• Restaurants and galleries
  • Craft brewery tours
  • Cycling trails


  • By car: 30 min from Nelson

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Mapua township is the perfect mix of classic kiwiana, charming boutique shops and quality restaurants.

Mapua beach, Nelson

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Wharf Jumping Mapua Style, Nelson

By John Fountain

Great Taste Cycle Trail, near Mapua, Nelson

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Mapua Rabbit Island Ferry, Nelson

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Sunrise in Mapua - New Zealand Time, Nelson

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Kissing Gate Mapua, Nelson

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Just 30 minutes from Nelson, the charming seaside village of Mapua is increasingly becoming a favourite holiday spot for tourists. With a lively cluster of restaurants, art galleries, wine bars and a craft brewery, Mapua is the perfect place to relax and unwind.

Hire a bike and cycle Tasman's Great Taste Trail, which stretches from central Nelson to Motueka.

Just offshore, Rabbit Island offers a treat for mountain bikers with a network of trails just waiting to be explored. A little ferry departs Mapua Wharf regularly for the Island, with room passengers and their bikes.

The wharf is also a hot spot for fishing or wharf jumping.

If you're visiting at Easter, be sure to check out the annual Easter Sunday Fair. People arrive from all over to enjoy this event, making it the biggest fair in the Nelson Tasman region.

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