Camping overnight is what’s special about the Abel Tasman – it will rejuvenate the soul.
There is something perfect about this trip.
Perfect time, perfect distance and perfect experience. Take the time and have what will undoubtedly be one of the best New Zealand experiences on the water. Over three days feel relaxed, active and present! We highly recommend this three day round trip where you get to explore one of the best kayaking coastlines on the planet. Our briefing and kayaks provide the skills and tools to just get out there and enjoy the Abel Tasman.
Recommended campsites: Night 1: Te Pukatea Bay or Anchorage. Night 2: Bark Bay or Mosquito Bay. Camp passes included in price which we book on your behalf.
- Start and finish at Marahau.
- Enjoy having time on your side to explore the coast.
- Check out the small islands including Pinnacle Island Seal Colony.
- Get into the caves and lagoons on high tide.
- Take the chance to be on dry land and check out some of the short walks in the evening.
- On your return paddle revisit your favourite spots or explore the ones you missed on the way North.
- Enjoy our base facilities at the end of your trip.
Minimum group size 2 (no solo hires).
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.
Bark Bay & Surrounds
Explore the forest fringed granite coastline and tidal estuaries.
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.
Te Pukatea Bay Campsite (marker) (7 sites) or Anchorage Campsite (50 sites).
Bark Bay (marker) (40 sites) or Mosquito Bay (20 sites) (water access only).
NZ fur seals Kekeno can be found on this island.
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”.
No rental kayaking past this point (Shag Harbour)
Three days, perfect time, perfect distance and perfect experience.
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.
10.30amContinue on your own to explore the Astrolabe.
Spend the night at Observation Beach or Te Pukatea Bay.
Day 2Spend the night at Bark Bay or Mosquito Bay.
Day 34.00pmReturn 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 paddle.
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
Day 3: 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.