Abel Tasman Kayaks was established in 1986, realizing a vision to bring visitors into the glorious Abel Tasman National Park. Sea kayaking is a unique, low impact way to explore the beautiful golden beaches, peaceful coves and lagoons, offshore islands, wildlife and the native forest fringing the granite coastline. The innovation became an instant hit with visitors to the area, and saw the growth and development of Abel Tasman Kayaks into a leading kayak operation. The guides are experienced, with extensive local knowledge of the park.
Start your morning with a Water Taxi to Torrent Bay. Walking unguided from Torrent Bay the track climbs steadily, then sidles around two valleys and above an inlet to Falls River, which is crossed by a suspension bridge. The 47 metre bridge is a real highlight of this trip. Beyond the river, the track meanders through lush coastal forest before dropping back to sea level to Bark Bay. Enjoy your freshly made lunch at Bark Bay packed with nutrition before being picked up by the Water Taxi.
Relax onboard the boat and enjoy the coastal view of the area you have just walked. Upon reaching Observation Beach meet your kayak guide and join the second half of our Soul Food trip. Take in all the highlights of the southern Abel Tasman, experience up close the beautiful Astrolabe Islands. If conditions permit, kayak-sail back into Marahau on the afternoon sea breeze.
Important Tour Details - Earth, Sea & Sky - Full Day Watertaxi, Kayak & Walk:
Departs/ Finishes: At Marahau Beach base. 273 Sandy Bay - Marahau Road, Marahau.
Office phone details: 03 527 8022 or NZ freephone 0800 732 529.
Reconfim: Please call operator the day before re weather and scheduled departure time.
Length of tour: takes 8-9 hours.
Check-in: 15 minutes prior departure.
How to get there: Directions from Nelson travel via Motueka to the Abel Tasman National Park. Best is to turn from main road (SH60) after the village of Riwaka the SECOND road RIGHT (into Riwaka - Sandy Bay Road) and follow until you reach Marahau Village. The base is located after a left bends, after 200 metres, on your left.
What to bring: Water bottle, camera, sunscreen, hat, insect repellent, swim suit or fast drying clothing (avoid pants or jeans), warm jacket (avoid cotton – wool or fleece is best), change of clothes, towel, walking shoes or walking sandals, any personal medication you may require.
What is provided: Lunch, water taxi rides, kayaking equipment, dry bag for cameras, safety gear & briefing, Qualified Kayaking Guide.
Walking Part: This is approx 2.5 hours (7.7kms) non-guided, up-and-down along the coast between Torrent Bay and Bark Bay. Bring good, comfortable walking shoes or trainers.
Note: No kayaking experience is necessary.
Itinerary Times (approx):
8.30am Check in and meet your guide.
Your guide will provide you with lunch and a map for your morning walk.
9.00am Water Taxi to Torrent Bay.
9.45am Walk from Torrent Bay to Bark Bay. Approx 2.5hrs 7.7km.
12.45pm Water Taxi from Bark Bay to Watering Cove.
1.15pm Meet your guide at Observation Beach for your kayak briefing.
1.30pm Kayak from Observation Beach back to Marahau.
If conditions permit sail back home. Kayak approx 2 hrs with breaks.
4.00pm Arrive back in Marahau.