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.
Your day kicks off with a Water Taxi ride to Torrent Bay. Begin your unguided walk from Torrent Bay as the track gradually climbs, then meanders around two valleys and above an inlet, eventually leading to Falls River. Falls River is crossed via a remarkable 47-meter suspension bridge, a real highlight of this trip. Beyond the suspension bridge crossing, the trail winds through lush coastal forest before descending back to sea level at Bark Bay. Enjoy a freshly made lunch at Bark Bay, before being picked up by the water taxi.
Relax on-board the water taxi taking in the coastal views and the path just walked. Upon reaching Observation Beach meet the kayak guide. On the second leg of this adventure, experience twelve exquisite beaches, awe-inspiring rock formations, and chances to encounter a playful seal or two from your kayak. Conditions permitting, there’s a chance to harness the afternoon sea breeze and kayak-sail your way back to Marahau.
We offer three combinations of walking and kayaking adventures in the southern end of the Abel Tasman. One alternative option is the Kayak & Pitt Head Nature Loop, which encompasses Anchorage and surrounds and the other is Kayak and Walk from Marahau to Marahau which retraces its own path.
Paddling is our business, with all activities supported by our purpose-built kayak base, offering complimentary showers, wifi, gear 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 lunch designed around your health and energy.
Every trip is unique like each of our clients.
8.15 amCheck in and meet your guide. Your guide will provide you with lunch and a map for your morning walk.8.30 amWater Taxi to Torrent Bay.
9.15 amWalk from Torrent Bay to Bark Bay. Approx 2.5 hrs 7.7 km.12.45 pmWater Taxi from Bark Bay to Observation Beach.
1.00 pmMeet your guide at Observation Beach for your kayak briefing.1.30 pmKayak from Observation
Beach back to Marahau. If conditions permit sail back home. Kayak approx 2 hrs with breaks.4.00 pmArrive 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.