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The Maitai Valley

The iconic Maitai Valley extends from the inland ranges to the very edge of Nelson city.

For generations this rural valley has been a source of water, food, and recreation for Nelsonians and visitors of all ages, including swimmers, walkers, picnickers, cyclists, mountain bikers, runners, dog owners, and families. The valley is highly valued for recreation and its open spaces, peaceful tranquillity, and natural and scenic values.

The Maitai/Mahitahi River

The Maitai/Mahitahi River

The Maitai/Mahitahi River flows along the Maitai Valley and through the heart of Nelson before meeting the sea in Nelson Haven.

Its waters are home to many species and the river is of great spiritual, traditional and historical significance to local iwi.

Significant Landscape

Significant Landscape

In 2016 the Nelson City Council commissioned a report to evaluate the significance of Nelson’s landscapes.

The report found the Maitai Valley to be one of just three Significant Landscapes in the region, along with Tahunanui Beach and Nelson Haven.

High Landscape Rating

High Landscape Rating

The NCC report states the valley has a landscape rating of High with the following attributes:
“Iconic and memorable inland valley landscape setting in close proximity to Nelson.”
“Strong picturesque scenic qualities in it’s lower reaches.”
“Coherent configuration of open space continues recreation access along the Maitai River.”

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