8 Things to Do in Motueka That You Shouldn't Miss

The town of Motueka in the South Island of New Zealand lies close to the mouth of the Motueka River, on the western shore of Tasman Bay. It is, after Richmond, the second largest centre in the Tasman Region, with a population of 7125 (2006 census). The Motueka Ward had an estimated population of 10,900 at 30 June 2009.

1. Ngarua Caves

Main Road | Takaka Hills, Motueka, New Zealand Nature & Parks, Caverns & Caves
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4.5 based on 177 reviews

Ngarua Caves

Reviewed By del_b - Papamoa, New ZealandPapamoa, New Zealand

A little gem at the top of Takaka Hill

Our group of 12 recently did the tour of this cave complex. All staff were very friendly right from time of booking and our guide was so enthusiastic, you just couldn't help being interested yourself. Wonderful formations. As with other groups we were als

2. Baton Run Adventures Ltd

1360 Baton Valley Road | Rd1, Motueka 7196, New Zealand Fun & Games, Casinos & Gambling, Horse Tracks
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Baton Run Adventures Ltd

Join Fiona on a one to five day horse trek through Nelson's untamed back country, located at the top of New Zealand's South Island 50 minutes from Abel Tasman National Park. Baton Run Adventures offers an experience well off the beaten track and we'd love to share this corner of the world with you.We like to keep trips small (five people or less) and personal, so you will be well looked after while still experiencing a sense of adventure. Come and explore five unique valleys bordering the Kahurangi National Park. Spend a day on a beautiful well trained horse and wrap it up with a stay in our Backcountry or Alpine accommodation.The ultimate adventure with the personal touch!

Reviewed By StevenC75

Beautiful location, great horses & the personal touch

There aren't many horse riding stables able to simultaneously accommodate both experienced life long riders and those with much less experience but Baton Run both promised this and delivered.The stables are set back in the Motueka Valley and bordering on

3. Motueka i-SITE Visitor Information for the Abel Tasman region and DOC ticketing

20 Wallace Sreet, Motueka 7120, New Zealand Traveler Resources, Visitor Centers
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4.5 based on 74 reviews

Motueka i-SITE Visitor Information for the Abel Tasman region and DOC ticketing

The Motueka i-SITE team offers friendly advice and reliable information to help you get the most from your stay in our region. Our sales consultants are fluent in English, German,French and Dutch and are passionate about living and playing here. We have unforgettable New Zealand experiences right on our doorstep and holiday makers and adventure-seekers have always found our area to be full of memorable surprises. Our golden sand beaches and crystal clear waters are world class and just waiting for you visit. In addition, we can also take care of your accommodation, activity and transport bookings for the rest of New Zealand. Motueka i-SITE enjoys sharing expert knowledge and helping you...All DOC tickets are sold here, huts and back country, Fishing licences and equipment retail store.

Reviewed By kinx81 - Hamilton, New ZealandHamilton, New Zealand

Great advice and booking service

Came here to book a day in Abel Tasman. Not sure where to start, we told Emily that we had one full day to hike and that we were staying in Motueka and had a car. She suggested to decide between a small boat or large boat for transportation into the park

4. Wreck of the Janie Seddon

Motueka Quay, Motueka 7120, New Zealand Sights & Landmarks, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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4 based on 41 reviews

Wreck of the Janie Seddon

Reviewed By Gavatron07 - Napier, New ZealandNapier, New Zealand

It's a wreck

Hard to say much about a ship's rusting hull. It adds a point of interest to a walk along the waterfront but debatable whether you'd visit it for itself. We found the back story interesting in that it is not a shipwreck (as we initially assumed but was be

5. Motueka Sunday Market

Decks Reserve Carpark, Motueka 7120, New Zealand Shopping, Flea & Street Markets
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Motueka Sunday Market

A bustling and enthusiastic start to your Sunday. A farmers market, a craft market, a place to find a unusual gift. Come browse, taste and bag a bargain. The Motueka Sunday Market has everything from your essential fruit and vegetable, to gourmet delights such as gourmet cheese and German sausages, native plants and grasses, organic seedlings and plants.

Reviewed By heathersY2583ZC - Harihari, New ZealandHarihari, New Zealand

Great spot for morning coffee and a bit of shopping

We enjoyed a Celsius coffee and a yummy pretzel knot last Sunday while we sat and listened to a wonderful sax player at the Motueka Markets. Despite a passing shower the stall holders managed to display their stock with easy access for all. I know it was

6. Dunbar Estates

1469 Motueka Valley Highway, Ngatimoti, Motueka 7196, New Zealand Food & Drink, Wineries & Vineyards
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4.5 based on 12 reviews

Dunbar Estates

Dunbar Estates has a vineyard, cellar door, cafe and accommodation available. Open Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm. Closed on all Public Holidays

Reviewed By Dee S - Marlborough Region, New ZealandMarlborough Region, New Zealand

Best of Nelson Wineries

Dunbar Estate is in the middle of nowhere, but a beautiful drive there. 20 minutes from Motueka. They have a great selection of wines, Sav, Reisling, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Rose, Pinot Noir & Cab Sav. We tried them all & enjoyed all of them, the balance

7. Pethybridge Rose Garden

High Stret | Just north of the police station, Motueka, New Zealand Nature & Parks, Gardens
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Reviewed By yank

Beautiful Roses

These gardens are for anyone who wants to enjoy the beauty of about 300 rose varieties in the spring and summer months when the roses and rhododendrons are blooming. There are climbing, florabunda, and tea roses,, rhododendrons, magnolias, and other flowe

8. Motueka Quay

Old Wharf Road, Motueka 7120, New Zealand Sights & Landmarks, Scenic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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Motueka Quay

Reviewed By larryp940 - Fargo, North DakotaFargo, North Dakota

Pleasant Walk Especially If Estuary is Full

This is a very nice walking and biking trail around the Motueka Estuary. There are more trees and bushes on the side by York Park. The other end has some warehouses right by the part of the trail, but that is just for a bit. We saw swans and other birds h

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