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The Trails of Mot, Tasman

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Submitted by Stu Houston

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Tasman and Nelson




Totally/mostly flat

Native bush


2:00 (Slow)
1:00 (Moderate)
0:40 (Fast)



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This is a great circuit that links up of the town's trail network. It can be accessed from anywhere in town - just head towards the coast and you will find it.

Starting from the Motueka Recreation Centre cross Old Wharf road and enter the Motueka Estaury Walkway and run South keeping the estaury on your left, passing through native estuary planting. The estaury is home to a flock of Royal Spoonbills.

Keep running until you hit Wharf road and turn left (east) onto the Great Taste Trail and run across the Estuary causeway. At the end the trail carries on North along the east shore of the Estuary until Old Wharf road where you turn right and run towards the sea. Here you pick up the Great Taste Trail again on Motueka Quay.

Now run North with the Sea on your right all the way to the Raumanukas Reserve Carpark where you turn around and run back South to Harbour Road. Turn right (West) onto Harbour Road and run to the end then onto Tudor street; then continue on to the New World Supermarket - just behind it you will find Thorps Bush. Enter this and run to the eastern end where you find a trail that takes you back South to the Recreation Centre.

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Features of interest

This is a great overview of the sights of Motueka and you pass along the coastal fringe of the town. Keep an eye out for Royal Spoonbills and Kotuku.

Make Up of Run

Easy Single Track: 70%

Sealed Road: 30%

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  • Access

    This network of trails can be accessed from anywhere in Motueka but for the purpose of this guide the start is from the carpark of the Motueka Recreation Centre on Wharf road.

    There's plenty of parking at the REC Centre and Motueka's a pretty safe town.

    1 km

    2 minutes



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    Perfect throughout.

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    There's no drinking water along route and just a Supermarket

    No drinking water along Trail

    Watch out for Mountain bikers and dogs

  • Post run indulgence

    Smoking Barrel
    High street Motueka
    Good Food

    Sprig and Fern tavern
    Wallace street Motueka
    Good beer and food

    Bloom cafe
    High street Motueka
    Best food in town

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