Our mission is for visitors to cycle up an appetite. Not just for Gisborne’s fine food and wine, but also to cycle more often,” enthuses Katrina Duncan, co-owner of Cycle Gisborne. On a sublime blue-sky-and-sea Tairāwhiti day she shared exactly that: cycle ride, cider-taste, cycle, beer-pizza – then cycle a bit more.

Oneroa Cycle and Walkway offers magnificent coastal views

Katrina and her business partner, Anelia Evans, launched Cycle Gisborne (cyclegisborne.com) in 2010. They now have a fleet of bikes and run guided and freedom cycle tours all year, as well as delivering cycle skills training and consultancy. Our wheeled early-March meander was a blend of their ‘Captain Cook City Cultural Tour’ and ‘Great Taste City Tour’, taking us on a journey through Gisborne town and along the Tūranganui River bank to the coast, mixed in with refreshing visits to Harvest Cidery and Sunshine Brewery.

A quick loop of Watties Wharf, on the way to the ocean

“We’re finding that the Captain Cook tour is very popular with cruise ship passengers as well as New Zealanders,” Katrina says. “On one of the cruise ship visits we had 48 people altogether with groups of up to 16 and three guides, but we also guide groups of just two or three people.”

Over the last year around 300 people have pedalled Cycle Gisborne’s Captain Cook tour, which takes two-and-a-half hours. The Great Taste is a newer addition but looks like it will also be popular. Either way, you encounter no hills and get plenty of breaks, so the required fitness level is relaxed. Everything is provided. You just need to be able to ride a bike.

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