This is ‘kiwi tikiing’ at its best. One day unguided walking, one day guided kayak and one day kayaking on your own.

Water taxi to Totaranui and spend the first day walking in the northern section of the park. After crossing the Awaroa Lagoon spend a night at Awaroa Glamping, Awaroa Bay.

Day two sees you paddling on our guided Remote Marine Reserve Tour. Accommodation on night two is at Bark Bay or Anchorage campsite depending on the tide, we supply all the camping gear. Day three allows you to explore the coastline by kayak from either Bark to Anchorage or Anchorage to Marahau depending on where you camped the night before. Now that’s what we call a tiki tour!

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 in the marine reserve you have a professional guide with you for around 6 hours sharing their knowledge and passion of the Abel Tasman. We supply lunch and camping gear on day two.

Every trip is unique like each of our clients.

Min of 2 pax required for this trip. Single supplement $60pp.

We are normally able to secure space at Awaroa Glamping but at peak times this may not be possible, when booking your reservation it will be unconfirmed until we secure space. In the event we are not able to secure space we can discuss alternative accommodation in the National Park.

 

Price

$550pp

Duration

3 Days

  • Check-in: 8.15 am
  • Open: I Nov – 31 Mar
  • 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
  • Abel Tasman Great Walk: Approximately 3 – 4 hours
  • Water Taxi: One water taxi cruise
  • Bus: $70 Nelson return, $50 Motueka return operating 1 Oct – 30 Apr. 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

  • Day One

    8.15am
    Check in and we will provide tips and a map for your walk.
    8.30am
    Water Taxi Marahau to Totaranaui.
    10.00am
    Arrive Totaranui. Walk Totaranui to Awaroa 2 hours, 5.5kms. Arrive Awaroa Glamping for your first night’s accommodation.

    Walk Totaranui to Awaroa 2 hours, 5.5kms. Arrive Awaroa Glamping for your night’s accommodation.

    Day Two

    Your day two 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 Bay

    9.00am
    Depart Awaroa and walk to Awaroa Beach.
    9.45am
    Meet your guide who will arrive via water taxi.
  • 10.00am
    Kayak from Awaroa - Bark Bay. Kayak approx 4 hours with breaks.
    1.15pm
    Enjoy lunch in the Onetahuti area.
    3.30pm
    Arrive Anchorage and spend the night in the campground

    Onetahuti - Anchorage

    8.00am
    Depart Awaroa.
    9.30am
    Meet your guide who will arrive via water taxi.
    10.00am
    Kayak Onetahuti to Anchorage approx 4 hours with breaks.
    12.30pm
    Enjoy lunch in the Bark Bay area.
    3.30pm
    Arrive Anchorage and spend the night in the campground
  • Day Three

    Bark Bay overnight options

    Kayak unguided from Bark Bay to Anchorage approx 3 hours with breaks. OR Walk unguided from Bark Bay to Anchorage approx High Tide route 4 - 4.5 hrs (11.7km) Low Tide route 3hrs - 3.5hrs (9.2km).
    3.30pm
    Arrive Anchorage.
    3.45pm
    Water taxi to Marahau.
    4.30pm
    Arrive back in Marahau.

    Anchorage overnight options

    Kayak unguided from Anchorage to Marahau approx 4 hours with breaks. OR Walk unguided from Anchorage to Marahau approx 3-4 hours, 11.5kms. 4.00pm Arrive back in Marahau.
    4.00pm
    Arrive back in Marahau.

*Please note: This is an estimate of timings. Trip may change due to tide.

What to bring

Please bring personal water bottle, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, towel, swimsuit, warm top (wool or fleece), wind jacket, camera, torch, first aid kit and any medication. You will also need evening clothing and changes of clothing for the number of days you are out.

Food:

2 lunches, 2 dinners, 2 breakfast and snacks provided by you. Kayak trip includes lunch. Awaroa Glamping has options available for dinner and breakfast at your own cost, these need to be pre-ordered a few days before departure. Be sure to bring enough food for your whole journey. We recommend purchasing food before you get to Marahau.

Make sure you bring plenty of fresh water. Filtered water is available at our base, untreated water is available at campsites and huts and will require treating/boiling before using.

 

We provide

A top quality double sea kayak, lifejacket, paddle, spray skirt, paddle jacket, dry bags for cameras, a map, a full camp set for night two and of course an awesome Abel Tasman Kayaks guide for day two.

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

I did the 3 day tiki tour as a solo female traveller and found it an amazing experience. Everything was well organised and I had great communication from Abel Tasman Kayaks in relation to my questions prior to and post booking. Each staff member I dealt with was great from those who were emailing me back, those at their base, those who did the water taxi driving and those who... read more


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