If you’re looking for the iconic kiwi adventure, then look no further than a classic, spend three days kayaking the coastline from beautiful Totaranui/Awaroa in the North down to the golden shores of Marahau.

Our classic trips serve up everything that is special about the Abel Tasman National Park. Treat yourself to memories you’ll cherish for life. This fully outfitted adventure has long been the benchmark for overnight guided kayak adventures in New Zealand. There will be no better time to experience it than this summer. Summers call for lasting memories, and our Classics do just that.

Spacious and spectacular, the northern section is seldom visited by others. Completely immerse yourself in the natural wonders of the Abel Tasman National Park. Experience it all from paddling with seals, relaxing on numerous beaches, exploring lagoons, islands and Maori village Pa sites, to learning about local history and lore. Be wowed by the night sky, the milky way is truly amazing in the park. Enjoy drifting off to sleep listening to the waves before waking up to hear bird song. It’s a relaxing, content-rich guided kayak and camping experience, fully catered with food.

If you want to explore the quiet far north of the park and walk from Totaranui to Separation Point (return) contact us and we can make this into a four day journey. Your first day will be an unguided walk passing lush tropical native forest and quiet beaches on day two meet your guide to start the three day classic.  It is a lot quieter up here and we recommend staying at what we consider some of the best campsites in the park. Recommended campsites: Anapai or Totaranaui.

Kirsten from Bearfoot Theory blogged about our Classic trips read her personal account of her trip with Abel Tasman Kayaks. You can also view her journey from her video below.

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 coastline from Totaranui or Awaroa and surrounds to Marahau you have a professional guide with you for 3 days sharing their knowledge and passion of the Abel Tasman. We also cater all meals designed around your health and energy prepared onsite by our container cafe. We offer a complimentary return bus transfer from Nelson/Motueka with Classic bookings.

Every trip is unique like each of our clients.

We have set a summer schedule but are flexible outside our Tues/Sat departures, please contact us directly for alternate dates.

Price

$900pp

Duration

3 Days

  • Check-in: 8.15 am
  • Open: Departs Sat & Tues Nov – Feb, Sat only in Mar. On request outside of these times
  • 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: One water taxi cruise
  • 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.

Itinerary

  • Day One

    8.15am
    Check in and meet your guide.
    8.30am
    Water Taxi to Awaroa.
    9.45am
    Arrive Awaroa.
    9.50am
    Packing kayak and briefing.
    10.15am
    Kayak from Awaroa to Onetahuti. Total kayak time approx 4.5 hours including lunch and breaks.
    4.30pm
    Arrive Onetahuti area.
    5.00pm
    Set up camp site.
    7.00pm
    Dinner and dessert.

    Day Two

    8.00am
    Breakfast.
    9.00am
    Decamp.
    9.30am
    Kayak from Onetahuti area to Anchorage. Total kayak time approx 4.5 hours with breaks.
  • Arrive Anchorage campsite
    7.00pm
    Dinner and dessert.

    Day Three

    8.00am
    Breakfast.
    9.00am
    Decamp.
    9.30am
    Kayak back to Marahau. Total kayak time approx 4hrs with breaks
    3.30pm
    Arrive Marahau and unpack gear. Enjoy showers and refreshments at the Abel Tasman Kayaks base.
  • Sample Menu

    Day One

    Lunch: Abel Tasman Kayaks freshly baked roll filled with local produce.

    Dinner: Mediterranean Pasta.



    Day Two

    Breakfast: Muesli and fruit and/or toasted bagels.

    Lunch: Abel Tasman Kayaks pita pockets.

    Dinner: Chickpea Curry.



    Day Three

    Breakfast: Muesli and fruit and/or French toast.

    Lunch: Abel Tasman Kayaks platter.

*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, 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.

FAQS

  • 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

3 day immersion at the Abel Tasman ,saw lots of seals and surrounded always by pristine park
Was a group tour
Guide super helpful with kayaks and paddling was enjoyable with a min to mod fitness level of middle aged person


gggerty

Wow what an awesome tour supported by an equally awesome team. Did the 3 day kayak tour and would totally recommend. Actually time went way to quick. Glad we did the guided tour. MASSIVE shout out to our SPECTACULAR guide, Kyle. He just made the trip to the highlight it was. The base to start from equally impressive with coffee and food available before you head off and then again... read more


brentwhibs

We loved this trip and I cant recommend it enough. We did a 3 day kayaking adventure. Our guide, Whitey was just brilliant. Super experienced and really good with my 12 year old. He was incredibly knowledable and also a great cook. The food and provided alcohol were just exceptional. I felt safe taking my two daughters , aged 12 and 14. The scenery was just stunning and we were... read more


Alison J

Loved every minute of this trip! These guys are super organized and friendly. Everything was sorted and the guides were awesome and very experienced. Time went by so fast. Wish I had done the 5- day tour!


nzfoodi

We all knew that the trip would be special when we needed more coffee and salami on the first day, and our humble guide Roy (or “Lolli” in Australian) announced that we would be getting “better than average” salami after being grilled about the quality. Our 3-day classic was completely brilliant, with excellent company, excellent food, excellent weather, excellent adventures, and better than average salami (which was excellent too). Roy... read more


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