Driving Times and Directions

Approximate driving time from main centres on the South Island to Kaiteriteri and Marahau.

Download Here: detailed  map for driving Christchurch to Motueka. Includes West Coast and Westport

DRIVING TIMES AND DISTANCES
SOUTH ISLAND TOWNS TO KAITERITERI (boat and kayak departure point).
Please note: Our main office in Motueka is a 20 minute drive from Kaiteriteri.

Blenheim 175kms (109miles) 2hrs 30mins
Christchurch 430kms (267miles) 6 hours
Collingwood 82kms (51miles) 1hr 45mins
Motueka direct 16kms (10miles) 20mins
Motueka via Marahau 25kms (16 miles) 40mins
Nelson 60kms (37miles) 1hr 15mins
Picton 230kms (174miles) 3 hours
Richmond 48kms (30miles) 45mins
Takaka 55kms (34miles) 60mins
Westport 236kms (147miles) 3 hours 30 mins

If driving times seem excessive, remember that New Zealand roads can be narrow and winding, so please allow plenty of time for your journey.

Nelson to Motueka:
Take Highway 6 south through Richmond. At the Richmond roundabout (traffic circle), take the right-hand exit -> Highway 60. Drive northward approx 40 kms (25 miles) to the roundabout (traffic circle) at entrance to Motueka township.  Take the second exit into High Street. Drive 1 km and turn right into Old Wharf Road (a clock tower on the left marks the intersection). Turn right into Old Wharf Rd and park on the street beside our office.

Motueka to Kaiteriteri:
Continue north along High Street (Hwy 60) out of Motueka for approximately 8 kms (5 miles). The highway contains several junctions but stick to the main road as it crosses the Motueka River (long, narrow 2-lane bridge), veers right through Riwaka and then crosses the Riwaka River Bridge. Two hundred metres past Riwaka bridge, turn off the highway at the right turn signposted to Abel Tasman National Park via Kaiteriteri and Marahau. Continue for 6 kms to Kaiteriteri.

Our office (open 8.30 am to last sailing, November to April) is located between the Shoreline Cafe and Kaiteriteri Camp Shop, across the road from the main beach. Address: 1 Kaiteriteri - Sandy Bay Rd. Look for our Sea Fern Logo. All day parking is available in the main carpark. There is no overnight parking between mid December to end of February. Please check in early to arrange overnight parking.

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Motueka to Marahau:
From Motueka, it is quicker if you do not turn off Hwy 60 at the Kaiteriteri junction. Stay on the highway for approx 200 metres as it veers left, then take the next right-hand turn off the highway, signposted to Abel Tasman National Park via Marahau. Marahau is approximately 10 kms (6 miles) from the turnoff.

If you are in Kaiteriteri, you can continue past Kaiteriteri Beach and follow the road along the coast to Marahau (approx 8 kms, 15 minutes).

Other Options

We Operate These Options:
  • Check-In
  • From Marahau
  • From Nelson and Motueka
  • Getting to the Nelson Region

  • Our friendly Reservations Team is waiting to answer your enquiries and take your booking. Please contact us using the details below or complete the online form on this page and one of our team will reply within 24 hours.

    Freephone (New Zealand Only): 0800 223 582 (0800 ABEL TASMAN)
    Freephone (Australia Only): 1800-139 341

    Telephone (within New Zealand): 03 528 2027
    Telephone (outside New Zealand): +64 3 528 2027 (calling outside NZ)

    Email: info@AbelTasman.co.nz