Our interpretation of the environment is renowned and gives you the knowledge to see beyond the obvious beauty.
Embark on a morning guided kayak adventure setting out from Marahau and paddling your way to Observation Beach. In the afternoon exchange your paddle for walking shoes as you retrace your steps.
The southern end of the national park boasts some of the Abel Tasman’s most picturesque scenery. Here, you’ll find twelve stunning beaches, awe-inspiring rock formations, and opportunities to spot a seal or two. From the kayak, catch glimpses of the coastal track and experience the enchantment of the Astrolabe Islands up close.
Enjoy lunch at Observation Beach before spending the afternoon walking unguided the coastal track. Discover clear streams, native bush and breathtaking panoramas over the Astrolabe Islands. As you approach Marahau, the Marahau causeway marks the final leg of your journey—a stunning spot to reflect upon an unforgettable day.
Please note this trip may run in reverse, the kayak portion is guided and the walk unguided.
We offer two other combinations of walking and kayaking adventures in the southern end of the Abel Tasman. Kayak & Pitt Head Nature Loop, which encompasses Anchorage and surrounds and Earth Sea Sky which takes in the Bark Bay/Falls River area.
Paddling is our business, with all activities supported by our purpose-built kayak base, featuring 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 cater morning tea and 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 tips and a map for your morning walk.
8.30 amWalk unguided to Observation Beach approx 3 hrs.
12.15 pmMeet your guide at Observation Beach and enjoy lunch.1.00 pmKayak 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.