ik de juiste fiets voor mij huren.De hele toer werd mij goed en grondig uitgelegd. Super fiets tocht gemaakt. 1x verkeerd gereden, even gebeld en alles werd opgelost. Nadat ik terug kwam kreeg ik nog een kop thee aangeboden. En daarna terug gebracht naar het park.Een echte aanrader als je van persoonlijke en enthousiaste eigenaren houdt. Alhoewel uberhaupt een aanrader!!
Had a great day out with the Gentle Cycling Company - part of the Great Taste Trail was closed due to storm damage, so Bernie offered a modified trip from Rabbit Island to Upper Moutere. Easy communication by email / text beforehand and during the day to coordinate pickup. Lots of support with set up to make sure that everyone had the bike that suited them best. Bikes in good condition & Bernie even noticed the tyres of a riders own bike were a bit flat and pumped them up. Would use the Gentle Cycling Company again - recommend.
Fantastic day out. Bernie was awesome, giving great advice about options. She cared about our destination and getting back. This company is personable, ready to meet your individual needs and adaptable. Would highly recommend them.
Chris & Bernie provide a A++ service. From great condition bikes to Chris's chat, our day was easy, carefree and the kids had a blast on the trail aswell. Cheers again for looking after us while we were in Nelson👍🏽
Totally recommend this. I had an amazing time riding around Nelson using the rented e-bike. Bernie was willing to accomodate my schedule, so everything is easy as. Special thanks to Bernie for the encouragement for going the extra miles 😊.
Friendly and accommodating family run business. Great communication and efficiency. We’ll see you again next time we’re in Nelson!
Chris & Bernie were incredibly helpful and accomodating, definitely eager to share the best that Nelson has to offer! We had an awesome day out, with easy pick-up and drop-off, can't wait to plan a longer ride for our next trip.
Great bikes and great hire price! Love the basket on back of the bike to put backpack in
TGCC really went above and beyond for customer service! Highly recommend the e-bikes for a fun activity in Nelson.
Great bikes, and a lovely area. But most importantly such lovely people! No problem to fit out an ebike with a child bike attachment when our small person had a bit of a wobbly about riding her own.
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70 Beach Road, Tāhunanui
Nelson, New Zealand

Postal address:
59 Beach Road, Tāhunanui
Nelson, New Zealand

Phone: 0800 932 453
International: +64 3 929 5652
Email: info@gentlecycling.co.nz

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We are evolving and adapting to minimise our impact on this wonderful planet we call Te Ao / Earth. Choosing to offset 120% of the carbon emitted by our vehicles and electricity consumption, the wonderful people at Ekos are rewilding Mohua, an indigenous forest in Golden Bay. We’re proud to support this and other great initiatives to improve the biodiversity and resilience of our natural habitats.

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