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 popular with Kiwi’s and runs competition like Mr & Mrs Kaiteriteri and other fun summer activities.
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. While useful for supermarket shopping, banking and pharmacies it has little reason to stay longer. Ideal place for picking up groceries and any other shopping requirements before moving onto 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.
Nearby 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. An easy 40 minute drive from Marahau.
The largest town between Wellington and Christchurch. Nelson is an ideal place to fly into. A small airport 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 along with 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. An hours drive away by car.