The township of Motueka with its population of around 10,000, lies close to the mouth of the Motueka River. The area is surrounded with orchards growing hops, apples, kiwifruit & berries and internationally renowned vineyards. As one of the nearest towns to the Abel Tasman and Kahurangi National Parks, Motueka has become the base of many tourism ventures in the Nelson – Tasman region.

Apart from its great location and access to some stunning National Parks, the township itself boasts a lively main street lined with cafe’s, restaurants, boutique stores, gift shops and all the other usual necessities. Motueka also has it’s own golf course, a small airport with an aviation school and sky diving business, a Marina, the salt water baths, 2 cinemas and boasts a few good short walks along the tidal estuaries.


The nearby Abel Tasman National Park attracts thousands of tourists each year and it’s no wonder! Reknowned for its golden beaches, sculptured granite cliffs, and its world-famous coast track the Able Tasman is simply spectacular.

You can kayak, walk or water-taxi to view the world-famous Split Apple Rock, and numerous bays of golden sands and crystal clear waters. You can even swim with the seals!

Your hosts Vince & Carol will  help with all your local information needs and help you book your holiday adventures!


Lets face it, Motueka is the epi-centre of the top of the South.

 To the North you’ll find the villages of Riwaka (7km) where you can sample local produce, Kaiteriteri (16km) with it’s iconic golden sand beach, Marahau (18km) and over the Takaka hill to Golden Bay and Takaka (60km) township. 

Along the coast to the South you’ll find the Village of Mapua (20km) with its cafe’s and galleries and throughout the summer months there is  live outdoor entertainment at the Golden Bear. The inland route takes you through the rolling Moutere Hills where you’ll find more local produce and artisans. If you’re looking for a taste of city life it’s  just to 50km to the bustling city of Nelson.

And lets not forget the nearby Kahurangi National Park, Abel Tasman National Park (18km), Mt Arthur (30km) and just 100km to Rainbow Ski field and the Nelson Lakes district. There’s also plenty of fishing to be done in the surrounding Motueka and Riwaka tributaries and the Tasman Bays. 

We’re also lucky to have lots of vineyards around us if you’re into wine tasting, vineyard cafés and keen on sampling local produce. 

Your hosts Vince & Carol will  help with all your local information needs and help you book your holiday adventures!