Explore the extraordinary Abel Tasman Coast Track by foot and kayak with the added benefit of transfers at the end of each day to local lodges. Enjoy native birdsong while wandering through lush native forests, emerge on to the soft golden sands of the many bays en route and enjoy a dip in the waters to refresh your body and soul!
This is the best way to enjoy the beautiful Abel Tasman Coast track without the DOC huts and sleeping bags! Make your way to Mārahau (or Nelson) and we will take care of the rest!
Self-drive to your Mārahau accommodation (directions included in your detailed itinerary), or add return shuttle transfers from Nelson/Nelson Airport for $50 NZD per person.
Abel Tasman Guides will meet you there and brief you on the trip and book you into one of the local restaurants for your evening meal. Enjoy a night at a private ensuited B&B/Lodge in Mārahau.
12.4km / Approx. 4 hours
Walk down to the Abel Tasman Centre at 9:30am and Abel Tasman Guides will meet you and help check-in bags for luggage transfers, give you your lunch and give you a full briefing before you head off. There is a great café right at the start of the track – perfect for a coffee and late breakfast if required. Spend the day hiking/swimming/exploring the forest, the track and the golden sand beaches on route to Anchorage.
Take the 4pm Aqua Taxi from Anchorage to Mārahau and enjoy a night at a private ensuited B&B/Lodge in Mārahau. You have a choice of 2 local restaurants for dinner (not included).
17.9km / Approx. 6 – 7hrs
After breakfast, take the Aqua Taxi to Torrent Bay at 9am to continue your walk. From this lovely settlement head up and over to the iconic Falls River Swing Bridge and further to Bark Bay. The track then heads up one of the largest ascents on the trip ending up back at sea level at Tonga Quarry. A lovely walk along crescent shaped Onetahuti Beach follows and then the last saddle sees you over to wonderful Awaroa Lodge. After a rejuvenating shower in your room you are ready to enjoy the restaurant there (not included).
Stay at the wonderful Awaroa Lodge.
You also have the option of shortening the walking distance on this long day by catching a water taxi straight to Bark Bay where you will continue your walk to Awaroa – 3.5 hours 10.4km.
You’ll enjoy a guided kayak trip which starts and finishes at Awaroa Beach. Awaroa is an exciting and dynamic marine environment. This trip is flexible to ensure your guide can use their local knowledge of the tides and weather patterns to run the best possible trip for you. All guided kayak trips last for 3-3.5 hours, including a pre-trip safety briefing and a 20-30 minute stop on a secluded beach. The trip is broken up by your guide providing interesting commentary at notable points of interest along the way. All trips include hot drinks and snacks on the beach. No experience is required but there is a minimum age of 14 years.
Stay another night at the wonderful Awaroa Lodge.
8.1km / Approx. 3 hours
About 20 minutes from Awaroa Lodge is a wide tidal crossing then it is into some wonderful podocarp forest before bursting out on the golden sand of Waiharakeke Bay and Goat Bay before the final ascent over to the popular camping spot of Tōtaranui. Once at Tōtaranui the AquaTaxi will pick you up and return you past all those golden sand beaches to Mārahau. Land transport to Nelson departs conveniently from the Aqua Taxi base dropping you in Nelson around 6pm (if option chosen).
*2 Nights’ Double or Twin Share Ensuite Accommodation in Lodges/B+Bs in Mārahau (Abel Tasman Lodge or similar) + Daily Breakfast
*2 Nights’ Double or Twin Share Ensuite Accommodation in a Hotel Room at Awaroa Lodge
3-3.5 Hour Guided Kayak Trip from Awaroa Beach including pre-trip safety briefing & 20-30 minute stop on a secluded beach (on rest day)
All Luggage transfers – you carry just a daypack with your lunch etc.
3 packed lunches – not provided on rest day
Water Taxi transport from Anchorage to Mārahau, Mārahau to Torrent Bay & Totaranui to Mārahau
Your personalised itinerary, maps and other information
A full briefing from the staff at Abel Tasman Guides in Mārahau
*1 Person: $2,290 NZD total
*Enjoy a private tour guide on your first day’s tramping for an extra $350 NZD (up to 8 people)
*Add return transfers from Nelson/Nelson Airport for $60 NZD per person (2:30pm pick up on day 1)
*Available Until 30th April 2022
*Guests must be 14 or older to enjoy the kayak trip. We will exclude the kayak trip for any enquiries for groups with children aged 13 and younger