Saturday 2 September 2023
What a fantastic, perfect, sunny Spring day! as 20 of us embarked on a trip in and around Kaiteriteri.
We started at 9.30am from the Kaiteriteri Campground with the Whithells Walk up to the Whithells Lookout which offered a stunning panoramic view. We continued through the bush and pine forests above the Bethany Campground before we paused on our way down for a leisurely morning tea overlooking the bay, enjoying the warm sun and clear blue skies.
Then we explored the walking trails within the Kimi Ora Resort, where we had the pleasure of meeting Dietmar, the owner, who was maintaining the paths. He has planted a lot of native trees and has created many walking trails on his vast property. Following a looped walk up the hill, we passed some Kneipp foot and arm water treatments, and Paula dared to try the refreshing arm baths.
From Kimi Ora, we made our way past the estuary and over the hill to Little Kaiteriteri. We met a Marlborough Tramping Club member on the hill who took our group photo. Some of us were getting hungry, and it was time for lunch, which we enjoyed on the Little Kaiteriteri Beach.
Post-lunch, we continued with a coastal walk over the bluff, passing Dummy Bay to Stephens Bay, and returned to Kaiteriteri the same way, enjoying more marvellous views.
It was a relatively easy walk of 13 km with a few hills and a surprising total elevation gain of 484 meters. We completed the walk in 5 and a half hours, including breaks. We finished our fun day with well-deserved ice-creams at the Kaiteriteri general store, and Di was very lucky to score the biggest real-fruit ice cream.
Our group were Jamila (leader and scribe), Diane, Robyn, Ross, Paula, Simon, Donell, Karen, Lynda, Sue, Maria, Rob, Julie, Martina, Roger, Maureen, and the visitors Raewyn, Annette, Linda and Darryl.