From $275pp

Water Taxi to the Tonga Island Marine Reserve area before kayaking out to Tonga Island to watch New Zealand Fur Seals.

Start with a scenic ride on our Water Taxi into the heart of the national park. Explore the surrounding coastline by kayak paddling past Tonga Island. Observe the antics of the resident New Zealand Fur Seals Kekeno and watch out for little Blue Penguins too! You will have ample time to spend with the playful Kekeno who call the island home. This short (1 & 1/2 hrs kayaking) but sweet taste of the Abel Tasman allows time to soak up the coastline in the heart of the park. Choose to return to Marahau by 1.30pm or stay in the park and relax at a beach arriving back at 4.30pm.

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 Tonga Island Marine Reserve 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 made onsite by our container cafe.

Every trip is unique like each of our clients.

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Seal Sanctuary Tour

Trip Information

Duration: Half Day

  • Check-in: 8.15 am
  • Open: 1 Oct - 30 Apr
  • Age: Minimum 12 years, under the age of 16 you need to be accompanied by an adult on a 1 to 1 ratio
  • Food: Includes lunch 1 Oct - 30 Apr, 1 May - 30 Sept Hot and Cold Drinks & Chocolate Cake, pls bring a packed lunch.
  • Prior Experience: Not necessary
  • Paddling: Approximately 2 hours interspersed with breaks
  • Kayak Sailing: Yes if conditions allow
  • Bush Walk: No
  • Water Taxi: Two Water Taxi cruises
  • Bus: $30 Nelson return, $15 Motueka return. Please note we only offer one pick up in the morning and one return in the evening.