Wharf Jump

Be like the locals and go wharf jumping in Mapua, the perfect way to cool off after a day spent browsing the boutique shops, galleries, icecream stalls, wine bar, brewery and eateries in the area

The Mapua Wharf is one of Nelson Tasman’s most popular dining, shopping and recreation attractions, overlooking the picturesque Waimea Estuary.

Originally a fruit-shipping port, the old cool-store buildings are now home to a number of restaurants, wine bars, breweries, galleries and giftshops. A pedestrian-only zone gives the wharf a relaxed vibe and provides ample opportunity for visitors to enjoy the flavours, scenery and artisan offerings on offer in this special place.

During the summer months, you’ll find adventurous souls jumping from the wharf into the tidal current below, whilst all year round people dine alfresco by the sea, indulge in some boutique shopping or set off on the cycle trail that weaves through the village.

The Mapua Wharf is also a hub for community events and festivals, adding a lively and dynamic atmosphere to the area. Throughout the year, the wharf hosts a variety of markets, live music performances, and art exhibitions, which attract both locals and tourists alike. 

These events not only showcase the region's rich cultural tapestry but also foster a strong sense of community among those who gather to celebrate. Whether you're looking to explore local crafts, enjoy a leisurely brunch with a view, or partake in a festive celebration, Mapua Wharf offers a vibrant and welcoming environment for all ages and interests.

Getting There

There is a carpark just before you reach the wharf, at the end of Aranui Road in Mapua. If travelling by bike, a cycle ferry connects the wharf with Rabbit Island on Tasman’s Great Taste Trail.