Opportunities for Fishing Near Abel Tasman Lodge


Here is a list of some of the better spots for fishing the nearby Motueka River – between 20 and 45 minutes drive from the Abel Tasman Lodge.
Fishing Motueka River Map

Click on map for downloadable document with location and map directions for each of the places highlighted below:

1 Lower Motueka SH60 Bridge
Vehicle access on west bank up and down stream on the true left side of the river. Foot access and stile at upstream site.
2 “Gum Tree Corner”, West Bank Road
Approximately 5km from SH60 bridge off West Bank Road true left side of the river.
3 West Bank Road
Follow West Bank Road upstream 0.3km from Gum Tree Corner.
4 Whakarewa Street, Motueka
Vehicle access to road end fate with foot access up and down true right of the river.
5 Motueka Valley Highway/College Street/Woodmans Bend
Vehicle access off Motueka Valley Highway through gate over stop bank and park . Foot access up and down the river. Take care when driving in or out of access lane: look for traffic on the highway.
6 Hurley Road
Vehicle access off Motueka Valley Highway. Follow the gravel road through a gate over a stop bank to a parking area. Foot access up and down the river.
7 West Bank Road: Rocky River Bridge
7.7km from Gum Tree Corner.
Park at Annes Picnic Area below Rocky River Bridge. Follow track to river or downstream access across stile.
8 Alexander Bluff Bridge
The best foot access is via West Bank Road from the car park below the bridge on the true left side of the river. There is 4WD access downstream of the bridge off Motueka Valley Highway.
9 West Bank Road: Herring Stream
Approximately 3km upstream of Alexander Bridge at Herring Stream confluence.
Follow the walking track markers to the river.
10 Bluff off Motueka Valley Highway
4km upstream of Alexander Bridge on the true right of the river.
Upstream access over stile at carpark.
Follow the road verge to stile over fence for downstream access.
11 West Bank Road
Approximately 2km upstream from Herring Stream bridge.
12 Peninsula Bridge
The best parking is at the TDC Reserve on the true left upstream of the bridge off Peninsula Road, through gate beside Bowling Club
13 Motueka Valley Highway
1.8km from Peninsula Bridge.
Park at the gate and follow track to river.
14 Motueka Valley Highway
1.4km from access point 13. Vehicle access through double gates to the river.
15 West Bank Road: Graham Stream
Vehicle access to river through picnic area below Graham Stream Bridge.
16 Motueka Valley Highway
Opposite the Pearse River confluence.
Park through the gate.
17 West Bank Road: Pearse River Bridge
Park at the Pearse River.
18 West Bank Road
Approximately 1km upstream from Pearse River Bridge.
Vehicle access to river.
19 Woodstock Bridge
Parking and foot access from both the west and east banks of the bridge.
20 Motueka Valley Highway
2.5km upstream from Woodstock Bridge opposite the Baton River confluence.
Vehicle access to river.
21 Motueka Valley Highway: MacLeans Reserve
Vehicle access along gravel track through picnic and camping area.
22 Motueka Valley Highway: Stanley Brook Confluence
Follow vehicle track off SH61. Short walk to river immediately below Stanley Brook confluence.
23 Wangapeka River Confluence
Vehicle access via Tapawera along the Tapawera-Baton Road.
Turn right onto Pikaunai Road.
Parking and walking track to Motueka River.
24 Tapawera-Baton Road
6km downstream from from Tapawera Road Bridge.
Park at sign.

(Information courtesy of nzfishing.com)