What to Do in Motueka

Motueka is a thriving town and perfect tourist destination. It is the closest town to the Abel Tasman Park. More and more people decide to stay closer to our National Park ad ad an extra night to experience what the area has to offer.

What to Do in Motueka:

Motueka has a thriving cafe culture, good evening dining, plenty of accommodation and developped to a retail destination with boutique shops and old-style customer service.  Independent shop owners can offer points of differences.

The Lonely Planet Tourist Guide advises Musts What to Do in Motueka.

They include my favourite spots in town:

Toad Hall for unique experience of lunch and dining, Sprig and Fern for having a drink in a lovely pub atmosphere or the Sunday Market with a big variety of different stalls.

Top 10 Holiday Park advise many free and insexpensive things to do in Motueka:

Motueka Sunday Market

Decks Reserve, Wallace Street, Motueka
A great family outing, good food, good fun and great bargains. Every Sunday rain or shine in the carpark behind the Visitor Information Centre. Open: 8am-1pm.

Kiyosato Gardens

Decks Reserve, Wallace Street, Motueka
Named to commemorate our sister town relationship with the Kiyosato town of Japan, situated on the western side of Decks Reserve the Kiyosato Japanese Gardens have been a stunning feature of the reserve since 2001 and features a genuine teahouse.

Motueka Museum

High Street, Motueka
Right in the centre of town this old high school building shows artifacts from Motueka’s past. Free entry, opening hours summer (Dec – March) Monday to Friday 10-4pm. Winter (April- Nov) Tuesday to Friday 10-3pm.

Saltwater Baths

North Street (off Wharf Road), Motueka
These pools are filled by the incoming tide, 45 min walk or an easy bike 4.5 km away.  It has picnic tables, barbeques, toilets, playground, swimming and a beach.

Shipwreck Beach

5 minutes down the road, Motueka
Hit it at low tide and walk right up to it. Take your surf shoes as the ocean floor is silt and mud but lots of fun.

Motueka Wharf

10 minutes down the road, Motueka
At low tide the boats can’t get in or out. See the variety of commercial and pleasure craft. Hi tide you can venture out to sea. Quite interesting if you’re out driving about.

Motueka Walkways

Staples Road to Saltwater Baths, Motueka
For walking as well as cycling, takes in Motueka’s waterfront and key attractions, with many different routes to take and many different destination points. Whether in sections or along its full length, this path is probably the most used among recreational walkers and cyclists in Motueka. Being a one-way 4 km track, you either do it out and back, or return via some other inland route.

Motueka Skate Park

Old Wharf Road, Motueka
A medium-sized skateboard park, with some tall quarter ramps, a box in the middle and a flat ramp. Some of the quarter pipes are new, forming a mini-ramp with a spine.

Mount Arthur Tablelands Tramps and Mountain Biking

Kahurangi National Park

Mount Arthur and the Tablelands consist of an outstanding scenic and natural historical region within Kahurangi National Park, with Mt Arthur on the east and Mt Peel on the west. In between is the Tablelands, a high elevation plateau perched above the Lesley and Karamea rivers.
From a short easy walk of 20 minutes to Flora Hut to two-day tramping for the more experienced. Some mountain biking tracks are available from Flora carpark to Barron Flats.

Riwaka Resurgence

Riwaka Valley Road
Beautiful crystal clear water pools only 15 km from us on Riwaka Valley Rd. Short 500m walk takes 10 mins one way to where the river surges out of the Takaka hill and doubles back to the car park. Picnic tables and toilets, and a good information board at the start. You can either drive to the Resurgence or you could cycle.
The best scenery around Motueka is an easy ride. Cycle just a short distance out of town and enjoy expansive coastal scenes, bush clad mountainsides, a river that surges from a hole in a hill and a broad view over a busy landscape. Ask us for a local map.

Love Kiwi Summer – Motueka River