Mapua is located on a sheltered stretch of the Tasman coastline, adjacent to Rabbit Island. It is a vibrant community, with cafes, restaurants, shops and artist’s studios/ galleries. The area is proud of its annual sunshine record, which means it has perfect cycling conditions all year round. Winters are typically sunny with clear skies and calm conditions. A phrase which is used here is “All here, all year” and that is especially true when it comes to cycling.

Mapua wharf offers a taste of quintessential New Zealand, with a waterfront that oozes charm, tranquillity and more recently a link to Rabbit Island. The wharf has become a hub for all types of cyclists, as they come from all directions and stop off for some refreshments. The small ferry (The Flat Bottom Fairy) operates from the wharf and takes cyclists to and from the island, as well as offering a tour of the estuary. The island offers several routes through the quiet pine forest and The Great Taste Trail goes through parkland and follows the coastline with lots of opportunities to access the 9kms of beach, with golden sand and safe swimming.

The Great Taste Trail (one of New Zealand’s Great Rides) passes through Mapua. The Trail is only one of many cycling routes in the area. Cyclists can enjoy quiet country roads with breath -taking views of coastline, mountains and rolling countryside. The Ruby coast, Kina peninsula, Mahana and Moutere vineyards and countryside are all in close proximity to Mapua. For those cyclists wanting to do more Kms in a day, the Mapua area is a great base to explore the Motueka valley and the town of Motueka.

Cycle (and walk) options in and around Mapua are constantly increasing, as the local community continues to open up new pathways. Local maps struggle to be up-to-date, due to the dynamic nature of the developments. Local accommodation providers, cycle hire and tour operators, Tasman District Council and Mapua and District Business Association offer route information both online and locally.

Content courtesy of Wheelie Fantastic. Photos courtesy of Paul Nankivell & Chocolate Dog Photography.