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Favourite attractions: Parks and reserves

Thorp Bush, Motueka
Just a short walk from the hustle and bustle of High Street, you'll discover a tranquil wonderland, Thorp Bush. Covering over four and a half hectares, it includes the largest remnant of lowland podocarp - hardwood forest that once covered the Motueka Plain.
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Adopt a Plot - reclaimed wetlands
Motueka residents are caring for about 25 garden plots on what was previously wasteland on the edge of the Motueka Inlet. Many paths take you around the adopted plots to see a range of coastal flora of varying ages, in a peaceful setting with great views.
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Pethybridge Rose Garden, Motueka
We pass it by often, as we drive out of town toward Riwaka, but rarely do we stop to enjoy the forgotten gem that is the Pethybridge Rose Garden, a half-acre narrow strip between High Street (just north of the Police Station) and the Masonic Lodge building, and bordered by neighbouring houses.
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Dummy Bay and Stephens Bay, Kaiteriteri
The beaches of Kaiteriteri (and its Little neighbour) are well known to all New Zealanders, but for Motueka residents wanting a lie on the beach or safe swim away from the crowds, a string of small, easily accessible bays just south of Kaiteriteri is the answer.
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The Riwaka Resurgence
See rugged New Zealand bush and tumbling pure water the way it must have been thousands of years ago. A short, easy walk takes you to the place where the Riwaka River surfaces from its journey inside the Takaka Hill. Lovely picnic areas for all the family.
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See also information from the Department of Conservation »


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