What's the best time of the year to visit Kaiteriteri?

The Nelson Tasman region of New Zealand is famous for its year round sunshine - the most sunshine hours in New Zealand.

What that means is that it's always a great time to visit Kaiteriteri! December to February are out busiest months by far with Kiwi's taking the chance to come and stay for one or two weeks over the summer school holidays.

Locals tend to visit more in the spring an autumn when the temperatures are a bit cooler and the beach a bit less crowded - they are also brilliant times of the year for a more active holiday - mountain biking, tramping, climbing and generally exploring the region.

Winter is a popular time of year with couples or small groups looking for a weekend getaway, with easy flights from Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington. Combine a stay at this time of year with a walk in the National Park followed but a Sunday roast by the fire and a large glass of local wine.

What's the best way to travel to Kaiteriteri?

Kaiteriteri is an easy drive from Nelson, which takes approximately 50 minutes.

Nelson has New Zealand's busiest regional airport with regular flights from around the country - Wellington is a 30-minute flight, Christchurch is a 55-minute flight. With a range of car hire companies at the airport, you can fly and drive to Kaiteriteri after work on a Friday and wake up in our beachside paradise on Saturday morning.

If you want to travel by car from Christchurch and explore the top of the South Island, the routes through the Lewis Pass, or around the coast through Kaikoura, or across Arthurs Pass and up the West Coast, are amongst New Zealand's finest road trips.

As a lot of our guests are campers you'll find getting here with your motorhome or caravan straightforward too - our access roads are well maintained and built with larger holiday vehicles in mind.

Is Kaiteriteri a family friendly destination?

Absolutely! Kaiteriteri has been the preferred holiday destination for South Island families for several generations, many coming back every single year. 

The main attraction of a family holiday at Kaiteriteri is our safe and well maintained beach. With a gentle slope to the sea and a fun tidal inlet it's a great place for kids of all ages to play for the whole day. Real fruit ice-creams from the Kaiteriteri store are always a popular way to cool off too.

Paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkeling and mountain biking are great ways for the kids to burn off some energy - as is our well equipped and safe playground. 

All of Kaiteriteri's facilities are centered around our accommodation, restaurant and campsite - so you can relax and enjoy your holiday while the kids go and make great holiday memories.

Can I bring pets to Kaiteriteri?

Even though furry friends are part of some families, not everyone loves a lick and the little presents that pooches so generously offer. To make sure everyone gets a great experience and to protect our local wildlife, such as the blue penguins, there are no pets allowed. 

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Locals and visitors have fallen in love with Kaiteriteri or "paradise" as they call it, for decades. The Kaiteriteri Recreation Reserve team are committed to sustainability ensuring that future generations are able to enjoy the 250-hectare Reserve containing lush native forestry and the crystal-clear waters of Kaiteriteri Beach.


Stay Self contained or open plan cabins? Beach views or park views? We have different options available to suit your needs and budgets. The choice is all yours Kaiteriteri.


With three National Parks surrounding Kaiteriteri there's no better place to base yourself if you like to explore.