Rough Island Recreation Reserve, Waimea
Rough Island Recreation Reserve is located off Redwood Road (off State Highway 60), Appleby.
- Beach Estuary
- Boat Ramp
- Equestrian Park
Controlled Dog Exercise Areas
Dogs may be exercised off the leash but should be kept under control on this reserve.
There are many places within Tasman District to exercise your dog, both on and off the leash. Dogs are prohibited in several beach and reserve areas, and other areas require leash control.
The large grassy area on the right past the first Caretaker's house.
Hunter Brown Reserve
On the western end of Rough Island, facing the Mapua Channel. Turn left after crossing the Rabbit Island Bridge and continue on to the end of Tic Toc Road.
There is a boat ramp on Rabbit Island at Boat Ramp Road. The ramp gives access to the popular water ski area towards the eastern end of the Island, sheltered from the sea winds. Turn at the sign past the second Caretaker's house. The ski area is also easily accessible by boat from the Monaco Boat Ramp, near Stoke. Some knowledge of the deep-water channels is essential for safe boating in these tidal waters.
Rough Island is home to a fabulous equestrian facility catering for different riding groups and individuals. It has dressage and western arenas, cross-country and show jumps as well as wonderful riding trails through the forestry. Horses are also permitted on the southern end of Rabbit Island beach.