Mapua Wharf

Once a busy coastal freight wharf, Mapua is now a busy precinct with locals and visitors enjoying the restaurants, bars, cafés, arts and crafts.

Mapua wharf area

View near the Mapua Wharf

Popular with recreational boaties, it is close enough for an easy day trip from Nelson or Motueka in small vessels.

Mapua Wharf is owned by Tasman District Council.

Local knowledge

It is recommended that transit through the channel be between the floats and ideally approximately 2 hours either side of high tide depending on vessel draft.

Mapua Channel Local Knowledge (pdf, 1.4 MB)

The chart inset for Mapua Wharf should not be relied upon.


Tim Robinson (Wharf Custodian) 027 485 1283.


Sandbar and current
General tips
Aids to navigation
Report mishaps or groundings
Inspection grid and floating pontoon jetty

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