Local Attractions in Motueka and the Abel Tasman

Happy Apple Backpackers is only 25 mins drive from the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park, where you can experience all the wonders of New Zealand's biodiversity, complete with clear blue water, golden sand beaches and fantastic sunshine in both summer and winter.


You can explore Abel Tasman National Park by foot, sea kayak, water taxi or a combination of all three depending on the pace you want to set, but whatever you decide you are guaranteed a great time with fantastic scenery and activities to suit all.

Motueka, with a population of 15,000 is a friendly town with great shopping, cafés, galleries, orchards and excellent wineries, and of course our Sunday market is open all year round with some great local crafts and produce to sample.

Kahurangi National Park is NZ's 2nd largest park and is also on our doorstep. It offers the opportunity for people of all fitness levels to hike in beautiful alpine native bush.

The Lagoon Walkway close to Happy Apple Backpackers follows the estuary to the beach where you can wander in perfect solitude, peacefully watching the many migrating sea birds resting and recovering from long flights across the Tasman . . . then return to your dorm before breakfast.

For more active pastimes you could try out some of our other local activities which include skydiving, river & sea kayaking, fishing, visiting Harwoods Hole and Ngarua Caves, playing golf, horse riding, sailing or swimming with the seals. Or pilot a stunt plane, fly a helicopter or just charter a catamaran and float around our magnificent coastline.

Sea Kayaking in Motueka

Sea Kayaking

Sea Kayaking in the Abel Tasman National Park, Happy Apple Backpackers recommend  The Sea Kayak Company.

Skydiving Motueke, Abel Tasman


Heighten your Reality! JUMP with Abel Tasman's team of skydivers - it's an experience you'll never forget. Visit Skydive Abel Tasman

Tramping in Motueka and the Abel Tasman


Tramping, as we Kiwis call hiking. Motueka is in the middle of 3 local National Parks and Mount Richmond Forest Park.

Water Taxis - Experience The Amazing Abel Tasman Coastline

Water Taxis

Water taxis - Fast, efficient & friendly! Daily services from Marahau, plus fantastic day trips - see our AquaTaxi website for more details.

Abel Tasman Sea Shuttles

Abel Tasman Sea Shuttles

Abel Tasman Sea Shuttles invites you to discover New Zealand's Abel Tasman National Park.

Scenic cruises and water taxis depart Kaiteriteri Beach daily.

Abel Tasman Canyon Adventures


Canyoning - Slide down water polished chutes, jump into crystal clear pools and abseil through showering waterfalls. That's what canyoning is about!

Join one of our exciting, action packed canyoning trips with fun guides and mind blowing scenery.

Cycle by the lagoon and along the coast track to Motueka, New Zealand

Borrow A Bike

Borrow a bike and head off from the backpackers past the lagoon, marina and along the seafront to the sandspit, past the wreck of the Jamie Sedon.


Contact Us

Happy Apple Backpackers
Address: 500 High St, Motueka 7120

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