Are bookings required?

It gets really busy over the summer season and we would hate you to miss out on a bike so we recommend that you book online or ring us on 0800 397627 to reserve your bike. We also keep some bikes at D’Vine gelato at The Vines Village so if you can’t get hold of us try them on 03 5795062.

How hard is the biking?

The biking is as easy as it gets. The terrain is flat.

Will I be biking on roads?

Yes – It depends on the route you choose as to how much road riding there is. There are a mix of quiet country roads and river stopbanks as well as a few main roads. The main roads have wide lanes or grass verges though so you can keep off the road if you want.

What is in the picnic lunch and do I pick it up with the bikes?

The picnic lunch contains a sandwich or wrap, a savoury, a sweet, a piece of fruit and a drink. If you need vegetarian then please let us know. The picnic lunch is picked up right next door to the bikes at the Vines Village café. If you have booked online the picnic bag will be ready and waiting for you to pick it up.

Do I have to wear a helmet?

You sure do ! Its law in NZ that anyone riding a bike needs to wear a helmet.

What happens if it is wet?

It doesn’t rain much in Marlborough but if it does it is not a problem. If you have booked online then we can refund your money or if you are here for a couple of days we can just transfer the booking to another day.

Do you hire bikes for children?

Yes we do – we have child seats, a tag along bike and 20inch and 24inch bikes for children. Please let us know the ages and most importantly the heights of your children when you book.

Do I pay tasting fees at the wineries?

In general the wineries do not charge tasting fees but a couple do charge so we will let you know which wineries charge when we give you the winery map on the day of your hire.

Where should I eat if I want to eat at one of the wineries?

You have a number of options and they are all good. Wairau River Winery Restaurant is an institution in the valley – consistently great food. We eat there a lot! Herzog Winery has great food and a gorgeous outside garden area to eat in. Geisens does fabulous platters that are filling, delicious and great value. The starting point of your day has the Vines Village café which has good counter food if you just want a quick sandwich, pie or muffin. Nautilus will put together a cheeseboard for you if a light lunch and a glass of wine is all you are after and you can sit at a picnic table under a tree outside their cellar door. Allan Scott winery also have a great restaurant with a lovely outdoor courtyard garden. These are just your options within 4km from our base. If you are prepared to bike a bit further we also recommend Saint Clair, Brancott Estate and Rockferry winery restaurants.

What do I do if I am staying in Picton?

We do a door to door pick up and drop off to your Picton accommodation for $40pp. Alternatively you can drive to the Vines Village and meet us there or catch a bus from Picton to Blenheim and we can pick you up from the Blenheim i-SITE. Ask the Picton i-SITE about bus timetables.

What is Ride the Golden Mile

This is a fun way to wine tour through the wineries. We provide you with a map of the Golden Mile circuit. You collect stamps at each participating cellar door or food outlet you visit and once you have collected 5 stamps you receive a gold medal at your final stop.