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Ngaio Island

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  • Day264


    February 12, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    After a short scenic drive from Murchison we arrived at Kaiteriteri, a most beautiful resort on the coast. We had decided to stay here for 3 nights, as we really want to explore the Abel Tasman National Parks, one of the many highlights of NZ South Island. The campsite we had booked into is directly next to the beach, and was very busy. Although most pitches were taken it does not appear too busy, and we were given a pitch with plenty of space. The facilities are good and plentiful, with a kitchen and BBQ area close to our van. We spent our first afternoon on the beach in front of the site - a beautiful golden beach with a turquoise crystal clear sea. Both of us were soon swimming and cooling off from the very hot sun. The next day we drove to nearby Marahau where the Abel Tasman track begins. We walked (or tramped as they say in NZ) the first part of the track until we reached Stilwell cove, where we bathed in the sun, read our books and swam repeatedly in the clear waters. As we walked we passed cove after cove, all stunning. The track was undulating and very dusty, and we passed many people walking in both directions. On our final day in this location we booked onto the water taxi service, which travels alongside the Abel Tasman track in both directions. The boat was full as we left Kaiteriteri, and our first port of call was to see the Split Apple Rock, a large rock out at sea that looks just like an apple split in half. Seals were spotted basking on rocks on Adele Island as we continued along the coast. The captain pointed out a large,rather grand vessel called The Spirit of NZ. On it were 35 disabled youngsters making a 5 day voyage- this trip takes place twice a year apparently. We left the boat at Medlands Beach, and were to be picked up later at a different location after our tramp along another part of the track. We walked for about 4 hours stopping for a picnic lunch on one of the many beautiful beaches. There are no roads at all in the national park, and the only way of travel is walking or kayaking. Every now and again we came across a campsite with toilets and running water. Again we met many people walking in both directions. We stopped at Cleopatras Pool, a crystal clear water pool set amongst rocks. The water was cold, but there were many people bathing there and sliding down the rocks into the water - mainly youngsters it has to be said!!!!! We ended up on another beach at Anchorage Bay, after walking about 15kms- ready for a flop in the sea before our boat picked us up to return to the campsite. So pleased we managed to walk such a chunk of this great tramping trail, as the scenery we saw was amazing. One of the highlights of our trip around NZ so far!!!Read more

  • Day80

    Abel Tasman National Park - Part 1

    February 28, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌙 20 °C

    The most popular activities to do in Abel Tasman are hikes, trekking on the multi-day Coast Track, and kayaking along the beautiful coastline. Since we are so close to the park, it would be a shame if we didn’t do one of those activities.

    We opted to do a combination boat trip along the coast with a hike on some of the more scenic hiking trails. Wilsons Abel Tasman is the main tour company operating in the park and we chose their Boat/Hike Trip #6, one that had been recommended by a few people and not too expensive. It did include a 12 km hike and a swinging bridge over the Falls River, but we were up for it. We booked it online - 9:20 a.m. start and back at 4:30 p.m.

    Our cruise started in the touristy town of Kaiteriteri, located at the south end of the park about a 40 minute drive away from where we are staying. For one hour, we cruised north along the coastline, enjoying the calm waters, the scenery and the bright, sunny day.

    After the cruise, we were dropped off at Medland’s Beach. From the beach, we walked on our own, south along the coast, back towards Kaiteriteri. A boat from Wilsons would be ready to pick us up in the afternoon at Anchorage.

    According to Wilsons, the trail between Medland’s Beach and Anchorage is the most varied of the Coast Track with Torrent Bay being the highlight.

    For most of the time we hiked through a temperate rainforest. The ferns and the sounds of the birds and the bugs made us feel like we were on the set for Jurassic Park. We rarely met anyone on our walk. There was one other couple though hat we kept meeting and they did the whole trail In flip flops. Crazy kiwis.

    There were several opportunities to take short detours to small beaches. It was a pretty hot day so we opted to stay on the shady trails and leisurely enjoy what we were seeing.

    About two hours into our walk we arrived in Torrent Bay. A part of Torrent Bay is an estuary that is covered with water during high tide and almost completely dry during low tide. We arrived during high tide so were not able to take the short cut directly across the estuary. The longer walk around the bay added about 3 m, but it was a pleasant walk.

    Our 12 km hike concluded at Anchorage where there is a wide, quiet beach. The minute that we arrived, we changed from our sweaty clothes into our bathing suits and immediately jumped into the refreshing ocean water. Ahhhh. The beach is similar to and about the same size as Chacala’s beach in Mexico without the restaurants or houses. What a great way to end a long hike!

    From Anchorage, we were transported by boat back to Kaiteriteri. A good day with a little Vitamin I help. Haha.
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  • Day97

    Kaiteriteri, Abel Tasman

    April 9, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    In Kaiteriteri hab ich Lena wiedergetroffen, mit der ich mich schon an der Gold Coast angefreundet habe. Wir hatten zwei Nächte dort und da durch einen ganzen Tag Zeit um den Abel Tasman Nationalpark anzuschauen. Man kommt sich vor wie im Paradies: Goldene Strände, türkises, klares Wasser und grüner Regenwald. Ausserdem haben wir einen traumhaften Sonnenaufgang gesehen🥰🌴☀️Read more

  • Day40

    Kaiteriteri Beach

    October 21, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    Ein wunderschöner großer Strand direkt vor der Haustür!
    Nach dem Arbeiten kann man entspannt am Strand spazieren gehen, den wir leider noch nicht ganz erkundet haben. Abends trinkt man mit den anderen Wwoofern ein Bier (ein paar) am Strand.
    Morgens ist Hochwasser und nachmittags ist Ebbe... 🤔🤔🤔
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  • Day36

    Kaiteri Lodge

    October 17, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌬 16 °C

    Unser erster Arbeitsplatz für Accomodation and Food (Unterkunft und 1 Essen pro Tag)!
    Wir müssen 15 Stunden die Woche "Hostel-Arbeit" machen, d.h. Betten ab-/beziehen, Badezimmer und Küche putzen... 3 Stunden am Tag, 5 Tage die Woche, das ist nicht viel für diese nette Unterkunft.
    Wir wurden super freundlich empfangen und nett im Zimmer aufgenommen 😊
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  • Day10


    February 10, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌙 14 °C

    Vandaag reden we naar Kaiteriteri waar vandaan we met een boot naar Medlands Beach voeren. Medlands Beach ligt in het Abel Tasman National Parc. Je kunt je op diverse plaatsen met de boot af laten zetten en vandaar uit mooie wandeltochten maken. Wij kozen er voor om van Medlands Beach naar Anchorage te lopen, een tocht van bijna 11 km waarbij ook flink geklommen moet worden. Weer prachtige natuur gezien. Geniet mee met de voetstappen Medlands Beach, Torrent Bay, Cleopatra's Pool en Anchorage.Read more

  • Day129

    Abel Tasman National Park

    August 9, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    We found a cheap deal for a day cruise and walk online in the Abel Tasman National Park. The weather forecast wasn't the best however it looked like it was going to be dry between 11 and 2 which is when we would be doing the walk so we went for it. When we woke up in the morning and checked the weather however it had changed to 90% chance of heavy rain all day! Not so great! It hadn't started raining yet though so maybe we would get lucky.

    We had a short 20 minute drive in the morning to Kaiteriteri where the boat would be leaving from and as luck would have it when we arrived it started raining!

    The sea cruise took us up along the coast of the Abel Tasman National Park where we stopped every now and then so they could point out something or tell us a bit about the park. The beaches were golden yellow in colour which I can imagine look amazing in contast to the vast green forest when the sun is shining however along with the sideways rain and mist the view wasn't great. We got to see a couple of seals on the rocks though which was pretty cool.

    The boat cruise was around 2 hours in total before we were dropped off at Tonga Quarry where we would do a short 4km walk through the park. The first hour of the cruise was fine however the second hour the sea got a lot rougher and it turns out perhaps I suffer from sea sickness. I spent the second hour standing out the back of the boat fighting the urge to be sick whilst the rain poured off the top of the boat. The lovely lady on the boat must have felt sorry for me as she offered me a hot ginger drink which is supposed to help with sea sickness. The drink wasn't the nicest but it did help settle my stomach a little bit. Halfway through my drink, Simon staggered out to the back of the bottom as he was also starting to feel a bit queasy.

    Despite the torrential rain that we were now experiencing we were just pleased to get off the boat. We now had around 3 hours to complete a short 4km walk from Tonga Quarry to Medlands Beach where the boat would pick us up again. We were told that there was a hut with a fire waiting for us near the beach so the plan was get there as fast as we could and start a fire. They usually say it takes around 2 hours to do the walk if you stop and take pictures however we did it in around an hour. It was raining hard pretty much the entire walk and we were soaked to the skin, even my pants were wet! I could also feel the water sloshing around inside my shoes as there was water pouring down most of the track in small rivers. Simons shoes are a lot more waterproof that mine however they were also defeated when Simon sunk in some quick sand type mud up to his knees! The only saving grace that prevented the day from being completely unbearable was that it wasn't cold!

    You can imagine how happy we were when we could smell the sweet comforting smell of burning wood as we got closer to the hut. Someone had beaten us too it and already started a fire! When the lady on the boat had mentioned there was a hut with a fire we were thinking 3 walls and a fire pit but oh how wrong we were. This hut was huge, with a wood burning fire, kitchen area and places to sleep. Very fancy! As we had walked so fast, we had 2 hours until the boat was picking us back up so we got out our packed lunch and sat around the fire trying to dry out with another French girl who was getting the same boat back as us.

    The boat ride back was just under an hour and not quite as choppy as the way up fortunately and we arrived back into Kaiteriteri around 4pm. The tide was out so the boat had to drop us off further down the beach onto the sand. Luckily Simon and I were some of the first people off the boat as the people behind us got absolutely soaked. You had to walk down a long ramp and then jump just as the tide went out before it came back in again. The first group of us managed this quite successfully but then this one woman kept starting to jump and then backed off again. Everyone was shouting for her to get off but she just froze and the tide was coming in so when she finally did get off the water was up past her knees and unfortunately the same for everyone behind her!

    Because everything was so wet we decided to check into a proper campsite for the evening with laundry facilities so we could get everything dry. It wasn't the cheapest but there is no way we would have been able to dry everything out in the van otherwise, especially our shoes.
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  • Day61

    Kiwi Exp. - Wellington to Kaiteriteri

    June 19, 2015 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌙 14 °C

    Wind and rain lashed against us as we walked from our hostel to our pick up point for the bus. Alex somehow managed to stay upright with the weight of his rucksack when his foot slipped on the wet metal of a manhole cover at the end of a steep street. Some expletives and more rain later we sat damp on the bus, making our way through morning traffic for our ferry to the South Island.

    The big white ferry with its streaks of orange rust sat in the grey drizzle of the port. We boarded along a gangway, taking front row seats on the top deck. This gave us commanding views across the bow and out over the waters as we left the port and moved out onto the open water. However after an hour it also gave us a rollercoaster experience as the ferry surged up and down and waves sprayed against the windows. The floor gave way beneath our feet and the room swung back and forth around us. We could only stand this motion for so long before we retreated downstairs to the back of the lower deck where it was calmer. Nausea quickly passed as we moved into calmer waters through the rocky outcrops of the South Island's coastline. Rocks turned to hills covered in alpine forests, the greens contrasting with the blues of the sky and the sea. The sun now shone where it had hidden behind cloud back in the north.

    We docked at Picton and returned to the bus to drive to our destination, Kaiteriteri. Due to 'hopping off' the bus and staying in Wellington for the last 3 days we had a new driver, Kane, as well as new fellow travellers on the bus (the majority of those on our last bus had chosen to continue travelling on). However the bus was far less full with only 15 of us in total compared with nearly 35 on our last bus (we also heard today that our previous bus broke down today so luck is with us for now).

    The sun remained out as we drove through wintering vineyards and the landscape became reminiscent of that in Montana and Wyoming, USA with cattle farmland against a backdrop of alpine mountains shrouded in mist. The mist grew into a fog, masking the sun to a yellow halo against the silhouette of pine trees on the ridges. The fog grew further around us as we wound our way down through the hills but as we past a shoreline the sun re-emerged on the horizon as it set behind a distant mountain range. With only the peaks of the range visible by the sun's glow, it gave the impression of being the spine of a great beast lumbering through the cloud around it.

    We arrived in complete darkness and were immediately surprised by the sounding of an alarm similar to a 1940s air raid siren. Seeing our surprise the receptionist at our hostel explained that this was the rural community's alarm for its fire service as two men sprinted from a nearby bar clearly responding to its call. Wherever the fire was we did not know of it again and it was a quiet night in, in what felt like the middle of nowhere.
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  • Day44

    noch mehr Beach am Kaka Point

    October 25, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌙 14 °C

    Kleiner Spaziergang auf eine nahe gelegene Halbinsel, schöner Ausblick und türkis blaues Wasser inclusive.

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Ngaio Island