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.

Price

$225

Duration

1 Day

  • Check-in: 8.15 am
  • Open: 1 Oct – 31 May
  • Age: Minimum 12 years, under the age of 18 you need to be accompanied by an adult on a 1 to 1 ratio
  • Food: Includes lunch
  • Paddling: Approximately 2 hrs interspersed with breaks. No prior experience required
  • Abel Tasman Great Walk: Approximately 2.5hrs
  • Water Taxi: Two water taxi cruises
  • Bus: $70 Nelson return, $50 Motueka return operating 1 Oct – 30 Apr. On request outside of these times

Departure Times

Please note the Department of Conservation apply differential pricing between 1st October and 30th April. If you are a New Zealand resident choose the New Zealand Resident price, if you are an International Visitor choose International Visitor price.

Itinerary

  • 8.15am
    Check in and meet your guide. Your guide will
    provide you with lunch and a map for your morning walk.
    8.30am
    Water Taxi to Torrent Bay.
  • 9.15am
    Walk from Torrent Bay to Bark Bay. Approx 2.5hrs 7.7km.
    12.45pm
    Water Taxi from Bark Bay to Watering Cove.
  • 1.00pm
    Meet your guide at Observation Beach for your kayak briefing.
    1.30pm
    Kayak from Observation
    Beach back to Marahau. If conditions permit sail back home. Kayak approx 2 hrs with breaks.
    4.00pm
    Arrive 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.

We Provide

A double kayak, buoyancy vest, paddle, spray skirt, paddle jacket, dry bags for cameras and of course an awesome Abel Tasman Kayaks guide.

FAQS

  • 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.

     

     

  • More FAQ’s

    A full list of our FAQ’s can be found here and our Covid-19 ones here

What our customers say

Great way to explore Abel tasmen! Many trip options but also can chop and change with ideas we did a 3 day kayak made into four with a beach day in between.

Great company - they teach you all the basics before you start out & go on a test run beforehand. Showers available at the end!

Really recommend 5⭐️


Kate W

Had a half day kayak with Balveer. He was friendly and informative and catered well to the needs of our small family group. Aside from talking about the area, he was a really interesting guy just to talk to. My son loved chewing the fat with him.


mlb209

The day kayak/walk was the highlight of our trip, we loved it (even the teenagers!). Darryl our guide was fantastic - he was so informative, knowledgeable and had lots of yarns to tell along the way. With no prior kayak experience, the paddle in the morning was a perfect amount of time on the water. The walk to Anchorage and then the Pitt Head loop... read more


SunHol1

Abel Tasman Kayaks have a great interactive online website that caters for all possible adventures whether that's hiking, kayaking or both that vary in duration. The itineraries are clear with the option explore the upper bay area like Tongas Arches (must see). Our camp site was already orgabised by Abel Tasman Kayaks which left us with one job, enjoy the experience! There is plenty of room in the kayak itself... read more


jovitapw

We did a combo kayak and sailing trip with Abel Tasman Kayaks and Abel Tasman Sailing Adventures. We LOVED the kayak portion of our trip! Our guide was super knowledgeable, and since our group moved quickly, we were able to see seals, stop on Adele Island and listen to the birds, and explore different portions of Abel Tasman via kayak. We had the best time — a great activity for... read more


S7322DWandreac

Had the most amazing trip on the two day classic tour. Kyle was an awesome guide who showed us lots of hidden treasures and made sure we had a great time (and were well fed!) A stunning way to experience Abel Tasman National Park, even for a non-experienced kayaker, would highly recommend ☺️


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