Motueka literally translates to ‘The Island of Weka,’ the home of New Zealand’s native weka bird. This seaside town in the north of New Zealand’s South Island is one of the country’s most important agricultural hubs. The production of hops, fruits, and green tea brings Motueka a huge portion of its income.
This town attracts many local and foreign travellers. Mainly due to its proximity to important sites like Kahurangi National Park and Abel Tasman National Park. This small, lively city possesses a unique vibe. The area is also home to an abundance of the arts and artists.
Once the main tobacco-producing town, it still bustles during the months of harvest. The beaches of the town are also impressive, offering you an adventure of a lifetime.
The story goes that in the early 1920s, Motueka beach 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. Then they wouldn’t have to worry about the marine life underfoot. What started as a galvanised wire enclosure in 1926 has become a popular all year round saltwater pool for locals and visitors alike. During the warmer months, you’ll see families paddling, swimming and sunbathing on the decking.
A highlight is the Janie Seddon Shipwreck. This iconic ship has a rich and unique history. With a diverse career as a submarine mining vessel, a military ship and a fishing boat. Many years ago, Janie was purchased by the local Talley’s fishing group as the first in their fleet. She earnt the title of the last surviving military ship to have served in both world wars. However, in 1950, she was laid up on the Motueka Wharf. 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 bay’s scenery, peace, and serenity.
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