We welcome you to our centrally located, modern and spacious motel where you will have ultimate luxury and comfort while being close to everything Motueka and the Abel Tasman have to offer. Whether you are wanting to explore or relax, Nautilus Lodge is the perfect base for your perfect holiday.

Greet the day with your pre-ordered full or light continental breakfast brought to your door and sit in the courtyard or on the balcony and enjoy it while you plan your day. We are the pick-up point for kayaking or the water taxi, so no need to drive if you don’t want to.

15 minutes from Kaiteriteri and the Abel Tasman National Park

We are just are short drive from Kaiteriteri and the Abel Tasman National Park where you can experience seal swims, boat cruises, numerous walks or cycle trails or if you prefer just sit on the beach and have a relaxing picnic. We are so lucky to live in the most scenic place in New Zealand and there are plenty of photographic opportunities from birdlife, stunning bays and beaches, native forest or any activity that you want to enjoy.

Centrally Located

Because we are right in town, you can walk to our great shopping centre and pick up a souvenir, some unique homewares, clothing or a gift for a loved one. We have a great museum and interesting local art shops. Or if you just want to sit and watch the world go by, there are so many fantastic restaurants and cafes for you to choose from. Our guests rave about Simply Indian, the Chokdee Thai restaurant and Sprig & Fern (one of the best eating places in Motueka) which are within easy strolling distance from the motel. A short drive away there is Hooked on Marahau and The Apple Shed Café & Bar, both of which have received great reviews from our guests. So there are plenty of wonderful restaurants to choose from no matter what your tastes.

After your day’s activities, come back and enjoy a true Kiwi dinner with a BBQ in our BBQ area, then sit in your courtyard or on your balcony with a glass of your favourite drink and watch the sun go down on yet another fantastic day. Relax in your spa bath afterwards and enjoy our SKY 50+ channels or listen to your favourite music on your stereo in your room (selected rooms only).

Friendly and Helpful

We pride ourselves on making your stay in Motueka enjoyable and stress-free. We love sharing all our local knowledge with you and will help you make the most of your stay and your Top of the South adventure get-away! We are really looking forward to helping you have a memorable holiday.

Your Hosts, Jane & John.

View our modern and spacious accommodation


Private Bathroom


Kitchen Facilities

Well equipped kitchenette - fridge, stove top, microwave, kettle, toaster, crockery and cutlery.

Other Appliances

Air conditioner, Electric blanket, heater, hairdryer, iron + ironing board.

Private Balcony or Courtyard

Facing all day sun.

Flat Screen TV + DVD

50+ Digital Sky Guest Select TV Channels. Courtesy DVDs in reception.


FREE WIFI in each motel unit.


Free Parking on Premises

Off street parking.

Laundry Facilities

Motel guest laundry facilities.

Close to Town

Just a 5-minute walk to Motueka town but far enough out so you can enjoy the peace and quiet.


Available on request.

Outdoor BBQ Area

Enjoy cooking your own summer creation in our barbecue area.

Nearby Stunning Beaches

Just a 20 min drive to some of New Zealand's most stunning beaches, Kaiteriteri and The Abel Tasman National Park.

"Above and Beyond. Not only immaculate accommodation with extras like a choice of trim or whole milk, but excellent, friendly service freely given. I appreciated the willingness to print some documents for me at the office; many thanks."
"Amazing host/manager/owners. I am still staying here, but already want to compliment the owners. So hospitable, friendly and great advice in what to do. Laundry service almost closed? No problem. When you get back you will find it in your room. Wow. Thanks"

Reception Hours

August to May:  8am to 8pm
June & July:  8am to 6pm
Late arrivals: Please contact us to make alternative arrangements for ‘check in’

Check-In Time

Between 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm

Check-Out Time

10:00 am