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Nelson art, heritage & culture trail

Motueka

Motueka Wharf @schnitzel. kiwi Motueka Wharf @schnitzel. kiwi

A busy hub for Tasman Bay is home to an interesting local museum managed by volunteers. For history and heritage trail enthusiasts Motueka Museum is an ideal spot to start the journey exploring Tasman Bay’s past and present. The Museum is housed in a category II heritage brick building (1919) originally the district school now a museum. Here are photographs and memorabilia of the original wharf, the story of the Jane Seddon wreck and story of human occupation reaching back hundreds of years. The museum is open:

December to March

  • Monday to Friday: 10am to 3pm
  • Sunday: 10am to 2pm

April to November

  • Tuesday to Friday: 10am to 3pm
  • Sunday: 10am to 2pm

The town’s main street has several galleries, gift shops and caters for the summer trade with cafes supporting visitors on their way to the Abel Tasman National Park or the gold sand beaches of Golden Bay. Motueka, South Island of New Zealand, adjacent to the mouth of the Motueka River is on the edge of Tasman Bay / Te Tai-o-Aorere. There is a deep water port for the substantial seafood industry stalwart Talleys.  It is the second largest town in the Tasman Region, with a population of 8,280 as of June 2021. Wikipedia. The town grew on the back of the tobacco industry with hops and seafood superseding the decline in tobacco planting. Look for faded decaying tobacco warehousing, evocative of a former glory.

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