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

$605pp

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, $30 Motueka return operating 1 Oct – 30 Apr. On request outside of these times

Departure Times

Your trip includes an Environmental Access Fee which goes directly towards preserving the Abel Tasman National Park.

Note the Department of Conservation applies a pricing system that varies depending on residency status.

Risk Disclosure: For an understanding of the potential risks please click here and read before you book.

Itinerary

  • Day One

    8.15 am
    Check in and we will provide tips and a map for your walk.
    8.30 am
    Water Taxi Marahau to Totaranaui.
    10.00 am
    Arrive Totaranui.

    Walk Totaranui to Awaroa 2 hours, 5.5kms. Arrive Awaroa Glamping for your first 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

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

    Onetahuti - Anchorage

    8.00 am
    Depart Awaroa.
    9.30 am
    Meet your guide who will arrive via water taxi.
    10.00 am
    Kayak Onetahuti to Anchorage approx 4 hours with breaks.
    12.30 pm
    Enjoy lunch in the Bark Bay area.
    3.30 pm
    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).
    3.30 pm
    Arrive Anchorage.
    3.45 pm
    Water taxi to Marahau.
    4.30 pm
    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.
    4.00 pm
    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 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

  • Environment Access Fee

    Your trip includes an Environmental Access Fee which goes directly towards preserving the Abel Tasman National Park.

    A portion of your ticket price goes directly towards preserving the unique environment you will enjoy on your trip in the Abel Tasman. This includes the compulsory concession fees paid to the Department of Conversation as well as voluntary contributions to local organisations and projects to improve the environment, ecology and access to the National Park.  Fees are adjusted according to your trip, you can see your contribution when you purchase a ticket.

    Find out more on how we are looking after this special place including our commitment to the Mārahau Pledge.

  • 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 except the Split Apple Classic. 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, a sweet snack, 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 & Source to Sea 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.

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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Low tide crossing at stunning Awaroa Estuary.
Koro (Grandfather) and Kuia (Grandmother) our water taxi names reflect our desire to share and tell stories of the Abel Tasman.  The Abel Tasman National Park may have been gazetted as a national park in 1942 but its history dates back at least 700 years.
Beachside camping ❤
Even Weka can't resist a stunning sunrise! 🌅 Also known as the Māori hen or woodhen, Weka are the most common flightless birds in the Abel Tasman National Park.
Mother Nature showcasing a stunning palette of colors! 🌈
Smooth landing! perfect landing 👌 🚣‍♂️
Accessible and stunning coastline! 💖 Abel Tasman
Discovering the various lagoons and estuaries along the coastline, each with its own unique features.😊
Paddling during shoulder season: crisp, clear days and fewer crowds. 🚣‍♂️☀️ #QuietAdventures 
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Photo credit @whatdoesbassee
Keep your 👀 eyes peeled for these guys around the park! At this time of the year, there are a lot of pups around.
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