The stunning, multi-shade hue of Tasman Bay is the beauty of Ruby Bay. Nestled amidst the region's fruit and wine growing areas and set between Nelson and Motueka, the coastal village of Ruby Bay is central to three national parks, the famous Mapua wharf, wineries, award-winning eateries, fishing, boating, beaches, arts, crafts and plenty of natural spaces with stunning scenery. Ruby Bay is a great location to stop if you are enjoying the fabulous experience of Tasman's Great Taste Trail cycle way.
Ruby Bay has seaside, beachside and countryside appeal. It has immediate access to the beach. The McKee Memorial Reserve, with camping ground, bush walks and playground, is popular with tourists and locals alike.
The beach stretches in one direction down to Ruby bay's larger neighbour of Mapua and in the other along to Kina Peninsular. It is always wiser than wise to check the tide times before heading off as high tide comes up to the cliffs, making for an unexpected swim. It is well worth taking the time to get the timing right as this is a unique and beautiful beach walk. It is not unusual to see dolphins and the New Zealand fur seal swimming in Ruby Bay.
Stay for the night and light a fire on the beach (weather conditions permitting), toast some marshmallows, watch the town of Nelson across the bay light up and relax in the peace and quiet that is Ruby Bay. The shrouded grotto over the road on the walkway is equally exciting after dark as the glow worms turn on their charms.