- Beaches & Bays
The quintessential golden sands of Kaiteriteri Beach are almost ethereal, so it’s no surprise that generations of families return here every single year, setting up camp right by the seashore and indulging in the extraordinary experiences on offer in this little slice of paradise.
The crescent shaped bay is sheltered from the elements, and provides perfect conditions for kayaking, paddling and swimming amongst the azure blue waters. Drifting under the footbridge in the Kaiteriteri lagoon is a favourite pastime for many, whilst the receding tide reveals sheltered coves around the headlands ideal for exploring.
As the launching pad for the Abel Tasman National Park, many kayak, boat and waka trips depart from the bay, whilst behind the beach you’ll find a world-class mountain-bike park, 400 powered campsites, beachfront apartments, kids entertainment, a luxury eco resort and a selection of dining options. There is no shortage of recreational activities in Kaiteriteri, and short walks up over the hill to Stephens and Dummy Bay offer panoramic views of the sweeping coastline.
During the summer months, Kaiteriteri Beach buzzes with activity, but during the shoulder seasons you’re sometimes lucky enough to have the place all to yourself. A short stroll over to Little Kaiteriteri – the less-crowded of the two beach sisters - is accessible from the blue bridge at the entrance to the bay.
Photo credits: (1-6) Kaiteriteri Recreation Reserve, (7-8) www.nelsontasman.nz