Ruby Coast Scenic Route - the old, and much more scenic route that takes you from Mapua through to Nelson. Leave the main coastal highway at Mapua and follow this road all the way to Tui Cottage.
Golden Bay - 1 hr, 20 mins
Nelson - 45 minutes
Nelson Airport - 35 minutes
WoW Museum - 30 minutes
Motueka - 15 minutes
Richmond - 20 minutes
Mapua - 10 minutes
Upper Moutere Village - 15 minutes
Tasman General Store
Carry a range of local groceries and basics, plus freshly roasted coffee and fantastic cheese scones! Newspapers and a range of local wines. Petrol also available.
Motueka has two large supermarkets and other services. 15 minutes by car. Also a centre for local tourism attractions such as sky Diving. Visit the I-site in Motueka to book accommodation in Abel Tasman National Park and other activities. Motueka also has a range of cafés and two cinemas.
Clustered around the wharf area are restaurants, a wine bar, boutique brewery and a fish and chip shop. A favourite destination for local and visitors, the wharf is always busy and is a great spot of relaxing with a drink and people-watching - especially the local youngsters who like to jump off the wharf into the estuary tide. 10 minutes by car or 20 minutes by bike along the Tasman Great Taste Cycle Trail.
Eating and drinking
A truly unique little café that won NZ Café of the Year 2013 - great food served in beautiful gardens in this quirky one-of-a-kind place. Owner Steve is highly creative and has built the house and all the unusual items in the garden himself - see for yourself when you visit. Easy walking distance from Tui Cottage.
Kina Beach Vineyard
Kina Beach Wines have received numerous awards in regional and national competitions - a great testimony to the attributes of the Kina Beach Vineyard terroir and their passion for quality. While accolades and awards do mean a lot to them, they value the fine community of customers across New Zealand most as they appreciate our commitment to quality, sustainability and partnership. Tastings by appointment - Call 03 526 6252 or 027 521 5321 to arrange for a seated tasting of Kina Beach wines at the Tasting Hut. Visit their website.
Kina Cliffs Vineyard
Kina Cliffs is an 8 acre family-owned boutique vineyard that overlooks Tasman Bay and is near the towering cliffs of the Kina Peninsula. You can walk there from Tui Cottage. These sea-washed cliffs expose the ancient Moutere clay gravels that also lie beneath the vineyard and are known locally to produce a full-bodied, robust grape flavour. This soil, the breezy coastal climate, the high sunshine hours, the hand-tended low yield vines and the expertise of dedicated local winemakers are all engaged to produce exceptional wines. Our Cellar Door is open Labour Weekend until Easter, Thursday-Saturday, 11am - 5pm. Other times by appointment. Visit their website.
Six grape varieties are grown on this family-run vineyard just up the road. Daniel and Ursula produce excellent wines on their 20 hectare north-facing block and their wines are gently made in their gravity fed winery. Healthy soil, strong vines and sustainability are the focus of this boutique vineyard and their wines - Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot gris, Pinot Noir, Gewürtztraminer and Montepulciano can be bought online or sampled in some of the best local restaurants. Visit the Blackenbrook website for a full list of outlets or to buy online.
Galleries and Artists' Studios
Ruby Coast Arts Year Round Arts Trail
The members of Ruby Coast Arts welcome you into their studios up and down the Ruby Coast between Mahana, Mapua, Ruby Bay and Tasman. As the artists are working professionals you may need to phone some of them first but they are happy to have visitors whenever they possibly can. They also have two Open Studios Events each year where all of them are open for the entire weekend. Either pick up a map from us of visit the website.
Next to The Tasman Store. Steve Fullmer has been a potter for many years and brings his own style and sense of humour to his pots, tableware and wall-mounted pieces.
Gallery on Goddard Rd, two minutes walk further on from Fullmer Gallery. Jane is a watercolourist whose works take a very gently humourous approach to the world she sees about her. Beautiful local landscapes as well. Her originals are popular with visitors as mementos as they capture the essence of the local area. Visit her Facebook page.
A group of artisan makers and craftspeople who live and work in the Upper Moutere. From wine and cider makers and olive growers to woodworkers and artists the Artisans are creative and productive group. Follow their Artisan Trail with details on their website.
Playing With Fire
Darryl Frost is another potter but with a very different style to Steve Fullmer. Producing large, sculptural pieces fired in an anagama kiln with unusual surface glazes. You will pass his gallery on the way to the Tasman Golf Club. Visit his website.