Fur seals are found along the coast of the park, particularly on the more remote granite headlands of Tonga Island.
Explore this gem first before heading one way down the park.
After a safety briefing in Marahau take a water taxi up to your start point, Onetahuti beach. From here spend the afternoon of day one and all of day two exploring the coastline with the breeze at your back. This is a cool trip that covers 25km of coastline over 2 days. For the real explorers add on a few more kilometres for those side trips into the lagoons and rivers. It’s a really fun 2 days.
Recommended campsite: Bark Bay. Camp pass included in price which we book on your behalf.
- Enjoy the luxury of kayaking one way with the sea breeze.
- Don’t paddle the same coastline twice!
- Explore the Tonga Island Marine Reserve and its surrounds.
- Spend the night at Bark Bay.
- If the tide is right on day two allow time to explore the lagoons and inlets between Bark Bay and Anchorage.
- Cruise past Adele Island on your way back to Marahau.
Minimum group size 2 (no solo hires). During May to Sept the sea breeze changes to a South to North pattern, we run this trip in reverse.
Adele Island Bird Sanctuary
Adele Island / Motuareronui is a predator free sanctuary and home to species such as the South Island Robin/Toutouwai (pictured) and Saddleback/Tieke.
NZ Fur Seal/Kekeno
NZ fur seals Kekeno can be seen at the northern end of the island.
Paddle the sheltered waters of the Astrolabe exploring 12 beautiful beaches, caves, rocky outcrops and islands.
Anchorage & surrounds
Paddle into the calm waters of Anchorage or drift into Torrent Bay Lagoon on a high tide. Optional short walks can be accessed from Anchorage.
Bark Bay & Surrounds
Explore the forest fringed granite coastline and tidal estuaries.
Kaka New Zealand’s native parrot have been reintroduced to Bark Bay. They are often heard before they are seen, listen out for their call a harsh, repeated, rhythmic “ka-aa”.
NZ fur seals Kekeno can be seen on Tonga Island, Tonga Island is in the Marine Reserve.
No rental kayaking past this point (shag harbour)
After being dropped by water taxi, enjoy the luxury of kayaking one way with the sea breeze.
Paddle up to beaches that can only be accessed by kayak.
Bark Bay (marker) (40 sites) or Mosquito Bay (20 sites) (water access only).
Day 18.15amCheck 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.10.00amOn water assessment with guide.
11.30amWater taxi up to Onetahuti.12.30pmArrive for your afternoon exploring the Tonga Island surrounds and down to Bark Bay.Spend the night at Bark Bay or Mosquito Bay.
Day 2Kayak back to Marahau.4.00pmReturn to Abel Tasman Kayaks’ base.
*Please note this is an estimate of timings base on a 8.15am check-in.
Camp pass: Provided at check in.
Kayaking clothes: You’re bound to get wet when kayaking bring some quick drying clothes to paddle in. Shorts, t-shirt (long sleeves are preferable), warm top (wool/fleece), hat, sunglasses and shoes. Don’t forget your swimsuit and a towel!
Campsite clothing: Warm campsite clothing is essential for the evenings. Long pants, t-shirt, long-sleeved shirt, warm top (wool/fleece), trainers and socks, sleeping clothing, rainproof jacket.
Personal items: Such as medication, toiletries, camera (with plenty of film or memory space!), personal drinking bottle, first aid kit, torch, sunscreen and insect repellent.
We provide: Buoyancy vest, spray skirt, paddle jacket, paddle, safety emergency flares, waterproof map, water pump and a spare
Additional items in the winter: wetsuits, wetsuit booties.
Food & water: 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.
Day 1: Lunch, Dinner, Snacks
Day 2: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks
Cooking equipment: If you plan to cook a hot meal ensure you bring a cooker and fuel as fires are only permitted in certain parts of the park, at certain times of the year. Pots, pans, utensils, cutlery, plates and cups will also come in handy.
Camping equipment: During the evening it can become quite cool in the park so please make sure you pack a tent, camping mat and a warm sleeping bag.