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Motueka, South Island, New Zealand

Motueka, South Island, New Zealand

Day 169

Motueka is located on the northern coast of the South Island and is in close proximity to Abel Tasman National Park. We spent a soggy day sea kayaking and hiking in the National Park with our friends.

Things To Do & See

Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman National Park was named for the first European explorer to spot New Zealand.  The national park is the smallest in New Zealand, but is home to walking tracks, pristine beaches, and a marine reserve. A popular activity in addition to hiking and swimming, is sea kayaking.  While sea kayaking in early December, we spotted lots of seals preparing for their mating season. We even had some seals swim near us and under our friend”s kayaks! Unfortunately, we had a very cloudy, wet, and rainy day. We were lucky enough to witness the beautiful colors the park is known for at the tail end of the day, when the sun finally broke through for a short stint.

Accommodation Options

We toured the South Island in RVs with 12 of our friends from home. We stayed in our RVs at campgrounds and were pleasantly surprised by the facilities at most of the campsites.  During our time in Motueka, we stayed at the Motueka Top 10 Holiday Park.

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