Ruby Bay

A sheltered beach fringed with knarled Titoki trees, the ‘ruby’ in the name comes from the deep red jasper rocks underlying the sandy beach – take a walk to pick up the red tinged pebbles.

  • The beach slopes gently and is safe for children, while the outgoing tide leaves sand flats where a walk yields views towards Nelson city and D’urville Island.
  • There is camping at the McKee Domain, an interpretative sign with local history and information at Pinehill Reserve and an artist’s gallery in the small Ruby Bay village.
  • Just along the coast the striking cliffs beyond the McKee Domain form a dramatic backdrop to the beach.
  • As you drive the connecting road to Tasman reflect on the prisoners who carved the road through to the farmland of Tasman in the late 1800s.


The small Tasman community grew up as the hub of this apple growing region. The orchards continue to flourish, the population is boosted by seasonal workers in autumn and fruit is sold at roadside stalls.

  • Tasman has a coffee shop and general store – a great place to buy the makings for an instant picnic at Kina Beach.
  • · Check out the studios of working artists who welcome visitors – including potters, ceramic artists, sculptors, painters, weavers and wood workers.
  • Don’t miss The Jester House Café with its shady gardens, child friendly vibe and eels so tame you can hand-feed them.
  • The diverse produce grown in the region goes on show every two years at Taste Tasman.


Turn off just after Tasman to the Kina Peninsula with its beautiful tree-shaded beaches, grassy picnic areas and cliffs with stunning views.

  • There is a constant parade of birdlife flying around the estuary, the beaches are easily accessed and children will enjoy exploring the rock pools.
  • Kina has vineyards and the NBS Tasman Golf Club on the Kina Cliffs welcomes visitors – the view alone makes this a worthwhile visit.
  • Luxury accommodation is available on the Peninsula with spectacular views and comfort.