Discover Rabbit Island near Tasman

Looking for somewhere different to explore? Why not come and check out Rabbit Island near Tasman! Find yourself in the midst of the largest island in the Waimea Estuary and enjoy the beautiful views and tranquil setting of the beach. Add to your stack today to get one step closer to this relaxing paradise!

What is Rabbit Island?

Rabbit Island is a stunning, and safe, beach that can be found within a short drive from the Town of Richmond.

Originally created over 7,000 years ago, this local favourite is perfect for visiting all year round, where you will often find families, couples, and groups of friends enjoying the picnic and BBQ facilities! Rabbit Island has become a bit of a tradition to visit during Christmas for local families as they fire up the BBQ, play games on the sand and have a splash around in the ocean!

The beach stretches for 13km and connects with the Mapua Village via a cycle ferry, which brings cyclists taking part in the Tasman Great Taste Trail to the next stage in their journey. There is a great opportunity for sightseeing on the bridge that connects Rabbit Island with the mainland, as it offers a variety of stunning views for those journeying along the trail. It is also not uncommon to spot some of the diverse birdlife that calls the Estuary their home.

There are a number of access roads that cut up Rabbit Island and they can be a little confusing, therefore the best way to navigate the island is via the names of the different picnic areas or the signposts that run along the foreshore pointing out access points.

  • Rabbit Island is monitored and closed overnight
  • Gates at the entrance will shut shortly after dark
  • Signs can be spotted around the beach to find picnic areas and other facilities


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