The Gentle Cycling Company

Great Taste Wine



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Great Taste Wine

1 day $99 NZD
Electric bike option $144 NZD

This full day tour is door-to-door from Nelson city & includes a wine cyclist transfer to the village of Brightwater, the first village on the Great Taste Trail Rail Route. Explore the flat wine country, riding self-guided on the trail & following our map – there are five wineries which offer wine-tastings. Not all are open every day. Emergency support is included.

This trip is available 7 days a week from 26 October 2019 till 13 April 2020.

Identification (NZ Drivers Licence or Passport) required


Your day starts with your pick up in Nelson city for the transfer to our base (15 mins). At your briefing, we will give you a map and explain the route of your self-guided tour and the location of the wineries and other tasty places you can visit. Not all the wineries are open every day. We will then transfer you and your bikes to the village of Brightwater, the first village on the Great Taste Trail Rail Route, where you start your cycling. From here, you could cycle further on the trail to the next village of Wakefield (16 km return). For a gentler trip, explore Brightwater and relax at a cafe before starting the ride back to base through the wine country. The distance you cycle will depend up on the number of wineries you choose to visit. You should expect to cycle a minimum of 24 km (between 2 and 3 hours on the bike-seat.) Wine-tastings at the vineyards cost around $5 for 3 tastes. Also on the wine tour route are cafes, a cheese shop, a berry garden and two craft breweries. Afternoon tea at a stylish brewery café is included in this package, so you can relax here at the end of the day before cycling the short distance back to our base for the 5pm shuttle back to Nelson. Electric bikes are a great option for this trip.

For more information on the Nelson wine region, please visit


What’s the route like?

  • Flat, rural landscape among vineyards, apple orchards and farms

  • Between 24 and 40 km (you choose). Flat. Mostly on off-road cycle trail. A little on-road cycling

What’s included?

  • Full day bike hire, helmet & map

  • Wine cyclist transfer from our base to Brightwater village

  • Afternoon tea at McCashins Kitchen Brewery & Bar

  • Emergency vehicle support including wet weather bail out

  • Door-to-door return city shuttle. Departs Nelson city between 8.30 & 8.50 am, returns 5.15 pm

  • Trip available from 26 October 2019 till 13 April 2020

Price: $99 adult (includes door-to-door return city shuttle)
Electric bike option $144 adult

What’s open on the trail today?

  • Explore this trip using the interactive map below. Use the + to zoom right in and explore the landscape on the trail

  • The Great Taste Wine route is coloured purple on this map

  • Click on the symbols for opening hours and on the route lines for more information