Cycle Beautiful Rabbit IslandThis is an easy family-friendly bike ride on the Rabbit Island cycle trail. Take a picnic for lunch on the long, white sand beach.
This is a cruisey way to enjoy some lazy beach time, take a little exercise and enjoy some of Tasman Bay’s most gorgeous seascapes. To make the cycle hire easy, start and finish from the small village of Mapua, nestled on the banks of the Waimea Estuary. At the new, but historic, Mapua Wharf there are bike hire companies who can kit you out with cycle, helmet and trail map. Also at Mapua wharf is a choice of boutique cafes offering delicious home made lunch treats and amazing coffees, local artisan shops and even a boutique brewery Golden Bear Brewing for craft beers. The wharf area is a great place to relax in the sun and watch the comings and goings of cyclists and local kids fishing in the tidal estuary entrance.
A ferry service operates on the hour from Mapua Wharf to the drop off beach on Rabbit Island. The ferry crossing for you and your bike takes only a few scenic minutes, then you are on the island and on your way. The cycle trail basically loops the island, although at times some of the trails, which double as forestry roads, can be closed to cyclists if there are vehicles operating in the area. The ferry skipper will advise you of any closed trails. Otherwise, it’s easy to follow the markers through the forest and along the beach trail to the northern side of the island where you’ll find shady picnic areas, a long white sandy beach for safe and very pleasant swimming. What better way to cool off after a few kilometres of cycling? To return to Mapua, simply meet the ferry at the designated beach pick up point.
The Rabbit Island cycle trail is mainly hard packed earth, with the occasional sandy pocket, very family friendly, uncrowded and an absolutely delightful day out.
Enjoy a holiday with the family this summer!This summer, bring the family together and enjoy New Zealand’s great outdoors. As we like to call it “the Kiwi backyard”, there are a myriad of things to see and do for the family. Visiting places such as Auckland, the Coromandel, Rotorua,... read more
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