Kiwis can drive faster than you may want to, on our narrow and bendy roads; check your rear view mirror often for traffic stuck behind you. If you do not feel comfortable driving fast, then here is a ‘win-win’ and safe suggestion. When it is safe to do so, indicate ‘left’, pull over to the side of the road and slow down / stop. Faster traffic can then overtake you in safety, often saying ‘thank you’ by two short toots on their horn.
If driving to or from Christchurch, allow 6-7 hours through farmland, sweeping tussock grassland and beautiful beech forest. Driving to or from Westport on the West Coast takes about 3 hours. Rugged, forest-clad mountains and rivers make for stunning scenery. Have a full fuel tank before starting; there are few petrol stations en route. If travelling to or from Picton (inter-island ferries) allow 3 hours. Stop at iconic, one-way Pelorus Bridge (Rai Valley) on State Highway 6. Within easy walking is a popular cafe and camping ground set in fantastic native bush, with beautiful views of the rugged Pelorus River.
Flying into or out of Nelson
Several car hire companies are based at Nelson aiport; book these before your travel day and allow a 40 minute drive to Eden's Edge. Golden Bay Coachlines, 'Naked Bus' and 'Super Shuttle are all public buses which pick up / drop off at the airport by prior arrangement.
We provide a complimentary pick up and drop off service to / from Motueka's bus terminal. If you need groceries, ask when booking to be collected from one of the supermarkets (not available to campers staying only one night). We also have complimentary 'grocery bikes' for the 15 minute ride to town for additional supplies.
Food, shopping and eating out
Motueka is well-supplied with all the usual retail outlets and will meet most of your travelling needs. It has two main supermarkets ('New World', opposite 'KFC' and 'Countdown', which is on the High & Pah Str / Greenwood Str intersection). Good quality cafes and restaurants are too numerous to mention.
Most small businesses close around 4:00 - 5:00pm, so we recommend you collect any supplies needed before checking in with us.
Roadside stalls are a Kiwi tradition and very popular in our area; these may be simple and selling just home-made jam, free range eggs or garden flowers, or bigger and offering a wide range of fresh vegetables and fruit. They are cash only, honesty box systems; $0.50, $1.00 or $2.00 coins are needed. If you don’t have the exact change, it’s better to overpay than to underpay.