This active, fully guided, private trip offers the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park hiking & sea kayaking over your choice of 2 or 3 days.
The Abel Tasman National Park is the smallest jewel in the crown of New Zealand’s national park network (22,500 hectares) yet it reflects a unique identity among the much larger, more mountainous parks. It encompasses kilometres of idyllic golden sand beaches washed by the tidal flows of Tasman Bay, linked by an easy walking track of exceptional standard, alternating with hidden coves, estuaries and spectacular granite outcrops. Offshore lie numerous islands punctuating the broad sweep of Tasman Bay, providing sanctuary for seabirds, seals and penguins.
Looking down toward the sea from the track while walking, you will see the brilliant blue-green of the water and golden sand set against luxuriant forest and tree fern, with a feeling of being on an island paradise. Looking inland however, the park presents a different profile, with dense forested hills rising steeply to 800 – 1100 metres, drained by rugged watersheds which fall to the coast through deep gorges and impassable waterfalls. The park has an interesting history, with Maori settlement, Dutch and French explorers, before being settled by English settlers in the 1850’s.
Abel Tasman National park, with it’s sculptured granite coastline and tranquil estuaries, is one of the premier sea kayaking destinations in the world.
Your Simply Wild guide guide will collect you from the airport or your accommodation for the 45 minute drive (less if you are staying closer) to Marahau on the coast near the Abel Tasman National Park, where you will board a private water taxi to gain access to the park. We will discuss your walking preferences with you and pick a section of the Abel Tasman track to walk that suits your fitness and interests. depending on how far you want to walk. If you are on our 2 day package, you’ll walk from Anchorage (around 6 hours) or Bark Bay (4 hours) through to Awaroa, where you’ll stay at Awaroa Lodge overnight.
If you are on our 3 day package, you’ll walk from Marahau through to Anchorage or Bark Bay, and instead spend the night on our 46ft Luxury catamaran at Anchorage. On Day Two you’ll walk through from Anchorage, Torrent Bay or Bark bay to Awaroa. You’ll hike along the coast through native bush, past lovely estuaries and along golden sand beaches.
From Anchorage and Torrent Bay the track ascends a saddle and cuts inland, with great views along the coastline before crossing the swingbridge at Falls River and descending to picturesque Bark Bay. Its a short climb out of Bark Bay and head inland again on your way to Tonga Bay and the golden crescent of Onetahuti beach, before climbing the low saddle over to Awaroa. We provide a delightful picnic lunch along the way on one of the many golden sand beaches.
Arriving at Awaroa Lodge, you are free to relax, shower or wander down to the wonderful beach. This unique lodge set in the middle of the park, accessible only by boat, helicopter or walking, is worth experiencing on its own.
Day Two (or Three depending on your package)
Depending on weather conditions you’ll sea kayak from Awaroa, or water taxi around to beginning at Onetahuti exploring the famous Abel Tasman coastline, one of the best sea kayak destinations in the world. You’ll enjoy paddling along the rocky coastline, with it’s golden beaches, tranquil inlets and native bush, before completing the paddle at Bark Bay or Anchorage depending on your preference. From either destination we’ll take by water taxi and vehicle back to Nelson.
You will be paddling for 2 – 3 hours, with time to stop and swim or just enjoy the stunning beaches and bays,
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