Explore from Marahau to Anchorage in a day.

Embark on your guided kayak adventure from Marahau to Observation Beach. Catch glimpses of the coastal track and experience up close the magic of the Astrolabe Islands. After landing at Observation Beach enjoy a great lunch before swapping your paddle for walking shoes.

Discover clear streams, native bush and incredible views over Anchorage and the Astrolabe on your afternoon walk. Walk along Anchorage Beach to walk the beautiful Pitt Head loop track. Allow plenty of time to take in the view from Te Pukatea Bay, a hidden gem in the Abel Tasman. Walk back to Anchorage for your water taxi pick up back to Marahau.

Please note this trip may run in reverse.

We run two walking and kayaking combinations in the southern end of the Abel Tasman.  Our other trips is the Kayak & Walk which covers a different section of the coastal track.

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

$180pp

Duration

1 Day

  • Check-in: 8.15 am
  • Open: 1 Sep – 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 hours
  • Water Taxi: One water taxi cruise
  • Bus: $70 Nelson return, $30 Motueka return operating 1 Nov – 31 Mar. 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 a map for your afternoon walk.
    8.30am
    Kayak briefing.
    9.00am
    Kayak from Marahau to Observation Beach. Kayak approx 2 hrs with breaks.
  • 12.15pm
    Enjoy your lunch at Observation Beach.
    12.30pm
    Walk unguided from Observation Beach to Anchorage via Pitt Head Nature Loop approx 2hrs.
  • 4.00pm
    Water taxi from Anchorage to Marahau.
    4.30pm
    Arrive back in Marahau.

*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.

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

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


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