Magical Mapua


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. Through client feedback, spending one night in Mapua just isn’t enough time to enjoy the ambience of this seaside village. 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 in either direction. These are some of the region’s most popular day adventures with stunning scenery, wineries, breweries, history and activities.

Rabbit Island and Beyond

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!

Mapua to Kaiteriteri

The coastal part of the trail from Mapua to Kaiteriteri is a fantastic day out, you can choose how far you ride and the things you experience. A short 10km ride up to Tasman for lunch at the award winning café of the year ‘The Jester House’, where you can also feed tame Eels, is a morning well spent. Or maybe you’d rather sample some of the many top café’s on the 41km ride to Kaiteriteri, the prize is fantastic when you set eyes on the golden sands of the coast!  This section of trail generally ranges from grade 1 to 3, we recommend you have a reasonable level of fitness for this section. Our ‘Trail Hopper’ transport service gives you the flexibility to bike one way, in either direction, and get picked up. Again you could always upgrade to an e-bike, making quick and easy work of those hills!

Moutere Hills Winery Tour

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. This is also a popular day out on e-bikes! 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.

Arrival - Nelson Airport / Nelson City - Meals: Dinner
Trail Journeys will greet you on arrival and transport you to your B&B accommodation in Mapua. A dinner voucher is supplied, choose to dine at the Apple Shed or Jellyfish Restaurants, they are both amazing!

Day 1 - Mapua - Distance: At your Leisure - Meals: Breakfast
After breakfast, take a short walk to the Trail Journeys bike shop on the Mapua Wharf. Here we will fit you to your bikes and supply you with all the equipment, maps and information required to have a great day. Choose one of the rides from above.

Day 2 - Mapua / Airport / Nelson City - Meals: Breakfast

Another fun day ahead before we transport you back to the Airport or Nelson.
Trail Journeys are happy to work in with you if your plans or arrangements are different.

2 Days / 2 Nights


  • 12 months of the year


  • B & B Accommodation (2 nights)
  • All Transport to and from Nelson Airport / City
  • Cycle equipment which includes trail comfort bike, helmet, repair kit, panniers or carrier bag, odometer and trail documentation
  • Bottled water
  • Mapua Ferry crossing

Optional Add On’s:

  • Trail Hopper transport$25 per person (one way from Mapua to Kaiteriteri or return)
  • Enjoy this fantastic fun day out on our high end electric bikes! (additional $52 per person per day)

Prices:  NZD$629.00pp                      min 2 pax (Adults)