Motueka

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Motueka is a town in the Nelson Bays region of New Zealand's South Island.

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The easiest means to get around the Mot area is by rental car. Since there are many head-on accidents that involve tourists(loopies) be especially careful when pulling out of a carpark or roadside rest area.

This South Island area is noted for it's sunshine and many artist studios. You will find such a variety of mediums that these artists will work with from textiles, stone, glass, pottery, native woods, paua and many other materials providing endless days of wandering around the area. Don't miss the many vinyards and orchards that are so plentiful too. If you are a beer enthusiast, the best hops in the world are grown in the Moutere Valley area and if you're lucky enough to be the during harvest you can participate in the twelve hour shift cutting down the vines for harvest. The World of Wearable Art Museum by the airport in Stoke/Nelson is a must see as the display of cars and over the top outfits that have been created in the past for the WOW Event are fabulous. If you're ready for spending some time in the sun, take a short drive up to Kaiteriteri Beach or travel another 15 minutes to Marahau and take a long walk out on the beach at lowtide. Bring along a lunch and park out on the sandbar to the right just as you enter Marahau. Don't forget to stop and explore the eclectic mix of attractions along the way that include the Flying Fox in Riwaka and the funky settlement at the end of the road in Marahau right at the entrance to Abel Tasman. For a unique dining experience, make a reservation or just stop in at the Riverside Commune to enjoy some unique meals from their own gardens and livestock. Okay, so if you have kids, definitely stop in at Jesters along the coastal highway to feed the eels.

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  • Jester House, 320 Aporo Road, Tasman (South along Hwy 60 9km from the Clock Tower. Aporo Rd is on the left after the causeway.), 03 526 6742, [1]. 9:00 - 16:30. Tame eels. Giant chess set. The grounds are full of art works and some of the tables are game boards. The food is excellent and the prices are reasonable.  edit

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  • Doone Cottage Country Homestay, 2281 Motueka Valley Highway, +64 3 526 8740, [2]. Charming 100 yr old home secluded in 4 acres of gardens offering ensuite bed & breakfast accommodation in Motueka/Nelson ideal for Abel Tasman National Park & top South Island trout fishing rivers.  edit


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