Following the coastline we came across Nelson and Motueka, where we made short stops and filled up our food supply. The weather got better with every day and soon it reached 25°C.
That meant we had to find a good beach to stay on. Just north of Motueka, close to the Abel Tasman National Park there is a small village, called “Little Kaiteriteri”.
From the first moment on, we fell in love with the appearance and atmosphere of its golden beach. Especially the rocky islands close to the shore create a dramatic scenery.
When exploring the shore at low tide, I was lucky enough to find a perfect spot to camp on one of the islands. And so we went, taking our backpacks up the island and set up our tent. The next morning we got up early for sunrise, we enjoyed it on our private island and I took the photo “Shine Bright”.
Afterwards we planned a 3 day kayak trip through the Abel Tasman NP and the hike back. When we survived the incredibly long safety briefing, we were free to kayak.
Unfortunately the wind picked up over time, so we found ourselves in a bad situation.
Fighting against the wind and the huge waves, we tried to paddle from bay to bay (it felt a bit like the photo shoot). I had the bad luck to sit in the back, so I got all the water from Milena in my face. The so-called “Mad Mile” drove us crazy, it is an exposed area without bays or beaches, just rocks.
The wind pressed us to the shore, so we had to pay attention to stay away from the rocks. One of the only sentences we remembered from the briefing was: “Don’t paddle along the mad mile, when it gets windy”. Well, it was too late and we wanted to find a good spot to camp, therefore we had to keep fighting. In the end we did it and were proud and exhausted.
We spend the two nights in “Anchorage Bay” and “Sandfly Bay” (which should be called bumblebee bay) on amazing spots. The next days the weather got better and we could actually enjoy the kayaking. We saw many beautiful bays, paddled next to seals and loved the freedom. On the third day the rental picked up our kayak and we carryed on by foot…