About Us

Kaiteriteri Recreation Reserve

"We believe in protecting the natural beauty and soul of the Kaiteriteri Recreation Reserve".

At Kaiteriteri Recreation Reserve we strive to challenge the sustainability of everything we do to ensure that current and future generations enjoy the natural beauty and soul of the Reserve.  Everything we do at the Reserve is focused on our purpose and 100% of the profits from our campsite, apartments, restaurant, takeaway and store help us to deliver a truly authentic New Zealand outdoor recreation destination that you can trust. 

The Kaiteriteri Recreation Reserve is 250ha of Crown land that includes Kaiteriteri Beach, Kākā Point Historic Reserve, Kākā Island, Kaiteriteri Estuary, Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park and the hills with native bush surrounding the beach and estuary. We are governed by a Reserve Board appointed by the Minister of Conservation. We do not receive any funding from the government, so every dollar spent by our visitors has real importance. 


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A Christmas Message from Mason, our CEO

Summer is officially here!

After a long busy year, it’s time to come to paradise in Kaiteriteri and soak up the sun, cool off in the turquoise water, spread out on the golden sand, eat great food, bike, walk and boat until sunset.

There is something for everyone here at Kaiteriteri, full of experiences to create memories that last for generations.

Many people don’t realize that the Kaiteriteri Recreation Reserve is a self-funding Crown entity with an operating model where all profits are invested back into the Reserve for social, economic, environmental, and cultural prosperity.

This model covers our many offerings including the Campground, Apartments, On-the-Spot Store, Waterfront Restaurant, Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park, Kākā Point, Kākā island, the estuary, surrounding forestry, and of course our gorgeous golden beach!

Every dollar spent across any of these offerings goes right back into making the Kaiteriteri Recreation Reserve everything that you know and love along with preserving this amazing place and improving the environment and wider community.

You will notice some changes around the Reserve with many projects being completed during the off season, we have been working hard to improve sites and drainage, facilities, and the environment along with planting and restoration projects, not to mention new BBQs in the blocks! These along with many more are on our list as we continue to improve what you know and love about Kaiteriteri, we would really appreciate and value your feedback if you could also share what you love about this gorgeous place.

As you begin to pack your cars, caravans, trailers, and boats squeezing every last item in right up to the roof boxes, know that the whole Kaiteriteri Recreation Reserve Team are very much looking forward to welcoming you and looking after you all this Summer.

Have a wonderful Christmas with Family and Friends and we will see you all in the land of the golden sand soon!


History of our region

Although there was earlier European interest in Tasman Bay, the first recorded entry into Kaiteriteri was by Captain Arthur Wakefield in October 1841 when searching for a suitable permanent settlement for New Zealand Company settlers. Kaiteriteri also featured in Wakefield’s diary when a korero was held with local chiefs to discuss Nelson land purchases and reach agreement on payment and reserves.

Terms included the protection of tāngata whenua settlements, cultivations and wāhi tapu and the reservation of one-tenth of all land used for the Nelson settlement to be held in trust for the benefit of the original Maori owners and their families. This land became known as the Tenths Reserves. Kaiteriteri has considerable historic significance as the first meeting place between tāngata whenua and representatives of the New Zealand Company whose sole purpose was to colonise a ’new’ country.  

On 28th January 1936, the future of Kaiteriteri as a holiday destination was confirmed in a public meeting where Syd Rowling was nominated as the first chairman of the new Kaiteriteri Domain Board and was joined by half a dozen other prominent local people. The Board commenced the set-up of better camping arrangements, such as boundaries, clean water, toilets, and even a public phone. The road from Riwaka to Kaiteriteri was also completed which finally eased the long journey across the mudflats at low tide.  

The Reserve & the Community

Kaiteriteri is a very small community and is dependent on the support of volunteers and donations to protect the environment, wildlife and fauna. The Reserve has a proud record of supporting many of these groups over the years including a predator control program, Tasman Bay Guardians, and Little Blue Penguins. 

Another huge part of the community is the Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park, which is an incredible asset for the region and the Reserve.  It has been built and maintained by local volunteers and supported by Kaiteriteri Recreation Reserve, with funding and employing a park manager, 

The Reserve also provides a perfect adventure playground for young and old, both on land and sea. So, this year we will continue to support the Motueka High School Adventure Racing team in their endeavours to win the National championship. 

Our Team & Values

Our team led by CEO Mason Fitzgerald has 30 permanent employees responsible for the management and operation of the Reserve throughout the year. With the seasonality of the business, and the demands of more than 4000 visitors per day in summer our team grows to 120+ supporting our accommodation, retail, food & beverage outlets and customer service.  

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