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Nelson, Motueka & The Abel Tasman

We really are spoilt for choice in this part of New Zealand. Whether you enjoy outdoor activities or prefer wine tastings and arts and crafts there is a massive variety of choices for you here. We're happy to offer some recommendations or book tours or activities for you.


Why not go trout fishing at the Motueka River? Image ©
Why not go trout fishing at the Motueka River? Image ©

Motueka is well located between Nelson and New Zealand's beautiful Abel Tasman National Park; it's a great place to base yourself to explore all the region has to offer. The Abel Tasman Motels are well located in central Motueka so you can walk to the shops, museum cafés and restaurants.

In Motueka you can jump from a plane at the local aerodrome, take a helicopter ride or a microlight. If you really want an adrenaline rush you can try a stunt flight if you dare. There are great restaurants and cafés, a salt water open air swimming pool down by the beach and two movie theatres.

There's also the Motueka River, renowned for its trout and two golf courses plus a mini golf in the area.

On Sunday morning there is a farmers and local craft market, well worth popping along to.

If venturing in to the Abel Tasman most of the water taxis and operators are happy to pick you up from outside the motel.


Enjoy a game of golf while in the Nelson & Tasman regions Image ©
Enjoy a game of golf while in the Nelson & Tasman regions Image ©

You can fly into Nelson Airport from the major centres of New Zealand, rent a car and be at the motel in 40 minutes, enjoying some beautiful scenery along the way. Especially if you go the scenic coastal route, you might even like to drop in to Mapua for a cup of coffee. Or go through Upper Moutere to visit the artisans or enjoy a wine tasting.

Nelson offers great shopping, the Word Of Wearable Arts (WOW) Museum, the local museum and cathedral and great dining. And between here and Motueka there are wonderful vineyards and wineries to be enjoyed.

You can walk to the centre of New Zealand which is in Nelson, a lovely walk but also fun to say you've been there.

It also has golf courses, a lovely port and scenic flights available.

Try to get to the Saturday morning market if you can, this offers a huge variety of local arts and crafts as well as delicious foods.

New Zealand's Abel Tasman National Park

New Zealand's Abel Tasman National Park Image ©
New Zealand's Abel Tasman National Park Image ©

The Abel Tasman is New Zealand's most accessible national park. It has one of New Zealand's Great Walks in it, the Abel Tasman Coast Track.

This can be done over several days, staying in huts or campsites along the way (booking with the Department of Conservation is essential). It is a beautiful walk through bush and bays with golden beaches and blue green sea. You'll want to cool off with a swim if doing the walk in Summer although the bush makes the walking pleasant.

Or you can visit the park and do part of the track by taking a water taxi or day cruise into the park - most offer a chance to walk a little if you wish. They also give you the chance to see the New Zealand fur seal and sea birds including the little blue penguin.

You might be lucky enough to encounter weka along the way, one of New Zealand's ground birds and robin and tomtits in the bush.

You can also go sea kayaking, multi day trips or a leisurely half day to taste the experience of sea kayaking. Paddle boarding or boat hire are also options.

Whatever you plan to do, you'll wish you had longer to do it all.

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Abel Tasman Motel Motueka
45 High Street, Motueka
(next to Motueka RSA)
Tel: 64 (0)3 528 6688 , Freephone: 0800 845678
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