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Visit our Local Wineries

The sunny climate mixed with the weathered gravels of an ancient river system stretching from St Arnaud to the coast has created the perfect threaded clay soils for growing wine grapes. The Moutere Hills is scattered with vineyards. Most of the wineries are family-owned, meaning that you’ll often meet the winemakers themselves when visiting their cellar door.

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Cycle Around

Cycling is a great way to discover the jewels of the region. Enjoy the seaside – From Māpua, Ruby Bay or Kina up into the Moutere hills, keep your eyes peeled for a variety of talented artisan crafters, wineries and galleries …

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Jump off the Māpua wharf

For those wanting a quick way to cool off in the summer heat, a leap off the Māpua Wharf is a fun way to do it! Check the tides, grab your togs, and head down to the wharf to create some summer memories.

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Visit the Motueka Sunday Market

With a wide range of gourmet treats, from seasonal fruits and berries, to freshly baked breads and German sausages, you’re sure to leave satisfied. Enjoy the lively atmosphere while you stroll amongst stalls offering second-hand goodies, wood crafts, hand knitted clothes and toys, fresh coffee, plants and herbs, and much, much more!

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Rabbit Island for walks / picnics / biking / swimming

Make a day of it on Rabbit Island. You’ll find everything you need including barbeques and picnic tables, a scenic beach with soft sand and safe swimming, and beautiful cycle and walking trails. Rabbit Island is connected to the mainland by the Māpua Ferry.

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Indulge at the Māpua wharf

Māpua means abundance, and you won’t be short of places to explore when visiting Māpua wharf. Freshen up the home or bach with offerings from one of the many homeware and gallery shops. Update your summer hat wardrobe then relax with a coffee. Or take in the spectacular views while savouring a meal from one of the many food outlets, with something to suit every budget.

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Walk on Ruby Bay Beach

Morning or evening, cloudy or sunny, a walk on Ruby Bay beach is good for the soul. Forage for flat round stones to stack or search for sparkly white ‘moon stones’.

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