Rabbit Island & Beyond


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. These are some of the region’s most popular day adventures with stunning scenery, wineries, breweries, history and activities.


1 Day - Mapua Wharf – Rabbit Island - Richmond - Distance: You Choose - Meals: Available at Wineries and Craft Breweries

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 cycle 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.



1 Day – Total maximum cycling distance – You Choose


  • September 2019 – April 2020 (NB: not available on Christmas day)


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

  • Bottled water / souvenir map

  • Return Mapua Ferry crossing

Optional Add-Ons:

  • Enjoy this fantastic fun day out on our high end E-Bikes (electric)! (NB: extra $54 per person, no children’s E-Bikes available)

  • Child is classed whilst riding a child’s bike up to 24” (approx 10/11yrs). Once on an adult bike - adult prices apply.

Prices: NZD$70.00pp

Family (2 Adults, 2 Children) = NZD$216.00