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 sitting in your own courtyard or balcony while you plan your day. Some operators pick up from the motel, so there is no need to drive.

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.

Nautilus Lodge Motueka

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 the Indian and Thai  restaurants and the  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, 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. 

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

Shower or bath

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.


Continental available by arrangement.

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.

Nautilus Lodge Motel - Motueka
Nautilus Lodge Motel - Motueka
"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

Daily:  8am to 7:30pm

Late arrivals: Please contact us to make alternative arrangements for ‘check in’

Check-In Time

Between 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm

Check-Out Time

10:00 am