The climate is one of the best in New Zealand with the average summer temperature at 21.5 degrees centigrade and winter at 12.8. The area has on average 2400 hours of sunshine with 970mm of rainfall. February is the warmest month and July the coldest.
Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia, says a number of small vineyards have developed in recent years, one (Neudorf) gaining an international reputation.
Limestone cave systems including Harwood Hole in the Takaka Hill area are to the north of Motueka. Tramping and sea kayaking are also among attractions. There is a strong artistic community, particularly potters and reggae musicians.
Your move - Giant chess. - Mot Top 10
His legacy lives on in the many grand old native trees that stand guardian over grounds, including the towering kahikatea that make the holiday park feel as tall as it is wide.
And no doubt the Captain would be heartened by the interpretative panels that identify the many treasure trees and birds to be found.
Between the trees, lawns dominate, in a camping area populated by tents and small vans.
The sites are relatively roomy 180 in all accessed by low-key driveways that avoid that severe tarmac feel. Around the rear perimeter, a 9m high hedge provides a verdant backdrop, privacy and ample shade.
The communal facilities are excellent, including the kitchen area which is a campers dream, being modern, well-designed, clean and air-conditioned. Upstairs is a large lounge which doubles as a movie room great for diverting the kids for an hour or two.
Blending well into the complex, most of the built accommodation is less than 10 years old and offers practical, inexpensive options for groups up to eight.
There are motel units of various sizes, as well as cabins with and without kitchens. In the colder months when there are less campers around, these accommodation options really come into their own: a nice warm place to stay that is kind to the wallet, with the grounds to yourself and a hot spa pool to boot.
During the Christmas holidays the Mot Top 10 was in full swing, especially around the swimming pool where there was much frolicking. In a quieter corner, a clutch of children got to grips with giant chess, while others had a bounce-off on the Jumping Pillow.
Silkwood and Kahikatea shade the park. (Bennett Slater) 1708
This is a whole load of happy times, rolled into one. But in no way is this place an accident.
The owners have camping in the blood Jeanette grew up in holiday parks, her parents owned and managed various parks around New Zealand.
Co-owner and husband Steve has the look of a man who gets things done, and has a quick smile and wit that is essential when dealing with 46,000 visitors each year.
This cheer also extends to the Top 10s popular hand-picked tour of the local wineries and visit to ye olde Moutere Inn one of the countrys oldest boozers for a pint or two of Kiwi craft beer.
Well, hats off to Jeanette and Steve and the rest of their crew, because seldom do the words holiday and park go so well together.
Whether inside the gates our outside of them, the Motueka Top 10 offers the whole, relaxing package.
Things to do in the Tasman region:
Paddle into the park in a sea kayak.
Walk the scenic bush tracks.
Swim, Surf, Dive.
Try you luck fishing.
Enjoy the local seafood and produce.
Wilsons Abel Tasman sightseeing tours.
Skydive Abel Tasman.
The Sea Kayak Company.
Tasman Sky Adventures - microlight flights.
Sea Limousines www.sealimousines.com
Kaiteriteri seal swim.
Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park.
Arts and Crafts.
Nelson attractions and things to see and do include:
World of Wearable Arts and Classic Cars Museum.
Bead Gallery - World Class selection of beads and components.
Craft Habitat Art Centre.
Founders Historic Park.
Hoglund Art Glass.
Natureland Zoological Park.
The Suter Art Gallery.
Vertical Limits - Indoor Climbing Center.
Abel Tasman National Park.
Happy Valley Adventures.
Motueka Wine Tours.
Reach for mile high sky adventures
Tasman Sky Adventures at Motueka Airport is the only company in New Zealand which offers hang gliding from a mile high. They use the latest tandem aero-towing techniques with the tandem hang-glider towed into the air by a specially designed tow-plane called a 'tug'. Unlike hill launching, aero-towing allows their professional pilots to take passengers as high as they want.Their pilots are certified by the New Zealand Hang Gliding and Paragliding association. The tandem gliders have heavy-duty landing gear and quality cocoon harnesses to ensure safety and comfort. Tasman Sky Adventures specialise in tandem hang gliding, and scenic microlight flights.
Smart new cabin - Mot Top 10
The Nelson Tasman region will host three international rugby teams during Rugby World Cup 2011 in September. Rugby enthusiasts can spend some time learning about why Nelson is the birthplace of Rugby in New Zealand and attend the re-created first Rugby game at the original ground before the first international game Italy vs Russia on 20 September.
The following week switch up the focus to support the Italy vs USA game on 27 September, just a few days later, Australia vs Russia on 1 October.
Editors Note: GoSee thanks Fergus Brown CEO of Holiday Accommodation Parks Association of New Zealand (HAPNZ) for providing the basis of this free Information Article for the benefit of GoSeers.
Take it easy. (Bennett Slater) 1705
Park Lounge view. (Bennett Slater) 1722
Cool dip on a hot day -Mot Top 10
Your move - Giant chess. - Mot Top 10