5 March 2011
Picton via Queen Charlotte Drive
and Nelson to Kaiteriteri
in the Abel Tasman National Park
5 March 2011
From Picton via Queen Charlotte Drive and Nelson
to Kaiteriteri in the Abel Tasman National Park
We woke up at the Picton Top 10 Holiday Park (Blue Anchor) which Holiday park was the best in our 2003-trip. New, nice and clean then. Now in 2012 stil nice and clean. We were late and the agreement is to leave the Holiday parks before 10.00 am otherwise you have to pay for another day. Fine we just didn't make that because we were late out of bed and did everything slowly this morning. We saw everybode else leave and we left at 10.45 am heading Picton harbour. Within 3 minutes were there and we park the campervan on a parkingplace. Picton is a small town situated on a perfect bay. We watched one of the ferries arrive in the bay and after mooring at the Interislander ferry terminal, we have some fun with a speaking toilet near the parkingplace. You move in and the toilet guides you with all the necessairy handlings on a toilet.
Video Talking Toilet
Then we get in the campervan and leave Picton. Just when I make my turn up the Queen Charlotte Drive I remember we had to buy diesel. So back to Picton, searching through 4 streets, found one, filled it up and back to the Queen Charlotte Drive. The road goes up and within a few hundred meters we reach a viewpoint where we have a wonderfull view at the Picton and its harbour. The InterIslander ferry is about to leave. We don't wait for the leaving but leave the viewpoint heading for Havelock.
The Queen Charlotte Drive is a 40 kilometer winding road between Picton and Havelock fringed with native forest and offers one of the most scenic drives you're lickely to encounter. The road twists and winds its way through the Marlborough Sounds.
Normally it will take you about 1,5 till 2 hours to drive to Havelock. It took us about 2,5 hour But it was worth it. This road has so many viewpoints that you have to make time for those wonderfull spots. If you drive along you'll miss the best. At the same time we're here a group of Oldtimers (cars) were following the same route. Karin thoroughly enjoys all the unparalleled views and the beautiful, peaceful and almost untouched nature. In her Travellog she wrote that day that every now and then she had tears in her eyes of hapinness of all the beauty that she saw. The viewpoint called Governors Bay Lookout is really one of the best views (big picture under the title of this page) and we had there a light lunch. We made a lot of short stopovers and made about 80 pictures. It was a real pleasure driving this road.
After Havelock we take Highway 6 and then its only 55 kilometers to Nelson that is known as the oldest city on the South Island. It has beautifull beaches and many people beleive Nelson has one of the best climates of all major New Zealand centres with an annual average total of 2400 hours of sunshine. So we didn't find it strange that the sun was shining when we arrived in Nelson. We park our campervan and we walked through Trafalger Street, the mainstreet, to Church Hill with the Christ Church Cathedral and its famous bell. It's a very friendly city and we found ourself a seat on one of the terraces. After our cappuccino shot we walked back through this relaxed town to the campervan, took a wrong ext, got lost (haha) and returned to the mainstreet and then back to the seaside where we found the right track again.
Back on Highway 6 we follow that road heading Richmond where we take the exit Highway 60 that will lead us via Motueke to Kaiteriteri our goal for today. Continiously we see the Tasman Bay on our right hand. We are making a stopover in Moteuka were do some shopping in the Big Supermarket and reload our fritch again. The back on the road and we arrive at about 18:00 pm at the Kaiteriteri Beach Motor Camp, where we find a spot at the second row from the beach. This holiday park lies on a beautiful bay with a golden beach. We fill up the washing machine and then walk to the Shoreline Restaurant and that is an execellent relaxing restaurant with seats overlooking the bay. The dinner was tasty and good and the beer and wine too. It was dark when we returned to our campervan. We hope for good weather tomorrow since we're going to have a cruise and walk in the Abel Tasman National Park.