This four day round trip allows you to explore the park in depth at your own pace.
You won’t find a better boat anywhere and with four days up your sleeve you will get to experience the very best of the Abel Tasman coastline. The big advantage of this trip is you get to visit all the nooks and crannies of this fabulous granite coastline with the added advantage of the opportunity to explore them again on your homeward journey. Come back in awe that nature managed to pack so much beauty into this one little piece of paradise.
Recommended campsites: Night 1: Te Pukatea Bay or Anchorage. Night 2: Onetahuti or Mosquito Bay. Night 3: Bark Bay or Anchorage. Camp passes included in price which we book on your behalf.
- Explore the Tonga Island Marine Reserve and its surrounds you can go as far as Shag Harbour.
- Wake up at any campsite and hear the New Zealand dawn chorus.
- Allow time to rest your paddle and explore by foot some of the coastal track.
- Seek out all the points of interest that are on our rental maps.
- On your return paddle revisit your favourite spots or explore the ones you missed on the way North.
- Enjoy our purpose built base facilities, which include a hot shower, on your return.
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 and 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 fringes granite coastline and tidal estuaries.
NZ fur seals Kekeno can be seen on Tonga Island, Tonga Island is in the Marine Reserve.
Onetahuti & Surrounds
Explore the Tonga Island Marine Reserve and its surrounds you can go as far as Shag Harbour (pictured).
Te Pukatea Bay Campsite (marker) (7 sites) or Anchorage Campsite (50 sites).
Mosquito Bay Campsite (20 sites) (marker) (water access only) or Onetahuti Bay Campsite (20 sites).
NZ fur seals Kekeno can be seen 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”.
Bark Bay (marker) (40 sites) or Anchorage (50 sites).
No rental kayaking past this point (Shag Harbour)
On your return paddle revisit your favourite spots or explore the ones you missed on the way North.
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.
10.30amExplore the park for the next four days.Spend the night at Te Pukatea Bay or Anchorage.
Day 2Spend the night at Onetahuti or Mosquito Bay.
Day 3Spend the night at Bark Bay or Anchorage.
Day 44.00pmReturn 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.
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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.