Abel Tasman National Park might be New Zealand’s smallest, but arguably most beautiful, and manages to pack into its 342 square kilometres a delightful array of activities and sightseeing bounty. There’s everything from the country’s most popular and stunning coastal track through pristine native bush, to sparkling tidal inlets dotted with limestone islands. The water here is too breathtakingly clear to believe, with startling 24-carat golden sandy beaches.
With Simply Wild Journeys discover the very best the Abel Tasman has to offer in three privately guided unforgettable days walking & sea kayaking. With the added bonus of staying at Awaroa Lodge, in the heart of Abel Tasman National Park. Offering peace and tranquility, the Lodge is accessible only by water or air and is situated alongside the Abel Tasman Coastal Track. Accommodation is carefully crafted to complement the environment while placing you amongst it.
Day One – Walk from Marahau to Anchorage
Today you hike from Marahau on the Abel Tasman track along the Astrolabe Roadstead, overlooking Adele & Fisherman’s Islands, with an opportunity to drop down to the lovely beaches along the way. The trail follows the coast most of the way before climbing and turning inland, offering stunning views Northward up the coastline before dropping down to Anchorage. This 12 kilometre hike takes around 3 – 4 hours, and on arrival at Anchorage we transfer you by private water taxi to Awaroa Lodge, where you’ll spend the next two nights.
We stop for lunch at a private little cove on the way, and arriving early afternoon at Awaroa Lodge, you’ll have plenty of time to explore the Awaroa area with its expansive and uncrowded beach. The Lodge itself is a delightful place to stay, nestled in the National Park with access only by hiking, boat or helicopter. Your bags will accompany you on the water taxi.
Day Two – Walk from Anchorage to Awaroa
This morning we travel by private water taxi, whisking you 20 minutes back down the Park to Anchorage. Here we begin the five to six hour, 24 kilometre hike on the Abel Tasman track via Torrent Bay, Bark Bay and Onetahuti Bay back to Awaroa. We stop for a picnic lunch at Bark Bay along the way.
Day Three – Sea Kayak from Onetahuti to Anchorage
An enjoyable 3 – 4 hour, 16 kilometre paddle in double sea kayaks from Onetahuti beach along the Abel Tasman coastline, exploring estuaries and offshore islands with lunch at Bark Bay. 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. Reaching Anchorage we take a private water taxi back to our kayak base at Marahau. From there we deliver you back to your next accommodation or the airport by private luxury vehicle.
You can combine this trip with many of our other trips or days, like cycling on Tasman’s Great Taste Trail, or a helihike in Kahurangi National Park.
Pickup and drop off by private luxury vehicle from your accommodation in the Nelson – Motueka area.
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