Celebrating 30 years in the Abel Tasman

When paddling in paradise is your business, it doesn't seem like 30 years since pioneers Tom and Ingrid Horne took a beat up 1946 Ford truck, some borrowed river kayaks, with no phones lines for booking, and launched New Zealand's very first sea kayak company in the heart of Abel Tasman National Park.


Now owned by locals Jack Kelly and Zoe Dryden, ATK has grown into one of our country's premier tourist experiences, with over 150 double and single kayaks, a purpose-built home base in Marahau, dozens of guides with over 225 years combined expertise, and thousands of deeply satisfied customers.


Jack works with a dedicated team of industry legends like Ocean River pioneer Ian Trafford, twenty-eight season veteran guide Darryl Andersen, and Tom Horne himself - who along with the next generation – Christian and Flynn Kelly, Joshi Horne and Harley Trafford, keep delivering and expanding on the promise of the very first trip from Marahau to Fisherman's Island in 1986 - pristine waters, glorious beaches, native wildlife, and bay after blindingly beautiful bay to explore with great company.


Abel Tasman Kayaks - three decades on the water. A legacy of innovation, advocacy for the environment and sharing the water-borne wonder of our finest coastal national park.

 

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