Kaiteriteri is approximately 15 minutes drive from Marahau. It is the original landing place in the South Island for the ‘New Zealand Company’ in 1841. Kaiteriteri is a small settlement with a café and a burger place, a kayak company, and a couple of water taxi businesses.
Because it is quite a distance from the Abel Tasman entrance you need to get the water taxi or kayak company to take you into the park. You aren’t able to walk or kayak directly into the Abel Tasman National Park as you can from Marahau.
Kaiteriteri also has a campground that is popular with Kiwis and other visitors and a great mountain biking park.
Probably the main difference between Marahau and Kaiterteri is the style of each place. If you want to experience a more laid back, traditional, authentic New Zealand seaside village then Marahau is the place for you.
MOTUEKA & MOUTERE
Motueka is the main service town near Marahau. It’s useful for supermarket shopping, banking and pharmacies. It’s the ideal place for picking up groceries and any other shopping requirements before moving on to Marahau for your Abel Tasman experience.
Between Marahau and Motueka is the small settlement of Riwaka, which is ‘world’ famous for its hops and beer. Try HOP Federation in Riwaka main road.
Near Motueka are the pretty Mapua and Moutere regions where there are some lovely cafes and restaurants and a wide range of established and up and coming wineries and a range of artists and artisan producers with work on display and for sale. Both places are an easy 40-minute drive from Marahau.
The largest town between Wellington and Christchurch. Nelson is an ideal place to fly into. The small but busy Nelson Airport is served by several airlines with flights to and from Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch as we all as several other smaller centres. The airport has good amenities with car hire and public transport.
Nelson and the region has a strong history of arts and crafts. While many of the artisans reside in the Tasman area (between Nelson and Marahau), a number of galleries are situated in Nelson, including the interesting WOW museum.
But for the tourist, the heart of the area is next door in Tasman, home to the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park, and just a one-hour drive away.