Our interpretation of the environment is renowned and gives you the knowledge to see beyond the obvious beauty.
Embark on a guided kayak adventure from Marahau to Observation Beach. Catch glimpses of the coastal track and experience up close the magic of the Astrolabe Islands. Once finished enjoy a great lunch before swapping your paddle for walking shoes. Discover clear streams, native bush and incredible views over the Astrolabe from the coastal track.
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 trip is the Kayak & Pitt Head Nature Loop 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 cater morning tea 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 tips and a map for your morning walk.
8.30amWalk unguided to Observation Beach approx 3 hrs.
12.15pmMeet your guide at Observation Beach and enjoy lunch.1.00pmKayak 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.