McKee Reserve and Mapua

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.

DSC_0779 McKee Memorial Scenic Reserve – picnic area and camping, limited camping facilities,  no dogs but a nice spot.

DSC_0777 Looking towards Mapua and Rabbit IslandDSC_0776 Looking towards Rabbit Island DSC_0774 Looking towards Nelson

DSC_2912 Mapua and Ruby Bay are small seaside towns located a short distance from Nelson. The area enjoys spectacular scenery, mountains, rivers, bush and beaches.

DSC_2907 DSC_2908 DSC_2909 DSC_2910 DSC_2911Sit 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

DSC_3950Moturoa 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.

DSC_3948 DSC_2940DSC_2950Max and Sam

This is just over the bridge access to rabbit island – Dogs are not allowed past this point.

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