A day in Abel Tasman National Park

Tuesday 4th October: Kaiteriteri/Abel Tasman National Park

We checked out of our motel room early today to begin our quick trip into the Abel Tasman National Park. We took the walkway via Little Kaiteriteri which took us past its stunningly beautiful beach. We only had a half a day or so to experience this so we booked onto the full scenic cruise run by Abel Tasman Sea Shuttle. It lasted for about 3 hours, departing at 9.15am and took us up along the coast into the Abel Tasman National Park as far as Totaranui. We stopped at beautiful bays and beaches and saw the famous apple split rock (pictures are below in my gallery!). It was a great boat trip and highly recommended. You can also treat it like a water taxi and get off and do various walks – which we would come back and do if we had more time. The weather was wonderful (again!) and we were so lucky. Arriving back onshore we had one of our favourite meals so far at the Shoreline cafe – where I had a nice pizza and John had fish and chips. The view from here overlooked Kaiteriteri beach which was lovely. We walked back to pick up our car via the same walkway we came on overlooking Little Kaiteriteri – again taking pictures on the way. We really didn’t want to leave here and felt it was the most beautiful area we had been to so far – with Little Kaiteriteri being such a gorgeous beach. We then drove over Takaka Hill to the Golden Bay area, stopping at lookouts on the way, and arrived in our lovely accommodation – ‘Little Greenie’. I will post separately about this as feel it warrants it!

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8 thoughts on “A day in Abel Tasman National Park

  1. Beautiful. The water is so blue and calm.

  2. Elise

    If you had to choose between staying at Wainui Bay or staying on the Kaiteriteri/Motueka/Nelson side of Abel Tasman – which would you choose?

    • It depends what you are interested in doing. Kaiteriteri (as well as being beautiful) provides excellent access to the Abel Tasman track – you can get a sea shuttle along the coast and do parts or all of the walk easily. We thought Kaiteriteri was much prettier than Motueka too. Wainui Bay is nice but a bit isolated, so if you were interested in going north to Farewell Spit then Collingwood would be a better bet. Let me know if I can further 🙂

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