Five blissful days, paddles lapping the water and feet walking to their own beat!
Spend three blissful days kayaking North to Onetahuti.
Your first few days will be filled with the sound of paddle strokes, marine life and your eyes will feast upon golden beaches and turquoise waters. Our briefing allows you to make the most of your three days on the water highlighting all the special spots to explore and places to stop. After three days on the water we pick up your kayak and you head on foot to the Northern part of the park. This section of the Abel Tasman Great Walk coastal track is blessed with lush native forests and big stands of Nikau and Southern Rata. It is a lot quieter up here and we recommend staying at what we consider some of the best campsites in the park (see below for recommendations). You can walk as far as Separation Point, see Golden Bay at the top of the park before heading back to Totaranaui on the last day where the water taxi will take you back to Marahau for a well earned hot shower.
Recommended campsites: Night 1: Te Pukatea Bay or Anchorage. Night 2: Bark Bay or Mosquito Bay. Night 3: Onetahuti. Night 4: Anapai Bay. Camp passes included in price which we book on your behalf.
- Have the time to enjoy the park at your own pace.
- Paddle one way to the Marine Reserve.
- Walk to Separation Point the Northern part of the park.
- Experience the solitude of the beaches past Totaranui.
- Return via Water Taxi from Totaranui to Marahau.
- Enjoy our base facilities on completion of your trip.
Recommended campsites: Night 1: Te Pukatea Bay or Anchorage. Night 2: Bark Bay or Mosquito Bay. Night 3: Onetahuti. Night 4: Anapai Bay. Campsites included in price which we book on your behalf.
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)
Te Pukatea Bay Campsite (marker) (7 sites) or Anchorage Campsite (50 sites).
Night 2 & 3
Bark Bay (marker) (40 sites) or Mosquito Bay (20 sites) (water access only).
Anapai Bay Campsite (6 sites) or Mutton Cove Campsite (20 sites)
Walk to Separation Point and return to Totaranui
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 Te Pukatea Bay or Anchorage.
Day2Spend the night at Bark Bay or Mosquito Bay.
Day 33.15pmKayak pick up at Onetahuti.Spend the night at Bark Bay or Mosquito Bay.
Day 4Walk North from Totaranui.Spend the night at Anapai Bay or Mutton Cove.
Day 52.30pmWalk back to Totaranui for your water taxi pick up.4.30pmArrive at Abel Tasman Kayak base.
*Please note this is an estimate of timings and based on our summer 8.15am check-in. There may be times when this trip will be reversed.
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.