Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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The Trails of Mot

Motueka, Tasman

Submitted by Stu Houston

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 7 ?

Gnarl Factor: 6 ?








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Type of Run



Totally/mostly flat

Dog Friendly

Native bush



Run Makeup


Sealed Road

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +0.1%

Average Downhill Gradient: -0.1%


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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.

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.

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

1 km

2 minutes




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

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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Nice flat run taking in the main sites of Motueka. Compacted trails and well signposted so you can't really get lost.

Amanda Needham

January 11, 2021

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