Walk the idyllic beaches, watch the birds, stroke tame eels,  paddle a kayak, ride a horse, sip wine in a leafy vineyard, play a round of golf, hurtle downhill on your MTB, take the ferry across to Rabbit Island…

This is not just a ‘drive through’ area – there is plenty on offer here to make Ruby Coast Moutere Hills a place to spend a few days…or a lifetime.

Boating on the Ruby Coast

The Waimea Estuary is the largest tidal inlet in the Southern Hemisphere and an internationally important habitat for birds. The peaceful surroundings, the bird life and the glorious weather make this great boating territory.

  • The sandbar at the mouth of the Mapua inlet in the Waimea Estuary demands concentration but it’s worth it to tie up alongside the wharf, or moor and row in for a beer, a coffee and lunch or an ice cream at the cafes on the wharf.
  • Visitors arriving at Mapua by boat must contact John Ward of the Mapua Boat Club on 03 540 2655 before entering the channel or attempting to moor alongside the wharf – the estuary has wildly fluctuating tides and a flow of 6 or 7 knots at times.
  • Mapua does not have a marina but provides a boat ramp at the wharf – a small fee is payable in an honesty box.
  • Mooring at Grossi Point is subject to the tides and should not be attempted without local knowledge.
  • Water skiing is possible from the shore at Baigent Reserve on the Kina Peninsula.
Mapua Wharf