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Motueka Museum – Things to Do

Jamie Seddon Shipwreck Story

The evocative Jamie Seddon shipwreck is a favourite photo spot on the Old Wharf Road, Motueka. Find out more about the shipwreck, local art exhibitions and the history of the area at the Motueka Museum.



  • Favourite spot for sunset photographs, selfies or just gawping at the decaying shipwreck on the Motueka estuary mudflats
  • The Jamie Seddon began life as a submarine mining vessel and served in both World War I and II
  • Purchased by local fishing company, Talleys she proved unsuitable, laid up at the historic wharf Jamie Seddon with the fate of sinking at the same location
  • Jamie Seddon shipwreck is found on the Old Wharf Rd
Jamie Seddon shipwreck in Motueka New Zealand @tamas.toth91
Jamie Seddon Shipwreck in Motueka - Instagram @tamas.toth91



Jamie Seddon’s unofficial burial location and rusted hull is not safe to clamber, climb or try to pose on top of the hull. It’s dangerous.

Motueka District Museum

Jamie Seddon’s story is well told at the Motueka Museum. 


The Motueka Museum is largely open in the summer months from December to March. The museum is staffed by volunteers. Check opening hours beforehand to avoid disappointment.


The historic Motueka Wharf is now a quiet backwater. The wharf’s heyday was from 1856 to 1906. There was even a wharf manager and a telegraph office at one stage. The Motueka museum has faded black and white photos and documents for visitors interested in the history of the area. Today it is a quiet walk along sand dunes with views across Tasman Bay depending on the tides. 


For more information about Old Motueka Wharf and the history of human occupation check The Prow article Motueka’s First Harbour.

Visiting the picturesque Riwaka Resurgence heritage buffs could be interested in the historical background of the area. For a brief history of Riwaka settlement and the history of human occupation check The Prow’s article Kaiteriteri/ Puketawai Reserve and Captain Wakefield’s memorial.


The Motueka Museum has a great reputation for its support for local artists with a revolving temporary exhibition space. Check out the museum for the latest offerings.


Find out the Best ten things to do in Motueka and best bits about the Abel Tasman National Park.

Saltwater Baths, Motueka, New Zealand
Saltwater Baths in Motueka
@Māpua Boat Club & Maritime Museum
Port Mapua Maritime Museum

For visitors who love nothing better than finding out about things, poring over vintage photographs make sure to check out the opening hours of Port Mapua Maritime Museum.

The Museum is a reminder of a historic working wharf that was responsible for the shipment of produce and fish from the area.  Port Mapua features in the post – 10 reasons for a day trip to Mapua from Nelson.

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