Motueka local attractions and things to do
Why not check out some more of the amazing local attractions and things to do while you are here?
Sea kayaking in the Abel Tasman National Park
What better way to see this stunning marine reserve and its diverse wildlife than from the water? Sea kayaking is a popular activity that provides visitors access to the pristine coastline of the Abel Tasman, much of which is only accessible by sea. There is a wide range of local tour operators with guided sea kayaking excursions on offer, or you can simply hire a kayak for a day or more and make your own way.
Ask your accommodation provider to make a recommendation or visit the local i-site for a range of options.
Mountain biking trails
In the winter season, the famous Heaphy Track is opened up to mountain biking from 1 May to 30 September. This 78.4km track is a tough ride through world class scenery and challenging conditions and is recommended for advanced riders only. You will need to plan on spending at least two nights on the trail. For more information visit the DoC web page on mountain biking the Heaphy Track
Bike Tasman’s Great Taste Trail
The Great Taste Trail Coastal Route is an off-road cycle trail running from Nelson city to Kaiteriteri. This easy cycling trail takes riders past vineyards, breweries, orchards and coastal scenery. There are plenty of places to stop along the way for a breather and a bite to eat. The trail is a 174km loop, which can easily be segmented into short half-day rides to suit.
Details can be found on most cycle trail and bike tour websites, or you can download trail maps directly from the Tasman District Council’s web page.
Boutique wineries and cellar door wine tastings
International wine aficionados know that Nelson is famous for its world class aromatics. Varieties like Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer are well suited to the high sunshine hours and cooler night temperatures of the region. You can sample these and many other traditional and contemporary artisan wines at some of the most picturesque wineries in New Zealand.
Local wine trails and details of the region’s wineries can be found online through Wine Nelson.
Craft beer and micro-breweries
Skydiving over Motueka
Kaiteriteri – gateway to the Abel Tasman
Discover Riwaka Resurgence
Hike the Abel Tasman Coastal Track
Visit the DoC web page on the Abel Tasman Track for detailed information, booking options and tide times.
Water taxi into Abel Tasman
Many visitors choose to explore the Abel Tasman by water taxi. With several licensed operators running guided tours, you can delve into this pristine marine environment without raising a sweat. Your water taxi pilot will know the best beauty spots along the way and where to scout out the local wildlife, ensuring you get the most from your experience.
Water taxi operators can also transport you or your gear to and from different points along the Abel Tasman Coastal Track, allowing you to tailor your trip to fit your schedule.
Ask at your accommodation or visit the Motueka i-site for more information on water taxis into the Abel Tasman.
Interactive workshops on topics ranging from sacred geometry and ancient mysteries to permaculture, aikido, and holistic health are complemented by spectacular fire shows and stage performances and a rich variety of circus and performance workshops.
Festival goers can choose from a range of alternative therapies including massage and various forms of body work, and the Village Market offers all manner of healthy food and unique arts and crafts.
Be sure to stock up on fresh local fare at the Motueka Sunday Market before you go!