One day kayaking, one day walking.
Paddle from Marahau to Anchorage and walk the coastal track to Bark Bay.
Paddle from Marahau to Anchorage Bay on day one exploring the beautiful Astrolabe. The water taxi will collect your kayak from Anchorage at the end of the day. Spend the night at Anchorage and on day two continue north to either Bark Bay or Onetahuti. Enjoy crossing the famous Falls River swing bridge a highlight on the Abel Tasman Great Walk coastal track. Check out glimpses of the sea through the lush native bush as your spend the day walking. Finish your adventure with a Water Taxi cruise back to Marahau. If the walk seems a little long check out our 2 Day Kayak & Walk South back to Marahau.
Recommended campsite: Anchorage. Camp pass included in price which we book on your behalf.
- Fully explore the Astrolabe/Anchorage area by kayak.
- Drift into the Torrent Bay lagoon on a high tide.
- Have your kayak picked up at the end of day one.
- Spend a night at Anchorage.
- Walk North along the coastal track to Bark Bay or Onetahuti.
- Enjoy the walk across the 47m swing bridge over Falls River.
- At the end of your walk be picked up by the Water Taxi.
Make your first day easier and book a bag/pack transfer to Anchorage for $20 per bag/pack.
Minimum group size 2 (no solo hires). This trip is recommended for confident outdoors people.
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.9.30amOn water assessment with guide.
10.00amExplore the Astrolabe and Anchorage area by kayak.
4.00pmkayak pick up at Anchorage by water taxi.
Spend the night at Anchorage.
Day 2Walk from Anchorage to Bark Bay (high tide route approx 4hrs, 11.5km, low tide route approx 3hrs, 8.4km).
Walk from Anchorage to Onetahuti Bay (high tide route approx 6hrs, 17.9km, low tide route approx 5hrs, 14.8km).3.15pmWater Taxi pick up Onetahuti
3.45pmWater Taxi pick up Bark Bay.
4.30pmReturn 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.
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.