While most of Mot's drawcards are out of town, there are a few attractions worth checking out, the buzziest of which is the active aerodrome, home to some of the country's best skydiving. It's a good place to soak up some sun and views, and watch a few folks drop in.

While you might not realise it from the high street, Motueka is just a stone's throw from the sea. Eyeball the waters (with birds and saltwater baths) along the estuary walkway,which can also be cycled; hire bikes from the Bike Shed. Follow your nose or obtain a town map from the i-SITE, where you can also get the Motueka Art Walk pamphlet detailing sculptures, murals and occasional peculiarities around town.