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Nelson art, heritage & culture trail

Moutere Valley (Inland route to Motueka)

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@St Paul's Lutheran Community Church Upper Moutere @St Paul's Lutheran Community Church Upper Moutere

A treasure trove of artist studios, galleries and interesting museums awaits visitors to Upper and Lower Moutere villages. The inland route is picturesque with rolling hills, welcome flags fluttering from roadside fruit stalls and studios. While undoubtedly Moutere Valley is a foodie nirvana it is also the home of artists drawn to its lifestyle. Moutere is home to one of New Zealand’s oldest pubs (Moutere Inn) and plenty of weathered timbered buildings. Old rustic buildings are a photographer’s delight. Buildings such as the Old Post Office are now a treasure hunter’s joy with home made jams next to one of a kind woven textiles and indoor plants in earth fired pots.

Upper Moutere Village


Planning a trip to the Moutere Valley, check out the Nelson Provincial Museum collection of original photographs available for viewing. Photographer F N Jones 1881 – 1962 is one of New Zealand’s earliest photojournalists. His permanent record of life is invaluable with its views of events, landscapes and people.

Who needs a bypass to Motueka when you can amble past vineyards, galleries and art studios. For more ideas check out What’s so great about Moutere  and browse the Moutere Artisans.


For wine enthusiasts relax on the lawn at Neudorf Vineyards.

Sculpture buffs have a special place in their hearts for Moutere. It is the home of world renowned sculpture Michael MacMillan Arts. Michael MacMillan’s sculptures.  His home-ware shop is probably one of the most unique in New Zealand for authentic hand-made products. You’ll find beautiful sculpted wooden French oak platters, boards and bowls. There is innovative use of repurposed wood, old vines, industrial steel and polished stone. His Partner, Jackie MacMillan, is a talented photographer and her work is also on display.


The road is narrow, winding and traverses rolling countryside. Care is needed however it is a popular route for experienced cyclists.


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