Mapua means ‘abundance’ in Māori 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.
Situated right in the heart of the Tasman Great Taste Trail, Mapua is the perfect location to explore some amazing cycle trails in either direction. These are some of the region’s most popular day adventures with stunning scenery, wineries, breweries, history and activities.
We’ve put together a great 2 night/3 day package with Kiwi Journeys including Nelson airport transfers, 2 nights’ B+B accommodation at Mapua Wharf, E-Bike hire, as well as ferry and land transfers so that you can enjoy any or all of the 3 below trails over 2 days:
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.
Kiwi Journeys will shuttle you to Kaiteriteri where you can enjoy the golden sands of Kaiteriteri beach before spending the day meandering back to Mapua. After exiting the Kaiteri mountain bike park, you will enjoy a leisurely ride with many scenic attractions along the way. From Riwaka, you make your way around the coastal trail of Motueka, enjoying the variety of bird species and scenery. A recommended coffee/meal stop is ‘Toad Hall’ at the (southern) end of Motueka. On leaving Motueka you will pass through the Riverside Community, (great café here called Riverside Café) then head up over Tasman View Road. (This section is grade 2-3 and is a steady climb). However, the spectacular views of Tasman Bay make it all worth it! Onward to the quaint village of Tasman, you are now just 8kms from Mapua.
With the rolling, picturesque countryside and stunning views of the Mount Arthur Range, this amazing day lets you experience four characteristic vineyards and some of the region’s (and the world’s) finest wines and artisans. The Moutere is also well known for its arts and crafts, riding past vineyards, hops and blueberry farms you can learn about the local history, and will also have time to stop and view the galleries at your leisure. A must stop, of course, is the oldest pub in New Zealand – ‘The Moutere Inn’. This is an amazing day out where you experience a magical part of New Zealand – you’ll remember it forever. Our latest high tech electric bikes make the hills achievable for people with moderate fitness levels. It doesn’t take long for the smiles to take over as your appreciation for these machines and the countryside make for an awesome day.
-2 Nights’ Accommodation at Four Puffed Pedallers, Mapua On The Water (or similar bed and breakfast accommodation dependent on availability) for 2
-Daily continental breakfast
–Kiwi Journeys E-Bike hire for 2 days for 2 people, including: helmet, charger, repair kit, panniers or carrier bag, drink bottle, odometer and trail documentation
-Nelson Airport transfers at both ends, Mapua Ferry transfer (unlimited transfers) & Mapua to Kaiteriteri shuttle transfer
*Valid Until 31st May 2022