New Zealand: Hiking a National Park

Hiking in Kaiteriteri

When I was up in Kaiteriteri I decided to spend most of my time looking around the Abel Tasman National Park. There are water taxis available that bring you to one of the various bays there and from those you can hike either north to a different bay and let them pick you up there or hike back down south until you reach the town. I chose the first option and, after visiting the Split Apple Rock (picture below), did a four hour hike through coastal rainforest before being eaten by sandflies (those monsters…NZs most dangerous predator!) waiting for the water taxi back home. On my way back we passed a small fur seal colony: the first seals I've ever seen in the wild! 

If you don't feel like a day hike through the national park there is the option to camp there. Take more time to explore the coast and rainforest and camp at one of the campsites within the national park - a stay at one of the sites is limited to two days though!

 

Additionally there are hikes around the town, ranging from a short 20 minute walk to a 1-2 hour hike. Other than the National Park and those hikes theres not much to do...you can rent kayaks but there is not even a supermarket there, just a café and a tourist shop that sells very expenisve clothes and toiletries. Kaiteriteri is a beautiful place but very tranquil and if you're not camping you don't need to stay more than a few days.

 


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