Trail Grades and Safety

Our trails have been graded according to the trail grade standards set out by NZ Cycle Trails. You can read them here.

We recommend riders are fit and well prepared and we encourage you to know your limits and choose a trail that's suitable for all the riders in your group. Also be aware that there are areas on the trails where there is no cellphone reception. You may want to carry a Personal Locator Beacon in these areas. Check network coverage here.

Mapua Ferry

Ride Length
0.2 km
1: Easiest

The Mapua Ferry is a vital link in Tasman's Great Taste Trail taking riders from Rabbit Island to Mapua Wharf and back again.

Purpose built to accommodate cyclists and foot passengers the ferry takes approximately seven minutes to make its crossing. Bike racks take care of your bike whilst you sit back and enjoy the only ferry crossing on any cycle trail in New Zealand.

It is not possible to travel between Rabbit Island and Mapua if you do not use the ferry.

The ferry is affected by adverse weather conditions (mainly wind and rough sea). If the ferry isn't running for any reason a notice will be posted on the website and on our Facebook page 

For an up to date timetable, please go to the Mapua Ferry website.