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Walk the classic route from Mārahau to Tōtaranui with a ‘rest day’ at Awaroa Lodge so you’ll have time for extra adventures!

For those who just can’t get enough of this golden-sand paradise. Join us and spend three days walking the track, and an extra day exploring the perfect beach at Awaroa and some of the many side tracks. Or why not experience the scenery from the water, and see for yourself why kayaking is world famous in the Abel Tasman National Park? Your guide will delight you along the way with the history, stories and pointing out some of our wonderful wildlife that inhabit the Abel Tasman.

This fully inclusive guided package includes authentic New Zealand accommodation, so you can have a real Kiwi experience. We do all the work so you don’t have to.  We customise every walking itinerary to the tidal conditions, and ensure every trip is a unique experience encompassing individual aspirations.


NZD$2899 per person Share Twin *Minimum booking 2 people


  • Transport from your Nelson accommodation to Mārahau and back to Nelson
  • 3 nights accommodations
  • All luggage transfers – you carry just a daypack with your lunch etc
  • 3 packed lunches including fresh brewed coffee or tea
  • All food including dinner and breakfast each day
  • Water Taxi transport from Tōtaranui back to Mārahau
  • Foot towels – for drying feet after tidal crossings.
  • The services of a well-informed guide/trip manager
  • Your personalised itinerary, maps and other information
  • A single supplement will apply if single occupancy is required


Approx. 4 hours walking – 12.4kms

Start the day from your accommodation in the Nelson area and we’ll drive to Mārahau to start our walk.

We’ll spend the day winding through regenerating forest, along beautiful golden sand beaches while paralleling the Astrolabe Roadstead, with stunning views of the Adele and Fishermans Islands defining it.

We will linger at one or more of the beaches – Apple Tree Beach being a favourite, before gaining some altitude with magical views over all of Tasman Bay, before dropping into the perfect Anchorage beach. For your accommodation we have 2 choices depending on your preferences and availability:

  • 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.                                                                                    *Open from mid-December until the end of February
  • A short water taxi ride back to Mārahau and stay in modern, comfortable & stylish B&B style accommodation. Dine at one of our local restaurants and perhaps enjoy an after-dinner meander around Mārahau. In the morning we water taxi back to Anchorage to continue our walk. *Option year-round

Approx 6-7 hours walking – 18.8kms 

After a hearty breakfast we begin our walk for the day – today is a big day in the heart of the park. We begin crossing the Torrent Bay inlet to the settlement there heading inland before descending into Medlands Bay then coming across Bark Bay. From Bark Bay we ascend again to the highest point before descending into the historic Tonga granite quarry – long since abandoned. It’s a great spot for a break and a swim, Tonga Island sits out there directly in front of the quarry. The long Onetahuti Beach is the next feature and we meander along it soaking up the beauty.

From there a gentle ascent through Manuka and tree fern forest until we turn off to Awaroa Lodge our accommodation for the night.

Accommodation – Awaroa Lodge is perhaps the most elegant place to stay in the Abel Tasman Area – it is in a truly divine setting and close to the most perfect beach – Awaroa Beach. It’s a casual elegance with beach wear being the easy going theme. We stay in well-appointed hotel rooms with ensuites and dine in their wonderful restaurant.

After two days on the track, you’ve earned a rest day at Awaroa Lodge. There are many wonderful side tracks to explore, and plenty of great spots for swimming and reading. The opportunity to kayak on a guided trip is available this day – see the kayak options.

Awaroa Lodge’s restaurant and café is one of our favourite places, and a great feature for this day. Enjoy!

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. Here the track weaves its way through some amazing virgin New Zealand forest with podocarp giants 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 to Tōtaranui stretching out in the distance. Here we catch our water taxi back to Mārahau to complete our Abel Tasman experience by seeing from the sea, all the landscapes we spent our time walking through. Once back in Mārahau we head back to Nelson and bid farewell.

Or perhaps you’d like the 4 Day “All the Way” Guided Trip?

We can also offer 4 day self-guided trips, if that’s what you’re after?

And of course we can tailor a private tour to suit your aspirations

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