• Checklist - Abel Tasman Kayaks


Tips for packing your kayak

What to bring & what we provide

Packing list

Kayak and walking clothing

  • t-shirts and shorts (not cotton)
  • sunhat
  • sunglasses
  • warm top (wool/fleece)
  • sandals and/or walking shoes
  • swimsuit and towel.


Personal items

  • medication
  • camera
  • Sunscreen
  • insect repellent
  • water bottle

Note: For your own comfort throughout the day we advise that you wear shorts or similar whilst paddling the kayak. Long pants get very wet! If your walking you may want a change of clothes for walking.


Overnight additional items

  • Evening: Long pants
  • t-shirt warm top (wool or fleece)
  • trainers and socks
  • rain proof jacket


Personal items

  • medication
  • camera
  • Sunscreen
  • insect repellent
  • water bottle
  • toiletries
  • torch

Camping equipment:

  • Tent and sleeping mat if camping
  • sleeping bag, torch
  • cooker and fuel
  • cooking pots and pans
  • utensils
  • plates and cups
  • matches

These items are available for hire. See selection and prices.

Food & water:

Examples of food provisions:

1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day
Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
Dinner* Dinner* Dinner*
Snacks Snacks Snacks Snacks
Water Water Water Water

*Dinner not required on last day of hire

Day 1: Fresh foods

Day 2: Root vegetables/grains/cereals/vacuum packed meats

Day 3 & onwards: Dehydrated/tinned/packaged/packet meals

Snacks: fresh fruit, muesli bars, nuts and seeds, chocolate bars, crackers etc

Tip: The kayak will keep fruit and vegetables fresh for a 2-3 day period, save the dehydrated food for the last few days of your trip! We advise that leafy greens (eg lettuce) need to be eaten day 1 and advise against taking chicken.

Be sure to bring enough food for your whole journey including an extra day in case weather or marine conditions delay your return. We recommend purchasing this before you get to Marahau. Make sure you bring plenty of fresh water with you. Filtered water is available at our base, untreated water is available at the campsites and huts and will require treating/boiling before using.  You will need to bring all your rubbish back out with you.

Checklist - Abel Tasman Kayaks

We provide

Guided Kayak Tours

A double kayak, buoyancy vest, paddle, spray skirt, paddle jacket, dry bags for cameras and catering as outlined in the tour description. Additional items in the winter: wetsuits, wetsuit booties.


Kayak Rental

A double kayak, buoyancy vest, spray skirt, paddle jacket, paddle, dry bags for cameras, safety emergency flares, waterproof map, water pump and a spare paddle. Additional items in the winter: wetsuits, wetsuit booties.

Gear Hire

We hire a range of camping gear. Add items to your booking when booking online or call us to add to your booking. We highly recommend you pre-book camp gear if required.

Item Per Day Additional Days
Full camping Pack, Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, cooking set. Full camping Pack (1 person) Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, cooking set. $50.00 $20.00
Cooking set, kitchen set, gas cooker and gas canister Cooking set (2 person) kitchen set, gas cooker and gas canister $25.00 $12.50
Two person tent Two person tent $25.00 $12.50
Sleeping bag and liner Sleeping bag and liner $15.00 $7.50
Thermarest Thermarest $10.00 $5.00
Sleeping mat/pad $5.00 $2.50
Gas Cooker (incl 1 gas canister) Gas Cooker (incl 1 gas canister) $15.00 $7.50
Gas bottle (screw top) Gas bottle (screw top) $9.00  N/A


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A sea breeze makes for a fun end to the day, kayak sailing ⛵ is a real highlight for customers kayaking back towards Marahau. 

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Last day to vote for the bird of the century! This year, #birdoftheyear has become 
#birdofthecentury. We're rooting for the Kaka! 🐦 With 35 released into the Abel Tasman, they add their distinctive call and color to Bark Bay and its surrounds.

Memories about to be created in the Abel Tasman. 📸
The Abel Tasman National Park is the smallest national park in New Zealand, it's the perfect location for half-day or five-day explorations!
There are plenty of moments to soak it all in.