Riwaka is a township 6 km north of Motueka. The Riwaka River valley, like the area around Motueka, is home to many orchards, and most of New Zealand's hops are grown around here. Old hop kilns abound, and red netting stretches over many apple orchards. A road leads up the valley to the Riwaka resurgence, where a branch of the river emerges from a spring at the base of Tākaka hill.

Meaning of place name
Corruption of Riuwaka, riu: interior or bilge; waka: canoe. The land was once a swamp and named Tureauraki.

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