Blogs from Kaiteriteri, Abel Tasman National Park, South Island, New Zealand, Oceania

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Hoewel Wellington op een mooie dag een hele mooie stad lijkt te zijn, miezert het vandaag en hangen de wolken tegen de heuvels aan. Alvorens de ferry te nemen, gaan we nog naar het nationale museum van Nieuw-Zeeland, Te Papa. Dit museum telt vijf verdiepingen en je kan er op een interactieve manier veel over het land te weten komen. We gaan eerst naar de exposities over het ontstaan van het land, hierbij moet je denken aan de werking van de continentale platen (Nieuw-Zeeland ligt er op twee) en het effect door de miljoenen jaren heen op de vorming van het land. Hiermee samenhangend zijn de vele aardbevingen en vulkaanuitbarstingen die het land te verduren krijgt. Er is zelfs een huisje waar je een aardbeving ervaart. Ook passeren vele dier -en plantensoorten de revue. Op een ... read more
Te Papa museum
Traditioneel Maori huis
Een grijs Wellington


We were treated to a fleeting visit through my old stomping ground Wellington on Monday night before catching the ferry to carry on our campervan travels in the South Island. We caught up with some of my friends with a few bottles of vino in the sunshine at my old workplace Foxglove. It was so good to see them, although the sun, wine and overexcitement obviously got too much for me as I had my legs in the air, dignity out the window, in abra kebabra (Rich and his bloody kebabs) by 9 o'clock post fainting episode. Awkward. I stuck to peppermint tea for the remainder of the evening and we chatted away at Taylor's till the wee ours of the morning. We headed to brunch at Ti kouka, a quirky little cafe on Willis Street, ... read more
Marlborough Sounds
Our boat on the Discoverer Day Cruise
Split Apple Rock 🍎


5 months into the nz journey and i have yet to write about it until now. In truth i have not quite found the urge or the muse or the time or the patience to write an entry, let alone write consistently. It is not for lack of experience here, this country has treated me well and i feel very comfortable and settled in. I guess I've been figuring out why i am here? why did i come here in the first place? what in the world am i doing? For the first month or so my answer was: i did not know what else to do basically. I knew i was not fulfilled state side, as in i was not unhappy but i also was not authentically happy either. I also knew i promised myself ... read more
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Had a couple much needed recovery days. Wellington is SO windy. Windier than I imagined. It was raining too and the rain was falling sideways. Perfect day to stay inside. Watched the hangover and I am legend. Yesterday was a travel day. Took the ferry across to the south island and arrived in Kaiteriteri last night. Pretty nice place with a nice beach. The water is freezing. Just having a nice Sunday morning breakfast now, then going to look into renting a kayak or going for a hike in the national park. Yup, nothing exciting to update you on. Just a couple recovery days. ... read more
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Fantastisk strand Da vi ankom, var der en kæmpe kø(grundet kiwi bussen), så jeg startede med at gå lidt rundt sammen med de tre svenske piger Anna, Emma og Caroline. Vi gik bare lidt rundt i området. De skulle finde ud af, hvornår deres båd gik den næste morgen, når de skulle til Abel Tasman. Vi fandt en lille butik der ud over mad, havde noget lidt sjovt souvenir gøgl. Vi var to minutter fra stranden som var helt fantastisk! Det var en rigtig smuk lille bugt, hvor man rigtig ville kunne ligge og dase hele dagen. Da jeg havde tjekket ind, gik jeg i gang med at lave mad, selvom jeg skulle vente indtil der var en varmeplade ledig. Det kan jo ikke være anderledes når der kun er et lille køkken og vi ankommer ... read more
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Our hostel was located right on the beachfront with beautiful views of the sea and islands. As soon as we arrived in Kaiteriteri we jumped off the bus and booked on to a boat tour of the Abel Tasman National Park for the next morning. Our hostel was called Kaiteri Lodge and had a large pub garden which was really busy. As we were next to the beach, hot and sweaty from our bus journey, we changed into our swimmers and got in the sea. Again the water was fairly cold so we didn't stay in long but it was refreshing. That night Siobhan cooked a group of 12 of us an incredible risotto and after we all sat together in the tv room watching Austin powers before going to bed. After a 7am start and ... read more
Split Apple Rock
Jumping on the eels
Family Sunday Roast


Adventure is our middle name - today that translated into a 16km kayak trip around the national park. The three of us (plus Dave our guide) paddled the seas for a good four hours, with some beautiful stops along the way. We set off from the impressive sand spit at Bark Bay and our first stop was Pinnacle island to see the seal colony. There were a couple of seals sunning themselves on the rocks. We continued on to our lunch stop at Adele island (named by a French explorer, after his wife) and this was the best spot of the day. The beach was beautiful, clear waters and great views of the national park - plus the lunch provided was pretty tasty! We had a couple of other stops after lunch and our arms were ... read more
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Two became three as Lizzie joined us on our trip to the South Island. We all took a sea-sickness tablet in case the 3.5hr cruise across the cook strait got a little rough. I'm convinced that they were just sleeping tablets as we all fell asleep for 2 hours. We managed to wake up for the best part of the journey and headed out onto the boat deck to soak in the splendour of Marlborough Sounds. We arrived into Kaiteriteri, the gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park, early in the evening.Bailey's bit: Kaiteriteri is a small coastal town with a nice little beach, 1 camp site, bar, hostel and that's about it! We soaked up some late afternoon sun before cooking dinner and then being in bed before 10. ... read more
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Heading out from my digs at Tapu Bay towards Christchurch for the final leg of my adventure. Stopped along the way at a winery to check that I hadn't deleted all my vacation pictures! Big whoops! Thank god they where still there! Stopped to see some surfers and the seal pups at Ohau Lookout Point......stayed at the Lobster Hotel......what a hoot and had supper at the Lobster Hotel Restaurant.......Cy's would kick their ass!... read more
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Driving Day...........drove from Picton to Nelson and then to Kaiteriteri............just outside of Abel Tasman National Park. Spent a bit of time on the beach in Kaiteriteri, explored the area and then found a great deal at a B & B in Tapu Bay at Mark Taylor's house.........great guy with lots of stories........he's definitely a country boy..lol.......but a gem.......every night I stay the room gets cheaper......he is waiting for me when I return from a days adventure.....what a hoot!... read more
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