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Rabbit Island | Nelson, Nelson 7081, New Zealand
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All reviews long beach pine forest lots of space great beach toilets and changing rooms catching the ferry beach at low tide recreation area bbq facilities bike ride tasman bay worth a visit few hours picnic mapua forestry richmond
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Moturoa/Rabbit Island is aptly named; the beach is about 7km long. Uncrowded, excellent facilities (changing rooms, toilets, barbeque areas, shelters, mown lawns). Accessible by road and cycleway. Massive parking areas. Safe beach, warm water in summer. Hard to beat.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank RossC1642
Reviewed 2 days ago

I'd give this 5 stars every day if I could. Simply lovely, a short drive out of Nelson and you reach parkland and a superb beach. Great for couples, families, friends. Many walking/biking trails, picnic tables, changing facilities, excellent swimming spot. What's not to like?

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank ajs4travel
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was pretty dusty while we were there and we made the mistake of going on foot. Rabbit Island really seems best enjoyed by bike, Sadly, there is a company logging part of the island. If you come from Mapua, there is one bike rental...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank HG30
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good place for hiking, cycling or swimming. Beach is long and sandy but quite greenish in colour so nothing special, but lots of parking and picnic tables even in high season. Alternatively you can access the island from Mapua. 5 min crossing is $12 return...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Jasmine38Chichester
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Check your tide tables for the best time to visit this prime sunning and swimming spot in Tasman Bay. A short drive from Richmond town centre, Rabbit Island is an unspoiled and non-commercialised stretch of parkland and beach west of Nelson. The beach is perfectly...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Angela217
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ferry over to the island with our rented bikes. Sunny day - beautiful scenery and beaches. Swam in the warm sea. Can recommend cycling.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Chrissie2604
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great beach, not very busy on morning of Jan 4. Spent a few hours on the Old Domain side. Toilets, changing area and picnic tables made for a pleasant stay. Easy to get to, you can drive here.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank kinx81
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had a wonderful bbq breakfast at rabbit island with their beach bbq grills and then strolled along the beach. It looked like a great place to swim as well. There were restrooms and outdoor showers as well.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank revett2016
Reviewed 14 December 2018 via mobile

Nice peaceful relaxing beautiful beach. Had a drive around the island and had a bbq dinner. Kids had a blast. Public toilets, free bbqs, taps etc.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 546sherrid
Reviewed 12 November 2018 via mobile

Had a quick drive around the island - obviously a popular spot for locals with extensive beaches & bike trails

Date of experience: November 2018
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8 January 2019|
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Response from 89thst | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I do not know the answer to this question. I do not recall seeing people fishing, but we visited in the winter there. It was a sunny, but not warm day, and we limited ourselves to a long walk/hike on the beach. It was... More