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We had been kept so busy over the festival time at Blenheim, the Blues Brews and BQ beer festival and the Marlborough Wine and Food Festival which are held every year in the first two weeks of February, that as soon as we could we just hooked on the caravan and drove to kaiteriteri for a short relaxing break.
Kaiteriteri is so beautiful with its golden sands and clear blue waters and lovely scenery, plus a very good motor camp, well appointed with every possable need catered for just about.
First thing we saw, after the wonderous scenery, once we got down from the hill was the Green boat with the advertising signs Coffee and Criuse for $20 on it. I thought that sounds like us, so as soon as we had settled the caravan into its alocated site we strolled down to the golden sands of the beach and checked the sign out.
Well its definately true there is a cruise for $20 and it takes you to one of the major tourist attractions of the Abel tasman National Park. It is amazing concidering how many times I have been to Kaiteriteri, that I have never ever been out on the water from here before, nor have I ever seen the Split Apple Rock formation, so that trip is definately on for tomorrow. Dave takes his green catermaran out three times every day on this trip and he is always pretty full up, so we booked right then and there.
Spent the rest of the day wandering along the beach chatting to sunbathers and kayakers and watching the swimmers.
The camping ground was almost full of holiday makers, next to us was a camper van with a nice English couple who plan to take a much longer trip tomorrow right down the Abel tasman National Park to do some of the treking walks, we are not interested in that at this time, but we enjoyed sharing a bottle of wine in the evening chatting with them before we went seperate ways to find our meal for the night.
Next morning twe met up with dave and his greaan catermaran and 6 other people for the cruise with coffee. The cruise was slow and sedate and relaxing while also being extremely beautiful. The golden sands look so lovely against the blue of the sea and the rock formations were unique, Dave told us they had all been thrown up by the sea from the depths of the ocean, while the golden sand all along every beach in the area, was all from volcanic rocks from further along the Abel Tasman National park.
We arrived at the Split Apple Rock and Dave lined up the boat and proceded to take everybodies photo beside the rocks; obviously he does this every time and know the exact place to stop for best effect.
Then out comes the special blend of coffee he had perculating as we travelled out and a tray of bickkies. We were able to watch many kayakers paddling around the rock and in the bays also on the beach, they were all enjoying themselves too, minus the coffee! We were offered the chance of having a swim in the shallow waters of the bay but none of us did so, appaerntly the young ones often do jump in. The return journey was just as pleasant as the weather was lovely and sunny with no wind. Only took about one and a quarter hours but it was worth it, for just $20 we had the best time.
The nest day we went for several nice walks out along the islands to the point and just relaxed and enjoyed being at the lovely beach. We also walked right around the huge camping ground, its much bigger than we expected and full of hundreds of caravans and camper vans and tents plus many cabins and motels.