Mapua is located on a sheltered stretch of the Tasman coastline, adjacent to Rabbit Island. It is aÂ vibrant community, with cafes, restaurants, shops and artistâ€™s studios/ galleries. The area is proudÂ of its annual sunshine record, which means it has perfect cycling conditions all year round. WintersÂ are typically sunny with clear skies and calm conditions. A phrase which is used here is â€œAll here, allÂ yearâ€ 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,Â tranquillity and more recently a link to Rabbit Island. The wharf has become a hub for all types ofÂ cyclists, as they come from all directions and stop off for some refreshments. The small ferry (TheÂ Flat Bottom Fairy) operates from the wharf and takes cyclists to and from the island, as well asÂ offering a tour of the estuary. The island offers several routes through the quiet pine forest and TheÂ Great Taste Trail goes through parkland and follows the coastline with lots of opportunities to accessÂ the 9kms of beach, with golden sand and safe swimming.
The Great Taste Trail (one of New Zealandâ€™s Great Rides) passes through Mapua. The Trail is onlyÂ one of many cycling routes in the area. Cyclists can enjoy quiet country roads with breath -takingÂ views of coastline, mountains and rolling countryside. The Ruby coast, Kina peninsula, Mahana andÂ Moutere vineyards and countryside are all in close proximity to Mapua. For those cyclists wanting toÂ do more Kms in a day, the Mapua area is a great base to explore the Motueka valley and the town ofÂ Motueka.
Cycle (and walk) options in and around Mapua are constantly increasing, as the local communityÂ continues to open up new pathways. Local maps struggle to be up-to-date, due to the dynamicÂ nature of the developments. Local accommodation providers, cycle hire and tour operators, TasmanÂ District Council and Mapua and District Business Association offer route information both online andÂ locally.
Content courtesy of Wheelie Fantastic. Photos courtesy ofÂ Paul Nankivell & Chocolate Dog Photography.Â