Travel north over four magic days under your own steam, before returning via water taxi. Magic!
Take four days to kayak and walk in one direction through to the Northern water taxi point Totaranui.
We make this easy for you by picking up your kayak at the end of day three and then meeting you at the end of day four to cruise you back down the coast for a good hot shower to finish your trip. On your journey you get to experience the stunning Astrolabe and Marine Reserve – there is plenty of time to explore these spots plus all the places in between. The Abel Tasman Great Walk coastal track between Onetahuti and Totaranui provides great views of the coast, and the bush ranges from wetlands to lush native forest.
Recommended campsites: Night 1 Observation Beach or Te Pukatea Bay. Night 2 Bark Bay or Mosquito Bay. Night 3 Onetahuti. Camp passes included in price which we book on your behalf.
- Journey North in one direction via kayak and foot.
- Kayak from Marahau to Onetahuti.
- Swap your paddle at Onetahuti for your walking shoes to Totaranui.
- Walk the track between Onetahuti and Totataranui.
- The coastal track provides great photo opportunities to capture the golden sands and turquoise waters of the park.
- Return via water taxi seeing the coastline you just explored from a different perspective.
- Enjoy a hot shower at our purpose built base.
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.
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.
Paddle the sheltered waters of the Astrolabe exploring 12 beautiful beaches, caves and rocky outcrops.
Kaka New Zealands 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 ka’.
Great views of the coast can be found on this section of track and the bush ranges from wetlands to lush native forest.
Totaranui passenger pick up
Onetahuti kayak pick up
Ponga / Silver fern
Keep you eyes peeled for Ponga / Silver fern New Zealand’s national emblem.
Totaranui pick up.
No rental kayaking past this point (shag harbour)
Observation Beach Campsite (marker) (6 sites) (water access only) or Te Pukatea Bay Campsite (7 sites).
Bark Bay (marker) (40 sites) or Mosquito Bay (20 sites) (water access only).
Onetahuti Bay Campsite (20 sites).
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 Abel Tasman.Spend the night at Observation Beach or Te Pukatea Bay.
Day 2Spend the night at Bark Bay or Mosquito Bay.
Day 33.15pmKayak pick up at Onetahuti.Spend the night at Onetahuti.
Day 4Walk from Onetahuti –Totaranui 4.5hrs, 14.2km.
2.30pmWater taxi pick up at Totaranui.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 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.