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What’s so great about Upper Moutere, what to see and best things to do

Upper Moutere @david113

NELSON’S INLAND HILLS ARE HOME TO ARTISTS, GOURMET FOOD PRODUCERS AND WINERIES

What to take the slow lane to Golden Bay beaches and Farewell Spit. Then Upper Moutere offers time to savour vineyards, visit artist’s studios and soak up the atmosphere of quaint villages. It feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of Nelson, the beaches and the major highway ferries visitors and locals to Motuka.

Wharariki Beach, Golden Bay, New Zealand
Wharariki Beach, Golden Bay

WHAT TO DO HIGHLIGHTS

  • Graze, nibble and savour your way around locally crafted artisan producers. Ranging from gourmet cheeses, olive oils and aromatic mushrooms visitors choice is leavened with award winning wineries, cider apple brews and freshly squeezed juices
  • An opportunity to visit studios and workshops where sculptors, ceramic artists, woodworkers are at work.
  • Rolling hills and walks inland Nelson away from the crowded summer beaches
  • The quiet alternative route to Golden Bay, Takaka and Farewell Spit
  • Spend a few days exploring the area from Upper Moutere to Ruby Bay, Tasman Village and Mapua.

The region is home to New Zealand’s oldest pub (Moutere Inn) and 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.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

  • Year round, however, check whether studios are open in the low season. You could be privileged to have the places to yourself.

FAME

  • The artists who call the place home have created unique special pieces, permanent reminders of a holiday or trip into the rolling hills of Nelson
  • Apple cider direct from the trees (via vat magic) to the consumer
Moutere Valley, New Zealand @Nelson Tasman
Moutere Valley @Nelson Tasman
St. Paul's Lutheran Community Church Upper Moutere (NZ) @Ulrich Lange Bochum Germany
St. Paul’s Lutheran Community Church Upper Moutere (NZ) @Ulrich Lange Bochum Germany

WHERE TO TAKE THE BEST SELFIE

  • Lutheran church, quaint timber framed nineteenth century building
  • Your platter of local goodies together with a local wine / cider
  • Art studios, take your pick

INTERESTING FACT

  • Options for sun lovers, the nudist Nelson Sun Club is based in the Moutere Hills.

FESTIVALS

@SarauFestival
@BeBlackcurrant

KIDS

  • Animal Farm is a modern, interactive, family oriented farm park. With an exciting blend of events, activities and attractions, brought together in a stimulating environment. Friendly, fun, interesting, educational, innovative, Animal Farm is truly unique. Animal Farm is a modern 21st century farm park. Wide open spaces are provided for both animals and customers, with the emphasis on creating an authentic, ethical farm experience
  • Jester House is a whimsical world that is perfect for the whole family. With roam to room in the large garden the large playground, enchanted forest, eel feeding, travelling amusement caravan plus so many hidden treasures it will keep the children happy and busy for ages. And then there is the cafe with its wonderfully handcrafted food. All dishes are made from scratch with food health and happiness in mind. With a seasonally focused menu that also has a great selection for the children. Great coffee..
  • Real fruit ice cream summer roadside stall treat
@jesterhouse
@jesterhouse
Upper Moutere @Ulrich Lange Bochum Germany

INTERESTING FACT

  • A fascinating collection of original photographs are available for viewing at the Nelson Provincial Museum. 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.

POPULATION

  • 163 (source Untitled Moutere Tasman District Council Planning Doc 2018-2028)

WEATHER

JUDGMENT

  • Who needs a motorway when you can amble among vineyards and art studios.

Getting there

TRAVEL PACK INFORMATION

Upper Moutere Village

Maker and role

Photographer: F N Jones (b.1881, d.1962)

Acknowledged as one of New Zealand’s first photojournalists, Jones was nicknamed Pompy as his father had been.

In 1904, he sold 1, 500 prints from the three glass plate negatives he took of the burning of Nelson College. After this, his photography business flourished and he was able to buy land and start a studio.

Upper Moutere Village
Upper Moutere Village @F N Jones

Jones recorded many Nelson events and made a major contribution to the breadth of the photographic collection, making it unrivalled as a record of a community. He was often seen on a three-legged ladder used to take photographs from above the crowds.

Photography was just one part of Jones’s interesting entrepreneurial activities. He was also a saddler, an inventor, mechanical musical box collector, amusement park owner, show organizer and owned several monkeys!

In 1921, Jones opened Coney Park in Haven Road, with music organs, merry-go-rounds, miniature train rides and other attractions.

When Jones retired in 1933, he began to build Pixietown, animated scenes with wooden, handmade pixies. Pixietown was first shown at Trathen’s shop in Trafalgar Street and others were later staged in Australia, England and America. Pixietowns are remembered by many as large department store attractions. In the downstairs exhibition in the museum you can see an example of his workmanship.

Source Nelson Provincial Museum, collections

Upper Moutere Village

Thirteen males outside Tavern at Upper Moutere, (previously called Sarau). German Settlement in Tasman Nelson New Zealand @Daroux
HISTORY

Upper Moutere

The area was settled by German immigrants in the 1840’s with winter floods and lack of knowledge about the climate and terrain forcing the majority of new immigrants to relocate to Waimea region. The hardy souls who managed to survive called their new home St Paulidorf or Sarau after a town in Northern Germany. During WWI German names were anglicised and Sarau became Upper Moutere. German immigrants introduced grapes to the area and today many locals are descended from these settlers.

Lower Moutere

Out of the rolling hills is the settlement of Lower Moutere. Located 6km from Motueka and bordering the Moutere Inlet it is a farming area. Lower Moutere is home to the  Riverside community.

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