The town of Motueka lies close to the mouth of the Motueka River, on the western shore of Tasman Bay. Visitors are drawn to our stunning area because of the incredible nature, wildlife, award winning restaurants, artisan foods, wineries & craft beers, outdoor activities, boutique shopping, stunning beaches and more.
Motueka has a very unique micro climate with not just hot long summer days but also clear blue skies and outdoor activities throughout the winter.
Motueka is the closest town to the Abel Tasman National Park which is well worth a visit, perfectly formed for relaxation and adventure. Abel Tasman National Park is a wilderness reserve world famous for its coastal walking tracks and has many golden sandy beaches. Home to seal colonies, little blue penguins, bottlenose dolphins and the Tonga Island Marine Reserve, it certainly is a magical experience whether exploring on foot, kayaking or boating.
The Motueka River is one of New Zealand’s premier brown trout fisheries having a very high population of both resident and sea run trout, some to trophy size. The river contains a range of water types from long riffles, long glides, boisterous rapids and deep pools. A beautiful and challenging river to fish.
The Great Taste Trail is a terrific way to tour the attractions of this popular holiday destination between Motueka and Kaiteriteri. Its mix of rural, urban, coastal and riverside scenery is a fabulous feast for the eyes. Natural beauty is only part of the appeal, with this trail serving up a tantalising array of tasty attractions – from art galleries and boutique shopping, to fruit stalls, cafes, craft beer pubs and winery restaurants.
Highlights of this trail would have to be;