Riwaka & Motueka River Valley

Riwaka & Motueka River Valley

Take some time to explore Riwaka and the Motueka River Valley, and you will be delighted.

  • Riwaka Ressurgence Crystal Pool
  • Riwaka Ressurgence Walk
  • Brooklyn Valley
  • Riwaka & Motueka River Aerial

From picturesque boat sheds to fields of hops and black currents, the scenery is varied and beautiful. Long stretches of undisturbed river banks are perfect for picnics and access to Kahurangi and Nelson Lakes National Parks is well signed and easiy accessible.

A range of accomodation is available for those seeking a quiet retreat, and the fly-fishing in the region is world reknowned.

Listed below are favourite 'Top 5 Things to Do' in the Riwaka and Motueka River Valley areas as posted by residents on the 'Our Town Motueka Facebook page'.

We hope you can take the time to enjoy them all! 

  • Visit 'The Source' of the Riwaka River
  • Picnic and a swim
  • Day Trip to Mt. Arthur
  • Trout fishing
  • Kayak trip on the river

The Motueka River is located in the north of the South Island of New Zealand and is a popular tourist destination for watersports and fishing. The Motueka flows 116 kilometres from the mountains 40 km west of the city of Nelson in the southeast of the catchment and flows north to the Tasman Bay. 


The river is well known for its excellent Brown trout fishing throughout its entire length. Large numbers of trout range below the Wangapeka confluence and very large trophy fish have been caught. 


The river is also noted for rafting, canoeing or just drifting down on an inner-tube. Kayaks can be hired from a number of commercial companies and organised trips are available.

Region's Highlights

Visit Motueka's ISite website to discover fun things to do in and around Motueka!

Motueka's Maori History

TeAwhina Marae
Early Maori visitation began in 950AD, followed by many encounters with European explorers and settlers. These included Abel Tasman in 1642.


Riwaka & Motueka River Valley

Riwaka Ressurgence
Explore Riwaka & the Motueka River Valley and you will be delighted. From boat sheds to fields of hops, the scenery is varied and beautiful!


Kaiteriteri Beach

Kaiteriteri Beach
Loved for its beautiful golden sand beach, the sunny town of Kaiteriteri is a launching place for trips into the Abel Tasman National Park.


Abel Tasman

Abel Tasman National Park
With mild sunny climate, beaches of golden sand, tranquil lagoons and forested hills meeting clear turquoise water, the park is a paradise!


Our Town Motueka

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Motueka, New Zealand
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