North of Motueka, take Staple Street eastwards, and continue to carpark at the end. Note: DoC website says that the spit is out of bounds for dogs but this is not true! Only the southern half of the spit is no dog as local information and signs on the ground make clear.
A short loop into Raumanuka Reserve leads out via the shoreline onto Motueka Spit. The spit is dog-friendly for about half its length, but the southern end is an important nesting grounds for godwits after their unbelievable flight from Alaska, so is off limits to dogs. But to extend the walk, continue on the Great Taste Trail, south past the golf course to Motueka Quay.
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