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Walking tour and lodge accommodation in Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand

Overnight all-inclusive holidays from 2 to 5 days. Stay within Abel Tasman National Park at Beachfront Lodges. We take care of the details. You switch off and enjoy.

No heavy pack to carry, fine local food, kiwi hospitality and hot showers waiting for you each day in your own private twin/double room with ensuite bathroom at our Beachfront Lodges. Full boat back-up so you choose how much walking you want to do each day.

Our expert guides are trained to design each day to suit your needs and interests, taking into account local tidal conditions and weather. Choose to walk with your Guide or find time on your own. Get a feel for the experience - view each of our multi-day walking break itineraries below...

Many people combine walking with sea kayaking along this idyllic, sheltered coastline. Go to our Sea Kayak and Walk itineraries to tempt you.

2 Day Itinerary

Make the most of a tight schedule. Stay in the heart of Abel Tasman National Park, at one of our unique beachfront lodges.

Discover why our favourite place has earned the description of the finest coastal National Park in New Zealand. By staying within the Park boundaries at one of our beachfront lodges, you will experience the best of Abel Tasman National Park. Soak up the peace and tranquillity of a beach sunset and wake up to native bird song.

We strongly recommend that you join us for a minimum of 2 nights to maximise your enjoyment of this stunning coast. However, if you are on a tight schedule, we can design the best overnight experience to suit you, staying right on the beach with no need to travel out of the Park for accommodation with modern comforts.

You can choose to laze on a golden beach, walk or take a boat cruise. The choice is yours. And you won’t have to lug around heavy packs or worry about where to eat or what time to catch the best tide. We take care of all those details, leaving you more time to relax and enjoy.

Overnight Lodge Stay Itinerary

Our itineraries are flexible to accommodate your needs or schedule so please contact us to discuss options. Detailed below is a suggested 2-Day itinerary, staying at Torrent Bay Lodge.

Day 1: Travel into the National Park. Overnight Torrent Bay Lodge

For the most relaxing overnight experience, stay on board our comfortable Vista Cruise as it echoes the contours of the spectacular granite coast and disembark at Torrent Bay to delight in the comforts of our Torrent Bay Lodge with its sun deck leading to the golden sands of the sheltered beach. For an active adventure, disembark on the golden expanse of one of the northern beaches and walk south along the Abel Tasman Coast track for a warm kiwi welcome at Torrent Bay Lodge.

  • 9.00 am check in at our Kaiteriteri ticket office to board the 9.30 am Vista Cruise to picturesque Tonga Quarry where you meet your Guide.
  • After an introduction to the fascinating stories about this historic cove, start your walk along the coastal track toward Bark Bay.
  • Around midday, stop for lunch at Bark Bay and take time out to relax, explore, swim or sunbathe on the golden sand. There is also the option to disembark from the Vista Cruise at Bark Bay, for a shorter walk to Torrent Bay (around 7 kms, or 2.5 hours).
  • In the afternoon, you’ll enjoy a succession of magnificent views of headlands, estuaries and beaches, as our walking route meanders through native forest, before crossing the swing bridge at Falls River.
  • Our last leg sees us continue on to the renowned Torrent Bay and our welcoming lodge on the beachfront. Home baked cookies and hot chocolate, or a cold drink from the in-house bar, await as you swap tales of your day around the log burner.
  • Your hosts prepare a fine meal for you as you freshen up with a hot shower in your ensuite bathroom.

Approximate Times:
Bus to Kaiteriteri - from Nelson 1 hour 30 mins, from Motueka 20 mins
Cruise Kaiteriteri to Tonga Quarry – 1 hour 30 mins
OR Cruise Kaiteriteri to Torrent Bay - 30 mins direct or 4 hours via Totaranui
Walk up to 6 hours, optional

Meals included: Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, and Dinner

Day 2: Torrent Bay to Motueka/Nelson

Wake up to breathtaking views across Torrent Bay, breakfast and perhaps a coffee on the deck. Then, enjoy the beautiful walk from Torrent Bay to Marahau, along the well graded final section of the Abel Tasman coast track. Along the way you’ll rediscover the pristine bays and beaches named by French Explorer, Du'mont Durville in 1827.

  • Depart Torrent Bay Lodge at around 9.00 am
  • Around midday, stop for lunch at a sheltered beach with views of the islands in the Astrolabe Roadstead.
  • Our comfortable coach meets you at Marahau to return you to Motueka (4.30pm) or Nelson (5.30pm)

Approximate times:
Walk 4 hours (13 kms)
Bus Marahau to Motueka - 20 mins or to Nelson - 1.5 hours

Meals included: Breakfast, Morning and Afternoon Tea, Lunch

Important Additional Information:

The direction of our trips may be reversed on some departures.

If start/finish times do not suit your itinerary, please contact us to make alternative arrangements.

Keep in mind that walking each day is optional. You are welcome to travel on any of our scheduled ferry services. This flexibility is perfect for couples or groups with different interests and abilities - some preferring to walk, others to take the boat between lodges. It is also possible to join a Guided Sea Kayaking trip if you plan ahead.

3 Day Itinerary

Experience the highlights of Abel Tasman Coast Track with our 3 Day Tour.

Ideal if you are short of time and want to experience every part of the 38km length of the Abel Tasman Coastal track whether you want to walk it or take short hikes between boat rides. Includes scenic cruising along the spectacular coast and one night at each of our Beachfront Lodges: Torrent Bay Lodge and Meadowbank Homestead - Awaroa.

You won’t have to lug around heavy packs or worry about where to eat or what time to catch the best tide. Enjoy a warm kiwi welcome with hot showers and fresh local food cooked for you. We take care of the details so you can switch off and enjoy..

Departure Timetable

We operate this trip year round, with departures every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Detailed Itinerary

If you have just 3 days and want to experience all the spectacular scenery and character of the golden Abel Tasman National Park coast, this is the way to do it! Enjoy the journey, choose how much or how little walking you want to do: leave the details and cooking to us.

Our itineraries can be flexible to accommodate your needs or schedule so please contact us to discuss options.

Day 1: Nelson / Motueka to Awaroa via Totaranui
All aboard our Vista Cruise vessel! As we cruise from Kaiteriteri at the southern tip of the Park to Totaranui in the North we echo the contours of the beautiful Abel Tasman coastline. Relax on the upper or lower viewing decks to delight in sweeping golden bays and hidden inlets, framed by lush, evergreen native forest. Walk from Totaranui to the breathtaking Awaroa inlet, where a warm kiwi welcome awaits you at Meadowbank Homestead, a faithful re-creation of the Wilson family's original home on the "finest site in the bay".

  • Pick up Nelson (10.30 - 11.00 am) or Motueka (11.40 am) or if you are self driving please meet at our office by 11.45 am. Wednesday 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.
  • 1.00 pm: Vista Cruise departs Kaiteriteri for a fast, safe, comfortable cruise along the National Park coastline. Hot & 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.

Approximate Times:
Bus to Kaiteriteri - from Nelson 1 hour 30 mins, from Motueka 20 mins
Cruise Kaiteriteri to Totaranui - 1 Hour 20 Mins.
Walk 2 hours (6 kms) plus tidal crossing

Meals included: Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner

Day 2: Awaroa to Torrent Bay
After a relaxing night’s sleep and home-cooked breakfast overlooking the gardens by the sea at Meadowbank, you’ll be ready for your scenic day walk to Torrent Bay. If you're not feeling energetic, your Guide will arrange for a boat ride so can choose the amount of walking to suit.

  • At around 9.00 am we depart Awaroa and walk over the Tonga Saddle to Onetahuti, where there’s plenty of time to enjoy the golden sand beach flanked by impressive granite headlands.
  • After visiting the fascinating Tonga Quarry historic site, walk the waterfall track around the stunning Bark inlet.
  • We stop for lunch on the beach at Bark Bay. Take time out to relax in the shade of the forest, explore, swim or sunbathe on the golden sand.
  • In the afternoon, you’ll enjoy a succession of magnificent views of headlands, estuaries and beaches, as our walking route meanders through native forest, before crossing the swing bridge at Falls River and continuing on Torrent Bay by about 4.30 pm.
  • You are welcomed with refreshments and a hot shower in your ensuite room at Torrent Bay Lodge on the beachfront.
  • Swap stories with fellow travellers or take a romantic stroll under the stars before being lulled to sleep by the sound of waves lapping golden sand.

Approximate walking time: 6-7 hours (17 kms)

Meals included: Breakfast, Morning and Afternoon Tea, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Torrent Bay to Motueka/Nelson
Wake up to morning light on the golden sands of Torrent Bay and perhaps a coffee on the deck before breakfast. Then on your final day, walk the easiest section of the coastal track from Torrent Bay to Marahau, with panaromic views across Tasman Bay to Nelson. Along the way you’ll rediscover the pristine bays and beaches named by French Explorer, Du'mont Durville in 1827.

  • Depart Torrent Bay Lodge at around 9.00 am
  • Around midday, stop for lunch at a sheltered beach with views of the islands in the Astrolabe Roadstead.
  • Our comfortable coach meets you at Marahau to return you to Motueka (4.30pm) or Nelson (5.30pm)

Approximate times:
Walk 4 hours (13 kms)
Bus Marahau to Motueka - 20 mins or to Nelson - 1.5 hours

Meals included: Breakfast, Morning and Afternoon Tea, Lunch

Important Additional Information:
The direction of the 3 Day Guided Kayak & Walking Trip may be reversed on some departures with earlier pick up in Nelson (7.15 - 7.30 am) and Motueka (8.30 am)

If start/finish times do not suit your itinerary, please contact us to make alternative arrangements.

Keep in mind that walking each day is optional. You are welcome to travel on any of our scheduled ferry services. Please discuss this option with your guide prior to each day's departure. This flexibility is perfect for couples or groups with different interests and abilities - some preferring to walk, others to take the boat between lodges. As our 3 Day Guided Walk runs at the same time as our 3 Day Guided Kayak & Walk break, some of your group can choose the Kayak & Walk option.

5 Day Itinerary

Take time to truly immerse yourself in the beauty and tranquillity of Abel Tasman National Park on our 5 Day Tour.

Be as active or relaxed as you wish. Experience the full 38 kms of the Abel Tasman Coastal Track with extra time to explore further or unwind at our Lodges on the beach. Enjoy a full scenic cruise of the coast and spend 2 nights at Torrent Bay Lodge  and 2 nights at Meadowbank Homestead - Awaroa to gain a real appreciation of every aspect of this diverse region.

You won’t have to lug around heavy packs or worry about where to eat or what time to catch the best tide. Enjoy a warm kiwi welcome with hot showers and fresh local food cooked for you. We take care of the details so you can switch off and enjoy.

During your extra days you can relax at our Beachfront Lodges or delve deeper into the Park.

Some options are:

  • Try enclosed-water kayaking in tranquil lagoons
  • Swim in protected, crystal-clear waters
  • Kick back on a golden-sand beach
  • Hike inland to see historic sites and pristine mountain streams cascading through native forest. .

Departure Timetable

We operate this trip year round with departures every Tuesday and Friday from November through to March. From April to October, 5-day trips depart every Tuesday.

Please note: Trip departures May to October require a minimum of 4 people. If you wish to book with less than 4 people during these months, please contact us for a confirmed departure date.

Detailed Itinerary

Take a journey through 38kms of the Abel Tasman Coast Track with 2 nights at Torrent Bay Lodge and 2 nights at Meadowbank Homestead - Awaroa. Choose how much walking you want to do. An extra day at each Lodge allows time to relax or explore regions of the Park many people don't get to see.

Day 1: Nelson / Motueka to Awaroa via Totaranui:
All aboard our Vista Cruise vessel! As we cruise from Kaiteriteri at the southern tip of the Park to Totaranui in the North we echo the contours of the beautiful Abel Tasman coastline. Relax on the upper or lower viewing decks to delight in sweeping golden bays and hidden inlets, framed by lush, evergreen native forest. Walk from Totaranui to the breathtaking Awaroa inlet, where a warm kiwi welcome awaits you at Meadowbank Homestead, a faithful re-creation of the Wilson family's original home on the "finest site in the bay".

  • Pick up Nelson (10.30 - 11.00 am) or Motueka (11.40 am) or if you are self driving please meet at our office by 11.45 am. Wednesday departures have an earlier start. Please contact us to confirm your pick up times.
  • Meet your guide at our Motueka office for a welcome briefing with time for last-minute luggage organisation, before departing to Kaiteriteri by coach.
  • 1.00 pm: Vista Cruise departs Kaiteriteri for a fast, safe, comfortable cruise along the National Park coastline. Hot & 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.

Approximate Times:
Bus to Kaiteriteri - from Nelson 1 hour 30 mins, from Motueka 20 mins
Cruise Kaiteriteri to Totaranui - 1 Hour 20 Mins.
Walk 2 hours (6 kms) plus tidal crossing

Meals included: Afternoon Tea, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Explore Awaroa
Wake up to a home-cooked breakfast and sweeping views across Awaroa inlet, the largest tidal estuary in Abel Tasman National Park. Enjoy the cosy and comfortable surroundings of the lodge and perhaps a coffee on the veranda watching the movement of the tides over golden sand. Let your guide design your day to be as active or relaxed as you wish, then relax for another night at Meadowbank Homestead - Awaroa.

Options include:

  • 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.

Approximate Times:
Walking time: up to 4 hours (optional)
Optional kayaking: up to 2 hours (tides permitting)

Meals included: Breakfast, Morning and Afternoon Tea, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Awaroa to Torrent Bay
After a relaxing night’s sleep and home-cooked breakfast overlooking the gardens by the sea at Meadowbank, you’ll be ready for your scenic day walk to Torrent Bay. If you're not feeling energetic, your Guide will arrange for a boat ride so can choose the amount of walking to suit.

  • At around 9.30 am we depart Awaroa and walk over the Tonga Saddle to Onetahuti, where there’s plenty of time to enjoy the golden sand beach flanked by impressive granite headlands.
  • After visiting the fascinating Tonga Quarry historic site, walk the waterfall track around the stunning Bark inlet.
  • We stop for lunch on the beach at Bark Bay. Take time out to relax in the shade of the forest, explore, swim or sunbathe on the golden sand.
  • In the afternoon, you’ll enjoy a succession of magnificent views of headlands, estuaries and beaches, as our walking route meanders through native forest, before crossing the swing bridge at Falls River and continuing on Torrent Bay by about 4.30 pm.
  • You are welcomed with refreshments and a hot shower in your ensuite room at Torrent Bay Lodge on the beachfront.
  • Swap stories with fellow travellers or take a romantic stroll under the stars before being lulled to sleep by the sound of waves lapping golden sand.

Approximate walking time: 6-7 hours (17 kms)

Meals included: Breakfast, Morning and Afternoon Tea, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Explore Torrent Bay
Today is a day of choices! Let your Guide plan a day to be as adventurous or relaxing as you like with another night at Torrent Bay Lodge, right on the beach.

Options include:

  • Walk through breathtaking first generation forest, up to the waterfalls on Falls River;
  • Canoe in the estuary (tides permitting) 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.

Approximate Times:
Optional walking: up to 5 hours (10 kms)
Optional canoeing: tide dependant

Meals included: Breakfast, Morning and Afternoon Tea, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Torrent Bay to Motueka/Nelson
Wake up to morning light on the golden sands of Torrent Bay and perhaps a coffee on the deck before breakfast. Then on your final day, walk the easiest section of the coastal track from Torrent Bay to Marahau, with panaromic views across Tasman Bay to Nelson. Along the way you’ll rediscover the pristine bays and beaches named by French Explorer, Du'mont Durville in 1827.

  • Depart Torrent Bay Lodge at around 9.00 am
  • Around midday, stop for lunch at a sheltered beach with views of the islands in the Astrolabe Roadstead.
  • Our comfortable coach meets you at Marahau to return you to Motueka (4.30pm) or Nelson (5.30pm)

Approximate times:
Walk 4 hours (13 kms)
Bus Marahau to Motueka - 20 mins or to Nelson - 1.5 hours

Meals included: Breakfast, Morning and Afternoon Tea, Lunch

Keep in mind that walking each day is optional. You are welcome to travel on any of our scheduled ferry services. Please discuss this option with your guide prior to each day's departure. This flexibility is perfect for couples or groups with different interests and abilities - some preferring to walk, others to take the boat between lodges.

As our 5 Day Guided Walk runs at the same time as our 5 Day Guided Kayak & Walk break, some of your group can book this option, so you can all meet up to share your day's stories at our Lodges.

The direction of the 5 Day Guided Walk may be reversed on some departures with earlier pick up in Nelson (7.15 - 7.30 am) and Motueka (8.30 am)**

Lodges

The only lodge accommodation right on the beach in the heart of Abel Tasman National Park.

No need to travel out of Abel Tasman National Park each evening to relax in your own twin/double room with ensuite bathroom and meals cooked for you.

If you want to stay overnight beside the beach in Abel Tasman National Park with a little more luxury than sleeping in a tent or communal bunk room and carrying all your food to cook on a camp fire, let us welcome you to our eco-lodges in the Park.

Our lodges are built from sustainable and recycled wood sources. Water usage and power generation are designed to minimise the impact of our Lodges on both the natural and social environment of the Park, without losing the convenience and comfort of modern facilities. See our Environmental Policy for more details.

You can choose walking, guided sea kayaking and boat cruising or just relax on the beach, then come home to a hot shower in your own room, secure in the knowledge that we are working to preserve the unique environment that makes our Beachfront Lodges such special places. It's guilt-free indulgence.

Both lodges are only available to guests on guided 2, 3 or 5 day itineraries

For lodge details:

Torrent Bay Lodge

Meadowbank Homestead - Awaroa

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