Rabbit Island & Beyond

From NZD NZ$70.00
  • Duration: 4 Hours (approx.)
  • Location: Mapua, Nelson
  • Product code: RabbitIsland

Mapua means ‘abundance’ in Maori and it
certainly doesn’t disappoint. Situated on the Waimea Estuary right in the
middle of the Tasman Bay just a 35 minute drive from Nelson City, Mapua is a
magical spot to relax, enjoy fine food and drink and challenge yourself to some
amazing cycling. With cafes, pubs, restaurants, wine bars and a brewery, the
choice of local craft beer, wine and dining options are first class. Local
favourites on the Mapua Wharf include locally sourced fish & chips and real
fruit ice creams.

Situated right in the heart of the Tasman Great
Taste Trail, Mapua is the perfect location to explore our amazing cycle trails.
This is one of the region’s most popular day adventures with stunning
scenery, wineries, breweries, history and activities.

Rabbit Island & Beyond

Time & Distance: You Choose

Meals: Available along the Trail (own cost), we recommend you have lunch a one of the fantastic wineries along the way!

From the Mapua Wharf, the Mapua Ferry whisks
you over to Rabbit Island where the peace and quiet will give you time to clear
your head. Spend as long as you want exploring the white sandy beaches and
trails around the island or carry on cycling towards Richmond crossing
farmland, a swing bridge and amazing boardwalks over the estuary. It pays not
to forget to visit an award winning winery or brewery for lunch along the
route. The best part of this ride is that it is all flat, but we can still
offer you the option to take an e-bike too!

This is Kiwi Journeys most popular day out, it’s
an absolute ‘must do’ when visiting Nelson! The peace and tranquillity as you
wander from gorgeous plantation forest to open farmland and around the
estuaries just makes you realise how good it is to be alive.

The journey is also a fantastic day out for the
whole family! We can provide kiddie’s seats, trailers and tag along bikes so
there is something for everyone. You just need to remember to bring your
swimming gear to cool off afterwards!

When you arrive we kit you out with all the
equipment you need to enjoy your day. We fit a detailed map to your handlebars
which also highlights all the great food and beverage stops along the trail.


Transport - During the summer months, Kiwi Journeys operate a daily service to and from Mapua.


  • Cycle equipment which includes bicycle, helmet, repair kit, panniers or carrier bag, odometer and trail documentation

  • Bottled water/Souvenir map

  • Mapua Ferry crossing