Mapua and Ruby Bay
The quaint coastal village of Mapua is a delightful place to while away a day. With a collection of waterfront restaurants, galleries, boutique shops, a brewery and an ice-cream parlour you will be well catered for.
Watch the local children jumping off the wharf into the ocean, try your hand at fishing or take the ferry across to Rabbit Island. You can also hire bikes from here to go for a ride on the Great Taste Trail – take in the sea views and visit wineries and art galleries along the way. more
The Ruby Coast road takes you through Tasman and Kina where you can discover more beaches, a golf course, picturesque picnic spots, cafes, galleries and wineries. With many accommodation options in the area it is easy to stay and enjoy all that is on offer.
What Do You Want To Do?
Mobile-friendly - Day sailing tours aboard fast comfortable catamarans. The most peaceful and relaxing way to see the Abel Tasman—New Zealand's best sailing location and close to Nelson. With half-day, full-day, and multi-day options, we'll make the most of your time. Private charters for specialised tours available for groups up to 40.
Mobile-friendly - Escorted, customised tours driving our Jaguar, MG and Alfa Romeo classic and modern sports cars, or yours. Enjoy up to five different cars touring the wonderful uncrowded roads of the South Island. Day or multi day trips on set dates or to your choice, taking in delightful destinations, riveting roads, characterful company, delicious dining, affable accommodation and stunning scenery!
Mobile-friendly - Our Fresh Great Taste Trail allows you to experience the extraordinary diversity of what this stunning region has to offer, all while sampling the local produce, beverages, and warm hospitality – no matter what part of the trail you’re on! Based in Whakatū Nelson, we offer a full range of self-guided package tours, bike hire, luggage transfers and accommodation bookings.
Mobile-friendly - Involved in the hospitality and tourism industry for over 20 years, Destination Tasman is a locally owned and operated business based in Motueka run by locals Chrissy and Gary. We operate a pick up and drop off service from many locations including, Motueka, Kaiteriteri, Takaka, Collingwood, Marahau, Mapua, Nelson and everywhere in between.
Mobile-friendly - Cycle the Great Taste Cycle Trail in Nelson, New Zealand with The Gentle Cycling Company. Self-guided rides for lovers of food, art & beautiful landscapes. Single day wine or craft beer rides, multi day rides in stunning rural landscapes include routes to Kaiteriteri, gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park.
Mapua Leisure Park has excellent recreational opportunities, self-contained accommodation and camping facilities for all age groups. New Zealanders favourite piece of paradise year after year! Range of accommodation from roomy tourist motels with beachfront views to snug backpacker cabins, cosy chalets, spacious powered sites, tent sites. Relaxed island-like feel characterises this unique promontory on 25 acres of native woodland.
Mobile-friendly - Welcome to the Tasman Motor Camp and Camping Ground. We're situated in the Tasman and are your ideal staging point for adventures in the Tasman Region. We have a number of accommodation options to cater for your needs including Sports Teams and larger groups. We're ideally located for a pleasant stay.
Mobile-friendly - Over 45 years knowledge within the Transport Industry. We offer solutions to your transport requirements, either local or regional, see us first. Nelson to Motueka shuttle, Airport transfers, prestige transport for individual and personalised Wine and Beer trail tours, transport for hiking/walking tracks. In fact we can pick you up from anywhere and drop you anywhere. A flexible, affordable service.
Mobile-friendly - Three beautifully renovated self-contained cottages nestled on the shore of the Waimea Inlet. Private and tranquil with wonderful estuary and mountain views. Situated halfway between Nelson City and the Abel Tasman National Park, the location is ideal for exploring the Nelson/Tasman region. Five minutes drive to excellent cafes, restaurants and galleries in Mapua Village. Motueka and Nelson nearby.
Mobile-friendly - Stylishly different, city chic meets country style in these boutique holiday homes and glamping site on 2ha farm beside Mapua seaside village. 4 bedroom Copper Gate eco-house; 3 bedroom Corru Gate; 1 bedroom Briar Rose BnB; 1 bedroom Paris Suite romantic apartment; Kissing Gate glamping(TripAdvisor's top 14 in the world). Art, rural tranquillity, stunning design, organic orchards and SPACE.
Trampers transport to all tracks in the northern part of the South Island, including Kahurangi Park, Nelson Lakes and Abel Tasman. For all numbers of persons we can pick up by 4WD from accommodation or airport anytime of day to one or both ends of tracks including: Heaphy, Tablelands, Wangapeka, the Cobb Valley, and the Leslie Karamea.
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Nelson Farmers Market
The Nelson Farmers Market is your place to be on a Wednesday. It is a vibrant market brimming with a diverse range of fresh, seasonal locally grown produce and artisan food. Please pop on down and see what's fresh this ...
Where: Nelson Farmers Market, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 23 Halifax Street, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 8:00am on Wednesday 26th May 2021
To: 1:00pm on Wednesday 1st June 2022
Summer Holiday Programme
Aroha Discovery School is running two weeks of holiday programme full of exciting, fun and adventurous activities from Monday 17 January till Friday 28 January, see flyer for more details. To register for the summer ...
Where: Fairfield House, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 48 Van Diemen St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 9:00am on Monday 17th January 2022
To: 3:00pm on Friday 28th January 2022
'8 for 8' Exhibition
A visual feast for the senses, on display will be artworks available for purchase from Michael Dell, Dick Frizzell, Chris Heaphy, Richard Killeen, Allen Maddox, Judy Millar and Michael Smither. An evolving exhibition, ...
Where: Craig Potton Gallery + Store, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 255 Hardy Street, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 10:00am on Wednesday 24th November 2021
To: 2:00pm on Saturday 5th February 2022
Kia ora Whakatū! After touring Te Waipounamu, the South Island, the Wāhine exhibition is coming back to Nelson with 4 additional wāhine portraits from down south! Come and listen to these new stories alongside our ...
Where: Refinery ArtSpace, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 114 Hardy St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 9:00am on Tuesday 25th January 2022
To: 5:00pm on Saturday 19th February 2022
Yoga on StandUp Paddleboards for Teenage Girls (Kōhine Māia)
This is the third part of a three-part summer beach series for teenage girls. "Meet new kōhine (teenage girls) and have some fun getting active together this summer! Challenge your balance on the ground and on the ...
Where: Tahunanui Beach, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: Beach Rd, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 9:00am on Thursday 27th January 2022
To: 11:00am on Thursday 27th January 2022
Dru Yoga Class
Strengthen your body! Relax your mind! Open your heart! Perfect for all ages, states of health and levels of fitness. Soft and flowing yet powerful movements and sequences, proven to ease physical discomfort & relieve ...
Where: Saxton Oval Pavilion, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: Saxton Road, Stoke, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 6:00pm on Thursday 13th January 2022
To: 7:30pm on Thursday 30th June 2022
Nick Rado - The Get Back Up Comedy Tour
New Zealand's premier clean stand up comedian returns to Mapua with his brand new comedy hour, **The Get Back Up Comedy Tour.** It's time for us to get back up together and laugh, poke fun at and shake our heads in ...
Where: The Playhouse Cafe and Theatre, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 171 Westdale Rd, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 8:00pm on Friday 28th January 2022
To: 10:00pm on Friday 28th January 2022
Buskers At The Boathouse: CANCELLED
When Buskers go bad! Nelson Buskers Festival comes off the street to present some of New Zealand's finest buskers as they let their hair down and show you some of their more risqué material. Certainly not for the faint ...
Where: The Boathouse, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 326 Wakefield Quay, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 8:00pm on Friday 28th January 2022
To: 10:00pm on Friday 28th January 2022
Buskers at Founders: CANCELLED
The best NZ based Buskers return to Nelson to entertain with amazing skills. This year we welcome you to Founders Heritage Park. Bring the whole family and experience acrobatics, juggling, clowning, hula hoops and much ...
Where: Founders Heritage Park, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 87 Atawhai Dr, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 11:00am on Friday 28th January 2022
To: 2:30pm on Monday 31st January 2022
Ceramic Sculpture Classes
Ceramic Sculpture classes. Casual classes. And you can start any week. Unvaccinated and Vaccinated welcome. Under Amber traffic system. Distancing and other measures taken for all safety. - Classes are about ...
Where: Vicki Charles Sculptor, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
Address: 55 Weka St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman
From: 6:30pm on Thursday 1st October 2020
To: 8:30pm on Friday 18th March 2022