15 minutes drive from Richmond, along its seaward side there is more than eight kilometres of safe sandy beach. This is the largest picnic area in the district.
Much of the island is covered in pine plantations owned by the Tasman District Council. The Council has set aside a large area of land adjacent to the beach as a public reserve.
The beach and public reserves are open for use during daylight hours only throughout the year and may be closed during times of high fire risk.
Conifer Park Mountain Bike Tracks lie to the west of the Rabbit Island picnic areas. Conifer Park has 2 kilometres of singletrack suitable for riders of all abilities. In the weekend "The Secret Side of Moturoa Bike Track" is open around the perimeter of the western half of the island.
There is a perimeter road just above the beach around most of the island, popular with local walking groups. The public are not permitted to enter the forestry plantations.
The area around the Rabbit Island bridge is a popular spot for white-baiters, while surf-casting can be productive from the front beach.
The main beach at Rabbit Island is a safe swimming location, popular with locals and tourists. The back beach has a boat ramp adjacent to a water skiing area. Both beaches are monitored as part of the Swimming Water Quality monitoring programme.
The tidal waters also provide sustenance for many different sea birds. These include the white heron, royal spoonbill, shags and oyster catchers.
South Island ▷ Nelson Region ▷ Richmond
Beautiful beach walk and great facilities for picnics and toilets.
Amazing picnic area, plenty of room to park, the beach is lovely and long, great for sunbathing.
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Long stretch of beach, perfect for walking and when the tide is out you can swim. BBQ area, parking and toilets.
Huge area with good facilities, cold showers and barbecues.
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Awesome! Warm water. Nice beach. Clean toilet, awesome! They close of 9:00pm. No camping here.
Lots of local fauna and a beautiful sea.
Great place to relax and swim.
The beach is so big, you find a place to relax, but not too close to other people.
Lots of choice and plenty of shaded areas to run - good for a chat with other horsey ladies.
Great beach, nice views to Nelson on one side and the Abel Tasman on the other side. Maybe a little kiosk would be nice.
David and Sally Wallis
Lovely empty beaches.