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5 Day Abel Tasman Kayak and Walk Break

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5

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Overview

Two days sea kayaking the protected southern coastline and one day walking the lush northern Abel Tasman Coast Track, part of the Great Walks of New Zealand, with an extra day at each of our Beachfront Lodges to relax or explore parts of the Park most visitors don't get to see. Includes a scenic cruise along the length of the Abel Tasman coast.

Kayaking or walking each day is optional. You are welcome to travel on any of our scheduled ferry services. Please discuss this option with your guide prior to each days departure. 

Tour Grading: B

  • Walking and kayaking are physical activities, but paddling requires very little skill or strength (see next question) and the Abel Tasman Coast track is very well formed with long flat sections and a few easy grade uphill and downhill sections (the highest point of the track is under 200 metres).
  • You are welcome to travel on one of our boats to shorten your day's paddling or walking.
  • Our five-day itineraries include an extra day at our two beachfront lodges where you can relax and do nothing or allow your guide to plan further exploration of the National Park at a level of activity to suit you.

View of Totaranui in Abel Tasman National Park

View of Totaranui

Awaroa Inlet in Abel Tasman National Park

Awaroa Inlet

Awaroa Bay in Abel Tasman National Park

Awaroa Bay

Meadowbank Lodge in Abel Tasman National Park

Meadowbank Lodge

Single Room in Meadowbank Lodge in Abel Tasman National Park

Single Room in Meadowbank Lodge

Dinner at Meadowbank Lodge in Abel Tasman National Park

Dinner at Meadowbank Lodge

Breakfast in Abel Tasman National Park

Kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park

Kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park

Penguin in Abel Tasman National Park

Dolphin in Abel Tasman National Park

Kayakers having a picnic in Abel Tasman National Park

Picnic Lunch in Abel Tasman National Park

Picnic Lunch

Torrent Bay Lodge in Abel Tasman National Park

Torrent Bay Lodge

Double Room at Torrent Bay Lodge in Abel Tasman National Park

Double Room at Torrent Bay Lodge

Swing Bridge at Falls River in Abel Tasman National Park

Swing Bridge at Falls River

Balloon Rock in Torrent Bay

Balloon Rock in Torrent Bay

Kayaking in Tonga Island Marine Reserve

Kayaking in Tonga Island Marine Reserve

Kayaking in Tonga Island Marine Reserve

Kayaking in Bark Bay Inlet in Abel Tasman National Park

Kayaking in Bark Bay Inlet

Bark Bay Falls in Abel Tasman National Park

Bark Bay Falls

Onetahuti Beach in Abel Tasman National Park

Onetahuti Beach

Cleopatras Pool in Abel Tasman National Park

Cleopatras Pool

Astrolobe Roadstead in Abel Tasman National Park

Astrolobe Roadstead

Itinerary

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Day 1Nelson/Motueka to Awaora via Totaranui

Approximate times:

  • Bus to Kaiteriteri from Nelson (1.5 hours) or Motueka (20 mins)
  • Cruise Kaiteriteri to Totaranui 2 hours
  • Walk, including options, 3.5 - 4 hours (8-10 kms)

You will be picked up in Nelson (7.30am) or Motueka (8.30am). There is time for last-minute luggage organisation at our Motueka office. Your launch departs Kaiteriteri for a leisurely cruise along the National Park coastline. Hot drinks, covered or open deck areas and bathroom facilities on board. When you arrive at Totaranui, you can relax on the beach or take a walk through the lush, untouched rainforest on the Pukatea Loop (approx 1.5 hours).

Then walk south approximately 2 hours from Totaranui to the fascinating Awaroa estuary, through rainforest with magnificent specimens of Nikau Palm and Rata fringing idyllic sandy coves. Cross the Awaroa estuary and be introduced to its fascinating history. Spend the night on the beachfront at Meadowbank Homestead - Awaroa.

Day 2Explore Awaroa
  • Optional walking, up to 4 hours (8 kms) or kayaking (tide dependant)

Today explore the largest tidal estuary in Abel Tasman National Park on foot or by kayak (tides permitting). Your guide can plan your day to be as active or relaxing as you wish. You could visit early European and pre-European historical sites; unwind on the beach; or alternatively relax and enjoy the comforts of Meadowbank Homestead - Awaroa.

Day 3Awaroa to Torrent Bay

Approximate times:

  • Walk Awaora to Onetahuti 1.5 hours (5 kms)
  • Sea Kayak Onetahuti to Torrent Bay 4 hours (10 kms)

This morning depart Awaroa to walk over the Tonga Saddle to Onetahuti. Here, your guide will settle you into your kayaks with full training and safety brief. You do not leave the beach until your guide is satisfied you can safely negotiate the coast in your kayak. In good weather, visit the Seal Colony on Tonga Island where New Zealand fur seals breed. Spot new-born pups in December and Jaunary. Cruising past Tonga Quarry and the Tonga Arches, your guide will explain the history of this granite area, pointing out some of the features and quarry relics.

Stop for lunch at Bark Bay. Take time out to explore, swim or relax on the golden sand. Continue beach hopping along the coast to our beachfront lodge at Torrent Bay, taking in points of interest: Falls River, Frenchman's Bay.

Day 4Explore Torrent Bay
  • Optional walking up to 5 hours (10 kms) and canoeing (tide dependant)

A day of Choices! Let our guides plan an adventurous or relaxing day to suit you.

Options include a walk through breathtaking first generation forest, up to the waterfalls on Falls River. Or you could canoe in the estuary and visit the peaceful grotto of Cleopatra's Pool (tides permitting). Alternatively walk to the protected golden beaches of Anchorage and Te Pukatea and visit historic Maori sites at Pitt Head.

Day 5Torrent Bay to Kaiteriteri

Approximate times:

  • Sea Kayak Torrent Bay to Kaiteriteri 4.5 hours (12 kms)
  • Bus Kaiteriteri to Motueka (20 mins) or Nelson (1.5 hours)

Paddling along the coast, you will discover the pristine bays and beaches named by French Explorer, Dumont D'urville in 1827. Cruise the Astrolabe Roadstead, visit the stunning bays of Te Pukatea and Appletree, or paddle along the coast of Adel Island. If the wind is with you, your guide will help you hoist a specially designed sail so you can ride the sea breeze. Stop for lunch at any one of the bays, then continue on to Kaiteriteri.

Our coach meets you at Kaiteriteri to return to Motueka (4.30pm) or Nelson (5.30pm).*

Note: The direction of the trip may be reversed on some departures.

*If start/finish times do not suit your schedule, please contact us to arrange alternative options.

If you find that kayaking is not for you, there is the option of joining the walk group that is walking the kayaking sections of this itinerary. This flexibility is perfect for couples or groups that want to visit the park together but don't all want to kayak, some preferring to walk or boat between lodges.

Cost per person

October 2019 - September 2020

STANDARD RATES

  • Adult: NZ$2,415
  • Child: NZ$1,790

SHOULDER SEASON RATES**

  • Adult: NZ$2,262
  • Child: NZ$1,640

**Valid 1-31 October, 20-31 January and 1-30 April
- Child: 12-14 years
- Children under 12 years: If an exclusive Kayak guide is hired for your child/family we can relax the age limit down to 10 years and the trip can then be modified to suit your abilities and interests. Please contact us to arrange this.

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Nelson/Motueka to Awaora via Totaranui

Approximate times:

  • Bus to Kaiteriteri from Nelson (1.5 hours) or Motueka (20 mins)
  • Cruise Kaiteriteri to Totaranui 2 hours
  • Walk, including options, 3.5 - 4 hours (8-10 kms)

You will be picked up in Nelson (7.30am) or Motueka (8.30am). There is time for last-minute luggage organisation at our Motueka office. Your launch departs Kaiteriteri for a leisurely cruise along the National Park coastline. Hot drinks, covered or open deck areas and bathroom facilities on board. When you arrive at Totaranui, you can relax on the beach or take a walk through the lush, untouched rainforest on the Pukatea Loop (approx 1.5 hours).

Then walk south approximately 2 hours from Totaranui to the fascinating Awaroa estuary, through rainforest with magnificent specimens of Nikau Palm and Rata fringing idyllic sandy coves. Cross the Awaroa estuary and be introduced to its fascinating history. Spend the night on the beachfront at Meadowbank Homestead - Awaroa.

Day 2Explore Awaroa
  • Optional walking, up to 4 hours (8 kms) or kayaking (tide dependant)

Today explore the largest tidal estuary in Abel Tasman National Park on foot or by kayak (tides permitting). Your guide can plan your day to be as active or relaxing as you wish. You could visit early European and pre-European historical sites; unwind on the beach; or alternatively relax and enjoy the comforts of Meadowbank Homestead - Awaroa.

Day 3Awaroa to Torrent Bay

Approximate times:

  • Walk Awaora to Onetahuti 1.5 hours (5 kms)
  • Sea Kayak Onetahuti to Torrent Bay 4 hours (10 kms)

This morning depart Awaroa to walk over the Tonga Saddle to Onetahuti. Here, your guide will settle you into your kayaks with full training and safety brief. You do not leave the beach until your guide is satisfied you can safely negotiate the coast in your kayak. In good weather, visit the Seal Colony on Tonga Island where New Zealand fur seals breed. Spot new-born pups in December and Jaunary. Cruising past Tonga Quarry and the Tonga Arches, your guide will explain the history of this granite area, pointing out some of the features and quarry relics.

Stop for lunch at Bark Bay. Take time out to explore, swim or relax on the golden sand. Continue beach hopping along the coast to our beachfront lodge at Torrent Bay, taking in points of interest: Falls River, Frenchman's Bay.

Day 4Explore Torrent Bay
  • Optional walking up to 5 hours (10 kms) and canoeing (tide dependant)

A day of Choices! Let our guides plan an adventurous or relaxing day to suit you.

Options include a walk through breathtaking first generation forest, up to the waterfalls on Falls River. Or you could canoe in the estuary and visit the peaceful grotto of Cleopatra's Pool (tides permitting). Alternatively walk to the protected golden beaches of Anchorage and Te Pukatea and visit historic Maori sites at Pitt Head.

Day 5Torrent Bay to Kaiteriteri

Approximate times:

  • Sea Kayak Torrent Bay to Kaiteriteri 4.5 hours (12 kms)
  • Bus Kaiteriteri to Motueka (20 mins) or Nelson (1.5 hours)

Paddling along the coast, you will discover the pristine bays and beaches named by French Explorer, Dumont D'urville in 1827. Cruise the Astrolabe Roadstead, visit the stunning bays of Te Pukatea and Appletree, or paddle along the coast of Adel Island. If the wind is with you, your guide will help you hoist a specially designed sail so you can ride the sea breeze. Stop for lunch at any one of the bays, then continue on to Kaiteriteri.

Our coach meets you at Kaiteriteri to return to Motueka (4.30pm) or Nelson (5.30pm).*

Note: The direction of the trip may be reversed on some departures.

*If start/finish times do not suit your schedule, please contact us to arrange alternative options.

If you find that kayaking is not for you, there is the option of joining the walk group that is walking the kayaking sections of this itinerary. This flexibility is perfect for couples or groups that want to visit the park together but don't all want to kayak, some preferring to walk or boat between lodges.

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