Awaroa Pioneer Trail

Relive the triumphs and tragedies of Nelson’s first European settlers at Awaroa, now within the Abel Tasman National Park. Discover a personal history told through the stories of the Hadfield family.


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Wilsons Abel Tasman co-founder, Lynette Wilson, is the great-granddaughter of William & Adele Hadfield who built the original Meadowbank Homestead at Awaroa. Lynette's family rebuilt the homestead, preserving the family's personal histories.

Take a scenic cruise (2.5 hr return) along the spectacular Abel Tasman Coast to Awaroa. Your Guide helps you understand why the inlet attracted both Maori and European to its splendour and bounty. Discover stories of love, hope and hardship, and why the inlet was finally abandoned.

Take a walk (2 hrs) along the coastal track to historic Tonga Quarry. Cross the bridge designed by local Maori at Onetahuti tidal stream to gain an insight into their journey from first settlement to the modern world.

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Physical address

409 High Street, Motueka, New Zealand.

Pricing and Conditions

Adult $220.00
Other charges:
Minimum 2 people
Cancellation policy:
Cancellation conditions: Up to 12 hours before departure time - rebooking or refund less 15%; Within 12 hours of departure – rebooking or refund less 50% After departure time – no refund.

Opening times

Business hours:
7.30 am to 6.30 pm
Months of operation:
All months of the year

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