Riwaka & Motueka River Valley

Take some time to explore Riwaka and the Motueka River Valley, and you will be delighted!

From picturesque boat sheds to fields of hops and black currents, the scenery is varied and beautiful.

Motueka River offers long stretches of undisturbed river banks perfect for picnics. Access to Kahurangi and Nelson Lakes National Parks is well signed and easiy accessible.

A range of accomodation is available for those seeking a quiet retreat, and the fly-fishing in the Motueka region is world reknowned.

Listed below are favourite ‘Top 5 Things to Do’ in the Riwaka and Motueka River Valley areas as posted by residents on the ‘Our Town Motueka Facebook page’.

We hope you can take the time to enjoy them all!

Visit ‘The Source’ of the Riwaka River
Picnic and a swim
Day Trip to Mt. Arthur
Trout fishing
Kayak trip on the river

The Motueka River is located in the north of the South Island of New Zealand and is a popular tourist destination for watersports and fishing. The Motueka flows 116 kilometres from the mountains 40 km west of the city of Nelson in the southeast of the catchment and flows north to the Tasman Bay.


The river is well known for its excellent Brown trout fishing throughout its entire length. Large numbers of trout range below the Wangapeka confluence and very large trophy fish have been caught.


The river is also noted for rafting, canoeing or just drifting down on an inner-tube. Kayaks can be hired from a number of commercial companies and organised trips are available.



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