Combine our best one day kayak tour with a night camping, and a walk in the Abel Tasman National Park!
On the first day, join the Remote Marine Reserve tour. This tour is designed to coincide with the tide, it means on any given departure we offer the best part of the park to explore the marine reserve to the fullest by kayak. At the end of day one spend the night camping at either Bark Bay or Anchorage.
Day two, walk unguided the coastal track from Bark Bay to Anchorage, or vice versa, depending on the previous nights campsite location.
If coming from Bark Bay walk up through the lush coastal forest before crossing the 47 m suspension bridge across Falls River. Sidle around two valleys before descending down to Torrent Bay. From here you have two options: take the high tide route and explore Cleopatra’s Pool or spend the afternoon taking in the surrounds of Anchorage. The estuary can be crossed within two hours either side of low tide, or an all-tide track leads around to Anchorage. If walking from Anchorage this walk will be reversed.
As the day concludes, catch a late afternoon water taxi from either Anchorage or Bark Bay back to Marahau, rounding off your memorable overnight adventure.
Paddling is our business, with all activities supported by our purpose-built kayak base, complimentary hot showers, wifi, 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 the kayak trip covering the Tonga Island Marine Reserve you have a professional guide with you for around 7 hours sharing their knowledge and passion of the Abel Tasman. We also cater a snack and lunch designed around your health and energy for day two. All other meals and snacks are to be supplied by you. Camp passes and 1 bag transfer each way is included in our packaged price. Please note camping gear is supplied by clients or hired through us this can be booked online at time of booking.
Every trip is unique like each of our clients.
Day One8.15 amCheck in and meet your guide.8.30 amWater Taxi.
Your day kayaking is based around the tide. We will let you know on check in which kayak option will be on offer or you can check our tide timetable in the description.
Awaroa - Bark Bay9.45 amArrive Awaroa10.00 amKayak from Awaroa to Bark Bay. Total kayak time approx 4 hrs with breaks.1.15 pmEnjoy lunch in the Onetahuti area.3.30 pmArrive Bark Bay.3.45 pmSpend the night at Bark Bay campsite.
Onetahutui - Anchorage9.30 amArrive Onetahuti.
9.45 amKayak Onetahuti to Anchorage approx 4 hrs with breaks.
12.30 pmEnjoy lunch in the Bark Bay area.
3.45 pmArrive at Anchorage.
4.0 0pmSpend the night at Anchorage campsite.
Day TwoWalk from Bark Bay to Anchorage (high tide route approx 4 hrs, 11.5 km, low tide route approx 3 hrs, 8.4 km) or Anchorage to Bark Bay depending on where you spent the night.3.45 pmDepart Bark Bay on water taxi.or4.00 pmDepart Anchorage on water taxi.4.30 pmArrive back in Marahau.
PreparationKayaking clothes: You’re bound to get wet when kayaking bring some quick drying clothes to paddle in. Shorts, t-shirt (long sleeves are preferable), warm top (wool/fleece), hat, sunglasses and shoes. Don’t forget your swimsuit and a towel!
Campsite clothing: Warm campsite clothing is essential for the evenings. Long pants, t-shirt, long-sleeved shirt, warm top (wool/fleece), trainers and socks, sleeping clothing, rainproof jacket.
Personal items: Such as medication, toiletries, camera (with plenty of film or memory space!), personal drinking bottle, first aid kit, torch, sunscreen and insect repellent.
Cooking equipment: If you plan to cook a hot meal ensure you bring a cooker and fuel as fires are only permitted in certain parts of the park, at certain times of the year. Pots, pans, utensils, cutlery, plates and cups will also come in handy.
Food: This trip is self catered you will need 1 lunch, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast and snacks. Your kayak trip includes lunch. Be sure to bring enough food for your whole journey. We recommend purchasing this before you get to Marahau. Make sure you bring plenty of fresh water with you. Filtered water is available at our base and hut sites, and untreated water is available at the campsites.
*Please note: These are an estimate of timings.
A double kayak, buoyancy vest, paddle, spray skirt, paddle jacket, dry bags for cameras and of course an awesome Abel Tasman Kayaks guide.