Combine our best one day adventure with a night camping in the Abel Tasman!

Day one join us on our Remote Marine Reserve tour. This is a stunning trip where we have tailored our start and finish points around the tide timetable, it means on any given departure we offer the best part of the park to explore the marine reserve to the fullest by kayak.

Spend the night camping at Bark Bay or Anchorage and walk unguided the coastal track from Bark Bay to Anchorage or vice versa depending on where you camped. We have allowed plenty of time for exploring the coastal track.  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 walking down to Torrent Bay. From here you have two options to 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.  Catch the water taxi back late afternoon from Anchorage or Bark Bay back to Marahau.

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 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 must be 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.

*Tide dependent

Price

$305pp

Duration

2 Days

  • Check-in: 8.15 am
  • Open: Departs Sat & Tues Nov – Feb, daily Jan, Sat only in Mar. On request outside of these times
  • Age: Minimum 12 years, under the age of 18 you need to be accompanied by an adult on a 1 to 1 ratio
  • Food: Partially catered (includes lunch on guided kayak trip)
  • Paddling: Approximately 4 hrs interspersed with breaks. No prior experience required
  • Abel Tasman Great Walk: Approximately 3 – 4 hours
  • Water Taxi: One water taxi cruise
  • Bus: $50 Nelson return, $20 Motueka return operating 1 Nov – 31 Mar. On request outside of these times

Departure Times

Covid Passport All customers aged 12 yrs & 3 mths+ will need to present their ‘My Vaccine Pass’ before they can use our services.

The Department of Conservation require anyone overnighting in a hut or campsite or day visitors using hut or campsite facilities (except for toilets) to have a valid ‘My Vaccine Pass’.

Exemptions apply to those under 12 yrs & 3 mths.

Itinerary

  • Day One

    8.15am
    Check in and meet your guide.
    8.30am
    Water 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.

    9.45am Awaroa - Bark Bay

    10.00am
    Kayak from Awaroa to Bark Bay. Total kayak time approx 4 hrs with breaks.
    1.15pm
    Enjoy lunch in the Onetahuti area.
    3.30pm
    Arrive Bark Bay.
    3.45pm
    Spend the night at Bark Bay campsite.
  • Onetahutui - Anchorage

    9.30am
    Arrive Onetahuti.
    9.45am
    Kayak Onetahuti to Anchorage approx 4 hours with breaks.
    12.30pm
    Enjoy lunch in the Bark Bay area.
    3.45pm
    Arrive at Anchorage.
    4.00pm
    Spend the night at Anchorage campsite.

    Day Two

    Walk from Bark Bay to Anchorage (high tide route approx 4hrs, 11.5km, low tide route approx 3hrs, 8.4km) or Anchorage to Bark Bay depending on where you spent the night.
    3.45pm
    Depart Bark Bay on water taxi.
    or
    4.00pm
    Depart Anchorage on water taxi.
    4.30pm
    Arrive back in Marahau.
  • Preparation

    Kayaking 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.

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

We did the 2 night 3 day ‘remote coast overnighter’ option, with the first day a guided kayak through the marine reserve, followed by two nights walking out of the park, camping at the end of the kayaking day at Bark Bay and the second night at Anchorage. Both campsites were stunning beaches as all of them are. Bark Bay was camping on the sand back from the beach,... read more


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