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The Gentle Cycling Company

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“great taste”(28 reviews)
“cheese shop”(4 reviews)
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...more
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411 Nayland Road, Nelson 7011, New Zealand
+64 3-929 5652
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 6 March 2013

Nelson is a neat place to cycle in with many trails, etc., and Rose is a sweetheart and helpful host. If you're planning on renting a bike for sightseeing and exercise, go for it. In our opinion though forget the wineries and do a brewery...More

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StokeRosie, Owner at The Gentle Cycling Company, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2013

Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts in a review. Nelson is certainly becoming a really popular cycling area. Our cycling routes are based on and around the Great Taste Cycle Trail and the Wine and Beer route is our most popular route...More

Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 1 February 2014

We did the full day great taste trail. Overall the day was fine and we met some good people and had some great beer/wine. I would give the experience a 3.75/5. The trail could be marked a bit better as the more "tastes" you have,...More

2  Thank TeamRib
StokeRosie, Owner at The Gentle Cycling Company, responded to this reviewResponded 4 February 2014

Hiya, thanks for taking the time to review The Gentle Cycling Company. Just to clarify for other readers, the ride you did was our Full Day Freedom Ride ($45pp) and you added our door-to-door return city shuttle onto that ($10pp). This is a self-guided ride....More

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Reviewed 13 March 2018

Following our succesful cycle trip last year with the Gentle Cycling Company we decided to repeat the fabulous 3 day-Coastal Classic bike trip from Stoke to Kaiteriteri. Again, very good communication by email and phone ahead of our personalised trip. Prompt pick-up from our accommodation...More

Thank AnnemarieKatrien
StokeRosie, Owner at The Gentle Cycling Company, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2018

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. It was lovely to see you in Nelson again and great to hear you enjoyed your trip the second time, as much as the first!. Best wishes, Rose

Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

My daughter researched cycle hire in Nelson and decided on Gentle. An excellent choice from start to finish. We were picked up and dropped off at our Airbnb. On arrival at their base we were given tour advice, fashioned to our particular requirements and backed...More

1  Thank redsgothenburg
Reviewed 28 February 2018

I had two bike hire confirmations for an afternoon during a holiday to NZ. Unfortunately, on that day Nelson experienced some flood rain, and we weren't able to do the bike tour (it wasn't even safe to drive). We were informed by this company that...More

Thank Sean C
StokeRosie, Owner at The Gentle Cycling Company, responded to this reviewResponded 2 March 2018

I'm sorry you feel this way. You were aware of our cancellation policy and you were eligible for a 90% refund if you had cancelled by 10am the day prior, which is common for activities in NZ. This means that you do need to watch...More

Reviewed 19 February 2018

I can not recommend Rose Griffin and her team too highly. Our two day " I love Nelson Trip" was outstanding-Dunpuffin Lodge food and hospitality is excellent . We were most impressed with the Top 10 Motor Camp in Motueka. Our bokes were first class...More

1  Thank hughestravels2016
StokeRosie, Owner at The Gentle Cycling Company, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2018

Hi Wayne, It is great to hear your group enjoyed your trip on the Great Taste Trail. Dunpuffin is certainly a very special location to stay in, both for it's ambiance and for the welcome offered by the hosts. It was our absolute pleasure to...More

Reviewed 15 February 2018

Background: After completing a 5 day hiking trip in Abel Tasman (going lodge to lodge versus hut to hut), we advance booked a 3 day bike trip with Gentle Cycling, who gave us a route, bikes, ferry tickets and booked us lodging in Mapua (Mapua...More

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StokeRosie, Owner at The Gentle Cycling Company, responded to this reviewResponded 18 February 2018

Hi Global Village, thanks for sharing your experience of cycling the Great Taste Trail Coastal Route to Mapua. It's great to hear you enjoyed your trip and your accommodation in the village. This route is great for a super-relaxed ride as the distances are very...More

Reviewed 13 February 2018 via mobile

The owner took pains to explain the Tasting Route and gave uh photographic visuals to help us fi d the way. A solid hours ride to Wakefield. Lunch at Rhubarb Cafe then a more gentle ride back

Thank sunny121UK
StokeRosie, Owner at The Gentle Cycling Company, responded to this reviewResponded 15 February 2018

Thanks for your review of riding the off-road Great Taste Trail route to Wakefield (22km). It's great to hear you enjoyed your day. Best wishes, Rose

Reviewed 10 February 2018

just spent the day biking around nelson wineries with my 2 sisters, prompt pick up at our hotel. good instructions and maps provided, good quality bikes, we got an e bike for my older sister at the last minute, which was not a problem to...More

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StokeRosie, Owner at The Gentle Cycling Company, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2018

Thanks very much for taking the time to write a review of your Great Taste Wine tour. Although the route is flat, the E Bike makes it easy for everyone to enjoy the day. The Cellar Door Cafe is a very popular destination and many...More

Reviewed 8 February 2018

I hired an e-bike for a full day, and cycled along the Great Taste Trail. I was given an excellent map with highlights well-marked plus clear verbal instructions from the helpful, friendly owner (who also transported me to and from my Nelson hotel). The cycle...More

Thank Susan I
StokeRosie, Owner at The Gentle Cycling Company, responded to this reviewResponded 10 February 2018

Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review. The electric bikes are very popular and are a fantastic to ride - and guaranteed to put a smile on your face. The 22km distance from our office, out to Wakefield, is also a...More

Reviewed 28 January 2018

Really good day out - prompt pick up from our hotel, lovely friendly staff, and comprehensive briefing and instructions/maps. Good choice of wineries and brewery to visit. Bikes comfortable to ride. Would definitely recommend.

Thank simonsch
StokeRosie, Owner at The Gentle Cycling Company, responded to this reviewResponded 14 February 2018

Thank you for your review. It was a pleasure to help you enjoy a great day on the Great Taste Trail. Thanks for coming! Rose

Reviewed 18 January 2018

A perfect cycle trip with excellent customer care from first contact. Helpful pre ride briefing on the route and the food and drink stops! Good bikes and trails. Excellent b&b in mapua and fantastic food + New Years eve entertainment in the mapua sprig &...More

Thank Laura W
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7 February 2015|
Response from StokeRosie | Property representative |
we are closed for day rides on Good Friday and Easter Sunday