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Plains and Coast

4 Days: Typically: Tapawera - Wakefield - Mapua - Kaiteriteri - Nelson

This ride includes virtually all the off-road Great Taste Trail including the Spooners Tunnel - the bucket-list trip.

This popular off-road tour option begins with a shuttle up into the hills above Nelson, enabling you to follow the historic rail route and cycle through the iconic Spooners Tunnel, along rivers, through regenerating forest, vineyards and the historic towns of Wakefield and Brightwater. You’ll then head along the coastal section of the Great taste Trail with its many artisanal delights, ending your tour at the golden sands of sun drenched Kaiteriteri.

Quick Details:

DURATION: 4 days, but extra night in Mapua / Kaiteriteri recommended
PRICE: From $1,245 dependent upon accommodation rates, season, duration and group size
SUITABLE FOR: People who want to experience a variety of landscapes, Spooner’s Railway Tunnel, historic towns and beautiful coastal trail
INCLUDES: Mixture of trails through a disused railway, forest, farms, vineyards and coast

*Winery tastings, brewery tour and guided options available

The Itinerary

Kohatu → Stoke → Mapua → Motueka → Kaiteriteri (114km)

Today starts with a shuttle transfer to Kohatu, where the cafe is a great place for a refreshment before the cycling trip begins. The route is virtually all downhill today and there are cafes sited at regular intervals along the way. The historic Spooners Tunnel is located 7km from Kohatu. The brick-lined tunnel is 1.4km long and completely dark, so lights are required. Emerging on the northern side, the rest of today’s ride is through an expansive, lush valley full of history. The villages of Wakefield and Brightwater both have some charming old buildings in the main street. The trail includes sections riding on the route of the original railway, plus riverside legs and hop garden views. The section between Brightwater and Stoke is home to several boutique, family-owned wineries and fresh fruit and veggies can be purchased at various stalls along the route. We recommend staying in Stoke or Richmond tonight for ease of navigation.

It’s a flat, easy riding day today. Before you depart, you may wish to visit Pics Peanut Butter factory (bookings are required for a free tour), the World of Wearablearts or McCashins Brewery, which are all located in Stoke. Once out on the Great Taste Trail Coastal Route it’s pleasant ride around the Waimea Estuary before heading towards Rabbit Island beach. This is a great place for a break, a swim or a picnic, before catching the ferry from Rabbit Island to the Mapua Wharf. The old wharf is a great place to relax at the end of the ride, with a great gallery, wine bar, brewery, and cafes.

ADD AN OPTION: Extra night in Mapua

We recommend you consider two nights in Mapua, allowing time enjoy this arty, foodie village. Take time to wander in the village, visiting the galleries, shops, wine bar, brewery and cafes. Or follow the locals to the estuary for a swim at high tide (or take your lead from the kids who prefer to jump off the wharf). There is plenty to fill a relaxing rest day here.

With two nights in Mapua, there is also time for an on-road day ride to the village of Upper Moutere. For those with an interest in art, wine or beer, this day in the Moutere area is a must.

Today you are riding from Mapua to Motueka. This intermediate grade leg has some hills but there are great views too. Leaving Mapua, the trail follows the coast before heading inland, with a steepish climb of approx. 1km up onto an elevated route above the coast. This is apple country, so look out for the orchard packing sheds and interesting little workers cottages tucked amongst the apple trees. Leaving the village of Tasman, expect a slow climb of around 3km up to the Moutere ridge. The next gravel section (4.5km) climbs and descends as you follow the ridge (elevation approximately 110m.) It’s not a long section so take it easy and enjoy the views. Approaching Motueka township, the trail passes Toad Hall Cafe & Townshend Brewery, a great place to relax with some food and beer under the big oak trees in the garden. The section of trail through Motueka avoids the town center and follows around the estuary waterfront, past gardens and grassy beach reserves. Motueka is bustling during the fruit-picking season and pretty sleepy the rest of the time.

It’s just a short ride to Kaiteriteri today and it’s flat – until the end. Following the wine cycling of previous days, today is “honesty box” cycling, so expect some fresh fruit (in season) including apples, pears, nashi, grapes, feijoas, citrus and melons. Leaving Motueka the trail heads to Riwaka, a cute little village which is home to a great cafe and a craft brewery, so plan to stop there! After Riwaka, there is a section that goes right through a kiwifruit orchard before the trail rejoins the coast. The trail then climbs and drops beside the road for a section before ducking into the Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park. This last section of 3.1km is intermediate grade and takes the Easy Rider Trail through the bike park. The surface here is smooth and it is not technical, but you might want to take it very gently as there are some tight corners and some riders prefer to walk. As the trail winds down through the bush and pine trees you will soon get your first glimpse of your destination – the stunning golden shores of Kaiteriteri Beach. The beach here is the departure point for boats travelling into the Abel Tasman National Park. All our We Love Nelson packages include packages include door-to-door return transport from Kaiteriteri, bringing you and your bikes back to Nelson.

ADD AN OPTION: Extra night in Kaiteriteri

Why not enjoy a relaxing stay in Kaiteriteri at the end of your trip. There is a range of accommodation in Kaiteriteri including an Eco Resort, with vegetarian restaurant, spa, massage and pool facilities.

ADD AN OPTION: Abel Tasman National Park Day

Staying the night in Kaiteriteri makes it easy to use the following day for a trip in the Abel Tasman National Park. In the morning, it’s an easy walk to the beachfront where your Park Day begins. Wilsons Abel Tasman offer a range of single day trips in the park (standard retail prices apply). For a flexible full day walking trip option, we recommend the Open Day Pass. There is also a range of full day kayak trips available. When we book your Park Day as part of your cycling trip, we will ensure your whole itinerary fits together seamlessly.

More Information

Personalised trip route notes with tasty places to visit (sent on receipt of full payment)

Door-to-door transport from Nelson / airport to our base on the first day

Personalised pre-ride briefing

Our exclusive Good Things Maps – topographic style maps

24 speed comfort trail bike, helmet, lock & toolkit (e-bike upgrade available at $50 per bike per day)

Accommodation for 3 nights (typically)

Mapua Ferry tickets

Daily luggage transfers (by 3pm)

Bad weather and emergency support

Passenger and bike transfer, Kaiteriteri to Nelson on the final day

Door-to-door transport from our base to Nelson / airport on the final day

Prices are $NZD and include GST of 15%

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Our self-guided package price includes accommodation and we have been out and about along the trail to find the best accommodation in each village. It includes motels, B&B’s en-suite cabins in holiday parks, and simple country pubs. These are all close to the trail, and close to cafes for meals.

The starting price for our these packages uses simple en suite accommodation in holiday parks or simple country pubs.

We can also price your package using upgraded accommodation, staying in B&B’s or motels. The total additional price for this upgrade is likely to be between $50pp and $100pp.

The Gentle Cycling Good Things Maps are included in our packages. These are waterproof, topographic-style maps. They illustrate our exclusive recommendations for detours off the trail to visit all our favourite places. For the adults, we provide tips for the best local food, wine, craft beer, art, history and landscape. And for the kids, we’ve thought of fun things along the trail that will add something special every day. So everyone can enjoy the journey.

Our itineraries are designed to make it easy for you to add a day trip in the Abel Tasman National Park. Boats travelling into the park depart from the beachfront at Kaiteriteri. By staying a night in Kaiteriteri, you will be within easy walking distance of the beachfront. And if your cycling trip finished in Kaiteriteri, we will arrange your transport from Kaiteriteri back to Nelson, or to the airport, after your Park Day. Book your Wilsons Abel Tasman trip with us and you pay the same price as when you book it yourselves and we will ensure your whole itinerary fits together seamlessly.

Due to health and safety concerns, the maximum bag weight for our luggage transfers is 15kg. We can provide secure storage for extra luggage at our base.

We have plenty of free, off-street parking for your vehicles at our base.

Interactive Map

Explore the Plains and Coast ride with the interactive map below. Use the + and – to enlarge and reduce. Click on the orange symbols and the coloured route lines for more information.

What our adventurers say

Fabulous hosts and instructions. Really prompt and clear comms. Would definitely recommend to anyone wanting to hire bikes Nelson.
Response from the owner: Thanks Emma, you guys were awesome customers and great to see you all out as a family enjoying the trail out to Rabbit Island.Very best wishes to you all and thanks again for choosing to use our company,Bernie and Chris
We had a wonderful afternoon on our hired bikes from The Gentle Cycling Company. We really appreciated how accommodating and flexible Bernie was with the pick up/drop off arrangements, and she gave great suggestions for our route. The bikes were comfortable and easy to use. We would love to come back and do some more!
Response from the owner: Thanks to you both for choosing to use our bikes! So pleased you also enjoyed your Abel Tasman visit.Wishing you both all the best and thanks for your kind review,Bernie and Chris
First class customer service. Very friendly and helpful and made sure we had a great day riding in Nelson! The bike was in great condition and we were offered all the helpful accessories. Highly recommend. Thanks again Brighid 😊
Response from the owner: Thanks Danny, much appreciated, and thanks for choosing to use our company. Very best wishes,Bernie, Chris and Brighid
Had a beautiful day! Bicycles were excellent - all information provided was great including comprehensive maps
Response from the owner: Thanks for choosing to use our bikes Sophie! Sorry we're didn't get to meet you in the end. We're always grateful for family visiting to enjoy the coastline and the Great Taste Trail on our bikes. Have a super holiday and hopefully you'll visit again too explore more another time. Best wishes,Bernie and Chris
Great family owned business! The owner is such a lovely and kind person. Highly recommend!
Response from the owner: Thanks Paula, much appreciated 🙂
Chris was very thorough explaining our cycling options and we had a grand adventure planned for the day. We had a mishap part way into our ride and lost our wallet and car rental key. With the help of Cris and a kind person, all our possessions were recovered. Chris went above and beyond helping us!
Response from the owner: Many thanks Michele, we were so relieved that you managed to retrieve your belongings. This is the third time we've been in this situation and thankfully people using the Great Taste Trail seem to be honest and notify the police.Safe onward travels and thanks for choosing to use our bikes - your trip will certainly be a memorable one ;-)All the best,Bernie and Chris
Great service, great communication friendly staff
Had an amazing day on the bikes with a family of 9😍 Berny was very helpful and friendly. Amazing route with good recommend stops.Thankyouuu! Dankjewel en groetjes uit Hollandia
Response from the owner: Thanks to you all for choosing to cycle with us! We're so happy you had a fabulous day on the Great Taste Trail and even made the detour to Old Factory Corner :-)Wishing you a wonderful time in NZ and enjoy the rest of your travels together - you're an amazing family!Very best wishes,Bernie and Chris
Don’t bother trying anyone else! Chris could not have been more helpful and the electric bikes we hired for the day were new. Good selection of bikes for tall, short and every one in between.
Response from the owner: Thanks so much Chris! We pride ourselves on quality of service rather than quantity, so good to hear you were happy. Very best wishes to you both,Bernie
Even do I didn't ride with them, GCC shuttle me after a long overseas flight from the airport to my hotel. Bernie was on top of my flights and always checking on me all the time.Always nice to be picked up on time in a new country, when your hands are tight up with a big bike bag and luggage. Thanks
Response from the owner: Cheers Jaime, I hope you enjoy your biking in NZ and that you get around as easily as you did when you arrived into Nelson.Wishing you all the very best and safe onward travels,Bernie and Chris
We had a great 2 day experience on the Great Taste Tour.We had to cancel our planned booking at the last minute, and Bernie organized a replacement tour for us at a very busy time of the year.Although it was short notice, the accommodation and communication was excellent, and we enjoyed a 2 day ride from Motueka to Nelson.Thank you Bernie and Chris for your professional yet friendly attention to detail.
Response from the owner: Thanks Geoff and Julie,We were so relieved to make it work for you both! And the weather was perfect too. Wishing you both the very best and we hope you'll visit again some day,Bernie and Chris
What an incredible day! Chris was very prompt for our morning collection. He shared very insightful thoughts and information about the tour and the region as we drove. He gave great instruction on how the day would go and then introduced us to our guides for the morning paddle. Our waka paddle tour guides Thomas and Harold did an excellent job of introducing the activity and generously inviting us into their culture and traditions. They encouraged us to join in as much or as little as we felt comfortable. They also did a great job closing the activity and sending us off for the rest of our day.The cycle adventure was absolutely beautiful and the amount of challenge was perfect for us. Chris’s instructions were thorough enough that we never got lost even though there were many opportunities to do so. His suggestion of stopping at Toad Hall was also very welcome and we are glad we did. Thank you Chris and Bernie for an amazing day of adventure!
Response from the owner: Thanks Christine! We're so pleased you enjoyed your Waka and Wheels Tour with us! You had such perfect weather for it too. It was a good all-body workout for you both! Wishing you all the best and safe travels,Bernie and Chris 🙂
Our recent experience with The Gentle Cycling Co. exceeded our expectations; from the initial planning communications and accommodation bookings with Bernie and then advice and options as we set off. We highly recommend The Great Taste Trail for a mix of scenic riding and incredible choices around hospitality and galleries showcasing NZ's art! Chris shared local knowledge of the region as we returned to base. Thanks so much for making our holiday memorable!
Response from the owner: Thanks Hank and Jan, you'll be guests that stick in our memories! Really wonderful to meet you both and support you with your cycle adventure. Maybe next time we'll get you cycling through the Spooner's Tunnel and back to Nelson through the Waimea Plains.Very best wishes to you both and we hope to see you again some day,Bernie and Chris 🙂 x
Gentle Cycling did a phenomenal job helping us set up a one week bike trip on the ‘Great Taste Trail’ out of Nelson NZ. We are based in Boston (USA) and found Gentle Cycling through Roar Adventures, a booking agency. Gentle Cycling created a bike trip was customized specifically for us. There is a standard Great Taste Trail trip, but we made requests about distances, accomodations, extra day trips along the way and other things, and Gentle Cycling came through in every respect. Between the beautiful rides, the wine tastings, the amazing Abel Tasman national park, and the great accomodations it was a spectacular trip. We’d love to do it again!
Response from the owner: Many thanks Edward! It was so fabulous meeting you and Sarah, and supporting your cycle ride round the whole 200km loop. You're such wonderful people and we really enjoyed getting to know you somewhat over the few days' of communication.I'm pleased you got back home safely and I hope the rest of your NZ tour was a great as your cycle trip! Wishing you both all the very best,Bernie and Chris 🙂
Fantastic service Available for advice at all times Great company.
Response from the owner: Many thanks Janet, We're really happy you enjoyed an alternative to what we normally offer by going up to the Brook Sanctuary! What a great idea and part of the conservation tour that Chris would like to launch for next year.If you're back in Nelson sometime, we'd love you to use our bikes again to explore a bit more.Very best wishes,Bernie and Chris
Family of 8 and we had the best time! Chris gave us amazing tour map and we had such a great day, we rented the E-Bikes which were definitely worth it and enjoyed the beautiful vineyards. There was something for everyone and was so easy to communicate with Chris pick up and drop off points. We will definitely be back for another tour next time we are in Nelson! Loved it!
Response from the owner: Thanks Sunday, and your coordination and planning helped out to be a good smooth day for all! Thanks so much for choosing to use our company and we do hope to support another cycle ride for you all at some point in the future. Very best wishes for 2024,Bernie and Chris
Chris & Bernie were very helpful. We took their e-bikes and shuttle to Spooner's Tunnel. We had an amazing time!
Response from the owner: Much appreciated Cristina,It was lovely to meet you all and Chris very much enjoyed the conversation in the van to the Spooner's Tunnel with you.Thanks for choosing to use our company and very best wishes,Bernie and Chris
Fantastic company to deal with! Both Bernie and Chris made the whole process so easy....I was booking for a group of 21 and they assisted with picking a route that was suitable for all of us, and were even on call on the day to pick up the bikes from our destination whenever it suited us. Nothing was too much trouble. Awesome comfortabke bikes too! Would definately use again and would recommend them 100%.
Response from the owner: Thanks so much Karen! It was a privilege to support you all and your wonderful organisation on your end made it easy for us ;-)Thanks again for using our company and if you're ever back in the area, please do stop by and say hi.Very best wishes to you all,Bernie and Chris
Great fun. Track is pretty easy, some slightly tougher off road bits. We didn't get eBikes but assume it would have been a breeze if we did.Seifried was lovely, we ate there as well.We had a quick dip at the beach at Rabbit Island. Beautiful warm water.On our day (busy, summer, great weather) the ferry to Mapua went more often than once an hour. Mapua is so nice.Pick up at 4.30 from Chris was bang on time and we were dropped back at our hotel.One of my favourite things I did on the whole trip to NZ.
Response from the owner: Hi guys,It makes what we do so much more rewarding hearing that you had such a great time! Thanks for your review and for using our company.Very best wishes and safe onward travels,Bernie and Chris
Wir haben am Abend kurzfristig beschlossen, am nächsten Morgen mit Fahrrädern die Stadt Nelson zu entdecken (2 Bikes inkl. Kindersitz). Es hat alles wunderbar geklappt und war wohl einer der besten Services, den wir bis jetzt in Neuseeland hatten: die Bikes wurden auf unseren Campingplatz geliefert, 4 Helme, Fahrradschloss, super Einführung inkl. Routentipps usw. wirklich Klasse!!!Vielen Dank für den grossartigen Service!
Response from the owner: Much appreciated! We really enjoy supporting families onto the trail and to enjoy the delights of Nelson. Safe onward travels and very best wishes,Bernie and Chris
Chris is awesome and the service is fab. A bit of a workout without E-bikes but worth it. Super smooth logistics, thanks!
Response from the owner: Hi Beth,Thanks for your review and for using our company! Wishing you both all the best and safe onward travels,Bernie and Chris
Had such a great experience with the Gentle Cycling Company! All of the equipment was well maintained and they gave a great explanation on using the e-bikes before sending us off. Everyone was incredibly friendly, responsive and helpful. We had a fantastic time on our winery bike tour and would recommend!
Response from the owner: Thanks Katie, much appreciated. It was lovely meeting you guys and we're so pleased you enjoyed our wine tour! Safe onward travels and all the best,Bernie and Chris
We decided to rent a bike at 10am in the morning and an hour later we were already on bikes exploring the Nelson region. Chris is a very friendly and proud owner of thi family company. The bikes were in great shape, we got helmets and locks for Free and even a gel foam Seat if you like. Chris also recommended some family friendly routes.In all a great day out for me and my 3 children are 6,8 And 11.
Response from the owner: Thanks Annelies, much appreciated.We love helping families like yourselves get out and about to explore our gorgeous region.Have a fabulous holiday and safe return home,Bernie and Chris
Amazing personalised service - accomodating my specific needs. Highly recommend this organisation
Response from the owner: Many thanks Colleen, wishing you and Ken an absolutely fabulous walk and we hope you enjoy the rest of your stay in NZ. We'd love to meet you next time if you come back again some day ;-)Very best wishes,Bernie and Chris
Great and friendly service. We thoroughly enjoyed biking the Great Taste Trail with our e-bikes.
Response from the owner: Thanks Elizabeth, It was great meeting you both at the end of last year (still can't believe it's 2024 already!)I'm pleased you like the e-bikes and exploring the Great Taste Trail :-)All the best to you both,Bernie and Chris
Great service and bikes, would strongly recommend to explore the beautiful network of trails nearby
Response from the owner: Thanks Amrith,Great to meet you guys! Have a fabulous year ahead and thanks for using our bikes - we're so pleased you had a great day 😊Bernie and Chris
We felt so lucky to find Chris & Bernie and their fleet of e-bikes. Their e-bikes are easy to use and come with side packs or carrying box and locks.They provided maps and detailed directions and helped us find somewhere fabulous to eat on a holiday. If you think you don’t need an e-bike, think again, they make the trip so much more pleasant for a family with differing skill levels. We can highly recommend Gentle Bikes! Thanks for a great day!
Response from the owner: Thanks so much Kristen,It was super meeting you and your fabulous family!Have a wonderful holiday in NZ and wishing you a wonderful year ahead. Best wishes,Bernie and Chris
Highly recommend Gentle Cycling! Bernie provided door to door transportation for our Biking and Brews day. She gave us great suggestions, supplied us with comprehensive directions and maps as well! We had a wonderful day!
Response from the owner: Many thanks Keith,It was fabulous meeting you and your wonderful family, and we're so pleased you had a great day out!Safe onward travels and Happy New Year to you all!Best wishes,Bernie and Chris 😊
Bernie provided concierge service from the start to end of our ride - Thanks!
Response from the owner: Thanks Mark, it was a pleasure supporting your cycle ride through to the Abel Tasman National Park. We hope you both had a fabulous time with Wilson's too.Enjoy Fiji and have a fabulous Christmas,Bernie and Chris
Amazing experience! My wife and I are on our honeymoon. Chris setup an e-bike for my wife, picked us up and brought us to the coastal access point of the Great Taste trail. We cycled all day. Chris then picked us up once we’d gone as far as we could go on the trail and brought us back. One of the best experiences ever on a bike from someone that rides nearly every day of the year back in the states. 10 / 10 recommend
Response from the owner: Many thanks Greg and Lauren,I'm sorry we didn't know it was your honeymoon otherwise we would have given you a bar of chocolate as a congratulations from us!Wishing you all the best for your travels in NZ and the remainder of your honeymoon. May you have a lifetime of happiness together :-)Very best wishes and Merry Christmas,Bernie and Chris
An amazing and hassle-free experience from start to finish.Our group of five varied in age from 2 to 70 years old. Before our ride Bernie advised the parts of the great taste trail that could best suit our group which was a huge help as we didn’t want to do the full 60kms and weren’t familiar with the trail.On the day of our ride the weather started off a bit rough so Chris tailored our day even further to account for the bad weather and having met the group and assessing our abilities. He drove us further up the trail to skip the more hilly and exposed parts. We stopped at the Jester House Cafe, where Chris was kind enough to have booked us a table ahead of time.Our family had a wonderful day, enjoyed Chris’s company and made lifelong memories! Thanks so much for an amazing experience! We highly recommend The Gentle Cycling Company!
Response from the owner: Thanks Ruth, we're so pleased you had a wonderful time and that it worked out that Chris could sort you more than anticipated, especially due to the weather. Thanks again and very best wishes to you all,Bernie and Chris 😃
Great customer service. Very easy to deal with A+++
Response from the owner: Thanks Brantley! Cheers for using our bikes and well done for making it to Mapua and back! Enjoy the rest of your stay in NZ,Bernie and Chris
Nice folks, pretty good bikes, all good.
Response from the owner: Thanks George! We're pleased you had a good day out. Very best wishes,Bernie and Chris
Bernie and Chris were really helpful and provided a fantastic service
Response from the owner: Thanks Alex,Great to meet you and thanks for using our bikes! Best wishes,Bernie and Chris
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!
Response from the owner: Thanks Kathryn, much appreciated! It was a privilege to be able to support such fit and enthusiastic ladies! You girls ROCK! Looking forward to seeing you in January. Good luck with all the competitions and cycle adventures in the meantime. Very best wishes,Bernie
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!
Response from the owner: Thanks for the great review Gabor! It was so great to meet your family and help you to explore the region a bit more. You and your brother are an inspiration.We look forward to seeing you again sometime in the not too distant future 🙂 Baton Bridge extension next time!Best wishes,Chris and Bernie
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.
Response from the owner: Hi Haley,Thanks for cycling with us! We're so pleased you both had a great day out. I hope your walk the following day wasn't too wet! At least you cycled in sunshine ☺️Very best wishes to you both,Bernie and Chris
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!
Response from the owner: Thanks Rachel, we're so pleased you had great weather today and enjoyed your wine tour. Have a fabulous stay in Nelson and thanks for using our services.Best wishes,Bernie and Chris ☺️
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
Response from the owner: Thanks Margaret,We're so pleased you had a great day out on our bikes! Thanks for choosing to use our company. Safe travels and best wishes,Bernie and Chris ☺️
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.
Response from the owner: Thanks Brian, it was great to have you out cycling with us and getting to know you a bit better! I hope you had a fabulous walk in the Richmond Ranges. We do a return customer discount so if you're back in town and want to explore more, do give us a call - we'd love to see you regardless of the biking.Very best wishes,Bernie and Chris
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 😊🚴
Response from the owner: Thanks guys, it was lovely meeting you both and what a fit couple you are cycling the whole loop in 3 days with all your gear, even camping at this time of year! You're an inspiration both of you!Very best wishes and happy travels,Bernie and Chris
Helped me out with a bike at very short notice. Friendly and helpful service. Bike was solid and well equipped.
Response from the owner: Lovely to meet you Tim and happy to help!
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.
Response from the owner: Thank you so much Reese! I really admire you doing the trail on your own and even finishing with an Abel Tasman tour for the afternoon. You're a brave young lady who will go far in life. I so enjoyed getting to know you over the past few weeks. Thank you for choosing to use The Gentle Cycling Company!Enjoy the rest of your stay in NZ and safe travels back to the US. Very best wishes, Bernie and Chris 😊
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. 🤩🤩
Response from the owner: Thanks Judy and Graham,It was awesome meeting you guys! Thanks for using our company and safe onward travels. If you're back in NZ again sometime in the future, please call in to say hi. Very best wishes, Bernie and Chris
Accommodated some whingey kids to a great family day out, thanks team
Response from the owner: Always happy to help families get out and enjoy sunny Nelson! Safe travels😎
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.
Response from the owner: Thanks Katrin and Moritz. I would very much have liked you to be in our more regular accommodation, but booking so late in the season meant that we didn't get the accommodation we would have preferred you to have. We're pleased that you enjoyed your tour though and you did so well completing the entire loop! Such wonderful family time together. I do hope our own kids will do this with us in years to come.Wishing you both all the very best, Bernie and Chris
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
Response from the owner: Thanks Tony, well done to you both! I'm pleased you had a good time and good weather too! Best wishes, The Gentle Cycling Team 😀
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.
Response from the owner: Thanks so much Angela! It was so good to meet you finally and I'm really pleased you all had a great time. Very proud of you all for getting through the Mountain Bike Park and making it up to Kimi Ora.Very best wishes to you all and thanks for using us, Bernie
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.
Response from the owner: Thanks for your lovely words John, it was so nice meeting you all. We're so pleased you had a great time and the ladies did so well too!Very best wishes and safe travels, Bernie and Chris 😄

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Tahuna Holiday Park
70 Beach Road, Tāhunanui
Nelson, New Zealand

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

Phone: 0800 932 453
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