Visit Motueka, Tasman, NZ

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  • Motueka town is on the western coast of Tasman Bay, between Nelson District and Abel Tasman National Park, at the mouth of the Motueka River. It is a gateway to wilderness and adventure activities, and a center for aerial and water sports and mountain biking.

    The town centre is a short distance inland from the coast and south of the Motueka River, where it fans out as it reaches the sea. A links golf course is within walking distance – one of very few in New Zealand. It has a mild climate, protected from the prevailing weather.

    Motueka has a vibrant arts culture, with a regular market and frequent events, diverse galleries and places to eat and stay, including luxury lodge and home-style accommodation.

    Accommodation in Motueka (NZ)

    Motueka has plenty of hotel, motel and bed & breakfast accommodation, as well as self-contained units, chalets and holiday homes for hire.

    There are luxury lodges and rural retreats around Motueka and the wider district.

    Holiday parks and camping grounds, with backpacker’s lodges, provide accommodation for budget travelling.

    Transport around Motueka

    Motueka and Nelson are connected by a number of different local bus services. By car, the journey takes about 50 minutes. Motueka is about 15 minutes’ drive from Abel Tasman National Park, 45 minutes from Takaka, and 70 minutes from Collingwood.

    Motueka’s airfield receives light aircraft and helicopter flights from around the region and the upper West Coast, and is a centre of aviation sports.

    Local bus and taxi services provide transport around Motueka. Cycles are available to rent.

    Boat charters and water taxis can be arranged for transport to the National Park.

    Tourist Activities around Motueka

    Motueka’s town centre has some great places to eat, excellent craft galleries and a public art walk. There is a one-hour return walk to the Kumara Coastal Strip, a mini-golf range and a links golf course. There is also a district museum that shows the town’s history of agriculture, fishing and forestry.

    There are many mountain biking trails around Motueka, from easy going to steep hill tracks, such as Riwaka Gorge. Shuttle transport can be used to get to desired locations, including helicopter.

    Motueka’s airport is the base for aircraft charter and scenic flights. Sky-diving, micro-light, stunt flying and hang-gliding operations also make use of the airport.

    Fly-fishing on the Motueka River is productive, especially for salmon. Fishing guides are easily located. These fish can also be caught at Salmon farms, and taken home to cook. There are also sea fishing charters.

    Sailing boats and sea kayaks can be hired, and/or diving activities arranged, including tours to Tonga Island marine reserve, locations within the National Park, and a seal colony where it is possible to swim with them.

    The hills near Takaka to the west contain some interesting natural wonders, including the Labyrinth Rocks, Pupu Springs and Ngarua Caves.

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