We had planned for one day of bad weather, to go exploring in the car - the rest of the time would be biking.
This is at the Lord Rutherford Memorial.
Great Taste Trail - MapuaThe Trail is easy to find and day 1 we headed over towards Mapua, hoping to catch the ferry across for lunch. Unfortunately the ferry does not run in 'winter' so we got to view Mapua across the water.
Mapua from the Rabbit Island side.
Rabbit Island from the Mapua side.
The ride to Mapua across Rabbit Island went through a wonderful wetland, with Pukeko's and White Heron's taking not much notice of us. A decent ride for our first day, with a welcome coffee and excellent ginger crunch in Stoke at Lydia's Cafe.