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Guest suite in Tasman
Gum Tree Studio - The perfect country retreat!
With amazing views and the Taste Tasman cycle trail at the end of the road this is the perfect retreat to get away from it all. We're lucky to be surrounded by farmland, countryside, mountains, sea, National Parks, fresh air and birdsong. Just a short 10 minute drive from the popular village of Mapua and 10 minutes from Motueka this artistic, modern, roomy and stylish studio is a perfect getaway. The Studio is located at the rear of our home property, down a private drive, with ample parking.
$81 per night
Guest suite in Kaiteriteri
Kaiteriteri Abel Tasman Getaway
Enjoy your stay in this beautifully appointed 1 bedroom studio surrounded by wonderful bush views and amazing bird life. Wake to bird song every morning and get ready for the delights that the region has to offer. The gorgeous golden sands of Kaiteriteri beach are less than a 5 minute stroll away. The studio is handy to cafes, bike hire, a mountain bike park and a convenience store. Water taxis and kayaking tours into the Abel Tasman National Park depart from the Kaiteriteri beach daily.
$120 per night
Guest suite in Motueka
The Beach Kiwi Studio
Tranquility at its best, the studio sits next to our cottage with a fence providing privacy and faces a peaceful reserve leading down to the beach with spectacular views of Tasman Bay. Within walking distance to the saltwater baths, excellent local cafes, and a five-minute drive to the Motueka township and a 20-minute drive to The beginning of The Abel Tasman National Park.
$89 per night

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Other great vacation rentals in Motueka

Guesthouse in Tasman
The Studio
$83 per night
Guest suite in Kaiteriteri
Split Apple Beaches & Bays Marahau
$132 per night
Guesthouse in Motueka
Private, quiet, close to Motueka and Kaiteriteri.
$77 per night
Guest suite in Motueka
Quiet and cosy Motueka
$74 per night
Apartment in Marahau
Abel Tasman Marahau Self contained, 50m to beach
$103 per night
Cottage in Riwaka
Vineyard Retreat
$92 per night
Villa in Marahau
The Kite - Laid-Back luxury beside the Abel Tasman
$282 per night
Home in Mapua
Mapua Studio High Quality Accommodation
$73 per night
Yurt in Motueka Valley
Stunning views from warm cosy yurt
$71 per night
Apartment in Motueka
Hidden apartment in the heart of Motueka
$111 per night
Apartment in Mapua
Pohutukawa Farm, Mapua Inlet, sea views.
$120 per night
Guesthouse in Lower Moutere
Idyllic Moutere Mountain View Studio
$74 per night

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Motueka

Total rentals

130 properties

Rentals with a pool

10 properties have a pool

Pet-friendly rentals

20 properties allow pets

Family-friendly rentals

60 properties are a good fit for families

Total number of reviews

6.7K reviews

Nightly prices starting at

$30 before taxes and fees

Your guide to Motueka

All About Motueka

Located on the northwestern coast of the South Island, Motueka is a lively town that serves as the gateway to some of New Zealand’s most popular national parks. The town center, just steps from the stunning shoreline of the Tasman Bay (in Māori, Te Tai-o-Aorere), is bustling with boutique shops, mom-and-pop restaurants, galleries, and artist collectives. Just outside downtown you’ll find aquamarine waters, lush forests, and one of the world’s longest sand spits, making Motueka a great place for hiking, swimming, wildlife spotting, and photography.

During your visit, you can take a walk to the Riuwaka Resurgence, a sacred underground spring surrounded by native forest, or explore the lively rapids and hidden pools along the Motueka River. Even more spectacular terrain can be found in Abel Tasman National Park and Kahurangi National Park, both a short drive from town.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Motueka

With cool and pleasant weather throughout the year, all four seasons are a great time to seek out Motueka accommodations. Remember that seasons in the Southern Hemisphere are opposite to those in the US. During the summer (November through February), take advantage of the comfortably warm temperatures by taking a kayak onto the bay or hopping on one of the many boat tours that explore the coastline. January and February are generally the driest months of the year. The rains pick back up in March, and while the winter months (May through September) are rarely cold, they do get wet and overcast, and the town quiets down. This is still a wonderful time to explore Motueka, but you may want to check with activity operators to see if they are still running tours. All year long, you can join the locals shopping at Motueka’s Sunday market and pick up freshly baked goods, artisanal products, and vintage and hand-crafted clothing.

Top things to do in Motueka

Motueka District Museum

Located in the center of the city in a former highschool building, the Motueka District Museum features permanent and rotating exhibits dedicated to the history of the Motueka region and its peoples. The museum honors the town’s Māori roots while exploring its history of European settlement, and pays homage to the importance of the horticultural and fishing industries to the region.

Abel Tasman National Park

Located just a 20-minute drive from Motueka, this national park is located along the shore of Te Tai-o-Aorere (Tasman Bay). It is famous for its untouched forests and golden-sand beaches. The Abel Tasman Coastal Track, which takes three to five days to hike, leads you over headlands and through lush native forests before reaching a series of pristine beaches. You can also explore the park by water in a sea kayak or on a boat tour.

Tasman Great Taste Trail

This 100-mile-long cycling trail connects Nelson with Motueka and the surrounding region, and the section near Motueka makes for an ideal day trip. Cycle along narrow lanes through verdant valleys, stopping at fruit stands to recharge. If you make it as far as Kaiteriteri Mountainbike Park, 8 miles north of town, you’ll unlock a whole new adventure: Its 25 rolling mountain-bike trails wind through open terrain as well as dense forests.

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