Join us for a real kiwi experience
Join us for a wondrous 3 days on the Abel Tasman Coastal Track where we walk along the most popular part of the track discovering the history, native plants and animals and all the secrets it has to offer.
This all inclusive Guided package includes some of the most delightful accommodation in the area so you can relax in well-earned luxury after a day on the track. We customise every walking itinerary to the tidal conditions, and ensure every trip is a unique experience encompassing individual aspirations.
$1779 per person Share Twin
- Transport from your accommodation in Nelson to Marahau & back to Nelson
- All accommodation (2 nights)
- All meals, including lunches, daytime snacks & fresh brewed coffee/tea
- All water taxi transportation
- All luggage transfers
- The services of a well informed interpretive guide
- Foot towels (for drying feet after tidal crossings)
- A single supplement will apply if single occupancy is required
Approx. 4 hours walking – 12.4kms
After picking you up at your accommodation in the Nelson area and travelling to Marahau, we get to know each other a little and begin our Abel Tasman Coastal Track walk. We wander at our own pace through regenerating native forest, beside beautiful golden sand beaches while looking out at Adele and Fishermans Islands across the Astrolabe Roadstead. We may linger at one or more of the beaches – Apple Tree Bay being a favourite, before passing by a series of bays to Anchorage.
We have 2 fantastic options for your accommodation for the night
- A tenting experience in our Kathmandu Retreat 280 tents at Anchorage Campground, complete with our own camp guide to look after you and prepare your meals. Sleep in comfort on our Kathmandu Cabana 75mm self-inflating air mattresses with all your bedding including a duvet and pillow. The campsite doesn’t have hot showers, just a cold water outdoor shower, but the location is simply stunning.
- A short water taxi ride back to Marahau and stay in modern, comfortable & stylish B&B style accommodation. We dine on the waterfront in the well known Hooked restaurant and perhaps an after dinner meander around Marahau. In the morning we water taxi back to Anchorage to continue our walk.
Approx. 6-7 hours walking – 18.8kms
Today is a big day discovering the heart of the park and begins back on the on the golden sands of Anchorage Beach. From there we head north and cross the Torrent Bay inlet. Then it’s into the regenerating forest with remnant large beech and rimu trees in the gullies as we make our way to Medlands Bay and Bark Bay – A great spot for lunch. From here we ascend again to the highest point on the track before arriving at the historic abandoned Tonga granite quarry. With Tonga Island directly in front of us this is a perfect place for a swim. We meander along the cresent shaped Onetahuti beach next, lazily soaking up the golden beauty of this spot. The last leg is through a manuka and tree fern forest until we find Awaroa Lodge.
The wonderful Awaroa Lodge is nestled into the manuka forest at the east end of the most perfect beach – Awaroa Beach. It is both elegant and funky at the same time, minutes from the beach and this is reflected in the beachy casual air of Awaroa Lodge. We stay in well appointed hotel rooms with ensuites and dine in their wonderful restaurant.
Approx. 3 hours walking – 8.1kms
It is with reluctance that we leave the style, casual elegance and beauty of Awaroa and make our way across the huge Awaroa Inlet to Pound Gully – this is a tidal crossing so tides dictate our timing. From here the track weaves its way through some amazing virgin New Zealand forest with huge podocarp trees reaching skyward, before bursting out on yet another golden sand beach – Waiharakeke Bay. Up and over another headland with huge native Rata trees clinging to the granite cliffs is the golden beach of Totaranui stretching out in the distance. Soon we come across a campground as we make our way to the pick up point for our water taxi journey back to Marahau. All the landscape we have spent the last three days walking through we now gain a new perspective on as we see it from the sea.
Once back in Marahau we transport you back to your accommodation in Nelson and bid farewell.