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.
Day One8.15 amCheck in and we will provide tips and a map for your walk.
8.30 amWater Taxi Marahau to Totaranaui.
10.00 amArrive Totaranui.
Walk Totaranui to Awaroa 2 hours, 5.5kms. Arrive Awaroa Glamping for your first night’s accommodation.
Day TwoYour 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 Bay9.00 amDepart Awaroa and walk to Awaroa Beach.9.45 amMeet your guide who will arrive via water taxi.
10.00 amKayak from Awaroa - Bark Bay. Kayak approx 4 hours with breaks.1.15 pmEnjoy lunch in the Onetahuti area.3.30 pmArrive Anchorage and spend the night in the campground
Onetahuti - Anchorage8.00 amDepart Awaroa.9.30 amMeet your guide who will arrive via water taxi.10.00 amKayak Onetahuti to Anchorage approx 4 hours with breaks.12.30 pmEnjoy lunch in the Bark Bay area.3.30 pmArrive Anchorage and spend the night in the campground
Bark Bay overnight optionsKayak 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 pmArrive Anchorage.3.45 pmWater taxi to Marahau.
4.30 pmArrive back in Marahau.
Anchorage overnight optionsKayak 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 pmArrive 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.
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.
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.