Explore the 12 golden beaches of the Astrolabe area.

The forest-fringed Astrolabe offers the highest concentration of golden sandy beaches in the Abel Tasman to explore.

The highlight of this trip is visiting Adele Island sanctuary, home to an array of protected native birds and a popular hangout for NZ Fur Seals. Experience the cacophony of bird sound that is unique to the Island. It’s a beautiful day for those with only one day to spare. Our tip: if you can squeeze in an overnight stay, upgrade to the 2 day freedom hire it’s truly magic spending a night in the park.

  • Start & finish at Marahau.
  • Fully explore the Astrolabe area at your own pace.
  • Paddle out to Adele & Fisherman Islands and listen to the birdsong.
  • Know that choosing this trip means a portion of your trip cost helps protect the birds.
  • Drift into caves on a high tide.
  • If you’re keen, hike up to the top of Watering Cove and take in the spectacular view of the Astrolabe and the Northern part of the park.
  • On your return paddle revisit your favourite spots or explore the ones you missed on the way North.

We also offer the option of a water taxi if you wish to paddle one way to Anchorage, we recommend this for competent outdoors people.

Minimum group size 2 (no solo hires).

Price

$75pp

Duration

1 Day

  • Check-in: 8.15 am (1 Oct – 30 Apr) 9.00 am (1 May – 30 Sep)
  • Open: Open all year
  • Age: Minimum 14 years, under the age of 18 you need to be accompanied by an adult on a 1 to 1 ratio
  • Includes: Kayak hire
  • Food: Lunch can be provided for $15pp or bring your own
  • Paddling: Approximately 4 hrs interspersed with breaks. No prior experience required
  • Water Taxi: No water taxi cruises
  • Bus: $50 Nelson return, $20 Motueka return operating 1 Nov – 31 Mar. On request outside of these times

Departure Times

Covid Passport All customers aged 12 yrs & 3 mths+ will need to present their ‘My Vaccine Pass’ before they can use our services.

The Department of Conservation require anyone overnighting in a hut or campsite or day visitors using hut or campsite facilities (except for toilets) to have a valid ‘My Vaccine Pass’.

Exemptions apply to those under 12 yrs & 3 mths.

Itinerary

  • 8.15am
    Check in and start your kayak rental briefing. The briefing highlights areas of interest in the Abel Tasman National Park, weather forecasts and local conditions, hazards, safety and
    self rescue.
    10.00am
    On water assessment with guide.
  • 10.00am
    On water assessment with guide.
    10.30am
    Continue on your own to explore the Astrolabe.
  • 4.00pm
    Return to Abel Tasman Kayaks' base.

*Please note this is an estimate of timings base on a 8.15am check-in.

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.

We Provide

A double kayak, buoyancy vest, spray skirt, paddle jacket, paddle, safety emergency flares, waterproof map, water pump and a spare paddle. Additional items in the winter: wetsuits, wetsuit booties.

FAQS

  • What is the minimum age for renting a kayak?

    Rental customers need to be 14+ and anyone under the age of 18 needs to be accompanied by an adult.

  • Is food included?

    All kayak rentals & kayak & walk rentals are self catered (unless you have opted to add lunch for day 1 at time of booking) the trip description provides suggestions of meals. Be sure to bring enough food for your whole journey, food tips can be found here. We recommend purchasing this before you get to Marahau. Make sure you bring plenty of fresh water with you. Filtered water is available at our base and hut sites, untreated water is available at the campsites.  

     

  • If I am on my own can I rent a kayak?

    It’s possible to join a guided trip if you’re a solo traveller. We will pair you with another guest or a guide. No rentals are available to solo kayakers due to safety.

  • Do I need any previous kayaking experience to rent a kayak?

    While past kayaking experience is desirable, a reasonable level of camping and outdoor skills and water confidence is essential. Before you go out on a kayaking trip you are briefed by a qualified sea kayak guide who is very familiar with the park and will provide you with information about places to go, how far you are likely to get in the time you have and information on safety, weather and sea conditions.

  • Do you hire camping gear?

    Yes, from gas bottles to a full set of gear. It can be booked online at time of booking or over the phone a full list can be found here. These items are subject to availability.

  • More FAQ’s

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

What our customers say

We rented a kayak for a day. Amber, who was very professional and friendly, gave us a safety demonstration and showed us routes to go. Kayaks were in great condition and the scenery was amazing. We saw seals and one swam under the kayak!


LF363

My partner and I got a day-hire kayak for 90pp. I couldn't recommend Abel Tasman Kayaks any higher. There was a thorough safety briefing before the day started and they kitted us out with all the equipment that we needed. The team was great at pointing out where it would be feasible to kayak for a day trip. Kayaking in the bays was great as well, lots of small private... read more


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The scenery is amazing above the water in the Abel The scenery is amazing above the water in the Abel Tasman, but below the water it is pretty special as well.
Pulling up to a beach anytime of the day in the Ab Pulling up to a beach anytime of the day in the Abel Tasman is magic!
What a way to get to the start spot.... What a way to get to the start spot....
Its's already fun exploring..... Its's already fun exploring.....
The Abel Tasman coastline is famous for it's rocky The Abel Tasman coastline is famous for it's rocky outcrops these little ones are fun to navigate around.
There's nothing like listening to the dawn chorus. There's nothing like listening to the dawn chorus... take a listen to one of Project Janszoon recordings, imagine waking up to this. https://www.janszoon.org/assets/audio/audio_korimako-bellbirds.mp3
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