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Mapua Store (7 minutes drive) is a mini supermarket selling a wide range of food and grocery items including liquor.

Mapua Country Store (6 mins drive at the turnoff to Mapua) sells local fruit and vegetables and some deli items.


For an easy stay in meal, we recommend you grab some smoked fish from The Smokehouse at Mapua Wharf, salad items from Mapua 4Square Discounter or Mapua Country Store and fresh bread from the Mapua 4Square Discounter or Naked Bun.  If you are here in summer, there might be tomatoes, lettuce & salad items in our vegetable garden. Assemble your meal at Kereru House, take a glass of wine and sit out on a balcony and drink in the view.



The Smokehouse, Mapua Wharf (Fish & Chips and smoked fish)

Ruby Bay Takeaways, Ruby Bay (Fish & Chips and hamburgers)

Mapua Sprig & Fern Tavern (pizzas, hamburgers, Fish & Chips)

Dining Out

Local restaurants & cafes. Mapua boasts several restaurants and cafes ranging from classy dining to casual al fresco cafe experiences and takeaway food. www.rubycoastmouterehills.co.nz, Sprig & Fern Tavern Mapua www.sprigandferntaverns.co.nz/taverns/aranui-road-mapua, Jellyfish Café

www.jellyfishmapua.co.nz and Appleshed Café & Bar www.appleshed.co.nz. 

Regional Cuisine Nelson and Richmond are home to many world class restaurants. Check them out on www.eatdrinknelson.co.nz.

Wine The Nelson, Moutere area is famous for its wine industry. Many wineries can be visited in a leisurely day trip or you can take advantage of the many commercial tours available: www.winenelson.co.nz


Things to Do

Art & culture.  The Nelson Bays area (Nelson, Ruby Coast, Motueka, Golden Bay) is well known for its art and culture attractions. www.nelsonnz.com www.thesuter.org.nz

Beaches, coastline and easy walks. Everyone who comes to Nelson heads for the world famous Abel Tasman National Park. Visit the beaches or take a cruise and hop on and off for short walks in the beautiful bush of the national park. www.abeltasman.co.nz.

Great Taste Cycle Trail.  Tasman’s Great Taste Trail starts at the Nelson Airport or the Nelson i-SITE and offers panoramic coastal and mountain views over Tasman Bay, Waimea Estuary and the Western Ranges, with many stops for fine food and relaxation. The trail passes just 400metres along Aporo Rd.   https://www.nzcycletrail.com/trails/tasmans-great-taste-trail/ There are several local bike hire businesses and most will provide a pick up and drop off service to Kereru House.  www.trailjourneysnelson.co.nz

Tramping, skiing and other outdoor activities. Check out the Kahurangi National Park. A network of tracks, fishing, kayaking and caving are some of the Park’s attractions. Mountainbiking is now allowed on three of these tracks. Everything from short nature walks to longer alpine tramps, skiing in the winter. To plan your outdoor experience, check out www.doc.govt.nz   National parks KahurangiBush and Beyond Guided Wilderness Treks, Kahurangi National Park   Activities: Kahurangi National Park.  www.newzealand.com/national-parks/nelson-lakes/nelson-lakes

Aerial activities. There is a busy little airport in Motueka, which includes Motueka Aero Club (Inc) www.motuekaaeroclub.com and SkyDive Abel Tasman www.skydive.co.nz

Golf. There are three excellent golf courses nearby. The Tasman Golf Cub with it’s rolling greens and stunning view, is just 10 minutes down the road. www.tasmangolfclub.co.nz Only 15 minutes away is the Motueka Golf Club www.motuekagolf.co.nz and 15 minutes in the other direction, Greenacres Golf Club near Richmond www.greenacresgolf.co.nz. Nelson city of course is also well catered for golf clubs www.nelsongolf.co.nz

Tourist information and local area information. Apart from its iconic art and culture, the Nelson Bays region offers a huge range of activity options www.nelsonnz.com. www.tourismNewZealand.co.nz. To find out more about local communities, www.tasman.govt.nz   www.nelsoncitycouncil.co.nz

Business. Interested in checking out the local business communities? For Mapua, Ruby Bay and Moutere Hills, try www.mapua.gen.nz or https://mapua.co.nz  For what is going on in the wider Nelson area, try  https://commerce.org.nz

Shopping – gifts and crafts. Local craft and gift shops may be found in Mapua (7 mins), Tasman/Kina (5 minutes) and Moutere (15-20 mins) www.rubycoastmouterehills.co.nz. Look for regional shopping experiences at www.nelsonnz.com and www.motuekaonline.co.nz

Nelson city’s famous Saturday market www.nelsonmarket.co.nz (8am – 1pm) attracts visitors from all over NZ and boasts over 80 different food, clothing and craft stalls.   For the best experience, we recommend going early (before 10am) then have coffee and spend the rest of the morning wandering around Nelson – shopping or visiting some of the historic places.


Our Recommendations

For morning/afternoon teas or lunch, we recommend Jester House. Two minutes drive, 15 minute cycle or 30 minute walk down Aporo Rd towards Motueka.

For evening meals or lunch, Sprig & Fern Mapua www.sprigandferntaverns.co.nz/taverns/aranui-road-mapua,   Jellyfish www.jellyfishmapua.co.nz, Appleshed www.appleshed.co.nz down at Mapua Wharf.

Day activities. We suggest the following options for day activites:

Easy post travel day around Mapua. Particularly if you are tired after travelling. Drive down to Mapua, have lunch, visit the shops and buy in some provisions. In the afternoon after a rest, you could walk (30mins) or drive down to Ruby Bay (5mins) and walk on the beach. Alternatively, take a leisurely walk around our property and check out the highland cattle.

Abel Tasman National Park. Wilsons Abel Tasman cruises. Cruises leave from 9am. Their bus from nelson will stop over the road from our property.       Either stay on the boat the whole time or hop on and off for short walks in the National Park. Alternatively, pack a picnic lunch, drive to Marahau (30-40 minutes) and take an easy walk into one of the beaches of the national park.

Saturday market/Nelson City.   Attend the market, do some shopping then have a leisurely lunch, then visit the Nelson Wearable Art and Classic Car museum in the afternoon. www.nelsonmarket.co.nz

Wine Tour.   Spend the day sampling wine and letting someone else take care of you! www.winenelson.co.nz

Golden Bay. Even driving over “Marble Mountain” to Takaka is an iconic Nelson trip. However, activites we recommend on your day out “in the bay” include:

Guided tour through Ngarua Caves www.ngaruacaves.co.nz

Visit Waikorupupu Springs An easy 5 minute walk from the car park

Continue on towards Collingwood and have lunch at Golden Bay’s iconic Mussel Inn www.musselinn.co.nz or go back to Takaka and lunch at the bay’s other iconic cafe, Whole Meal Cafe in the main street. www.wholemealcafe.co.nz . Do some shopping in Takaka then:

Stop off at Anatoki just south of Takaka and catch a salmon. Get it smoked on site, pick up some bread and salad items from Motueka and travel back to Kereru House to sit on a balcony enjoying the view while you feast! www.anatokisalmon.co.nz