Explore the beaches and islands in the southern half of the Abel Tasman.
Taking you further travel one way by kayak and one way by water taxi. This combination provides ample time to explore the many beaches and islands in the Astrolabe region.
The southern end of the national park has some of the most picturesque scenery the Abel Tasman has to offer, twelve stunning beaches, amazing rock formations and opportunities to see a seal or two.
Enjoy a guided paddle between Marahau and Observation Beach. Enjoy an early lunch at Observation Beach before returning on a scenic water taxi cruise back to Marahau.
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 covering the Astrolabe coastline you have a professional guide with you for around 4 hours sharing their knowledge and passion of the Abel Tasman. We also cater morning tea and lunch designed around your health and energy.
Every trip is unique like each of our clients.
8.15amCheck in and meet your guide.8.30amKayak briefing.
9.00amKayak from Marahau to Observation Beach. Kayak approx 2 hours with breaks.12.00pmArrive Observation Beach.
1.15pmWater Taxi to Marahau.1.30pmArrive back in Marahau.
*Please note: These are an estimate of timings.
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, cameras and any medication.
A double kayak, buoyancy vest, paddle, spray skirt, paddle jacket, dry bags for cameras 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.