Getting Here - Marahau, New Zealand

Driving Directions

1. To Marahau from Nelson follow State Highway 6 to Richmond.

2. Turn right at the roundabout on to State Highway 60 and follow for about 36 km (30 minutes) until you reach Motueka. This is the last point you will find an ATM (money machine) before Marahau.

3. Continue on State Highway 60, for 5 km (5 minutes), to Riwaka. The last available petrol/gas stations before Marahau are here.

4. Approximately 2 km after Riwaka you will reach the turn-off to Marahau. It is on the right and is signed “Abel Tasman National Park via Marahau”. This turn-off is only 50 metres after the turn-off to Kaiteriteri. You can also take the Kaiteriteri road – it loops back onto the Marahau road but will add and extra 15 minutes to your trip.

5. Once in Marahau, look out for the yellow Abel Tasman Centre building on the waterfront.


To Marahau from:KilometresTraveling Time
Picton 197 km 2 hours 45 minutes
Blenheim 178 km 2 hours 30 minutes
Nelson 66 km 1 hour
Nelson Airport 62 km 50 minutes
Motueka 17 km 25 minutes
Takaka 57 km 1 hour 10 minutes
Westport 240 km 3 hours 30 minutes
Greymouth 303 km 4hours

Bus Transport from Nelson and Motueka

We have a bus leaving Nelson and Motueka every day to bring you to Marahau. The bus then returns via Motueka to Nelson every afternoon.  Please enquire about bus transport when you make your booking.

Bus Transport from Nelson and Motueka

TimePick Up Point
6.50AM The Bug
Nelson City Holiday Park
Palazzo Motor Lodge
7.00am Accents on the Park
Fern Lodge
Rutherford Hotel
Trampers Rest
7.05am Tasman Bay Backpackers
Nelson I-Site
Green Monkey
Golden Lodge
Almond House
7.10am Short Bread Cottage
Aurora Backpackers
The Palace
The Custom House
7.15am Beach Hostel
Tahuna Holiday Park
Aloha Lodge
7.20am Honest Lawyer
7.25am Richmond Top 10 Holiday Park
7.50am Happy Apple
Laughing Kiwi
Avalon Manor
White Elephant
8.00am Equestrain Lodge
Motueka I-site
Hat Trick Lodge
The Nautilus Motel
Motueka Top 10
8.10am Eden's Edge

Local Transport Providers


Marahau and the Abel Tasman National Park has a mild climate comparatively. The region consistently has the highest sunshine hours annually in New Zealand.

In the middle of summer you can expect daily high temperature of 24 degrees Celsius with overnight lows of 13 degrees Celsius. In the winter you can expect daily high temperature of 15 degrees Celsius and overnight lows of 1 degree Celsius.

The ocean temperature ranges from 20 degrees Celsius in the summer down to 14 degrees Celsius in the winter.


In summer we experience long sunny days with afternoon sea breezes.

In the winter crisp, clear, calm (sometimes frosty) days are common, but tends to be warm in the sun.

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Daylight Hours

 January 1stApril 1stJuly 1stOctober 1st
Sun Rise 5:47 am 7:42 am 7:53 am 7:02 am
Sun Set 9:03 pm 7:19 pm 5:08 pm 7:32 pm

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