Kaiteriteri Beach ranks among world's best

ALASTAIR PAULIN
Last updated 08:30 15/07/2014
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Kaiteriteri Beach is making waves around the world again.

The beach beloved by South Islanders has been ranked as No. 68 on a list of the world's best 100 beaches by cnn.com.

The website is the third most popular news site in the world, with an estimated 95 million unique monthly visitors, according to Alexa.com.

That audience makes the ranking a significant one but it is hardly the first time the beach has hit the headlines.

Rob Guild, the manager of the Kaiteriteri Recreation Reserve, said the list he hears about the most is one published by The Guardian newspaper in 2003, when Kaiteriteri joined two Carribean beaches, an Irish beach and one on the East African archipelago of the Seychelles as the five best beaches in the world.

Guild said Kaiteriteri's appeal rested on its crescent shape, the fact that it was the "first golden sand beach on the Abel Tasman coastline" and the "wow factor" of coming down the windy access road through pine forest to see the beach unfurl in front of tourists.

CNN said Kaiteriteri had "golden sand and the most sunshine hours in New Zealand", and Lynda Keene, the chief executive of Nelson Tasman Tourism, said those were factors that drew English and German visitors in particular.

She said that compared with other regions of the South Island, Nelson could play up beach references such as the CNN list.

"Our beaches, three national parks, water and sunshine hours play very well with European visitors whereas a place like Wanaka might struggle to market its more alpine scenery to Germans, for example, who know that type of scenery well."

Kaiteriteri also made the top 10 of the AA's "most loved beach" poll in March, which saw about 600,00 votes from more than 35,000 participants

Ohope was the AA's top vote getter, with about 100,000, although only 1600 people voted for it, meaning that on average, each of them would have had to vote for it 62 times.

Other Kiwi beaches on CNN's list were Hot Water Beach on the Coromandel at No. 94 and West Auckland's Karekare at No. 38.

The top beach, which also featured on The Guardian's 2003 list, was Grande Anse Beach on La Digue Island in the Seychelles.

CNN called it "the archetypal beach, the benchmark against which others must be judged".

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- The Nelson Mail

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