Kaiteriteri is the only other place besides Queenstown that I’m spending two nights in. Kaiteriteri is a small seaside resort located just a few miles north of Motueka, which itself is located some 60 kms northwest of Nelson in the far north of the south island. The drive today from Barrytown was about 300 kms and took me around 4.5 hours on a route that bypassed Westport and through Murchison. The rain is still falling almost constant with the occasional respite, lulling me into a false sense of security and expectation. My reason for choosing Kaiteriteri is because it lies right in the centre of Abel Tasman national park. If you are a keen walker or are into hiking this is a great place to go as there are several local ferry services that operate up along this coastline and which drop you off at various points where you can trek through the rain forest and pick them up again several kilometers down the track, depending on your level of fitness. It’s a great way to experience the local flora and fauna.  You can even spend a night or two at a chalet complex in Totaranui to really get away from it all.

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