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Wilsons Abel Tasman guided day sea kayaking Abel Tasman
  • Overview
  • BBS
  • KSW
  • TIS
  • BKW
  • SAP
  • Map
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Walking and guided sea kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park with Wilsons Abel Tasman, whose family has been operating in this region for 30 years, gives you the benefit of their vast experience.

Abel Tasman National Park is known for its protected waters and predominantly calm conditions. The use of double kayaks provides stability and and the power of two paddlers should the conditions be less than perfect.

You do not need to be an experienced paddler as knowledgeable guides provide all the training you require and accompany you on your paddling expedition. Explore the secrets of forest-fringed, golden-sand bays, sculpted granite headlands and kayak with the seals on most trips.

Your Guide will design each day to suit conditions and the group's interests and abilities. If their instructions are followed, kayaking Abel Tasman is safe and fun.

Beaches, Bays & Seals Day Trip (BBS)
Explore the most scenic kayaking territory in Abel Tasman National Park between Torrent Bay and Frenchman's Bay. See seals and birds, explore forest-fringed bays and enjoy paddling along the shoreline of golden sand beaches, through the granite archways and channels that make up this unique coastline.

Detailed Itinerary
 

Kayak, Seals and Walk Day Trip (KSW)
Explore the protected beaches and spectacular granite sculptures of the Southern coast with an easy guided sea kayak, then travel deeper into the Abel Tasman National Park for an enchanting forest walk. View New Zealand fur seals as the Vista Cruise pauses at Tonga Island Marine Reserve with its resident seal colony.

Detailed Itinerary

Tonga Island Seals (TIS)
From Kaiteriteri, take a scenic cruise into Tonga Island Marine Reserve. Your Guided introduces you to your kayak on the golden expanse of Onetahuti Beach. Explore the Marine Reserve, kayaking to the seal colony on Tonga Island, then paddle to Medlands Beach.

Detailed Itinerary

Beaches Kayak & Walk Day Trip (BKW)
All in one day - kayak and cruise, then walk or relax in the beautiful surroundings of Abel Tasman National Park. If you want to sample a little of everything on the golden coast for one low price, this is the option for you.

Detailed Itinerary

Split Apple Paddle Half Day Morning Trip (SAP)
Take just a half day to paddle the spectacular granite coast! Our Split Apple Paddle is an ideal introduction to sea kayaking or simply enjoy an easy paddle amongst the sheltered inlets and granite formations of the stunning Kaiteriteri coastline. Take just a morning or afternoon to paddle the wondrous Abel Tasman Coast. We recommend the morning trip before the sea breeze picks up to ruffle the calm azure waters

Detailed Itinerary

All trips


Lunch
For all trips, please bring your own lunch or order a scrumptious Picnic Lunch before you travel.

What to Wear
We enjoy glorious weather, summer and winter. Temperatures can be crisp in the mornings and cool in late afternoon with summer sea breezes. Bring a warm layer of wool or polar fleece and a light rain jacket to ensure your comfort. The Coastal Track is well formed and mostly shaded by native forest. The track comes down onto golden-sand beaches fringed by lush native forest and protected azure waters - ideal for swimming.

* Cotton clothing (especially denim) is not recommended. It is very heavy and cold if it gets wet, and takes a long time to dry. Thermal, quick-dry fabrics are best eg. Polypropylene, polar fleece, wool.

For kayaking, we provide a spray jacket and buoyancy vest that will keep you warm on most days when paddling. Bring a spare set of clothing and warm layer to be stored in the kayak so you can change into dry gear if necessary. Always bring some shoes you can walk in, in case weather causes you to land on a beach where some walking might be necessary.

Sun Protection
Abel Tasman National Park enjoys the highest number of sunshine hours in the country. Our clear skies, with no pollution result in a very high risk of sunburn, even on a cloudy day. Bring sunglasses, hat and sunscreen.

Footwear
We recommend cool, light, comfortable footwear. Not recommended: any shoes with no heel attachment, eg. jandals, flip flops, scuffs, slides etc. Click here for more information on suitable footwear, particularly for eastuary crossings (Note this is a PDF file).

For walking: Light, comfortable walking shoes are suitable to walk the track. If you have hiking boots, wear them if you prefer but they are not necessary. Depending on tides and conditions, you can usually keep your feet dry. On rare occasions, you might have to remove your shoes and roll up long trousers when you are embarking or disembarking from our boats. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear to allow for this. There will be time to rinse feet and put shoes back on when necessary.

For kayaking: Weather conditions might require pulling into a beach for shelter and some walking may be required. You might like to do some exploring on foot. Therefore, please bring some footwear, suitable for walking. Footwear in the kayak is optional. Many people find it more comfortable to wear some foot cover to prevent their heels rubbing against the kayak. Rubber water socks are ideal.

Light Day Pack
Please use a plastic liner inside the day pack to ensure your day requirements stay dry. (Kayakers only: the day pack will be stored in watertight holds in the kayaks. For important items, such as cameras and spare clothes, we will supply a special watertight "dry-bag".) Please Note: we cannot guarantee to keep camera or electronic equipment dry.

  • Light, comfortable walking shoes
  • Quick-dry, loose clothing (shorts or trousers that can be rolled up)
  • Warm thermal layer
  • Waterproof jacket with hood (disposable rain coat available to buy at our office
  • Swim wear and towel (optional)
  • Sun hat, sunscreen and insect repellent (available to buy at our office)
  • Sunglasses
  • Drinking water
  • Check that lunch has been ordered for you or bring your own lunch
  • Camera (CHECK THE BATTERIES) and film (waterproof disposable cameras available to buy at our office)
  • Cotton handkerchiefs. Please do not bring tissues or paper towels. They add to litter in the Park.
  • Hand steriliser (not wipes)
  • Kayakers will need a change of clothing including a warm sweater or polar fleece

Cell Phones
Coverage is intermittent south of Awaroa. There is no coverage north of Awaroa Bay.

 

Beaches, Bays & Seals Day Trip (BBS)

Explore the most scenic kayaking territory in Abel Tasman National Park between Torrent Bay and Frenchman's Bay.

See seals and birds, explore forest-fringed bays and enjoy paddling along the shoreline of golden sand beaches, through the granite archways and channels that make up this unique coastline.

For a day trip into the heart of the Park, meet your Guide at our Kaiteriteri ticket booth to join our 9.30 am Boat Cruise to Torrent Bay. If you are walking the track and staying in the Park, you can book to join this trip at Torrent Bay. Click the Itinerary Tab above for full details.

Beaches, Bays & Seals trip includes the latest kayak gear:

  • Stable double kayak
  • Spray jacket
  • Buoyancy aid
  • Dry bags for spare clothing and camera gear but please note we cannot guarantee to keep sensitive electronic equipment dry
  • Maximum 8 people per Guide

9.00 am Meet your Guide at Kaiteriteri.

9.30 am Vista Cruise departs Kaiteriteri for a scenic cruise passed the islands and golden coves of the Astrolabe Roadstead to Anchorage Beach.

10.15 am On the golden beach sands in front of our Torrent Bay Lodge, your friendly, expert Guide settles you into a stable double kayak with full instructions and safety brief. Then it's on to the water to paddle amongst the wondrous headlands, coves and islands of the granite coast.

Your Guide will ensure you make the most of the day depending on the tides, weather conditions, and your interests and abilities. Watch out for resident Blue Penguins and other sea birds along the coast. Enjoy watching the antics at the seal colony on Pinnacle Island. Stop at a sheltered golden cove for a lunch break. On your return journey, in favourable winds, your Guide will hoist a sail to ride the breeze.

3.20 pm: Rejoin the Vista Cruise

4.10 pm: Return to Kaiteriteri for your connecting coach transfer or, if self driving, time for a drink or a meal at a local cafe

Departure Timetable:

  • We operate this trip on most days through the summer months (October to April). During our low season, please contact us to check availability.
  • Trip Map

High Season Option (20 October to 18 April)

At the end of your paddle, take an unguided walk (approximately 2 hours, 5 kms) around the picturesque Torrent Bay inlet to the long golden beach at Anchorage. The track is well marked and easy to follow so you donít need a Guide to enjoy this walk.

5.15 pm: Our friendly boat hosts ensure you are picked up at Anchorage Beach

5.50 pm: Return to Kaiteriteri. Please note: this option is available only if you are self-driving, or staying at Kaiteriteri. There are no connecting coaches available at this time.
 

Kayak, Seals and Walk Day Trip (KSW)

Explore the protected beaches and spectacular granite sculptures of the Southern coast with an easy guided sea kayak, then travel deeper into the Abel Tasman National Park for an enchanting forest walk. View New Zealand fur seals as the Vista Cruise pauses at Tonga Island Marine Reserve with its resident seal colony.

This trip includes two boat transfers aboard our stylish Vista Cruise catamaran, with a total cruising time of two hours. Our skipper will talk you through the fascinating social and natural history of area as our boat plies the crystal-clear shallows of this stunning coastline.

You will get a great view of our resident seals as you cruise close in to Tonga Island.

Your skipper will explain some of the fascinating natural behaviour exhibited by these curious creatures as you watch them happily sunbathing on granite boulders.

Your Kayak Seals & Walk trip includes the latest kayak gear:

  • Stable double kayak
  • Spray jacket
  • Buoyancy aid
  • Dry bags for spare clothing and camera gear but please note we cannot guarantee to keep sensitive electronic equipment dry
  • Maximum 8 people per Guide
  • Return scenic Vista Cruise

9.00 am Check in at our Kaiteriteri ticket booth in the carpark to meet your Guide.

On the golden beach sands of Kaiteriteri Beach, your friendly, expert Guide settles you into a stable double kayak with full instructions and safety brief. Then, it's onto the water to explore and have fun, confident you can enjoy a safe paddling experience. Your Guide knows all the best, secret spots taking into account the tides, weather and your interests and abilities with paddling time up to 2 hours. Watch out for our resident Blue Penguins and other sea birds along the coast.

Pause at a sheltered cove for a break before returning to Kaiteriteri around midday where you say farewell to your Guide and swap your kayak gear for walking shoes.

1.00 pm Join our Vista Cruise at Kaiteriteri to cruise into Tonga Island Marine Reserve in the heart of the Park. Pause at Tonga Island to check out the antics at the resident Fur Seal Colony.

2.00 pm Disembark at the idyllic sheltered cove at Tonga Quarry, where relics of an historic granite quarry remain. Take an unguided walk along the well-marked coastal track shaded by lush native forest to beautiful Bark Bay (7km, 1 hours 30 minutes). Take the high tide track around the Bark Bay inlet to Medland Beach, past waterfalls and panoramic coastal views.

4.45 pm Rejoin the Vista Cruise at Medlands Beach for a relaxing return cruise, hugging the coastline.

5.45pm Back at Kaiteriteri in time to catch connecting coaches, if required.

Departure Timetable:


 

Tonga Island (TIS)


From Kaiteriteri, take a scenic cruise into Tonga Island Marine Reserve. Your Guided introduces you to your kayak on the golden expanse of Onetahuti Beach. Explore the Marine Reserve, kayaking to the seal colony on Tonga Island, then paddle to Medlands Beach.

During the summer season, there is time for an optional unguided walk after your paddle. Click the Itinerary Tab above for full details.

All our kayak trips include the latest kayak gear:

  • Stable double kayak
  • Spray jacket
  • Buoyancy aid
  • Dry bags for spare clothing and camera gear but please note we cannot guarantee to keep sensitive electronic equipment dry
  • Maximum 8 people per Guide

9.00 am Meet your Guide at Kaiteriteri. Your Guide introduces you to your kayak with full instructions and safety brief on the long golden sands of Onetahuti. You can choose to meet your guide at Onetahuti or meet at Kaiteriteri and take the Vista Cruise to Tonga Quarry.

9.30 am Vista Cruise departs Kaiteriteri for a scenic cruise along the spectacular golden coast to Tonga Quarry

11.00 am Walk 15 minutes from Tonga Quarry to Onetahuti Beach. Here, your Guide settles you into your stable double kayak before you set off to explore Tonga Island Marine Reserve, pausing to view the antics at its resident Fur Seal Colony (weather permitting). Watch out for sea birds and you could see a Little Blue Penguin.

Choose an idyllic, golden sand beach for a lunch break, then paddle to picturesque Bark Bay

3.00 pm At Medlands Beach, rejoin the Vista Cruise to return to Kaiteriteri at 3.55 pm. If you wish to stay in the Park, we can arrange to return you to your overnight accommodation in the Park, or transport your luggage to you.

During the High Season (20 Oct - 18 April): the Vista Cruise schedule allows an extra 2 hours on shore, returning you to Kaiteriteri at 5.45 pm. This allows you to choose an unguided walk:

  • Explore the picturesque Bark Bay inlet, walk to Bark Bay Falls, swim or laze on the golden sand, then rejoin the Vista Cruise at Medlands Beach 4.45 pm.
  • If you're feeling energetic, walk through one of the most varied sections of the Abel Tasman Coast Track from Medlands Beach to Torrent Bay. Includes the swing bridge over Falls River. Pick up the Vista Cruise at Torrent Bay 4.55 pm

Departure Timetable:

  • Daily (9.15am). Available year round. Itinerary might vary slightly during the cooler months (19 April - 8 October). Please check details when booking.
  • Trip Map
Beaches Kayak & Walk Day Trip (BKW)

All in one day - kayak and cruise, then walk or relax in the beautiful surroundings of Abel Tasman National Park.

If you want to sample a little of everything on the golden coast for one low price, this is the option for you.

All our kayak trips include the latest kayak gear:

  • Stable double kayak
  • Spray jacket
  • Buoyancy aid
  • Dry bags for spare clothing and camera gear but please note we cannot guarantee to keep sensitive electronic equipment dry
  • Maximum 8 people per Guide
  • Scenic Vista Cruise return to Anchorage Beach

9.00 am Check in at our Kaiteriteri ticket booth in the carpark to meet your Guide.

On the golden beach sands of Kaiteriteri Beach, your friendly, expert Guide settles you into a stable double kayak with full instructions and safety brief. Then, it's onto the water to explore and have fun, confident you can enjoy a safe paddling experience. Your Guide knows all the best, secret spots taking into account the tides, weather and your interests and abilities with paddling time up to 2 hours. Watch out for our resident Blue Penguins and other sea birds along the coast.

Pause at a sheltered cove for a break before returning to Kaiteriteri around midday where you say farewell to your Guide and swap your kayak gear for walking shoes.

1.00 pm Join our Vista Cruise at Kaiteriteri to cruise the protected waters of the Astrolabe Roadstead past idyllic beaches fringed by lush native forest to the golden expanse of Anchorage Bay (30-45 mins). Then you choose: swim, sunbathe, take a leisurely stroll along the beach or explore the sunny Manuka groves leading to the idyllic cove of Te Pukatea Bay and return (45 minutes walking time). For those that would like a longer walk, thereís the option to walk to Te Pukatea via the Pitt Head Loop track, with stunning views across Tasman Bay (1 hour 30 minutes return).

3.20 or 5.00 pm Rejoin the Vista Cruise at Anchorage Beach for a relaxing return cruise, hugging the coastline.

3.55 or 5.45pm Back at Kaiteriteri in time to catch connecting coaches, if required

Departure Timetable:

Split Apple Paddle Half Day Trip (SAP)

Take just a half day to paddle the spectacular granite coast!

Our Split Apple Paddle is an ideal introduction to sea kayaking or simply enjoy an easy paddle amongst the sheltered inlets and granite formations of the stunning Kaiteriteri coastline.

Take just a morning or afternoon to paddle the wondrous Abel Tasman Coast. We recommend the morning trip before the sea breeze picks up to ruffle the calm azure waters.

During the summer months, there is time to catch the Vista Cruise further into the National Park with the option of a beach stop or a walk.

Please note: no kayaking on Christmas Day (December 25)

All our kayak trips include the latest kayak gear:

  • Stable double kayak
  • Spray jacket
  • Buoyancy aid
  • Dry bags for spare clothing and camera gear but please note we cannot guarantee to keep sensitive electronic equipment dry
  • Maximum 8 people per Guide

9.00 am or 1.00 pm Check in at our Kaiteriteri ticket booth in the carpark to meet your Guide.

On the golden beach sands of Kaiteriteri Beach, your friendly, expert Guide settles you into a stable double kayak with full instructions and safety brief. Then, it's onto the water to explore and have fun, confident you can enjoy a safe paddling experience. Your Guide knows all the best, secret spots taking into account the tides, weather and your interests and abilities. Watch out for our resident Blue Penguins and other sea birds along the coast.

Pause at a sheltered cove for a break before returning to Kaiteriteri at around midday. Afternoon trip returns around 3.30 pm.

Time includes full instruction and breaks with up to 2 hours paddling.

Departure Timetable:

  • Daily, 8 October to 18 April (9.10am)
  • Departures on request for the remainder of the year, subject to availability
  • Afternoon trips (12.45 to 3.30 pm approx) subject to availability
  • Trip Map

Please click here for a location map or for a full screen map click here

GPS: -40.916107,173.014069

This activity is available as part of one of our Custom Itineraries or holidays, please visit our home page to learn more about how we can help you with your holiday.

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