• 1 day kayak & walk - Abel Tasman Kayaks

    Choosing your experience

There are a number of ways to explore the park, each option provides a slightly different perspective on the park. All trips depart from Marahau and finish in Marahau. Guided trips are catered or partially catered, rental trips are self catered and most overnight trips* include camp passes which we book on your behalf.

Tips:

  • Camping or overnighting in the park is magic, so if you time we highly recommend it – you will come back recharged and rejuvenated.
  • Choosing a water taxi assisted trips means exploring more of the park. Our dedicated support vessels leave our base earlier than others and we often reach the beach before anyone else.
  • The sea breeze runs from North to South in summer and South to North in Summer.

Our trips are set up with naming conventions, like trip types and they vary in the length of time exploring the park.

Guided –  Choosing a guided kayak option means choosing passion, knowledge, and stories! Our guides’ love of adventure and people is invigorating, they return to the Abel Tasman year after year to share this unique coastline with you. Our world-class guides ensure high safety standards and deliver a first class experience.

Rentals Do you want to explore the Abel Tasman at your own pace, on your own time, and truly absorb the serenity of this beautiful park? Then renting/hiring a kayak is the option for you and best of all no prior experience (for most trips) is required, just a love of adventure. Before you depart our base we provide a comprehensive safety briefing ensuring you are confident. As part of your briefing we focus on pointing out special spots and provide detailed interpretation so you can get the most out of your trip. Launch your double sea kayak from one of the many golden sandy beaches, float on clear turquoise water and explore the park your own way.

Walks The Abel Tasman Coastal track is part of New Zealand’s great walk network. Its’ famous for its access to it’s many golden beaches and the native forest fringing the granite coastline. It is the only great walk with multiple access points which allows plenty of flexibility to explore in either direction. From lush tropical crops to regenerating native forest the well formed track scenery varies, it’s the glimpses of the turquoise water, tidal estuaries, side walks and access to the beaches that make this such a memorable walk.  The mild climate means any time of the year it is good to visit.

Classics serve up everything that is special about the Abel Tasman National Park. These trips are fully guided/hosted catered camping experiences. We are the only company to explore the northern reaches of the park so we make the most of having that part of the park to ourselves. We have a two, three and five day kayak option and a three day walking option. These trips create memories you’ll cherish for life.

Tikis, tiki tour is kiwi slang for looking-around, or tripping (and was originally derived from an old New Zealand tourist company of the same name), our tiki tours offer the advantage of exploring with a guide and then on your own allowing all the benefits of being hosted and then exploring the park independently, choose a two or three day tiki

 

Our rentals are named in the following ways:

Freedom 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5 day hires provide the versatility for you to go out and back so you get to see the coast in both directions. These trips all start and finish at Marahau and are at your own pace.

We pioneered Park Starts in the early 2000’s. They are designed to travel one way and as the name suggests, start in the park. The beauty of these trips is that you paddle in the same direction as the sea breeze rather than going against it. You complete our safety briefing and then catch the 11.00 am water taxi up to your destination of choice (as far North as Onetahuti) and then paddle back over a number of days to Marahau. We offer trips from 2, 3 & 4 days to explore the park.

Kayak and Walk trips provide the flexibility to experience the Abel Tasman on both land and sea. Our trips start off with kayaking and then you continue by foot to explore the Abel Tasman great walk coastal track. We have trips that walk both North and South and from 1 2, 3, 4 & 5 days that are packaged with everything included.

*excludes 1 day kayak and walk

Water Taxi pricing

Water taxi retrieval for single kayak $20 per transfer

Water taxi retrieval for double kayak $40 per transfer

Per transfer Bag/Pack transfer $20 per bag

Passenger transfer from Marahau – Anchorage/Torrent Bay $40 pp

Passenger transfer from Marahau – Bark Bay $42 pp

Passenger transfer from Marahau – Tonga $45 pp

Passenger transfer from Marahau – Awaroa $48 pp

Passenger transfer from Marahau – Totaranui $50 per person

What our customers say

We opted for a half day freedom (unguided) rental as we just wanted a taste of kayaking this beautiful area and didn't have a huge amount of time.
We started our day with a very professional safety briefing which covered all aspects of kayaking, use of equipment, how to get in and out safely, righting the boat if you capsize etc. We were fitted with spray skirts which was great...
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AucklandWiz

We chose to hike part of the Able Tasman Track, and went with Able Tasman Kayaks who were dropping off a bunch of kayakers. We continued on board this fantastic fast boat and had an awesome tour of the whole area, then were dropped off at the beautiful Observation Beach so we could walk back out. It was an amazing day and the staff at Able Tasman Kayaks were... read more


693LindaJ693

SIMPLY DO IT!! I can't heap enough praise on this full day trip. If the tides are on your side, start from Awaroa Bay and kayak past the seals to Shag Harbour. This place is not to be missed - a beautiful peaceful natural harbour that is just incredible to experience. On our trip the winds were right and we were able to join the kayaks together and sail to... read more


Superpear

I did the 3 day tiki tour as a solo female traveller and found it an amazing experience. Everything was well organised and I had great communication from Abel Tasman Kayaks in relation to my questions prior to and post booking. Each staff member I dealt with was great from those who were emailing me back, those at their base, those who did the water taxi driving and those who... read more


impulsivekiwi

Totally recommend. Thx Moose!! Wonderful kayak instructor, educator and all round lovely person and thanx Wally and Chris plus the lovely person who provides lunch! We loved our experience. Not so much Awaroa lodge.
Thx team


NZfoodie2014

Friend and I did a two day kayak and walk. Started with kayak on day one. The kayak was all packed with our overnight camp gear we hired from the place. Location and parking was easy. Good safety demonstration and a short ride to launch site on back of tractor/trailer. Site had a good setup with shower and toilet facilities. Staff were very helpful on arrival and departure. Camp gear... read more


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The scenery is amazing above the water in the Abel The scenery is amazing above the water in the Abel Tasman, but below the water it is pretty special as well.
Pulling up to a beach anytime of the day in the Ab Pulling up to a beach anytime of the day in the Abel Tasman is magic!
What a way to get to the start spot.... What a way to get to the start spot....
Its's already fun exploring..... Its's already fun exploring.....
The Abel Tasman coastline is famous for it's rocky The Abel Tasman coastline is famous for it's rocky outcrops these little ones are fun to navigate around.
There's nothing like listening to the dawn chorus. There's nothing like listening to the dawn chorus... take a listen to one of Project Janszoon recordings, imagine waking up to this. https://www.janszoon.org/assets/audio/audio_korimako-bellbirds.mp3
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Waking up to this magical sunrise, you can nearly Waking up to this magical sunrise, you can nearly feel the warmth ... bring on summer! 
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After a day adventuring there is nothing like rela After a day adventuring there is nothing like relaxing and having someone else cook for you. On our Classics we do that for you, so you can sit back and soak in your surroundings.

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Capturing the moment in the Abel Tasman National P Capturing the moment in the Abel Tasman National Park! Thanks @barekiwi 

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