The Gentle Cycling Company

Great Taste Freedom

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Great Taste Freedom Cycling

From $30 NZD


We make bike hire easy and when you arrive at The Gentle Cycling Company we’ll take the time to help you decide which route to take. And, to make it even better, all the route options shown below are on flat trails.  


Half day trip options


Easy Family Loop

  • Cycle an easy on-trail loop, ideal for the little ones
  • Stop at 3 playgrounds, a country-style pub with sheltered garden, and a sea-side village
  • Distance about 14km

Beer & Peanut Butter

  • Cycle to the tasty places in the urban area close to our base
  • Book a tour at Pics Peanut Butter Factory
  • Visit McCashins Brewery and Eddyline Brewery
  • Distance about 10km


  • Cycle into the countryside closest to our base
  • Visit a cheese shop
  • Enjoy a wine-tasting
  • Have lunch at a café on the way
  • Distance about 20km

Full day trip options


Wine, Food & Landscape

  • Cycle the Great Taste Trail Rail Route to Brightwater or Wakefield
  • Optional loop route available
  • Visit wineries, cafes, cheese shop
  • Enjoy the lush, rural landscape near Wakefield
  • Cycling distance 28km to 44km return

Rabbit Island Beach

  • Cycle the Great Taste Trail Coastal Route to Rabbit Island beach
  • Enjoy the estuary views
  • Pack a picnic, as there are no cafes near the beach
  • Detour to a winery on the way
  • Cycling distance 32km return

Marvellous Mapua

  • Cycle the Great Taste Trail Coastal Route to Mapua
  • Take the Mapua Ferry on the way
  • Explore the village, with cafes, breweries and galleries
  • Great electric bike option
  • Cycling distance 44km return