Kaiteriteri Short Walks
- Walks & Hikes
Kaiteriteri Beach is renowned as the gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park but is also a destination in itself.
At all times of the year you’ll find locals and holiday-makers indulging in everything this beachfront village has to offer, whether that’s relaxing on the beach, splashing around in the lagoon, eating breakfast on the balcony or taking a short stroll to a scenic viewpoint.
A number of short walks are accessible from Kaiteriteri Beach, offering unparalleled opportunities to explore the secluded hideaways and sweeping golden coastline. The southern end of the beach connects with Little Kaiteriteri, weaving around the headland and down a wooden staircase to the peaceful and tranquil beach on the other side. During the busier summer months, this is often where the locals head, remaining close to all the amenities whilst also securing a pocket of paradise away from the Kaiteriteri buzz.
Just behind the Kaiteriteri Campground is Withell’s Walk – a 45-minute trek through lush native bush to a viewpoint overlooking the entire bay and beyond. Scenery like this has to be seen to be believed, but we promise it’s worth the journey!
Alternatively, the northern end of the beach takes you to Kaka Pah Point, an easy walk amongst Pohutakawa, Eucalypt and Manuka trees. Kaka Pah is culturally significant to tāngata whenua, particularly the iwi of Ngāti Rārua and Te Ātiawa, and you can learn more about this historic reserve from the plaques at the trail end. Here, a wooden bench overlooks the stunning golden sands of Kaiteriteri Beach, the ideal spot to relax and enjoy the views for a while.
Across the carpark is a lookout over Honeymoon Bay or you could continue further and dig your toes into the sand at Breaker Bay.
Photo credits: (1) www.nelsontasman.nz, (2-5) Kaiteriteri Recreation Reserve.