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Get back to basics and hike in paradise

For those who just can’t get enough of this golden-sand paradise. Spend four days walking the track, taking time to explore some of the many side tracks to secluded beaches, inspiring viewpoints and forest fringed streams. Or why not experience the scenery from the water, and discover for yourself why the kayaking is famous in the Abel Tasman National Park?

This package is ideal for people with a reasonable level of fitness who want to carry their own gear and meet people in shared bunkhouse accommodation (DOC Huts) along the way.

You need to organise and carry your own pack, including food, sleeping bag, and cooking and eating utensils.

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PRICE:
From $313 per person

Includes:

  • Transport from your accommodation in Nelson to Marahau and back to Nelson
  • 3 nights accommodation in DOC Huts
  • Water taxi transport from Totaranui to Marahau
  • Your personalised itinerary and maps
  • A briefing from your staff before your trip

Itinerary

These walks can be done in either direction – from South to North, or North to South along the Abel Tasman Track. The tides indicate the direction of each trip and so your departure date sets the direction of your trip. Never fear, either way you walk, it is an extraordinary experience!

Day 1 – Marahau to Anchorage

Approx 4 hours – 12.4kms

Start your trip by being picked up from your accommodation in the Nelson area and transported to Marahau to meet our staff for a briefing.  Then you are ready to head off to spend the day hiking, swimming and exploring the forest, track and golden sand beaches en route to Anchorage.

Spend the night at Anchorage Hut.

 

Day 2 – Anchorage to Bark Bay

Approx. 4 hours – 11.5kms

Begin your day walking along the wonderful Anchorage Beach and taking the high tide route around the tidal estuary so you can visit Cleopatra’s Pool, enjoy the cool clear waters and maybe have a go on the natural water slide.  Pass the settlement at Torrent Bay before heading up and over to the iconic Falls River Swing Bridge and on to Bark Bay.

Spend the night at Bark Bay Hut.

 

Day 3 – Bark Bay – Awaroa

Approx. 4.5 hours – 13.5kms

Head up the largest ascent on the whole trip ending up back at sea level at the historical Tonga Quarry and carry on to Onetahuti Beach.  Walk along the perfect crescent shaped Onetahuti Beach then head over the last saddle to wonderful Awaroa.

Stay at Awaroa Hut.

 

Day 4 Awaroa – Totaranui

Approx. 2.5 hours – 7.1kms

This morning cross the tidal inlet at Awaroa before getting into some wonderful podocarp forest and then bursting out on the golden sand of Waiharakeke Bay and Goat Bay before the final ascent over to the popular camping spot of Totaranui.  From here you will catch a water taxi back to Marahau where our transport will take you back to Nelson.

Day 1 – Marahau to Anchorage

Approx 4 hours – 12.4kms

Start your trip by being picked up from your accommodation in the Nelson area and transported to Marahau to meet our staff for a briefing.  Then you are ready to head off to spend the day hiking, swimming and exploring the forest, track and golden sand beaches en route to Anchorage.

Spend the night at Anchorage Hut.

 

Day 2 – Anchorage to Awaroa

Approx. 8.5 hours – 25kms

Begin your day walking along the wonderful Anchorage Beach and taking the low tide route to Torrent Bay before heading up and over to the iconic Falls River Swing Bridge and on to Bark Bay.  From here head up the largest ascent on the whole trip ending up back at sea level at the historical Tonga Quarry and carry on to Onetahuti Beach.  Walk along the perfect crescent shaped Onetahuti Beach then head over the last saddle to wonderful Awaroa.

Stay at Awaroa Hut.

 

Day 3 Awaroa – Whariwharangi

Approx. 5.5hours – 16.9kms

This morning cross the tidal inlet at Awaroa before getting into some wonderful podocarp forest and then bursting out on the golden sand of Waiharakeke Bay and Goat Bay before the ascent over to the popular camping spot of Totaranui.  From here continue your walk north on the less well travelled northern section of the track taking you to Anapai Bay and Mutton Cove.  Then it is up and over the hill to the historical site of Whariwharangi.

Spend the night at Whariwharangi Hut

 

Day 4 Whariwharangi – Totaranui via Gibbs Hill

Approx. 3.5 hours – 9.9kms

Set out for Wainui Inlet with magnificent views of the Inlet at the top of the ridge.   Take the Inland Track to Gibb’s Hill and enjoy the almost 360 views from the top of the Hill.  Follow the track back to Totaranui.  Catch a water taxi back to Marahau and then your transport will return you to Nelson.

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Or how about the 4 Day Freedom “Walk Easy All the Way” option?

Or a 4 Day Guided Walk?

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