Kaiteriteri

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Low tide at Kaiteriteri Beach, the coffee and cruise boat is just pulling in after last cruise of the day.

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.

Green cruise boat, Coffee and Cruise for $20, that we went out on with Dave as Skipper.

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.

The pretty golden sands at the end of the bay. Looking towards Little Kaiteri.
I had come prepared so cooked our own meal then we wnet out later in the sunset and sat in the seaside cafe and enjoyed a capachino while we wathed the sky change colours; very romantic.

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.

Split Apple Rock.

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.

Crowds at Kaiteriteri Beach enjoying the sun and the water.
Had a great meal at the cafe and watched the sunset again,  before we left to visit Nelson for the night before returning home to Blenheim the following day. But not before visiting my Great-grand-daughter Katie-May and grand-daughter Teagan as well as taking my dear Daughter Nyle out to lunch.

lovejoy485 says:
thanks for these wonderful photos and story!
Posted on: Apr 26, 2008
kiwiasli says:
the abel tasman national park is really great! i made the two day walk and the scenery and the whole national park is an amazing place!
Posted on: Mar 10, 2008
ashleynpearson says:
Sounds like a great place! I will have to go there next time I am in New Zealand!
Posted on: Feb 20, 2008
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Low tide at Kaiteriteri Beach, the…
Low tide at Kaiteriteri Beach, th…
Green cruise boat, Coffee and Crui…
Green cruise boat, Coffee and Cru…
The pretty golden sands at the end…
The pretty golden sands at the en…
Split Apple Rock.
Split Apple Rock.
Crowds at Kaiteriteri Beach enjoyi…
Crowds at Kaiteriteri Beach enjoy…
Low tide at the end of Kaiteriteri…
Low tide at the end of Kaiteriter…
Rock formationtion at the point fr…
Rock formationtion at the point f…
Erle and Glennis at the Split Appl…
Erle and Glennis at the Split App…
Split Apple Rock
Split Apple Rock
Looking towards the Abel tasman Na…
Looking towards the Abel tasman N…
Kayakers on the beach Abel Tasman …
Kayakers on the beach Abel Tasman…
Kayakers paddling out from Breaker…
Kayakers paddling out from Breake…
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Part of Kaiteriteri beach from th…
looing towards the Abel Tasman Park
looing towards the Abel Tasman Park
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