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Check this page on a regular basis as we will add special deals on here whenever we can. Special deals are only available for specific numbers and dates stated

We will use this page as a way of filling up tours and seats in our vans or for larger groups. This will enable us to offer reduced prices as well as minimising our impact upon the environment. More people = more efficiency

You’ll need to call to book most of these deals as pricing and dates are specific and may be withdrawn at any time


Paddle & Pedal Combo

Kayak or SUP paddling and full day bike hire at the great price of *$70

We’ve teamed up with our mates at Paddle Nelson to offer a Paddle and Pedal combo you’ll love!

Collect your bike from Tahuna Holiday Park and ride to the beach for your 1 hour kayak or SUP experience in the tranquil morning sea. You’ll love cruising around the flat water on a stand-up paddle board or kayak.

Bring togs and jump in for a swim if you’re keen! Then shower off at the public showers right next to the beach.

Enjoy a coffee or brunch at Raglan Roast, then continue by bike into Nelson to explore, shop eat and drink. Alternatively, take our beer tour map and have an afternoon of off-road riding to Nelson’s best breweries and bars.

This is great fun for couples, friends and families and at a very competitive combo price. Book now and plan your next adventure!


Rabbit Island Picnic Tour

45km+ flat & easy cycling - Group discount for 5 or more = *$99pp Standard Trail Bike or $149pp E-bike

Take a delightful round trip from our Nelson base to the golden sands of Rabbit Island and enjoy tasty treats at your own pace. Cruising along the coast, you’ll enjoy a flat, easy ride with expansive sea views and boardwalks so you’re up close to the abundant natural delights of the Waimea Inlet.

Turning inland for a short detour to an iconic Nelson café, you can grab a coffee whilst collecting your freshly prepared picnic box, made with fresh food and a drink from the Nelson region. Onwards past orchards and fields, glide over a swing bridge and through farmland before turning on to Rabbit Island.

Explore the expansive beach for a place to eat or enjoy one of the many picnic spots dotted around in wooded clearings. Simply relax, explore or make time to add to the wooden creations and have a refreshing swim. On the way home there may be time for a short detour to a winery, arty establishment or brewery… Happy Days in Nelson Bays!


Fine Taste Tour Series

Part guided tour with fine tastes included along the trail

This new tour has recently been created. Discounted price available for first five bookings saving $50 per person

Whether you’re a local looking to discover hidden gems in your own backyard or a visitor seeking an authentic Kiwi experience, these tours promise a day filled with unforgettable moments and a deeper appreciation for Nelson’s vibrant culture and stunning landscapes. Choose from:

1. Fine Tastes of Waimea Reduced from $295 to *$245pp (min 2)

Your tour will begin with a visit to a local hop farm in the heart of Waimea plains. Cycling alongside ambling rivers, farms and through historic towns, you’ll get to eat and drink local produce including fresh fruit drinks, smoothies and wholesome culinary treats. 

Onwards to Nelson and the heart of craft beer brewing. Your tour will end with a refreshing beer tasting, featuring some of the hop varieties you’ve seen along the trail. 

Inclusions: E-bike, helmet, map & briefing, transportation, local fruit drink, hop farm tour, lunch voucher, beer tasting, shuttle home.

2. Fine Tastes of Tasman Reduced from $395 to *$345pp (min 2)

You’ll be introduced to an innovative local artist who is proud to share his inspirational story and artistic journey. His creations are truly unique and combine ancient knowledge and modern ideas in a rustic rural setting.

Continue through quaint villages and rolling farmland to the picture perfect Mapua wharf. You will sample diverse New Zealand wines by the coast before boarding a short ferry ride to Rabbit Island and on to Nelson. The tour ends with a beer tasting at a local craft brewery with a great range of delicious beers. 

Inclusions: E-bike, helmet, map & briefing, transportation, guided art tour, coffee / fresh fruit ice cream, wine tasting, ferry ticket, local fruit drink, craft beer tasting & shuttle home.

For more detailed information, click here 


Waka & Wheels Tour

Cultural Waka experience, bike ride to Mapua & shuttle home. This new tour has recently been created. Discounted prices available for first five bookings. Discount of $50 = *$245pp, minimum 4

Early shuttle to Kaiteriteri, 3 hour waka paddle then 40km cycling to Mapua including some hilly sections and flat coastal trails

This full day tour begins with a shuttle along the coast to Kaiteriteri. Enjoy a cultural Waka paddle experience designed for all ages and abilities.

You’ll be immersed in Māori culture, learning about the rich history of some of the seafarers who settled and thrived in this stunning area. You’ll be treated to informative and insightful kōrero (stories & knowledge) in a safe sea-based experience.

Exploring the stunning Abel Tasman National Park, you’ll get a different perspective of its sheltered sandy bays and islands. Seals and penguins breed here, orca and dolphins are seen from time to time.

After you’ve learnt about the tasty history of this area, you can choose to eat right by Kaiteriteri’s golden sands or cycle on the Great Taste Trail to Motueka.

With a diverse range of delicious culinary styles to choose from, this fruity town has something for everybody. Along the trail you can buy local fresh fruit from a farm stall or cool off with a tasty fresh fruit ice cream next to paddocks of berries.

Continue on to picturesque Mapua and its wharf adorned with boutique tasty places to delight the taste buds. A shuttle home from Mapua means that you can celebrate the day’s achievements in the coastal wine bar or craft beer brewery situated right on the wharf.

This cultural and culinary experience creates lasting memories and a deeper appreciation for the region’s rich history, produce and environment.

Learn more here


Spooner's Tunnel Tour

Includes standard trail bike, helmet, map & shuttle to Flat Rock cafe, Kohatu *$100 per person. Own bike *$40pp

*Only available November 15th & December 31st. Call 0800 932 453 to book*

The Spooner’s Tunnel trip is a marvellous day ride which takes you on a downhill adventure through forest, farms and along a meandering river. We will transfer you from our base up into the hills above Nelson to the Flat Rock Café at Kohatu to start the ride. From here it’s a beautiful 50 km off-road trail back to Nelson loosely following the old railway line. The route is very scenic, and you will ride through some of the prettiest rural landscapes in Nelson. The Spooner’s Tunnel is a disused rail tunnel 1.4 km long so good lights are required. The villages of Wakefield and Brightwater both have cafes or make a detour to visit a winery or two. To finish, Eddyline and McCashin’s breweries are both close to our base in Stoke, perfectly located for a celebration drink after a wonderful day touring on two wheels.


'Tuscany of NZ' E-bike wine Tour

Includes E-bike & shuttle back to Nelson, usually $175 per person, group discount of *20% for 5 or more people

Flat coastal cycling for 30km then rolling hills through wineries and orchards for 15km+

Cycle along the glorious coastal section of the Great Taste Trail. Glide along the shoreline, 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, Heaphy and Neudorf are all historic wineries and perfect places to enjoy fine wine, tasty platters and stunning locations.

You could also choose to peruse a historic settlers cottage, art galleries or a Buddhist temple before enjoying a marvelous 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 with a few bottles of your favourite tipple


Great Taste Beer Tour (circuit)

23km flat & easy off-road cycling - *$99 per person for groups of 6 or more

Includes: door to door transport, trail bike & beer/cider tasting at McCashin's Brewery ($50 E-bike upgrade)

Visit some of Nelson’s oldest, newest and best breweries whilst cycling this nice and easy, flat circuit. You’ll hardly work up a sweat whilst riding a few kilometers between each stop; a coastal country pub, McCashin’s Tap Room (the home of Stoke beer & Rochdale Cider), Speights Ale House and the innovative Eddyline craft brewery. With added options including Pic’s Peanut Butter World, the Classic Car Museum, beach / swim / park detour, there’s something for everybody. You will be provided with a beer / cider tasting paddle as part of your tour and be able to watch the beautiful beers being made in the same building whilst you taste and discuss which drink is your favourite


Great Taste Beer Tour (town)

20-30km mostly off-road cycling - *$99per person for groups of 6 or more

Includes: Some on road cycling, collection from town / accommodation, Trail bike and beer tasting at The Free House. E-bike upgrade $50

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 CBD 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 (and cider) 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, where you can enjoy a delicious drink whilst looking out over the coast. From here there’s a variety of places you can visit as you head to your final destination at the iconic pub The Free House, where you’ll be treated to a selection of fresh brews on tap as part of your tour. You may choose to stay for the evening and have a peek inside the working microbrewery, or catch the shuttle to your accommodation when we collect the bikes.


Great Taste Goose Chase

16km+ flat & easy cycling - $65 Standard Trail Bike, E-bike $115

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


Family Fun Loop

Standard Trail Bikes, E-bikes, child bikes, kiddie trailer, tag-along bike & child seats available - prices on request depending upon the length of time you require

Follow our easy off-road route and take in coastal views, cafe’s, bars, beach and playground. Take a tour of Pic’s Peanut Butter World (booking required), the Classic Car Museum or compete in a fun family GooseChase game using the app on your phones. There are many options to choose from!

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

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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Tahuna Holiday Park
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

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