From Marahau to Bark Bay, Earth, Sea & Sky packs a lot into one day.
Experience the famous Falls River Swing Bridge by foot and an afternoon paddling in the Astrolabe.
Start the morning with a Water Taxi to Torrent Bay. Walking unguided from Torrent Bay the track climbs steadily, then sidles around two valleys and above an inlet to Falls River, which is crossed by a suspension bridge. The 47 metre bridge is a real highlight of this trip. Beyond the river, the track meanders through lush coastal forest before dropping back to sea level to Bark Bay. Enjoy a freshly made lunch at Bark Bay packed with nutrition before being picked up by the water taxi.
Relax on-board the boat and enjoy the coastal view of the area you have just walked. Upon reaching Observation Beach meet the kayak guide. Take in all the highlights of the southern Abel Tasman, experience up close the beautiful Astrolabe Islands. If conditions permit, kayak-sail back into Marahau on the afternoon sea breeze.
Paddling is our business, with all activities supported by our purpose-built kayak base, free hot showers, free wifi, free equipment storage & client transporters. We also provide high-quality soft gear – fitted for each client by our guides and high-quality hard gear – customised for comfort for each client.
On this trip covering the Astrolabe coastline you have a professional guide with you for around 4 hours sharing their knowledge and passion of the Abel Tasman. We also cater a snack and lunch designed around your health and energy.
Every trip is unique like each of our clients.
8.15amCheck in and meet your guide. Your guide will
provide you with lunch and a map for your morning walk.8.30amWater Taxi to Torrent Bay.
9.15amWalk from Torrent Bay to Bark Bay. Approx 2.5hrs 7.7km.12.45pmWater Taxi from Bark Bay to Watering Cove.
1.00pmMeet your guide at Observation Beach for your kayak briefing.1.30pmKayak from Observation
Beach back to Marahau. If conditions permit sail back home. Kayak approx 2 hrs with breaks.4.00pmArrive back in Marahau.
*Please note: These are an estimate of timings.
What to Bring
Please bring personal water bottle, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, towel, swimsuit, warm top (wool or fleece), wind jacket, walking shoes, a change of clothes, cameras and any medication.
A double kayak, buoyancy vest, paddle, spray skirt, paddle jacket, dry bags for cameras and of course an awesome Abel Tasman Kayaks guide.
What is the minimum age for guided kayaking?
Guided customers need to be 12+. Under the age of 18 you need to be accompanied by an adult for all tours excluding Split Apple Classic. The age for Split Apple Classic Guided is 8+ and anyone under the age of 18 needs to be accompanied by an adult.
Is food included on our tour?
Lunch is included on all our guided tours. It is one of the great reasons to go on a trip with Abel Tasman Kayaks. Summer lunches are a freshly baked roll filled with local produce, home made energy balls, fruit, fresh plunger coffee and local juice. In winter we offer hot seasonal soup, home made bread rolls, fresh plunger coffee and local juice. Vegetarian and dietary requirements can be catered for, please ask at time of booking. Two, Three & Five Day Classic’s are fully catered. Two Day & Three Day Tiki Tour trips require some catering by you. Check out the trip description to see what meals are required.