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Day 7 : Marahau to Westport

Travel time is approximate only, based on an average driving speed under normal road conditions.

  Travel time Km (Miles)
Marahau - Motueka 0.25 hr 17 11
Motueka - Westport 2.75 hrs 216 135
Totals for Day 3 hrs 233 146

Marahau - Motueka

Marahau - Motueka

17 km (11 miles)
Approximately 0.25 hour
Road Conditions: State Highway/Arterial

Marahau is often called ‘the Abel Tasman Village’, because it's where many people begin their explorations of the Abel Tasman National Park. You can hire kayaks, swim with seals or catch a water taxi to one of the park’s amazing beaches.

The Coast Track in the Abel Tasman National Park is the most popular ‘great walk’ in New Zealand. The track takes you past pristine golden sand beaches and calm turquoise waters. Travel on foot or in a sea kayak.

The short trip to Motueka takes you past the road to Kaiteriteri Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the region.

The picnic area in the Riwaka Valley is another scenic detour—you can walk to the source of the Riwaka River.

In the horticultural town of Motueka you can indulge your love of fresh fruit and vegetables, and feed your imagination with local arts and crafts.

Because it's so close to the Abel Tasman National Park and the Kahurangi National Park, Motueka is an ideal place to prepare for hiking adventures.

Motueka - Westport

Motueka - Westport

216 km (135 miles)
Approximately 2.75 hours
Road Conditions: State Highway/Arterial

In the horticultural town of Motueka you can indulge your love of fresh fruit and vegetables, and feed your imagination with local arts and crafts.

Because it's so close to the Abel Tasman National Park and the Kahurangi National Park, Motueka is an ideal base for hiking adventures.

On the way to Westport you'll travel up the Motueka River Valley on a pretty, winding road that takes you past magical scenery and tiny settlements.

Turn right when you connect with the main highway and head for Murchison, where you can learn about 1929s massive earthquake.

Pan for gold in Lyell Creek before you navigate the awesome Buller Gorge. At Hawks Crag the road has been hacked out of solid rock—you'll drive under a dramatic overhang.

Westport is known as a coal mining town and a base for outdoor adventures. Visit the local coal mining museum, then strap on your walking shoes to investigate the seal colony.

Black water rafting, jet boating, horse trekking and surf rafting are other opportunities for outdoor excitement.

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