From Wellington to Kaiteriteri we needed to get the ferry from the North to the South Island. This cost $55, and was not included in our kiwi experience ticket. The ferry took around 3/3.5 hours. Once we were starting to get closer to the south island the views were literally beautiful. There is quite a difference in the landscape between the islands, and just on the ship you could tell this.
Once we got off the ferry we had a pretty hefty drive to our next stop- Kaiteriteri. This was located next to/within the Abel Tasman national park. When we got there it was literally our hostel, and the restaurant next door, so a pretty tiny place, but I think it is being re-done. It is located on the beach which was really nice. Our evening there we didn't have any activities booked so we just chilled out really.
The following morning we went for a walk around Kaiteriteri beach towards Stephen's bay. The views were seriously stunning, and the weather was sunny which made the walk much nicer. There were only a few boats out in the sea and only a few people walking so pretty quiet again. I think this is more of a holiday home/summer destination as the more we walked round there were some pretty nice houses, but they all looked quite empty.
ACCOMMODATION – Kaiteriteri Lodge - $30
The hostel was right on the beach, which meant it was easy to go for a walk. The kitchen was quite small with everyone trying to use the hobs. We shared a bedroom of 6, with an ensuite wet room. The room was clean, but the floor space was a little cramped, but overall I think it was a pretty nice hostel.
Rating - 4/5