Motueka (pronounced mow-two-ecka) is a combination of the words for island (motu) and weka (a hen-sized native bird that visitors to our region often excitedly mistake for a kiwi).
Motueka is the gateway town to the Abel Tasman National Park, is home to a surprisingly diverse population, and is an incubator for clever businesses – many of which are focused on outdoor activities and our region’s artisan products.
Motueka is also currently on a mission to become New Zealand’s first disposable cup free town, with its people taking their role as custodians of some of Nelson Tasman’s most beautiful environments very seriously. Click here for more information.
The town has a vibrant weekly market on Sundays and is the perfect place to stock up on supplies of all kinds before heading into the national park. The highlight for many visitors to Motueka is taking in epic views of our stunning natural landscapes during a tandem skydive with Abel Tasman Skydive.
The nearby Riwaka Resurgence, off the Riwaka Valley Road, can be reached on foot. The source of the Riwaka River is an underground spring and you can see the water bubbling out of an underground cave.