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Single Day Tours

Half a day or a full day adventures

Check out our guided and unguided packages on the Great Taste Trail

We’re the closest bike hire to the craft breweries & to the wine country. Our single day cycle tours are created for small to large groups, family, friends and work crew. When you cycle with us, you can relax and enjoy the freedom of cycling, with all the knowledge and support you need. Free, off-street parking available.

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Spooners Tunnel Tour

Shuttle: 2 people $250, 3 $280, 4 $310, 5 $340, 6 $370, 7 $410, 8 $440, 9 $470

Shuttle van departs approx 9:45am. Bike hire not included

The Spooners Tunnel trip is a marvellous day ride and fast becoming a customer favourite. We will transfer you from our base in Stoke (or from Nelson) to the Flat Rock Cafe at Kohatu to start the ride. From here it’s a beautiful 46.5 km on the off-road trail back to Stoke and it’s pretty much all down hill. The route is very scenic and you will ride through some of the prettiest rural landscapes in Nelson. The Spooners Tunnel is a disused rail tunnel 1.4 km long so good lights are required. The villages of Wakefield and Brightwater both have cafes. Visit a winery or two. And to finish, Eddyline Brewery and McCashins are both close to our base in Stoke, perfectly located for a celebration drink after a day well-spent!

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Marvellous Moutere E-bike Tour

2 people $350, 3 $500, 4 $650, 5 $800, 6 $950, 7 $1100, 8 $1250

Includes E-bike

Cycle along the stunning coastal section of the Great Taste Trail. Glide along the shoreline, over boardwalks and enjoy expansive views of the Waimea inlet on your way to Rabbit Island where your ferry awaits. It’s a short hop over to the waterfront hub of Mapua where you can enjoy art, coffee and tasty treats before heading inland to the fruit laden hills of the Moutere. Gravity winery is ideal for tasty platters, fine wine and art. Choose to peruse a historic settlers cottage, art galleries or a Bhuddist temple before enjoying a marvellous meal at New Zealand’s oldest pub, the Moutere Inn, or fine dining at Forsters restaurant at Moutere Hills Winery before your shuttle back to sunny Nelson.

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Great Taste Beer Tour (circuit)

$110 per person

Includes: All off road, door to door transport, regular bike and beer tasting at McCashin's (Extra $50 E-bike)

Visit some of Nelson’s oldest, newest and best breweries whilst cycling this flat circuit. You’ll hardly work up a sweat whilst riding between a coastal country pub, McCashin’s (the home of Rochdale Cider), Speights Ale House and the innovative Eddyline brewery. With added options including Pic’s Peanut Butter World (well worth a tour), beach / swim / park detour, you’ll be provided with a beer / cider tasting and view of a brewery as part of your tour.

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Great Taste Beer Tour (town)

$110 per person

Includes: Some on road cycling, collection from town / accommodation, regular bike and beer tasting at The Free House (Extra $50 E-bike)

After collecting you from your accommodation, we’ll kit you out at our base and send you off on your tour which ends in Nelson with a shuttle bus home if required. You may choose to start the day with a visit to Pic’s Peanut Butter World or dive straight into a brewery with a range of seasonal beers on tap and in cans if you would like to stock up for another day. You’ll then make your way along the coast to an old British style pub by the sea and then on towards Nelson via an innovative distillery which will delight. From here there’s a variety of places you can visit as you head to your final destination at the iconic and sustainably operated pub The Free House where you’ll be treated to a selection of fresh brews on tap as part of your tour package. You may choose to stay for the evening, or catch the shuttle to your accommodation when we collect the bikes around 5pm.

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Great Taste Wine Tour

Adult $130

On arrival at The Gentle Cycling Company, we will give you a map and explain the route and location of the wineries and other tasty places you can visit. Not all the wineries are open every day. The loop ride consists of 3 sections, starting on the Great Taste Trail Coastal Route, following an estuary edge with board walks & a suspension bridge. The second section is on-road, including quiet country roads edged with tall hedges, passing orchards and a hop garden. Explore two colonial churchyards en route and the historic village of Brightwater, where the main street is dotted with old cottages and gardens. The third section takes the Great Taste Trail Rail Route back to Stoke, with short on-road detours to visit cellar doors, cafes and a cheese shop. Finally, there are two breweries perfectly positioned near the trail for a celebration refreshment before the short ride back to The Gentle Cycling Company.

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Rabbit Island Picnic Tour

$110pp Standard Bike, $150pp E-bike

Take a delightful round trip to the golden sands of Rabbit Island and enjoy tasty treats at your own pace. Cruising along the coast you’ll enjoy a flat ride with expansive sea views and boardwalks so you’re up close to the abundant natural delights of the Waimea Inlet. Turning off for a short detour to an iconic Nelson cafe, you can grab a coffee whilst collecting your freshly prepared feast comprised of great food and a drink from around the Nelson region. Onwards over a bridge and past orchards and fields before turning on to Rabbit Island where there is always a quite spot on the beach or in the forest to relax and enjoy your picnic. On the way home there may be time for a short detour to a winery, arty establishment or brewery… Happy Days in Nelson Bays!

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Great Taste Goose Chase

$95 Standard Touring Bike, $135 E-bike

Great fun for small or large groups, download the GooseChase app, get on one of our bikes and get your creative juices flowing whilst completing a series of challenges. The app records your hilarious attempts to innovate and complete the various weird and wonderful challenges so you can keep score and compare with other groups as the day progresses.

Multi Day Tours

Guided / Unguided

If you are wanting to extend your adventure out for more than a day, check out our unguided and guided multi-day trip packages, that include bike hire (or you can bring your own), accommodation, transfers and more. Our guided multi-day trips on the Great Taste Trail are designed to enable you to ride the trail in a supported group, safe in the knowledge that you will see all the best things along the way.

What our adventurers say

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.
A fantastic way to see the sights of the area, we had such a cool day!! Chris was incredibly helpful with transfers to and from our accommodation and with planning a personalised route so that we were able to visit wineries, cafes and breweries, as well as riding part of the Great Taste Trail along the coast. Well maintained and set up bikes (carry box on each bike for the essentials) . Couldn't recommend this company highly enough. A must do when in the region!!
Brilliant company, the bikes were really comfy and well-maintained and the owners Chris and Bernie couldn’t have been more helpful and accommodating for us and our young kids, even offering a pick up service. 5 * service, thanks Gentle Cycling Co
Excellent team. Very accomodating to meet us where we wanted, and provide great info.We changed a few elements due to poor weather and they were great.Even considering doing it again with them :-)
Just back from a four day cycle trip with this team. Highly recommended. Both Chris and Bernie go the extra mile to ensure the success and happiness of the tour is maximised. Nothing is a problem to them. Good bikes, good quality stops, interesting country side. Great accommodation, and we visited excellent wineries and wine tastings and restaurants. Put them to the top of your list.
Great experience. Great owners who run a really good operation.Well worth taking the time to use their bikes to go for a ride.
Great company, with amazing people and service. Bikes are perfect for all sizes... e-bike for my pregnant partner was perfect. Easy to get on and off. Very informative before you set off on your journey. 10/10
We had such a lovely experience hiring our bikes from TGCC. Owners were super friendly, gave great recommendations on bike routes, were very patient with questions and also really helpful. I could see their passion in their business through the service they provided. Bikes were also in really great condition. We were given all the information we needed and the hire was a just so easy and no fuss. I would highly recommend these guys if you're visiting Nelson, its well worth it!
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A wonderful holiday experience, thanks to Chris and Bernie’s exceptional service and organisation. Nothing was too much trouble for them to arrange for us. With six kids (ages 8 to 13) there was a lot of admin Chris and Bernie did for us including arranging extra pick ups and changing of bikes. Would absolutely recommend the Gentle Cycling Company to families and all travellers alike.
Really lovely family business! We picked a perfect day and were really impressed with the customer service
Really great company, Chris and Bernie are really friendly and full of of some great recommendations. The bikes and equipment is all good and well maintained. Can't recommend these guys enough. We had a fantastic couple of days!
Awesome company. Kind people, great service and price especially for novice cyclists. Recommend 100%
Chris was great. We did the Great Taste Trail on our own bikes. Chris helped us plan our days and shuttled us and our bikes so we could ride back to our own vehicle. He gave us maps and advice and booked us in to a fabulous wine tasting!! I think we'll have to go back some time and do a craft beer tour...
Very friendly and helpful. We got a flat on our trip and they came straight out and replaced the bike, no waiting about.
Excellent customer service. My partner and I hired two bikes for a day cycle on the Great Taste Cycle. Chris and Bernie were super flexible to accommodate our schedule and gave us lots of valuable information. We planned to cycle from Nelson to Motueka and return, but got a bit stuck with time, Chris coincidentally was driving back from Abel Tasman and gave us a ride, dropping us in front of our Airbnb. We were impressed with how they really look after their customers, and how friendly and helpful they are. This was our first visit to Nelson, we loved the experience and expect to be back soon for more adventure and we will definitely contact The Gentle Cycling Company again!!
Welcoming staff, great service, good bikes for a fair price. Good recommendation of itinerary by staff but I would still advise guests to research the area themselves prior to start the day!
We did the return cycle between Nelson and Mapua (and had lunch in Mapua which was lovely). Was beautiful and almost entirely offroad. Was around 50km, but was great with the electric bike. The bikes have 3 settings so you can choose how much effort you want to put in yourself! Would recommend!
We really enjoyed our day long gentle cycle around the vineyards of Nelson. Chris and Bernie were very knowledgeable about the local area and went out of their way to look after us. The bikes were well maintained and very comfortable and our group now want to do a multi-day trip! Highly recommend!
Great staff, super helpful and friendly
What an amazing tour provided by new owners/operators, Chris and Bernie! We commenced our tour with a 1 hour detailed brief of the Tapawera 4/5day loop. From there we took off to Mapua, ferry ticket from Rabbit Island to Mapua Wharf included. Was a lovely 22km, easy riding to our first destination. Spent our first night at the Puffed Peddler B&B and what an amazing place this is. Would of loved to stay at Coralie and Paul's a 2nd night. Our 2nd day took us through Motueka and Riwaka. Recommend a lunch break at the Toad Hall Cafe, (Brisket Toastie and Mushroom Blues Cheese Pie, both to die for!). After lunch, we took to Kaiteriteri where Chris and Bernie added an additional day/night for us. Really recommend a 2nd night there, not only to rest, but to spend some time in the waters. We spent the second day in Kaiteiteri hiring a kayak and paddled to Split Apple rock. Our 3rd official day of cycling took us to Tapawera. Make sure to have a big breakfast at the Ginger Dynamite Go Go Food & Coffee just before leaving Riwaka, its a big day ahead with not many cafes along the way, but such beautiful scenery. Take your time, no rush at all, with plenty of recreational reserves to stop for a breather of 2. Tapawera hotel is a wonderful place to rest your feet after a long day. 4th official day was the last, but this was by far our favorite section of the tour, which lead us through to Spooners Tunnel (torches required). Such wonderful history but the section AFTER the tunnel was even greater. A 5-6km stretch, of a decent which peddling is not required, nice cruise all the way down and through farm land. It was a sad end but will definitely love to do another tour with TGCC again in the future. Not only did Chris and Bernie go above and beyond with assisting in some personal matters, but they definitely nailed the accommodation, cafe/eatery and sight seeing recommendations, all on the head. Best of luck to the upcoming summer season!
Great service, good bikes.
Very friendly service with helpful advice on local activities! 5 stars!
Great service
Amazing cycle ride from Tapawera to Stoke on e-bikes. The journey was 61km and definitely worth having an e-bike with the head wind. It's the longest I've cycled in one day! The Gentle Cycling Company was awesome.
Had a wonderful time riding around a few Nelson vineyards and food stops. The e-assist bikes were perfect to help make the trip fun and easy. Jude was fantastic in showing us where to go on the map and which places we would like the most. 11/10, will do it again next time!
This is the best company to rent bicycles from ever. Rose and Jude were really friendly with lots of local knowledge. We rented 4 bikes for 4 days they transported us to the start of the great taste tour, stored our bags so that we only had to bring camping gear. We did 2 days on the great taste coastal route and Rose even gave us a route to do for our day in the vineyards! All in all the best experience of the Nelson region!Great bikes, great people and great local knowledge
Great service and friendly staff. The bikes worked perfectly, and the indications were easy to follow. We enjoyed very much the Great Taste Wine. Very recommendable.
Such great service at this place, we rocked up before 9am after finding other bike hire places in the area were not open and were immediately helped with helmets and bikes. We then got clear instructions on the options for the great taste trail as the sign posting is not fantastic. The bikes were also very comfortable and the prices were lower than we expected at $50 and $15 for full day hire of adult and kids bike respectively. Highly recommend this place.
Great place for bike rentals. Even last minute we were able to rent two e-bikes for the day and cycled to Rabbit Island. Very friendly staff and the bikes were awesome and very new.
Friendly, fast and professional. Thank you to Rose and her team for making our Nelson holiday one to remember. Will definitely be recommending the Spooners bike trail to family and friends and look forward to trying the multi day bike rides in the near future.
Helpful team, made it really easy to go on a quality cycle trip. Would recommend.
Would highly recommend this to anyone who is looking for some day time fun!Choose an e bike if you haven't ridden in a while and you'll get to more places faster 😉
Super helpful and gave detailed advise about the trail and time it takes to reach the vineyards. Middle Earth vineyard was our favourite and the cheese shop is also worth a visit!
Highly recommend this tour. Jude was a great driver & very knowledgeable about Nelson. We had e- bikes which came in so handy when we cycled through the rain. Loved the organic vineyards & cycling was a great way to see Nelson. Special mention to Frank who cycled to McCasshins brewery to guide us back to base.
Rose is absolutely delightful and helped us plan a great route for the day. The bikes are fantastic and we really enjoyed our day out. I’m so glad we found this place to hire bikes from as the whole experience was spot on.
A fantastic 3 days (2 nights) on the Great Taste Trail as the focus for a get together with friends visiting from UK. Rose got the whole trip together with great efficiency and helped us make the little changes we asked for without any trouble at all. Good bikes, good maps and great accommodation in superb weather. An excellent way to explore the Tasman area. Thanks Rose!
I did the multiday tour with the Gentle Cycling Company. I booked from the UK via email and Rose patiently answered all my questions and organised this great little trip for me. Everything about the company is very professional and friendly from the moment they pick you up. The bikes looked brand new and were very comfortable and there were plenty of detailed maps provided. I visited wineries and craft shops and cycled through some fantastic countryside, cycling is a great way to see NZ if you have the time and at the end of the day I finished at some of the best B&Bs out there. Great job and thanks for everything Rose.
Great day out
Great morning out with the tag along bike. Thanks gentle cycling company
Rose is a total legend and we had a gorgeous day on her bikes. Everything was really slick and she set us up with a great intro and good insider knowledge! Thanks Rose, definitely recommend bikes from her for a wonderful day cycling through vineyards!!
Could not do enough for us very pleasant and affable staff probably need to have a more prominent sign on the road entry nearly drove past it
We had an excellent family biking trip on the Great Taste Trail, and credit goes to The Gentle Cycling Company for organizing, managing and supplying quality bikes for the excursion. We certainly recommend Gentle Cycling to those looking to arrange a biking trip in New Zealand.
We had such a wonderful experience cycling around the family route. Great company, lovely people and awesome experience. Definitely recommend for anyone who wants to explore Nelson on bikes.
What a great day. The Gentle Cycling Company were so efficient in picking us up and making suggestions for our itinerary for the day. Bikes were great and the advice was spot on. Well recommended
Excellent bike hire company. Rose was very welcoming and gave very sound and helpful advice. Very good selection of bikes for hire, along with helmets, locks, tyre puncture repair kits, day-glo jackets, and cycle trail maps. We were very satisfied.
Very friendly staff; really good Ebikes; very interesting trail into Nelson CBD.trail has such a great range of scenery and gradients. We loved it. very memorable 2 hours.
Extremely personal and ProfessionalWe highly recommend The Gentle Cycling Company. Rumour has it that the 10 year anniversaryis coming up, a big congratulations, this should be celebrated as a very caring and successful business.
Great experience here today. We turned up mid morning on the off chance of hiring bike. The lady we met was really helpful and explained the different route options when our planned destination of Rabbit Island was closed. We headed to Brightwater instead. A good ride but not too far, nice and flat and cycle track 95%. Nearly all flat. The bikes we got were in good working ordered and we were provides with helmets, maps, a bike lock and a puncture repair kit. The bikes also came with trays attached so for our 1/2 day trip we didn't need to take a bag. Ideal. (1/2 day is 4 hour and normally runs from 9am-1pm) Kindly the lady let us do later today as we didn't arrive until 10:30am and they weren't too busy. I would advise booking at peak times.
We took a couple of e-bikes out on a food and wine tour.. what a great way to see the region.The team were amazing and really looked after us, thanks guys!
Staff was really helpful. Bike condition was good. We toke the trail to the rabbit island, brought some fresh corn and have a nice smoothie along the trial.
Awesome company to hire a bike for a casual ride. The service is great, they give you a map and point you in the right direction for your ride. Highly recommended.
Wonderful cycle ride today. Rose told us the best routes & how to make the most of our bikes. I would really recommend the e-bike to make life really easy!
#1 this is a must if you are in or near Nelson. We were keen to see rabbit island and there's no better way than to cycle over and have lunch nearby. They're super friendly and help plan your itinerary in advance based on your preferences. #2, if you do this, go for the electric bikes!
We rented out 12 bikes today and rode around Nelson the whole afternoon. The ebikes were great, seats were easily adjustable, they came with helmets, full battery, a map, lock, basket for handbags and were very comfortable to ride. We made use if the electric boost the whole way. The bike track around Nelson was great, we had 3 kids with us and felt very safe. Rose and the team were so lovely and helpful. It was such a fun day out, I would highly recommend.
We had a group of 12 with an infant, kids and grandparents and this experience was terrific for the whole group all at the same time! Everyone had a lot of fun relaxing and moving at the same time!! We would recommened this to everyone.
Hired two bikes to go to Rabbit Island. The bikes were in great condition and the staff helped us ensure the bikes were adjusted properly before we left. The staff had a lot of suggestions for nice routes and places to stop for food/snack/drink along the way. They provided a paper map mounted on the handle bars to make it easy to check the map while riding. I would highly recommend the gentle cycling co!
We did a half day tour with two young children. One sat in a trailer and the other was in a child seat. We cycled on part of old railway track and part of coastal track. The track is sealed and easy to ride. Both Jude and Rose are very friendly and knowledgeable.
Was a great day out; Rose and the team were so helpful.Beautiful area and trail.Would recommend an E-Bike; was so chill.
Good bikes. Beautiful trail!
We had a very positive experience with the Gentle Cycling Company. We hired bikes and went off on a winery tour, our daughter got a puncture but all we had to do was phone Rose and she came and mended it for us and we were on our way again. Great service! Would definitely recommend. Ten out of ten for customer service.
Offer great cycling brewery tour with choice of bikes. They will pick you up and drop off in Nelson
We did the We love Nelson multi day bike trip as a family group - all adults. It was an excellent trip, accommodation was great and we never had one bad food experience. Even thought the weather gods werent great to us for two half days we still had an amazing trip. At times it challenged us but overall we made it through and it was an experience we will all remember fondly. The organisation of the Trip with Gentle Cycling was hassle free and the one small issue we had to change a bike was dealt with easily. We would highly recommend any cycling trip in and around this area, the scenery was out of this world and the friendly people along the way made it such an enjoyable trip.
The Gentle Cycling Company (TGCC) were just amazing.I was sick one day, so they transported me without any fuss, they provided detailed maps on all the best spots and gave us everything we needed for a stress free ride.The accommodation they arranged for us was great and we're already planning our return trip to do it again!
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Nelson, New Zealand
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Phone: 0800 932 453
International: +64 3 929 5652
Email: info@gentlecycling.co.nz

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