This is an incredible journey exploring the full length of the Abel Tasman Coastline from end to end.

Our classic trips serve up everything that is special about the Abel Tasman National Park. Treat yourself to memories you’ll cherish for life.

The Five Day Classic allows time to really get to know the park. Five days in the National Park allows the freedom to showcase the gems of the park on the best tides and weather conditions. We hand pick our most experienced guides who will take you where few others get to go. Our guides have the time to share their depth of knowledge about this beautiful coastal environment. We stay in the best beach side campsites and explore the coast by sea and land. Each trip is unique and we tailor your journey to your interests, the weather and tide conditions.

The 5 Day classic does not have a set itinerary our aim is to introduce you to as many of the following highlights: Fisherman Island, Adele Island, Cleopatras Pool, the Pitt Head Loop Walk, Falls River, Tonga Island,Tonga Island Marine Reserve, various lagoons, Shag Harbour, Awaroa Inlet, the sky walk, and if we’re lucky even Separation Point for the really energetic. And then there are the secret spots… there will be plenty of adventure and relaxation and much more.

Paddling is our business, with all activities supported by our purpose-built kayak base, free hot showers, free wifi, free equipment storage & client transporters. We also provide high-quality soft gear – fitted for each client by our guides and high-quality hard gear – customised for comfort for each client.

On this trip you have a professional guide with you for 5 days sharing their knowledge and passion of the Abel Tasman. This is a fully catered trip which includes all meals and snacks for the journey. Highlights include fresh plunger coffee, local wines beer and juices, we cook with seasonal ingredients and where possible we source them locally. Vegetarian and dietary requirements can be catered for, please ask at time of booking. We offer a complimentary return bus transfer from Nelson/Motueka with Classic bookings.

Every trip is unique like each of our clients.

If we don’t have a date open please give us a call on 64 3 527 8022 or click here to send us an email.




5 Days

  • Check-in: 8.15 am
  • Open: Dec – Apr on request
  • Age: Minimum 12 years, under the age of 18 you need to be accompanied by an adult on a 1 to 1 ratio
  • Food: Fully catered
  • Paddling: Approximately 4 – 5 hours per day interspersed with breaks. No prior experience required
  • Abel Tasman Great Walk: Yes – optional short bush walks
  • Water Taxi: No water taxi cruises
  • Bus: Free bus for direct bookings from Nelson or Motueka return operating 1 Nov – 31 Mar. On request outside of these times

Departure Times

Please note the Department of Conservation apply differential pricing between 1st October and 30th April. If you are a New Zealand resident choose the New Zealand Resident price, if you are an International Visitor choose International Visitor price.


  • Day One

    Check in and meet your guide.
    Packing kayak and briefing.
    Kayak out from Marahau to explore the southern end of the Abel Tasman. Total kayak time approx 4.5hrs including lunch and breaks.
    Arrive and set up camp.
    Awaroa to Onetahuti, 1hr 30min, (4-5km)

    Highlights: Skinner point lookout, Goat Bay, Awaroa Lagoon, Tonga Saddle, boardwalk prior to Onetahuti beach.

    Arrive Onetahuti campsite.

    Dinner and dessert.
  • Day Two - Four


    Kayak the best spots of the park. Total kayak time approx 4hrs with breaks.
    Relax and enjoy lunch.
    Arrive and set up camp.
    Dinner and dessert.
  • Day Five

    Kayak back to Marahau. Total kayak time approx 4hrs with breaks.
    Relax and enjoy lunch.
    Arrive Marahau and unpack gear. Enjoy showers and refreshments at the Abel Tasman Kayaks base.

*Please note this is an estimate of timings and based on our summer 8.15am check-in. There may be times when this trip will be reversed.

What to bring

Please bring personal water bottle, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, towel, swimsuit, warm top (wool or fleece), wind jacket, a change of clothes, camera and any medication. Evening: Long pants, t-shirt, warm top (wool or fleece), trainers and socks, rain proof jacket. Personal: Toiletries, sleeping bag (we can provide this), torch.

We provide

A double sea kayak, buoyancy vest, paddle, spray skirt, paddle jacket, dry bags for cameras, 2 person tents, thermarest inflatable mattresses, sleeping bags if required, plates, cutlery, cups, gas cookers, filtered water, all meals, accommodation in beachside campsites and of course an awesome Abel Tasman Kayaks guide.


  • What is the minimum age for guided kayaking?

    Guided customers need to be 12+. Under the age of 18  you need to be accompanied by an adult for all tours excluding Split Apple Classic. The age for Split Apple Classic Guided is 8+ and anyone under the age of 18 needs to be accompanied by an adult.

  • Is food included on our tour?

    Lunch is included on all our guided tours. It is one of the great reasons to go on a trip with Abel Tasman Kayaks. Summer lunches are a freshly baked roll filled with local produce, home made energy balls, fruit, fresh plunger coffee and local juice.  In winter we offer hot seasonal soup, home made bread rolls, fresh plunger coffee and local juice. Vegetarian and dietary requirements can be catered for, please ask at time of booking. Two, Three & Five Day Classic’s are fully catered. Two Day & Three Day Tiki Tour trips require some catering by you. Check out the trip description to see what meals are required.



  • More FAQ’s

    A full list of our FAQ’s can be found here and our Covid-19 ones here

What our customers say

Find the time to put this trip on your bucket list, but more importantly make the time to take the trip so it's not on the list anymore. We did the 5 day kayak trip with ATK- Kyle was our guide and I can't think of a way we could have enjoyed the trip more.(oh, wait ...if I had zero sandfly bites...) Not Kyle's fault and still not a detractor... read more

Peter C

Did the 5 day kayak trip, booked very last minute and they were able to accomodate us at short notice. We then flew to NZ pretty much just for this. From then on everything was really well organised by Abel Tasman Kayaks starting with our pickup from Nelson. The awesome kayaking experience was a fascinating journey where we saw some of the best scenery and wildlife New Zealand has to... read more