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3 Day Abel Tasman Self Guided Walk

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Overview

Our popular 3 Day Abel Tasman Walk in New Zealand is now available to book as in independent hiking package!

This multi-day walk is great for people who are short on time, and want to explore the 38 km Abel Tasman Coastal Track on their own. The Abel Tasman Coastal Track is one of the Great Walks of New Zealand. This package features a scenic cruise along the coastline. Stay one night at each of our Beachfront Lodges: Meadowbank Homestead in Awaroa and Torrent Bay Lodge.

Tour Grading: B

What to pack on an independent walk

Abel Tasman Coastal Walk

Abel Tasman Coastal Walk

Abel Tasman Coastal Walk

Meadowbank

Abel Tasman Coastal Walk

Itinerary

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Day 1 Nelson/Motueka to Awaroa via Tōtaranui

Take a scenic drive through the coastal orchard and vineyards lining the highway from Nelson to Motueka and Kaiteriteri.

Board our comfortable Vista Cruise to travel the length of the golden Abel Tasman coast from Kaiteriteri north to Tōtaranui, relaxing on the viewing decks and enjoying refreshments from the cafe.

From Tōtaranui, walk through mature native forest and along secluded beaches to the breathtaking expanse of Awaroa Inlet where you’ll reach Meadowbank Homestead – a faithful recreation of the Wilson family's original home on the ‘finest site in the bay’.

Note: there is no high tide track around the Awaroa Inlet. If you will not reach the Inlet within 2 hours of low tide, discuss the options for boat transfers with your hosts.

Approximate times

Scenic drive to Kaiteriteri – 1 hour from Nelson, or 20 mins from Motueka

Cruise Kaiteriteri to Tōtaranui – 1 hour 40 mins

Walk Tōtaranui to Awaroa – 2.5 hours (7km/4.5 miles) including tidal crossing; maximum elevation 100m/340ft

Accommodation: Meadowbank Homestead at Awaroa

Meals included: lunch, afternoon tea, dinner

Trip details
*Early times apply to Wednesday departures and all trips during our shoulder season (before December 20 and after 31 March)

Pick up in Nelson: from 10.15am (from *7.00am)
Pick in Motueka: from 11.15am (from *8.15 am)
If you are self-driving please meet at our office by 11.30am (*8.20am)

11.30 (*8.15)am Meet at our Motueka office to pick up track notes, discuss tidal conditions, check your trip details, and leave excess luggage and valuables in safe storage.

12.15pm (*8.50am) Coach departs for Kaiteriteri. If you have your own car, follow the coach to safe off-street parking.

1pm (*9.20am) Vista Cruise departs Kaiteriteri.

2.40pm (*11.20am) Arrive Tōtaranui and walk to the Awaroa Inlet. Continue the walk across the inlet if the tide is out, or take a boat ride across the stunning expanse of the largest inlet on the coast.

5pm (approx.) Enjoy a warm welcome at Meadowbank Homestead at Awaroa, right on the edge of the inlet. Freshen up with a hot shower in your ensuite room while your hosts prepare a delicious evening meal. Local beer and wine is available for purchase at our in-house bar.

Day 2Awaroa to Torrent Bay

Wake to breakfast overlooking Meadowbank’s gardens and the waters of Abel Tasman’s largest tidal estuary. Your walk today follows the coastal track through cool native forest and reaches golden sand beaches, perfect for swimming. Choose how much walking you want to do; your host will arrange boat transfers if required.

Approximate times

Walk in 3 sections of 2 hours each

1. Awaroa to Onetahuti and Tonga Quarry –7km/4.4 miles; maximum elevation 85m/280ft

 2. Tonga Quarry to Bark Bay (Medlands Beach) – 4km/2.5 miles; maximum elevation 120m/400ft

3. Bark Bay to Torrent Bay – 7km/4.4 miles; maximum elevation 105m/340ft

Accommodation: Torrent Bay Lodge

Meals included: breakfast, morning & afternoon tea, lunch, dinner

Recommended itinerary

9.30am Depart Awaroa for the scenic walk to Onetahuti, which features a beautiful boardwalk and bridge designed by local iwi (Maori tribe). Stroll along the golden sands and rest a while.

11.30am Before climbing the low saddle out of Onetahuti, explore the site of Tonga Quarry with its unusual granite features and historic relics. Descend to Bark Bay via the Waterfall Trail featuring views of the cascade from a sturdy swing bridge.

1.30–2.30pm Stop for lunch at Bark Bay where there’s a shelter, picnic tables, filtered drinking water and modern toilets. Relax in the shade, explore the bay or refresh with a swim. After lunch, you’ll walk the most varied section the coastal track as it winds through verdant gullies of mature beech forest, fern grottos and groves of fragrant manuka framing coastal vistas. Cross the swing bridge at Falls River and continue to Torrent Bay.

4.30pm (approx.) Arrive at beautiful Torrent Bay with its village of beachfront holiday houses including our Torrent Bay Lodge where your ensuite room and evening meal awaits.

Day 3Torrent Bay to Kaiteriteri/Motueka/Nelson

Wake up to morning light on the golden sands of Torrent Bay and perhaps a coffee on the deck before breakfast. Today’s walk follows the easiest section of the coastal track from Torrent Bay to Marahau, with panoramic views across Tasman Bay to Nelson.

Approximate times

Walk 4–5 hours (depending on tides) – 13– 6km/8–10 miles; maximum elevation 110m/360ft

Scenic drive from Kaiteriteri – 20 mins to Motueka or 1 hour to Nelson

Meals included: breakfast & lunch

Recommended Itinerary

9am Depart Torrent Bay Lodge. The tides will determine whether you walk around the inlet taking in views overlooking Anchorage Beach, or take the fun short-cut across the inlet to reach the main coastal track.

12 noon Stop for lunch at a sheltered beach with views over the Astrolabe Roadstead to Adele Island.

2.30–3pm Finish your leisurely walk at Mārahau, at the end of coastal track. Here, our driver meets you for the return journey to Motueka via Kaiteriteri where you collect your overnight luggage from the boat.

4pm Arrive Motueka

5.30–6pm Arrive Nelson.

Start/Finish times

  • Please confirm times with us before you book connecting airline flights.
  • The direction of this trip may be reversed on some departures with earlier pick up in Nelson (7.15–7.40am) and Motueka (8.15am) for Vista Cruise departure from Kaiteriteri at 9.20am.
  • The earlier pick-up applies to most Wednesday departures and all departures after NZ Daylight Saving ends at the beginning of April.
  • If Start/Finish times don't suit your itinerary, please contact us to make alternative arrangements. All our itineraries can be flexible to accommodate your needs or schedule.

 Other important information

  • We reserve the right to alter itineraries, timetables and vessel types.
  • All travel is subject to weather and tides which may cause delay or cancellation.

Cost per person

October 2023 - March 2024
Standard Rates:

  • Adult: NZ$1,750
  • Child: NZ$1,150

Child: 12-14 years (under 8 years on request)

 

Payment

Deposit of NZ$300 per person on booking, with the balance due 90 days before departure

Cancellation Fees

  • 90+ days prior to departure - refund less $300 deposit per person, or change travel date for no additional cost but seasonal rate increases will apply.
  • 89-60 days prior to departure - 50% refund
  • 59-0 days prior to departure - no refund.
  • After tour commencement - no refund available.

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1 Nelson/Motueka to Awaroa via Tōtaranui

Take a scenic drive through the coastal orchard and vineyards lining the highway from Nelson to Motueka and Kaiteriteri.

Board our comfortable Vista Cruise to travel the length of the golden Abel Tasman coast from Kaiteriteri north to Tōtaranui, relaxing on the viewing decks and enjoying refreshments from the cafe.

From Tōtaranui, walk through mature native forest and along secluded beaches to the breathtaking expanse of Awaroa Inlet where you’ll reach Meadowbank Homestead – a faithful recreation of the Wilson family's original home on the ‘finest site in the bay’.

Note: there is no high tide track around the Awaroa Inlet. If you will not reach the Inlet within 2 hours of low tide, discuss the options for boat transfers with your hosts.

Approximate times

Scenic drive to Kaiteriteri – 1 hour from Nelson, or 20 mins from Motueka

Cruise Kaiteriteri to Tōtaranui – 1 hour 40 mins

Walk Tōtaranui to Awaroa – 2.5 hours (7km/4.5 miles) including tidal crossing; maximum elevation 100m/340ft

Accommodation: Meadowbank Homestead at Awaroa

Meals included: lunch, afternoon tea, dinner

Trip details
*Early times apply to Wednesday departures and all trips during our shoulder season (before December 20 and after 31 March)

Pick up in Nelson: from 10.15am (from *7.00am)
Pick in Motueka: from 11.15am (from *8.15 am)
If you are self-driving please meet at our office by 11.30am (*8.20am)

11.30 (*8.15)am Meet at our Motueka office to pick up track notes, discuss tidal conditions, check your trip details, and leave excess luggage and valuables in safe storage.

12.15pm (*8.50am) Coach departs for Kaiteriteri. If you have your own car, follow the coach to safe off-street parking.

1pm (*9.20am) Vista Cruise departs Kaiteriteri.

2.40pm (*11.20am) Arrive Tōtaranui and walk to the Awaroa Inlet. Continue the walk across the inlet if the tide is out, or take a boat ride across the stunning expanse of the largest inlet on the coast.

5pm (approx.) Enjoy a warm welcome at Meadowbank Homestead at Awaroa, right on the edge of the inlet. Freshen up with a hot shower in your ensuite room while your hosts prepare a delicious evening meal. Local beer and wine is available for purchase at our in-house bar.

Day 2Awaroa to Torrent Bay

Wake to breakfast overlooking Meadowbank’s gardens and the waters of Abel Tasman’s largest tidal estuary. Your walk today follows the coastal track through cool native forest and reaches golden sand beaches, perfect for swimming. Choose how much walking you want to do; your host will arrange boat transfers if required.

Approximate times

Walk in 3 sections of 2 hours each

1. Awaroa to Onetahuti and Tonga Quarry –7km/4.4 miles; maximum elevation 85m/280ft

 2. Tonga Quarry to Bark Bay (Medlands Beach) – 4km/2.5 miles; maximum elevation 120m/400ft

3. Bark Bay to Torrent Bay – 7km/4.4 miles; maximum elevation 105m/340ft

Accommodation: Torrent Bay Lodge

Meals included: breakfast, morning & afternoon tea, lunch, dinner

Recommended itinerary

9.30am Depart Awaroa for the scenic walk to Onetahuti, which features a beautiful boardwalk and bridge designed by local iwi (Maori tribe). Stroll along the golden sands and rest a while.

11.30am Before climbing the low saddle out of Onetahuti, explore the site of Tonga Quarry with its unusual granite features and historic relics. Descend to Bark Bay via the Waterfall Trail featuring views of the cascade from a sturdy swing bridge.

1.30–2.30pm Stop for lunch at Bark Bay where there’s a shelter, picnic tables, filtered drinking water and modern toilets. Relax in the shade, explore the bay or refresh with a swim. After lunch, you’ll walk the most varied section the coastal track as it winds through verdant gullies of mature beech forest, fern grottos and groves of fragrant manuka framing coastal vistas. Cross the swing bridge at Falls River and continue to Torrent Bay.

4.30pm (approx.) Arrive at beautiful Torrent Bay with its village of beachfront holiday houses including our Torrent Bay Lodge where your ensuite room and evening meal awaits.

Day 3Torrent Bay to Kaiteriteri/Motueka/Nelson

Wake up to morning light on the golden sands of Torrent Bay and perhaps a coffee on the deck before breakfast. Today’s walk follows the easiest section of the coastal track from Torrent Bay to Marahau, with panoramic views across Tasman Bay to Nelson.

Approximate times

Walk 4–5 hours (depending on tides) – 13– 6km/8–10 miles; maximum elevation 110m/360ft

Scenic drive from Kaiteriteri – 20 mins to Motueka or 1 hour to Nelson

Meals included: breakfast & lunch

Recommended Itinerary

9am Depart Torrent Bay Lodge. The tides will determine whether you walk around the inlet taking in views overlooking Anchorage Beach, or take the fun short-cut across the inlet to reach the main coastal track.

12 noon Stop for lunch at a sheltered beach with views over the Astrolabe Roadstead to Adele Island.

2.30–3pm Finish your leisurely walk at Mārahau, at the end of coastal track. Here, our driver meets you for the return journey to Motueka via Kaiteriteri where you collect your overnight luggage from the boat.

4pm Arrive Motueka

5.30–6pm Arrive Nelson.

Start/Finish times

  • Please confirm times with us before you book connecting airline flights.
  • The direction of this trip may be reversed on some departures with earlier pick up in Nelson (7.15–7.40am) and Motueka (8.15am) for Vista Cruise departure from Kaiteriteri at 9.20am.
  • The earlier pick-up applies to most Wednesday departures and all departures after NZ Daylight Saving ends at the beginning of April.
  • If Start/Finish times don't suit your itinerary, please contact us to make alternative arrangements. All our itineraries can be flexible to accommodate your needs or schedule.

 Other important information

  • We reserve the right to alter itineraries, timetables and vessel types.
  • All travel is subject to weather and tides which may cause delay or cancellation.

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