Wilsons Abel Tasman 5 Day Guided Kayak and Walk
The ultimate combination of relaxation and adventure.
You choose how active you want to be. Your guide will organise it all for you on this Wilsons Abel Tasman 5 Day Guided Kayak and Walk.
The following are included in your package tour:
*If you have extra luggage you are sure will not be needed on your trip with us, and you are staying at the same accommodation before and after your trip, you might prefer to leave your luggage there.
The direction of this trip may be reversed on some departures with earlier pick-up in Nelson (7.15-7.40am) and Motueka (8.15am).
The earlier pick-up applies to most Wednesday departures and all departures after NZ daylight savings time finishes at the beginning of April.
If start/finish times don’t suit your itinerary, please contact us to make alternative arrangements. All the itineraries can be flexible to accommodate your needs or schedule.
Please confirm the start/finish time with us before you book connecting airline flights.
Important Additional Information
Day prior: The day before your trip begins, please phone the Wilsons Abel Tasman office toll free on 0800 223 582 (0800 ABELTAS) to confirm your pick-up point and time, dietary requirements, and let them know where to deliver your complimentary lodge luggage bag (to be transported to the lodges by boat) and information pack.
Kayaking or walking each day is optional. You are welcome to travel on any of our scheduled ferry services. If you find that sea kayaking is not for you, you have the option of joining the 5 Day Walk group that is walking the kayaking sections of this itinerary. This flexibility is perfect for couples or groups that want to visit the park together but don’t all want to kayak, some preferring to walk or boat between lodges.
We reserve the right to alter itineraries, timetables, and vessel types. All travel subject to weather and tides which may cause delay/cancellation.
Conditions: Prices are per person, twin/double-share and subject to availability. Prices are correct at the time of submission (Jul 18) but are subject to change without notice. Valid for travel 1 Nov 18 to 19 Jan 19 ex Nelson. Blackout periods may apply.
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Day 1: Nelson/Motueka – Awaroa via Totaranui
- Pick up Nelson (10.15-10.45am) or Motueka (11.30am), or if you are self-driving please meet at our office by 11.30am. Wednesday departures and some low season departures have an earlier start.
- Meet your guide at our Motueka office for a welcome briefing with time for last-minute luggage organisation, before departing to Kaiteriteri by coach.
- 1.00pm: Vista Cruise departs Kaiteriteri for a fast, safe, comfortable cruise along the national park coastline. Hot and cold drinks, open and enclosed viewing decks, and bathroom facilities on board.
- From Totaranui, walk through mature beech and rata forests and along secluded golden beaches to the tidal inlet at Awaroa.
- Either walk, if the tide is out, or take a boat ride across the stunning expanses of the largest inlet on the coast.
- At Meadowbank Homestead - Awaroa, right on the edge of the inlet, you’ll be welcomed with pre-dinner drinks and fine food. Here you’ll find comfortable accommodation full of history and kiwi charm.
- Scenic drive to Kaiteriteri – from Nelson 1 hour, from Motueka 20 mins
- Vista Cruise Kaiteriteri to Totaranui – 1.5 hours
- Walk - 2.5 hours (7km / 4.5 miles) including tidal crossing
- Maximum elevation 60m (200ft)
Day 2: Explore Awaroa
- Explore Awaroa estuary on foot or by kayak (tides permitting)
- Visit early European and pre-European historical sites
- Unwind on the beach
- Relax and enjoy the comforts of Meadowbank Homestead
- Optional walking: up to 4 hours
- Optional kayaking: up to 2 hours
Day 3: Awaroa – Torrent Bay
- 9.30am: Depart Awaroa for the scenic walk over the Tonga Saddle to Onetahuti. Here, your guide will settle you into your kayaks with full training and safety brief. Don’t worry, you won’t leave the beach until your guide is satisfied you can safely negotiate the coast in your kayak. (If you are a travelling on your own, your guide will find a suitable paddling partner for you.)
- Weather permitting, there’s the opportunity to visit the seal colony on Tonga Island where New Zealand fur seals breed. It’s often possible to spot newborn pups here in December and January.
- Enjoy the sensation of paddling through the clear turquoise waters of the national park as we cruise past Tonga Quarry and the Tonga Arches, where your guide will explain the history of this granite area, pointing out some of the unusual natural features and relics from the historic quarry.
- Midday, stop for lunch at sheltered Bark Bay, where you can take time out to explore, swim, or relax on the golden sand.
- After lunch, we continue our paddle, beach hopping along the coast with picture-postcard views, including the Falls River and Frenchman’s Bay.
- At around 4.30pm paddle into Torrent Bay to be welcomed with refreshments and a hot shower in your ensuite room.
- Walk Awaroa to Onetahuti — 1.5 hours (5km / 3 miles)
- Max elevation 85m (280ft)
- Sea kayak Onetahuti to Torrent Bay — 4 hours (10km / 6 miles)
Day 4: Explore Torrent Bay
- Walk through breathtaking first-generation forest, up to the waterfalls on Falls River
- Canoe or walk around the estuary and visit the peaceful grotto of Cleopatra's Pool
- Walk to the golden expanse of Anchorage Beach and picturesque Te Pukatea Cove, visiting historic Maori sites at Pitt Head along the way
- Relax on the beach at Torrent Bay
- Optional walking: up to 5 hours (10km)
- Optional canoeing: tide dependant
Day 5: Torrent Bay – Kaiteriteri
- Around 9.30am we leave Torrent Bay by kayak and glide southwards along the coast, to discover the pristine bays and beaches named by French explorer Dumont D'urville in 1827.
- Paddle the idyllic waters of Te Pukatea Bay. In the sheltered Astrolabe Roadstead, paddle along the picturesque coast of Adele Island, now a predator-free sanctuary ringing with birdsong.
- If the wind is with you, your guide will help you hoist a specially designed sail so you can ride the sea breeze.
- We’ll stop for lunch and a rest at any one of the bays, before we continue our journey through azure waters to the famous Kaiteriteri Beach, where our driver will be waiting to meet you for the return journey to Motueka (4.30pm) or Nelson (5.30-6.00pm).
- Sea kayak Torrent Bay to Kaiteriteri — 4.5 hours (12km)
- Scenic drive Kaiteriteri to Motueka (20 mins) or Nelson (1 hour)