McKee Memorial Scenic Reserve occupies an area of coastal land at the northern end of Ruby Bay. The reserve is approximately 1 km north of Ruby Bay township. A nice camping and picnic area with great view across the bay to Nelson.
Mapua Wharf has a range of shops, galleries, restaurants, bars and cafés. Situated by the beautiful Waimea Estuary, just a short drive from Nelson, Richmond and Motueka. The Mapua Ferry provides a great link from Rabbit Island to this buzzing community which comes alive with people during the weekends and the holiday seasons.
Sit back and enjoy the only ferry crossing in New Zealand’s cycle trail. Built to accommodate cyclists and foot passengers, the ferry is only a ten minute trip and a link for the Nelson-Tasman Great Taste Trail. The cycle trail is well underway to being completed, once completed It will be a scenic 174km ride, that takes you through the Abel Tasman National Park. There are also plenty of cruising options available and the ferry can be hired for private functions
Moturoa Rabbit Island is the largest of a group of sandy islands lying in the Waimea Estuary at the head of Tasman Bay, 15 minutes drive from Richmond. Along its seaward side there is more than eight kilometres of safe sandy beach. This is the largest picnic area in the district.
Much of the island is covered in pine plantations owned by the Tasman District Council. The Council has set aside a large area of land adjacent to the beach as a public reserve.
This is just over the bridge access to rabbit island – Dogs are not allowed past this point.