The term Motueka literally translates to ‘The Island of Weka,’ the home of native bird, Weka. This sea-side town is one of the most important agricultural hubs of the country. The production of hops, fruits and green tea brings Motueka a huge portion of its income.
For the proximity of the important sites like Kahurangi National Park and Abel Tasman National Park, this town attracts a huge number of local and foreign travelers. Located very closer to the Tasman Bay National Park, this small, lively city possesses a unique vibe. This lovely area also nourishes arts and artists.
Once the main tobacco producing town, it still gets very busy during the months of harvest. The beaches of the town are also impressive, offering you an adventure of a lifetime. Read on to discover the things you just have to do to make the most of your vacation in Motueka.
Story has it that in the early 1920’s the beach at Motueka was too dangerous to bathe in, after some sharks decided to call the bay their home. Locals, not wanting to miss out on refreshing dips on hot summer days, decided to raise money to enclose an area on the foreshore so they didn’t have to worry about the marine life underfoot. What started off as a galvanised wire enclosure in 1926, has now developed and become a popular saltwater pool destination for locals and visitors alike, all year round. During the warmer months, you’ll see families paddling, swimming and sunbathing on the decking.
The Janie Seddon Shipwreck! The iconic ship has a rich and unique history, with a diverse career as a submarine mining vessel, a military ship and a fishing boat. Earning the title as the last surviving military ship to have served in both world wars, Janie was purchased by the local Talley’s fishing group as the first in their fleet many, many years ago. But in 1950 she was laid up on the Motueka Wharf, and after sinking at her moorings a few years later she was stripped of anything of use and left to the elements. To this day, she still lies off the coast of Motueka, a short walk along the foreshore.
We spent two nights here in the freedom campground, provided by the Tasman District Council, enjoying the scenery and peace and serenity of the bay.
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