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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
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

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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Great trip! Thank you

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Michelle B
Brisbane, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia
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12 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW 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 

Thank Michelle B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

Thank Carmel P
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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank Ellie C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank BadourBabe
Northern California
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33 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank jirwin
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

Such a well organised trip - Rose picked us up from our accomodation, made us feel so welcome & tailored our cycle for us! Great standard of bike - absolutely beautiful scenery & gorgeous wine! Amazing day! A bucket list visit to Nelson NZ

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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

Rose was the nicest and most accomodating person our group met in Nelson. She ensured each person in our group was provided a bike suitable for us and explained in detail all the bike safey precautions, bike routes, attractions and scenery, and restaurants we could visit cycling. The bikes were all in good condition, and we thouroughly enjoyed ourselves. We... More 

Thank Kyle_Perps
Mapua, New Zealand
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2016

We have had many Great Taste Trail cyclists staying with us at Mapua41south , in Mapua, who are on bicycle tours arranged by the Gentle Cycling company. Uniformly they appreciate the personal attention to details that Rose and Wendy provide.

Thank John Lynne F
Kigali, Rwanda
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367 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2016

Rose was warmly welcoming to us and provided us with lovely bikes, maps, and coupons for our trip on the Great Taste Trail. We had a great time and suggest this company to explore it. She was the first!

Thank Benjamin B
New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2016

Each of the three days was an adventure with great coffee and lunch stops and magnificient views especially the second day with 360deg views sweeping from the sea to inland. The weather was perfect - well what else can we expect from Nelson region but great weather and great company of our friends. We were met by Bev who shuttled... More 

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