Tasman Leader : July 17th 2014
THURSDAY, JULY 17, 2014 Midwinter swimming page 23 Kaiteriteri top 100 Beach makes By ALASTAIR PAULIN Lucky us: The world may flock to Kaiteriteri in summer but Tasman residents have it all to themselves the other 46 weeks of the year. Photo: MARION VAN DIJK K aiteriteri Beach is mak- ing waves around the world again. The beach beloved by South Islanders has been ranked as number 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, accord- ing 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 archi- pelago of the Seychelles as the five best beaches in the world. Rob 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 winding access road through pine forest to see the beach unfurl in front of tourists. CNN pointed to Kaiteriteri’s golden sand and high sunshine hours, and Lynda Keene, the chief executive of Nelson Tasman Tour- ism, 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 in the Coromandel at No 94 and West Auckland’s Karekare at No 38. The top beach, which also fea- tured 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’’. Readers can see the list and vote at on.cnn.com/16o25vH.
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