New Zealand 2003 travel blog

Kaiteriteri Kayaking Map

Getting started

Split Apple Rock

John, Kate and Kathryn

Coffee on the beach

Are you steering this thing or not?

Dusk over Kaiteriteri beach

An easy, slow start to the day, gradually easing ourselves from our slumber, having a spa bath and then making a fine lunch from a huge trout that one of Mike's pupils had given him for Christmas.

Later in the afternoon, Kate, Kathryn and I drove to Kaiteriteri, a lovely beach just at the southern end of the Abel Tasman park. We had come to take a sunset kayak trip along the coast for a few hours.

We had chosen our evening well, with clear skies and warm blue water. We met our guide for the evening, Holly, and we jumped in our kayaks and paddled out of the bay. We saw a little blue penguin on our journey and we made it up as far as the famous split apple rock, an almost perfect sphere of rock cleaved in two by weathering.

We pulled up on a sandy beach as the sun went down and had a coffee before paddling back to the start. The colours were really fantastic in the evening light so we were really pleased to have done it. Tomorrow we will be moving on to the Golden Bay area in preparation for our next epic walk in the Abel Tasman National Park.

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