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The Gentle Cycling Company

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Address: 411 Nayland Road, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
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+64 3-929 5652
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Self-guided half day, full day and multi-day bike hire and tours on and...

Self-guided half day, full day and multi-day bike hire and tours on and around the Great Taste Cycle Trail. Explore vineyards, craft breweries, cafes, historic villages, beaches and beautiful rural landscapes in Nelson, the Craft Brewing Capital of NZ.

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Bikes and Wine - an excellent combo!

We were looking for a leisurely way to check out the new cycling routes in Nelson and found this company. What's not to like about the word 'gentle'? The booking service was... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were looking for a leisurely way to check out the new cycling routes in Nelson and found this company. What's not to like about the word 'gentle'? The booking service was excellent. The day we had selected to ride was the day a massive summer storm hit the region, downing trees and flooding rivers. It was absolutely no problem... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went on a wine tour with the Gentle Cycling Company with our 18 month old daughter in a child's seat. We had a great day, visiting a number of vineyards and having lunch at La Capilla (which was great and has a small children's playground in the garden). Pretty much all the vineyards we visited were pleased to accommodate... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Rose at Gentle Cycle Co organised a one week bike ride together with accommodation for a group of 6 adults. Everything went very smoothly with pick up and drop off of bags completed without a hitch. The maps and recommendations for wineries, coffee shops and restaurants were great, as too was the accommodation that Rose had booked for us. The... More 

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StokeRosie, Owner at The Gentle Cycling Company, responded to this review

Thanks for your review of your self-guided multi day cycling trip on the Great Taste Trail. Best wishes, Rose at Gentle Cycling More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We booked the full day tour but ended up arriving at midday and therefore only being able to do half of the trip. This was our fault as we left our previous hotel very late. The cycling company will organise all of your hotel pick ups, provide you with the vouchers to complete the Wine Tasting, Beer Tasting, peanut factories,... More 

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Thank christopherf847
StokeRosie, Owner at The Gentle Cycling Company, responded to this review

Thanks for your review of your single day (or half day in your case!) Great Taste Wine trip. The Great Taste Trail is especially good in January, when the berries are at their best and the weather is usually cycle-friendly. Best wishes, Rose at Gentle Cycling More 

Irvine, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very helpful and well organised bike hire company. Door-to-door pick-up service. Provides photographs of critical junctions to make sure you take the right turnings to get on to the Great Taste Trail. Our tour price included vouchers for more wineries than we could comfortably sample so might have been better only hiring bikes and paying our way at those Cellar... More 

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Thank Peanuts109
StokeRosie, Owner at The Gentle Cycling Company, responded to this review

Thanks for your positive comments about our company. Yes you can choose either the Great Taste Freedom option or the Great Taste Wine. The Great Taste Freedom does not include the vouchers, or the extra support. It's great that you had a beautiful day and were here when the berries were at their summer best! Cheers, Rose More 

Brisbane, Australia
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12 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

After riding the Otago Rail Trail last year, we thought we would combine a bike ride, walk and kayak in Nelson. The Gentle Cycling Company planned us our own 3 day customised journey. They took the time to answer all of our questions and we couldn't be happier with our trip including all accommodation. Everything went to plan. We loved... More 

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StokeRosie, Owner at The Gentle Cycling Company, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to put up a review on your 3 day self-guided trip on the Great Taste Trail. We are very happy that everything went to plan and you were able to enjoy the trail at it's best. Cheers, Rose at Gentle Cycling More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

My husband and I did a 5 day cycling trip from Nelson to Kaiteriteri on bikes with panniers. The Gentle Cycling Co provided bikes, panniers and maps. Some of the terrain is easy and other areas require intermediate "Bike" fitness. This is one suggestion I would make for Rose's website. There are quite a few hills to traverse and you... More 

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StokeRosie, Owner at The Gentle Cycling Company, responded to this review

Hi Carmel Thanks for your review of your independent cycling trip, riding the Great Taste Trail Rail Route to Brightwater, followed by the Coastal Route to Split Apple Rock, Kaiteriteri. In terms of the extra charge to pick up your bikes, we did agree to a lesser rate so are sorry to hear you were not happy with this aspect... More 

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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

We phoned up about 10mins away, Rose took a few details. By the time we showed up everything was ready for us, including the correct size bikes with our name tags on! Bikes were well serviced and great quality and an amazing attention to detail, with eveything thought of. Lovely route along the coast as well. We now want to... More 

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Thank Ellie C
StokeRosie, Owner at The Gentle Cycling Company, responded to this review

Thanks for your review - we take a lot of pleasure in helping people get the most out of their time on the trail. I do hope you get a chance to come back again and ride a different route, perhaps taking the Rail Route out to the historic villages of Brightwater and Wakefield. Best wishes, Rose at Gentle Cycling More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

Well organized, well serviced bikes with everything you need. The full day wine tasting tour was well paced with opportunities to visit wineries and cafes. We took the shuttle to Brightwater and cycled back to Stoke which was a good thing cause the wind was very strong and it was behind us! The rail trail was flat and paved and... More 

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StokeRosie, Owner at The Gentle Cycling Company, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. At the time you came, we were having quite a bit of wind which was unusual for early January. Having the option to spend the day cycling with the wind behind you certainly turns the wind into your friend! Best wishes, Rose at Gentle Cycling More 

Northern California
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33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

This is a great activity if you want some exercise *and* wine! Very organized (though the directions were sort of hard to follow). The bikes and helmets were great. Would have liked to have been riding on the road less and the bike path more, but perhaps that was our fault. It was indeed a "gentle" cycle, only one small... More 

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StokeRosie, Owner at The Gentle Cycling Company, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write a review. The Great Taste Wine trip does include some cycling on the roads. The Great Taste Trail is off-road, but of course you do have to go off the trail to visit the wineries. For those wanting a route that is completely on trail, there are options for this, but they would... More 

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