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Level: Beginner
Length: 2 mi (3.2 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +41/31 ft
Total: 2 riders

Mountain Biking Rabbit Island

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Rabbit Island is a forested reserve about 25km east of Nelson City. The Great Taste Trail goes through it, entering by the road and exiting by the Mapua ferry. The island is popular in summer for the beach, BBQs and biking.

The little bike park is good for beginners with about 3km of easy trails that meander through the pine forest. The trails are curvy, gently undulating and there are even some slightly banked corners. In a grassed area there are a couple of flat topped logs for skill building. The beach is just metres away for a cool off after the ride.

After a few circuits of the park its fun to ride to Mapua and cross over on the ferry for a wander round the shops, a beer or an ice cream.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • Restrooms 
Getting there
Ride the 30km out from Nelson City on the Great Taste Trail or drive onto the island. Look for the bike park just past the first toilet you come to after the end on the tarseal on the road that goes along by the beach. Alternatively, a nice way to get to it is to park at Mapua, cross over to the island on the ferry and ride the couple of kilometres down the Great Taste Trail.
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  • Jim Cummings

    This little bike park with it's easy tracks through the pine forest has a lot of potential for beginners. But it's rather short and could do with better signage. Still, there is lots of easy riding all over the island which is a great place to spend a summer's day.

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