Wine in the EveningWelcome to the Motueka River Lodge, a lodge privately owned and operated by New Zealanders.  It is a country retreat with magnificent views of the Motueka River Gorge extending up to the majestic Mt Arthur mountain range.

On entering the Motueka River Lodge you will find that nothing has been left to chance. This retreat exudes country charm. Sunlit verandas lead onto charming flower laden gardens, with a large luxurious lounge and huge open fire place, and a spacious country kitchen.

Relax on the VerandahDesigned to harmonise with the surrounding countryside, this private estate allows spectacular views in a secluded setting. Providing a blissful romantic hideaway you will experience a level of luxury accommodation in a unique riverside location.  ensuring that our guests relax and enjoy their stay from beginning to end.

We want you to have the most enjoyable experience you will have in New Zealand starting with true “Kiwi Hospitality”.

Chef in the Kitchen

The Motueka River Lodge offers an array of dining to suit our guest needs. Private or communal, inside or outside, in the garden or on the verandas, there are many possibilities to reflect your whims and desires.

We also understand that when you are travelling, you may want to vary your evening dining options. At the Motueka River Lodge breakfast is included in your daily tariff. The breakfast only option suits those wishing to explore our region’s reputable restaurants and vineyards.

However, you may wish to maximise your time at the lodge so we offer additional in-house dining options that are customised to each guest’s needs. Our organic vegetable gardens and orchards, wine produced from our boutique vineyard, locally sourced produce, and of course out expansive gardens, make it a great way to end the day. In addition, we also have relationships with local restaurants in the area that offer further dining options. Please enquire at check in for further information.

The Motueka River Lodge is situated a scenic 40 minutes’ drive from Nelson City and the servicing Airport.   Nelson is renowned for being “the jewel in the crown” of New Zealand, for its pristine National park, eclectic mix of artists and musicians and boasts the country’s highest sunshine hours.


The Nelson region has long boasted some of New Zealand’s best vineyards, trout fishing in one of New Zealand’s most famous rivers, the Motueka River…and it runs through our property!

But why stop there? Walk, kayak or Aqua Taxi the Able Tasman National Park.

Enjoy the pristine Native Forest, view the seal colony and maybe even hear the song of the distant Kiwi Bird. These are just some of the activities the Nelson Tasman region has to offer and here at the lodge we can Bay and Yatch_150_150help design the perfect itinerary for you.

With this and a professional friendly team of staff, you stay in our beautiful part of New Zealand will be an experience to remember.

 Dream under an endless sky at the Motueka River Lodge.

Arriving as strangers……Leaving as friends.