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“rabbit island”(36 reviews)
“cycle trail”(4 reviews)
“great taste”(10 reviews)
Suggested duration: < 1 hour
| Mapua Wharf, Tasman, Mapua 7005, New Zealand
+64 274 732 888
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All reviews rabbit island cycle trail great taste return trip friendly helpful staff service provided ferry crossing mapua estuary ride bikes cyclists nelson shore lunch paul
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Reviewed October 10, 2018

Cute ferry ride, easy to take bikes, nice way to start a cycle ride for the Great Taste Trail with young kids

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank FellowTraveler821471
Reviewed September 22, 2018 via mobile

We missed the ferry but called and Paul came back and picked us up! Awesome service , only in Nelson !! Yay for Paul

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank nelsonkiwi67
Reviewed August 24, 2018

This is a nice restful sunny spot for embarking on a ferry ride, having lunch, shopping or just sitting in the sun. There is parking which was fine in the winter quiet months but which will never be adequate in the summer maelstrom. Plenty of...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank milliesmum2016
Reviewed July 9, 2018

Short ferry ride across the estuary. You can ride on and off with your pushbikes to explore the island.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank John M
Reviewed June 30, 2018 via mobile

Have biked through rabbit island to ferry and caught ferry over. Was great - didn’t have to wait long and if there is no ferry planned (maybe low season) you can stand on shore and be noticed from the other side where they will von...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank 875kirstyh
Reviewed June 19, 2018 via mobile

The Mapua Ferry is a real asset to this region. The service provided is friendly and efficient and at a reasonable price.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Paul S
Reviewed June 15, 2018

As well as carrying cyclists on the Great Taste cycle way, the ferry trip makes a great outing with children. Drive to Mapua and cross to Rabbit Island on the ferry enjoying the trip across which, if the tide is running, takes you up and...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Angela217
Reviewed April 22, 2018

Took the ferry over from rabbit island to mapua with the bikes. The ferry drive came back to collect us even though it was outside the standard pickup times, so we didn't have to wait long. Friendly helpful service, and fairly quick to get across.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Amy H
Reviewed March 28, 2018 via mobile

Lots of room for bikes and people and it saves a lot riding time. Also it was a dollar cheaper than what the website said.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Dennis J
Reviewed March 21, 2018

The ferry is a agood service when on your bike to enjoy the great taste trail, mapua and rabbit island.

Date of experience: January 2018
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