New Zealand: Wakefield – Mapua Wharf and Rabbit Island


Wakefield, South Island – April 4 to April 9, 2017

Another day we headed to Mapua Wharf (along the coastline of Tasman Bay and at the mouth of the Waimea Estuary) for a some great fish and chips at The Smokehouse and then a short ferry ride across the estuary to Rabbit Island.

Rabbit Island has pine plantations for logging on it, but it’s also got lots of walking and biking paths and a nice beach.  After walking along one of the inland paths for a bit, we decided to walk along the beach instead.

G and L saw some driftwood forts along the beach, so they decided to collect some pieces and make a small shelter. 🙂

The beach was long and beautiful with lots of interesting waves coming in at different directions and a view of Nelson off in the distance.

The tide was low, so G and L had fun walking out on one of the sandbars.  Nothing better than the sound of the ocean waves and a beach to yourself…see video below, too. 🙂

Before we knew it, it was time to hop back on the ferry!

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