• 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

Got a free upgrade to do a full day kayak! Our guide Roy was very knowledgeable, friendly and a good talker! It was a very fun experience and we got to see a lot of seal pups!!


trishs9791

We booked in to do the half day seal sanctuary kayaking in early October 2019, and I’m very glad we did. We had such an amazing day with Abel Tasman kayaks - our guide Nicole was amazing, providing us with really clear and easy instructions, keeping us safe on the water, and sharing her knowledge about the area including its history and wildlife (as well as food and walk recommendations... read more


Lisa R

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

Had the most amazing trip on the two day classic tour. Kyle was an awesome guide who showed us lots of hidden treasures and made sure we had a great time (and were well fed!) A stunning way to experience Abel Tasman National Park, even for a non-experienced kayaker, would highly recommend ☺️


adamszentes_nz

Well organised and friendly company with good equipment and attention to safety. We really enjoyed the water taxi ride up to a beach along the Abel Tasman track for lunch , followed by a unhurried kayak over to Adele island to visit the seal colony and then a kayak back to base.


Des T

Super leuke dag gehad op het water. De uitrusting is goed, alles is verzorgd! De lunch en snacks zijn healthy wat het even anders maakt dan veel andere tours. Ook de gids Nathan maakt een degelijk verschil, hij heeft ons veel verteld en geleed, is interactief met iedereen in de groep en weet zeker waar hij het over heeft. Good job Nathan ;)

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We ❤️ Little Blue Penguins, this little guy lo We ❤️ Little Blue Penguins, this little guy looks like he's cruising back to his nest. Did you know they are also known as the fairy penguin.

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Summer is on it's way. The Abel Tasman is just wai Summer is on it's way. The Abel Tasman is just waiting to be explored. Photo credit @barekiwi 

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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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