FITNESS – Catalyst Fitness – FREE first session

Catalyst Fitness, located in the rather grandly named Mapua Business Park (Warren Place!), have opened a newly-spruced-up gym. There’s new equipment to go with the new paint job and plenty of help from Personal Trainer, Karyn Holland, if you need it. You’re welcome to visit the gym, which has been designed to make the fitness…

EAT – Mapua Country Store

We worked on the signage for Mapua Country Store so we’re delighted to see it standing proud and open for business! Kirsten Ammann and her team have collected a range of local products (and some from further afield) from the humble spud right up to (my personal favourite) bean-to-bar chocolate from Tony Robson-Burrell’s range. She’s…

EVENT Mapua Easter Fair 2016

   This annual fair is the largest one day event in the South Island and certainly the biggest thing in Mapua each year! Upwards of 15,000 people are reckoned to visit the Fair and it’s all organised as a school fundraiser by the parents, volunteers, children and businesses of Mapua – a huge achievement. It was…

EAT – Oh Joy! Gourmet food in Ruby Bay

Recently opened is the Ruby Bay Kitchen – run by chef, Tony Robson-Burrell and his wife, Holly.  Your dogged researchers, Neil and I, ate from their small and delicious menu last night. Highly recommended comes a light, refreshing Thai Green Curry with clean flavours and really singing with fragrant spices. Neil chose the Britain’s Best…

CHILL – Paddle boarding on a hot afternoon at Grossi

A hot, hot day in late summer and the tide is just right for a late afternoon paddle board in the sheltered waters at Grossi. Grossi Point is a favourite with families as the tiny beach is very shallow and the kids can play happily without coming to any harm, plenty of grown-ups bobbing about in…

STAY – Ruby Bay Sea View Cottage

STAY at this romantic little cottage just for two in Ruby Bay. Its garden overlooks the sea and you are tucked away on the owner’s property in your own private little niche surrounded by their lush garden. When you arrive there are freshly made snacks and a bottle of local wine waiting for you and everything…

EAT – Jellyfish Café & Bar, Mapua Wharf

Mapua Wharf is buzzing with activity these days thanks to the four new shops that have recently opened. Hang out on the deck of one of the original restaurants here at Jellyfish Café & Bar and watch Mapua-life flow past with the tide. The sunny deck looks out onto the Wharf itself and you can keep an…

CHILL – Relax in Mapua

Stay cool and chill out in Mapua with a walk from Grossi Point (at the end of Tahi Street) round the beach at low and mid tide to the village (or the other way of course!). A favourite with dog walkers as the low tide delivers lots of good sniffs to the tideline. Or, if you get…

EVENT – Ruby Coast Arts (RCA) Open Studios Weekend

OPENING NIGHT EVENT 4th March The artists of the Ruby Coast Arts collective warmly invite you to their Opening Event on 4th March between 7pm and 9pm at Mapua Hall in Aronui Road. There will be a silent auction of donated works by the artists, a speaker – Ian Hamlin, talented Wellington painter – and raffles….

SHOP – Kete, Mapua Wharf

Kete, on Mapua Wharf in the newly opened retail spaces, have done a lot of detective work (and plenty of tastings!) to bring us an eclectic array of locally-sourced, produced and made products. I can personally vouch for the One Natural Skincare Bee Venom Cream (no bees harmed!) as I use it daily and it’s…

OUTDOOR – Hire a bike from Wheelie Fantastic, Mapua Wharf

Wheelie Fantastic Cycle Hire & Tours are in the new retails spaces at Mapua Wharf – on the corner as you approach the Wharf. Run by two locals with extensive knowledge of the area and the cycling opportunities it offers. Hire a bike for the day or for a week if you like – and…