My husband and I were on our way to mountain biking the Old Ghost Rd on the West Coast of the South Island. We decided to head back to Kaiteriteri which we loved on our South Island camping trip, revisit some old favourite spots and explore some new ones in the area and head over to Nelson with the kids before we hit Old Ghost Rd.
Here are our the highlights from our recent trip.
MOUNTAIN BIKING AT KAITERITERI
This mountain bike park is in such a great location – right beside the stunning Kaiteriteri beach. Love the trails and the views from the top are stunning. The trail shown in the video is Jaws – an awesome trail, you just have to make it to the top to enjoy the never ending downill.
NZ Frenzy travel guide does it again with a recommendation for a stunning 10-minute bush walk through lush native bush to the Riwaka Resurgence where the river emerges from under the Takaka Hills.
I was expecting to be amazed by the water rushing from under the rocks ( and I was ) but it was really the mesmerising native bush that made the whole experience truly amazing and all only 15 minutes from Motueka and a 10 minute walk from the carpark. New Zealand you never cease to amaze me!!!
P.S. if you are looking for off the beaten track adventures check out NZ Frenzy travel guide by googling it online.
FEEDING EELS AT JESTERS CAFE ON THE WAY TO MAPUA
Sometimes it’s the completely unplanned things that turn out to be lots of fun. When we saw that AA (NZ’s Automobile Association and chief sign poster) were signposting tame eels on the Mapua Peninsula we thought it was worth a visit and even from the entrance it was a little bit of a different experience having to cross a Ford.
The eels are in a stream beside Jesters Café so be prepared for the kids to want to buy something but the whole experience of feeding eels and the lovely grounds for kids to play in not to mention great food and prices at the café made the whole experience a worthwhile investment in café and eel food.
P.S. we actually went in the Eel Festival (who knew that was a thing?) so the eel food was free in the October school holidays.
EXPLORING THE MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS BY CAR
The Marlborough Sounds coastline has 1/5 of the length of New Zealand’s coasts and is mainly accessible by water so heading out to French Pass is one of the few places to access the Sounds by road and view massive tidal flows through French Pass.
It’s a 4 hour plus round trip from Nelson on a narrow windy, at time gravel road and initially we were disappointed as the bush obscured the views but the last 20km to French Pass is through farmland with unobstructed views on both sides of the peninsula. As we were there in Spring we also had unobstructed views of lambs and very excitable children so it was sensory overload with squeals of delight from adults and children alike.
The last shop is at Okiwi Bay so take your supplies, check the weather forecast as the views are best enjoyed on a clear day and set aside a full day for the drive – you wont be disappointed.
TAHUNANUI BEACH AND NELSON MODELLERS
Not only is Tahunanui Beach a stunning spot, it has a great range of playgrounds and activities for the kids including the Nelson Modellers which has an outdoor and indoor model railway which runs on
We had such a great time in the Tasman District and there is still so much to do – we cant wait to go back,
Read about our first visit to the region;
Other biking in the area;