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Abel Tasman Kayak and Walk Experience Independent Package

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Overview

Experience the best that New Zealand’s smallest but bio-diverse national park has to offer! The Abel Tasman Kayak and Walk Experience Independent Package affords an exhilarating outdoor package of sea kayaking and tramping in the Abel Tasman Coastal Track, and brings visitors into an extraordinary world of coastal forests, towering cliffs, and golden beaches.

Named after the Dutch explorer who was the first European to have sighted New Zealand shores, the Abel Tasman National Park was established in 1942 by author and ornithologist Perrine Moncrief. The park is located in the northwest of New Zealand’s South Island and measures only 225.3 sq.km., bordering the aptly named Golden and Tasman Bays. The pristine water and the marine reserves are highlights of this ecologically rich and stunning park. Taking 3 days to complete, the Abel Tasman Experience starts and finishes at Marahau.

Food

  • Food must be carried as it cannot be bought on the way, although some bartering may be possible especially if you have extra chocolate, gourmet cheeses or wine.
  • Breakfast cereals, crackers, cheese and jam for lunch and instant soup/dried pasta or dehydrated meals for dinner, snacks such as biscuits, muesli bars and tea and coffee will ensure you keep up energy levels without losing your appetite. Supermarkets in Nelson and Motueka will be able to supply all your food requirements. There are also a number of speciality outdoor stores which have a range of dehydrated meals and other food products specifically designed for multi-day walking.

Kayakers Abel Tasman National Park

Kayakers Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman National Park Coast Track

Abel Tasman National Park Coast Track

Abel Tasman National Park Coast Track

Abel Tasman National Park Coast Track

Itinerary

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Day 1Arrive Nelson

Arrive in Nelson today and stay one night at the Golden Chain Balmoral Motel in Nelson.

Day 2Kayak Marahau - Anchorage HutPaddling 3 to 4 hrs. / walking 1.2 hours (4km walk)

Your journey from Marahau to Anchorage Hut, your fist stopover, will bring you over the clear, aqua coloured waters of the Tasman National Park coast. Glide past golden sandy beaches, pull up to a few islands, spy on wildlife, and take in the lushness of the vegetation. To prepare you for this trip, you will be given a detailed briefing on weather and safety, and an up-to-date forecast and map orientation. You will also be made familiar with your kayak and related equipment.

After getting settled at the Anchorage campsite, there’s an excellent option to flex your legs around the loop track to Te Pukatea Bay and onto the Maori “pa” (village or hill fort) site at Pitt Head. Usually completed in 1 hour and 20 minutes, the track not only affords a much needed leg exercise but also gorgeous views of the Abel Tasman coast.

Day 3Anchorage Hut - Onetahuti / Onetahuti - Awaroa HutPaddling 3 to 4 hrs / walking 2 hrs (7.1 km walk)

Tonga Island is home to a large population of seals in the park, and there's a good chance of seeing them as you paddle through the middle of the Tonga Island Marine Reserve on your way to Onetahuti from Anchorage.

Onetahuti is a horse-shoe shaped bay where you can leave your kayaks before moving on to your next destination. After crossing the tidal stream that can only be accessed within 3 hours of either side of low tide, follow the track that climbs through native bush over Tonga Saddle and descends to Awarao Inlet where you walk along the shoreline as you make your way to Awaroa Hut.

Day 4Awaroa Hut - Totaranui Campsite - Nelson

One of the two possible outcomes of Abel Tasman Experience awaits you, and this is dependent on tide times.

Morning Tide 

You can walk to Totaranui 5.5 kilometers away. This entails about one and a half hours of walking.

Awaroa Inlet can be crossed an hour to half an hour before, or up to two hours after, the morning low tide. Once you have made the crossing, you continue across a saddle before descending to Waiharakeke Bay and the native forest that comes after it. Soak up the lush scenery, and the sights and sounds of resident birds before re-emerging onto the coast at Goat Bay. Climb to Skinners Point for sweeping views before descending to Totatanui Campsite and taking the water taxi back to Marahau.

Afternoon tide

With an afternoon tide, you get to stay at the Awaroa Hut while awaiting pick up by a water taxi from there.

Return to Nelson, and stay overnight at the Golden Chain Balmoral Motel.

Please note: After you have confirmed your package and received your full itinerary with tide times, the Great Walks staff will discuss with you your options.

Day 5Depart Nelson

This morning depart Nelson for your onward travel plans.

October 2018 - April 2019

From NZ$599 per person

Itinerary

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Day 1Arrive Nelson

Arrive in Nelson today and stay one night at the Golden Chain Balmoral Motel in Nelson.

Day 2Kayak Marahau - Anchorage HutPaddling 3 to 4 hrs. / walking 1.2 hours (4km walk)

Your journey from Marahau to Anchorage Hut, your fist stopover, will bring you over the clear, aqua coloured waters of the Tasman National Park coast. Glide past golden sandy beaches, pull up to a few islands, spy on wildlife, and take in the lushness of the vegetation. To prepare you for this trip, you will be given a detailed briefing on weather and safety, and an up-to-date forecast and map orientation. You will also be made familiar with your kayak and related equipment.

After getting settled at the Anchorage campsite, there’s an excellent option to flex your legs around the loop track to Te Pukatea Bay and onto the Maori “pa” (village or hill fort) site at Pitt Head. Usually completed in 1 hour and 20 minutes, the track not only affords a much needed leg exercise but also gorgeous views of the Abel Tasman coast.

Day 3Anchorage Hut - Onetahuti / Onetahuti - Awaroa HutPaddling 3 to 4 hrs / walking 2 hrs (7.1 km walk)

Tonga Island is home to a large population of seals in the park, and there's a good chance of seeing them as you paddle through the middle of the Tonga Island Marine Reserve on your way to Onetahuti from Anchorage.

Onetahuti is a horse-shoe shaped bay where you can leave your kayaks before moving on to your next destination. After crossing the tidal stream that can only be accessed within 3 hours of either side of low tide, follow the track that climbs through native bush over Tonga Saddle and descends to Awarao Inlet where you walk along the shoreline as you make your way to Awaroa Hut.

Day 4Awaroa Hut - Totaranui Campsite - Nelson

One of the two possible outcomes of Abel Tasman Experience awaits you, and this is dependent on tide times.

Morning Tide 

You can walk to Totaranui 5.5 kilometers away. This entails about one and a half hours of walking.

Awaroa Inlet can be crossed an hour to half an hour before, or up to two hours after, the morning low tide. Once you have made the crossing, you continue across a saddle before descending to Waiharakeke Bay and the native forest that comes after it. Soak up the lush scenery, and the sights and sounds of resident birds before re-emerging onto the coast at Goat Bay. Climb to Skinners Point for sweeping views before descending to Totatanui Campsite and taking the water taxi back to Marahau.

Afternoon tide

With an afternoon tide, you get to stay at the Awaroa Hut while awaiting pick up by a water taxi from there.

Return to Nelson, and stay overnight at the Golden Chain Balmoral Motel.

Please note: After you have confirmed your package and received your full itinerary with tide times, the Great Walks staff will discuss with you your options.

Day 5Depart Nelson

This morning depart Nelson for your onward travel plans.

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