Walking & Hiking in Motueka and the Abel Tasman

The Happy Apple Backpackers in Motueka is close to two of New Zealand's world famous Great Walks, the Abel Tasman Track and the Heaphy Track.

We are uniquely sited near four awesome parks in the Abel Tasman and Nelson region:

  • Abel Tasman National Park 15 kms to the north
  • Kahurangi National Park 10kms to the west
  • Mt. Richmond Forest Park 40kms to the east
  • Nelson Lakes National Park 70kms to the south

You can discover the joys of hiking as you tramp to the multitude of back country huts that are a unique feature of New Zealand's tramping experience. National Parks in New Zealand offer hiking opportunities for people of all fitness levels.

Not far from Happy Apple Backpackers in Motueka are tramping tracks through native bush which will lead you over alpine passes, along mountain ranges and up and down pristine river valleys. You'll find stunning swimming holes, take fabulous photographs and will probably spot some of our rare and endangered birds; kiwi, whio (blue ducks), weka, kea and kaka. You may also discover a powelliphanta, one of New Zealand's giant carnivorous land snails, or uncover relics of our fascinating pioneer history. And you will realize the diversity of New Zealand's amazing native flora as you hike through the bush.

Happy Apple Backpackers is the closest backpackers hostel to the Motueka Department of Conservation Office. There you can obtain free advice about our great outdoors and buy maps and hut passes if you plan to stay overnight in the back country huts.

Happy Apple is also only an hours drive from the magnificent Nelson Lakes National Park and Rainbow Ski field, where you will discover more great walks or enjoy a day in the snow in the depths of winter.

Abel Tasman National Park

There are many walks in the Abel Tasman National Park, and the most popular being the Abel Tasman Coast Track.

Abel Tasman National Park is well known for the golden beaches, granite cliffs, and the world famous coast track.

Kahurangi National Park

Kahurangi National Park is New Zealand's second largest national park. A network of tracks lets you explore wild rivers, plateaux and alpine herbfields, and coastal forests.

Mount Richmond Forest Park

If you are up for a challenge, then Mt Richmond Forest Park offers outstanding views over the Waimea Plains, and the Inland Kaikoura Ranges.

Nelson Lakes National Park

With walking options from easy through to expert, Nelson Lakes National Park offers something for all types of explorers.

For a challenge take the Angelus Hut track, or explore the stunning scenery around Lake Rotoiti or Lake Rotorua.


Contact Us

Happy Apple Backpackers
Address: 500 High St, Motueka 7120

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