Nelson Tasman


  • Lively town centre
  • Craft and art galleries
  • Close to national parks


  • by car:

    40 mins from Nelson

Motueka is a vibrant town, known for its lively café culture and artistic community. It is also a gateway town to the Abel Tasman National Park.

Nelson Tasman
Motueka Sunday Market, Nelson Tasman

Over the harvest months, Motueka is a busy town. The local pip fruit and hops growers employ seasonal labour which swells the population, and many visitors use the town as a supply point for explorations of the Abel Tasman and Kahurangi National Parks.

The town centre and the Sunday Market are a showcase of the regions arts and artisans, with boutique stores and craft stalls spread amongst small cafes, restaurants and food carts, serving up homegrown produce and local fare.

For the adventurous, a scenic skydive(opens in new window) offers mind-blowing views of the North and South Islands, and three national parks. Or, if you prefer to keep your feet planted firmly on the ground, we recommend a stroll along the waterfront to see the iconic Janie Seddon Shipwreck, a dip in the Motueka Saltwater Baths or a short walk to the Riwaka Resurgence, where the river emerges from a marble cave.

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