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Popular amenities for Motueka vacation rentals

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Quick stats about vacation rentals in Motueka

  • Total rentals

    140 properties

  • Rentals with a pool

    10 properties have a pool

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    20 properties allow pets

  • Family-friendly rentals

    70 properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    7.8K reviews

  • Nightly prices starting at

    $20 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are there pet-friendly house rentals in Motueka?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in Motueka. Choose from more than 10 house rentals for guests traveling with pets.

  • Are there house rentals with a dedicated workspace in Motueka?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 20 house rentals in Motueka featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

  • How much does it cost to stay in private suite rentals in Motueka?

    Experience the best of Motueka with our private suite rentals, starting at about $30 per day, before taxes and fees. Embrace comfort and style while staying within your budget in your home away from home.

  • Do house rentals in Motueka have a bbq area?

    Absolutely! We offer over 30 house rentals with a bbq area in Motueka. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Are there family-friendly house rentals in Motueka?

    Motueka has more than 50 family-friendly house rentals. Amenities on the property may include high chairs, travel cribs, or strollers.

  • Do house rentals in Motueka have air conditioning?

    Absolutely! We offer over 40 house rentals with air conditioning in Motueka. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Do house rentals in Motueka have wifi?

    Absolutely! We offer over 70 house rentals with wifi in Motueka. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Are there Motueka vacation rentals on Airbnb with pools?

    Yes! Dive into the perfect getaway at one of over 10 vacation homes with pools in Motueka, available on Airbnb. Make a splash and soak up the sun in style!

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