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Because not everybody wants the same holiday....
Because not everybody wants the same holiday....

Abel Tasman Guided Walks
New Zealand.

  • Description
  • 3 Day
  • 5 Day

Overnight all-inclusive holidays 3 or 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.

Departures from Motueka or Nelson with transfers available.

For a 5 day Short Break including Nelson, Great Taste Trail Cycle and the Abel Tasman National Park please Click Here.

3 Day guided walk.

Enjoy as much or as little walking as you want along with the home comforts of our beachfront lodges. Stay overnight in the Park for more time to relax and explore.

For some departures (most Wednesdays) the following itinerary is reversed.

*Please note that walking times are approximate. Your guide can arrange boat transfers if you would like to shorten the amount of walking each day.

Day 1: Nelson/Motueka to Awaroa via Totaranui

Board our comfortable Vista Cruise to travel the length of the golden Abel Tasman coast from Kaiteriteri north to Totaranui, relaxing on the viewing decks and enjoying refreshments from the cafe.

From Totaranui, walk through mature native forest and along secluded beaches to the breathtaking expanse of Awaroa Inlet where you’ll reach Meadowbank Homestead – a faithful recreation of the Wilson family's original home on the ‘finest site in the bay’.

Approximate times

Scenic drive to Kaiteriteri – 1 hour from Nelson, or 20 min from Motueka

Cruise Kaiteriteri to Totaranui – 1 hour 40 mins

* Walk Totaranui to Awaroa – 2 hours 30 min (7km/4.5 miles) including tidal crossing; maximum elevation 100m/340ft

Accommodation: Meadowbank Homestead at Awaroa

Meals included: lunch, afternoon tea, dinner

Trip details

Pick up in Nelson (10.15–10.45am) or Motueka (11.30am).
If you are self-driving please meet at our office by 11.30am. 
Please note that Wednesday departures and some low season departures have an earlier start. See Start/Finish Times (below) for more details.

11.30am  Meet your guide at our Motueka office for a welcome briefing with time for last-minute luggage organisation, before departing to Kaiteriteri by coach.

1.00pm  Vista Cruise departs Kaiteriteri.

2.40pm  Arrive Totaranui to walk to Awaroa Inlet. Either walk, if the tide is out, or take a boat ride across the stunning expanse of the largest inlet on the coast.

5.00pm (approx.)  Enjoy a warm welcome at Meadowbank Homestead at Awaroa, right on the edge of the inlet. Freshen up with a hot shower in your ensuite room while your hosts prepare a delicious evening meal. Local beer and wine is available for purchase at our in-house bar.

Day 2: Awaroa to Torrent Bay

Your walk today follows the coastal track through cool native forest and reaches golden sand beaches, perfect for swimming. Start with a relaxing breakfast overlooking Meadowbank’s gardens and the beautiful waters beyond, then choose how much walking you want to do – your guide will arrange boat transfers to suit your needs.

Approximate times

*Walk in 3 sections of 2 hours each

1. Awaroa to Onetahuti and Tonga Quarry – 6km/3.5 miles; maximum elevation 85m/280ft

2. Tonga Quarry to Bark Bay (Medlands Beach) – 4km/2.5 miles; maximum elevation 120m/400ft

3. Bark Bay to Torrent Bay – 7km/4.4 miles; maximum elevation 105m/340ft

Accommodation: Torrent Bay Lodge

Meals included: breakfast, morning & afternoon tea, lunch, dinner 

Trip details

9.30am  Depart Awaroa for the scenic walk to Onetahuti, which features a beautiful boardwalk and bridge designed by local iwi (Māori tribe). Stroll along the golden sands and enjoy refreshments supplied by your guide.

11.30am  Before climbing the low saddle out of Onetahuti, explore the site of Tonga Quarry and hear stories of the unusual granite features and historic relics. Descend to Bark Bay via the waterfall trail featuring views of the cascade from a sturdy swing bridge.

1.30–2.30pm  Relax over lunch at Bark Bay where Conservation campsite facilities include shelter, picnic tables, filtered drinking water and modern toilets. Rest in the shade, explore the bay or refresh with a swim. After lunch, you’ll walk the most varied section the coastal track as it winds through verdant gullies of mature beech forest, fern grottos and sunny groves of fragrant manuka framing coastal vistas. Cross the swing bridge at Falls River and continue to Torrent Bay.

4.30pm (approx.)  Arrive at beautiful Torrent Bay with its village of beachfront holiday houses including our Torrent Bay Lodge where your ensuite room and evening meal awaits. 

Day 3: Torrent Bay to Kaiteriteri/Motueka/Nelson

Wake up to golden light on the sands of Torrent Bay and perhaps a coffee on the deck before breakfast. Today’s walk follows the easiest section of the coastal track through to Marahau, with panoramic views across Tasman Bay to Nelson. This is a day rich in history, too, as your guide recount stories of how major landmarks were named by early explorers.

Approximate times

*Walk 4–5 hours (depending on tides) – 13–16km/8–10 miles; maximum elevation 110m/360ft

Scenic drive from Kaiteriteri – 20 min to Motueka or 1 hr to Nelson

Meals included: breakfast, morning & afternoon tea, lunch

Trip details

9am  Depart Torrent Bay Lodge. The tides will determine whether you walk around the inlet taking in views overlooking Anchorage Beach, or take the fun short-cut across the inlet to reach the main coastal track.

12 noon (approx.)  Stop for lunch at a sheltered beach with views over the Astrolabe Roadstead to Adele Island.

2.30–3pm  Finish your leisurely walk at Marahau, at the end of coastal track, where our driver will meet you for the return journey to Motueka via Kaiteriteri where you’ll collect your overnight luggage from the boat.

4pm  Arrive Motueka; or 5.30–6pm: arrive Nelson

Start/finish times

  • please confirm times with us before you book connecting airline flights
  • the direction of this trip may be reversed on some departures with earlier pick up in Nelson (7.15–7.40am) and Motueka (8.15am) for Vista Cruise departure from Kaiteriteri at 9.20am
  • the earlier pick-up applies to most Wednesday departures and all departures after NZ Daylight Saving ends at the beginning of April
  • if the start/finish times don't suit your itinerary, please contact us to make alternative arrangements. All our itineraries can be flexible to accommodate your needs or schedule

Other important information

  • walking each day is optional. You are welcome to travel on any of our scheduled ferry services to enjoy relaxed sightseeing and wonderful overnight lodge stays
  • our 3 Day Guided Walk runs at the same time as our 3 Day Kayak & Walk so members of your traveling party can book different options, meeting up at the lodges in the evening
  • we reserve the right to alter itineraries, timetables and vessel types
  • all travel is subject to weather and tides which may cause delay or cancellation

Low season itinerary

From May to November the 3 Day Guided Walk itinerary may be altered to make the most of our winter sunshine, with two night's accommodation at Torrent Bay Lodge.

 

Departs: Mon and Fri–Sun 10.15am; Wed 7.15am all year
End:
5.30pm

Please email us to enquire further about this trip.

5 Day guided walk.

Stay longer, go slower, and immerse deeper into the National Park. Walk, kayak or relax by the beach. Your guide helps find your ideal combination. 

* Please note that kayaking and walking times are approximate. Your guide can arrange boat transfers if you would like to shorten the amount you do each day.

Day 1: Nelson/Motueka to Awaroa via Totaranui

Board our comfortable Vista Cruise to travel the length of the golden Abel Tasman coast from Kaiteriteri north to Totaranui, relaxing on the viewing decks and enjoying refreshments from the cafe.

From Totaranui, walk through mature native forest and along secluded beaches to the breathtaking expanse of Awaroa Inlet where you’ll reach Meadowbank Homestead – a faithful recreation of the Wilson family's original home on the ‘finest site in the bay’.

Approximate times
Scenic drive to Kaiteriteri – 1 hour from Nelson, or 20 mins from Motueka

Cruise Kaiteriteri to Totaranui – 1 hour 40 mins

* Walk Totaranui to Awaroa – 2.5 hours (7km/4.5 miles) including tidal crossing; maximum elevation 100m/340ft

Accommodation: Meadowbank Homestead at Awaroa

Meals included: lunch, afternoon tea, dinner

Trip details

Pick up in Nelson (10.15–10.45am) or Motueka (11.30am).
If you are self-driving please meet at our office by 11.30am. 
Please note that Wednesday departures and some low season departures have an earlier start. See Start/Finish Times (below) for more details.

11.30am: Meet your guide at our Motueka office for a welcome briefing with time for last-minute luggage organisation, before departing to Kaiteriteri by coach.

1pm: Vista Cruise departs Kaiteriteri.

2.40pm: Arrive Totaranui to walk to Awaroa Inlet. Either walk, if the tide is out, or take a boat ride across the stunning expanse of the largest inlet on the coast.

5pm (approx.): Enjoy a warm welcome at Meadowbank Homestead at Awaroa, right on the edge of the inlet. Freshen up with a hot shower in your ensuite room while your hosts prepare a delicious evening meal. Local beer and wine is available for purchase at our in-house bar. 

Day 2: Explore Awaroa

Relax over breakfast overlooking Meadowbank’s gardens and the beautiful waters of Abel Tasman’s largest tidal estuary. Your guide will help you create your perfect day whether you want to be active in Awaroa’s beautiful surrounds or just savour the comfort and tranquillity of Meadowbank.

Optional activities
– explore Awaroa estuary on foot (up to 4 hours) or kayak (up to 2 hours; tides permitting)
– visit early European and pre-European historical sites
– unwind on the beach
– relax and enjoy the comforts of Meadowbank Homestead

Accommodation: Meadowbank Homestead at Awaroa

Meals included: breakfast, morning & afternoon tea, lunch, dinner
Day 3: Awaroa to Torrent Bay

Wake to breakfast overlooking Meadowbank’s gardens and the waters of Abel Tasman’s largest tidal estuary. Walk over a forested saddle to Onetahuti where your guide will settle you into your stable, double kayak with full instructions and safety briefing. You’ll then kayak through Tonga Island Marine Reserve and explore hidden inlets on the way to Torrent Bay.

Approximate times
* Walk from Awaroa to Onetahuti – 1.5 hours (5km/3 miles); max. elevation 85m/280ft

* Sea kayak from Onetahuti to Torrent Bay – 4 hours (10km/6 miles)

Accommodation
: Torrent Bay Lodge

Meals included
: breakfast, morning & afternoon tea, lunch, dinner

Trip details

9.30am: depart Awaroa for the scenic walk to Onetahuti, which features a beautiful boardwalk and bridge designed by local iwi (Maori tribe). Stroll along the golden sands and enjoy refreshments supplied by your guide.

11am: After instructions and safety brief, your guide will lead the way to Tonga Island Marine Reserve. Weather permitting, kayak to the seal colony where New Zealand fur seals breed. Floating on clear, turquoise waters paddle past Tonga Quarry and the Tonga Arches, where your guide will share stories about the unusual granite features and relics from the historic quarry.

12 noon: Stop for lunch at sheltered Bark Bay, where you can take time out to explore, swim or relax on the golden sand. After lunch, continue beach hopping along the coast with picture-postcard views, including the Falls River and Frenchman’s Bay.

4.30pm (approx.): Paddle into beautiful Torrent Bay with its village of beachfront holiday houses including our Torrent Bay Lodge where your ensuite room and evening meal awaits.

Day 4: Explore Torrent Bay

Your guide will happily help you choose what to do today, whether you want to head off on adventures or just relax at the beachfront lodge.

Optional activities
 walk through breathtaking virgin forest up to the waterfalls on Falls River
– kayak or walk around the estuary 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
– unwind on glorious Torrent Bay beach
– relax and enjoy the comforts of the lodge

Accommodation
: Torrent Bay Lodge

Meals included
: breakfast, morning & afternoon tea, lunch, dinner
Day 5: Torrent Bay to Kaiteriteri/Motueka/Nelson

Wake up to morning light on the golden sands of Torrent Bay and a hearty breakfast to set you up for paddling to Te Pukatea Bay and past the islands of the Astrolabe Roadstead to Kaiteriteri.

Approximate times
* Sea kayak from Torrent Bay to Kaiteriteri – 4.5 hours (12km)

Scenic drive from Kaiteriteri – 20 mins to Motueka or 1 hour to Nelson

Meals included: breakfast, morning tea, lunch

Trip details

9.30am: Launch your kayak from Torrent Bay and paddle southwards along the coast while your guide shares stories of early explorers, shows you bays and beaches, and introduces you to the predator-free wildlife sanctuary of Adele Island. If the wind is with you, you may get to hoist a specially designed sail to ride the sea breeze.

12 noon: Stop for lunch and a rest at a sheltered beach, then continue your journey through azure waters to the famous Kaiteriteri beach.

3.30pm: Arrive at Kaiteriteri where our driver will meet you for the return journey to Kaiteriteri.

4pm: Arrive Motueka.

5.30–6pm: Arrive Nelson.

Start/Finish times

  • Please confirm times with us before you book connecting airline flights.
  • After NZ Daylight Saving ends in April, all trips start early with pick up in Nelson 7.15–7.40am and Motueka 8.15am for the Vista Cruise departure from Kaiteriteri at 9.20am.
  • If Start/Finish times don't suit your itinerary, please contact us to make alternative arrangements. All our itineraries can be flexible to accommodate your needs or schedule.

Other important information

  • Walking and kayaking each day is optional. You are welcome to travel on any of our scheduled ferry services. This flexibility is ideal for couples or groups with different interests and abilities.
  • Our 5 Day Kayak & Walk runs at the same time as our 5 Day Walk, so members of your travelling party can book different options, meeting up at the lodges in the evening.
  • We reserve the right to alter itineraries, timetables and vessel types.
  • All travel is subject to weather and tides which may cause delay or cancellation.

 

Departs: Tues and Fri 10.15am all year excluding period 23 Dec to 20 Jan and all of February.
End: 5.30pm

Please email us to enquire further about this trip.

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