The village of Mapua is on the coast of Tasman Bay, between Nelson and Motueka. It lies at the western edge of the extensive Waimea Inlet. Years ago these coastal clay hills were covered in orchards, with millions of cases of apples being exported from the Mapua wharf. Today there are grapes, olives and country estates around the water’s edge and the wharf has become a destination for visitors with its cafes and shops. The conference venue is the Mapua Community Hall www.mapuahall.org
For the cyclists among you, the Tasman Great Taste Trail passes through Mapua www.heartofbiking.org.nz/our-trails/tasmans-great-taste-trail/
See Mapua & Districts Directory www.mapua.co.nz for Stay, Eat / Drink, Things to do and Art information.
At the top of the South Island, Nelson has an enjoyable climate and is blessed with three National Parks nearby (Abel Tasman, Kahurangi and Nelson Lakes). There is much to see and do, apart from the NZTCA conference.
Have a look at www.NelsonNZ.com for wine, art, accommodation and much more. Events, attractions and businesses in the Nelson region at www.itson.co.nz. And visit www.eatdrinknelson.co.nz the most comprehensive culinary guide to our region’s restaurants and cafés, wines and boutique beverages, gourmet foods and olive oils, condiments and comestibles!
The Mapua Community Hall is located 31 km (30 minutes) west of Nelson.
Getting there by road on highway 6:
From the south, via Murchison and Wakefield or from the east, via Blenheim and Nelson city.
On the southwest edge of Richmond, at a big roundabout, turn off highway 6 onto highway 60. Follow this for about 11 km and take the Mapua exit. This is Mapua Drive, follow it through a roundabout and down the hill. Turn right into Aranui Rd and the hall is at number 72.