3 Day Guided (Boat and Lodge)

Guided Track Packages

One of New Zealand’s greatest treasures, the Abel Tasman Coastal Track is usually walked in 3 days, giving you time to swim and get the sand between your toes as well as accomplishing some incredible hiking. It’s easy to see why this is our most popular, and recommended, length of stay in the Abel Tasman National Park.

This package includes authentically New Zealand accommodation, so you can have a real Kiwi experience on board our private boat moored at Anchorage, and in luxury at Awaroa Lodge. We customise every walking itinerary to the tidal conditions, which ensures every trip is a unique experience encompassing individual aspirations. 

3 Day Guided Walks – Boat and Lodge Accommodation Option

Price $1459 per person, Share Twin

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Package Includes:

  • Accommodation pickup from Nelson, Motueka or Marahau
  • All accommodation
  • 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)

More About The Itinerary


Day 1

After picking you up in Nelson, Motueka or Marahau, we get to know each other a little and begin our Abel Tasman Coastal Track walk. The walk today begins at Marahau and is 12.4 kms. It passes by those iconic golden sand beaches through regenerating forest, while looking out across the alluring sea to Adele and Fishermans Islands.

The beaches tempt us to linger – Apple Tree Beach is a favourite – then we gain some altitude (approx 100m) with expansive magical views over all of Tasman Bay, before descending to Anchorage, its perfect beach and our onboard accommodation for the night.

Accommodation – The Catarac catamaran – we are picked up off the beach and shuttled out to our boat. After settling there is time for a swim or just hanging out – looking at the landscape we have just walked through, from the water. This is followed pre dinner snacks and drinks and a BBQ evening meal on the top deck. Enjoy single or double private cabins with shared bathroom facilities.

Day 2

Today is the big day discovering the heart of the park and begins back on the golden sands of Anchorage beach. From there we cross the Torrent Bay inlet to the baches (holiday homes) there. 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. From here we ascend again to the highest point on the whole track (approx 135m) before arriving at the historic abandoned Tonga granite quarry. Sitting on the beach there Tonga Island floats directly in front of us and the sea is perfect for a swim. We meander along the crescent shaped Onatahuti beach next, lazily soaking up the golden beauty of this spot – a boardwalk across a tidal estuary crossing meets us at the end of the beach. The last leg is through a manuka and tree fern forest until we find Awaroa Lodge, our accommodation for the night.

Accommodation – 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 casualness air of Awaroa Lodge. We stay in well appointed hotel rooms with ensuites and dine in their wonderful restaurant.

Day 3

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 the 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 to yet another golden sand beach – Waiharakeke Bay. Up and over another headland with huge native rata trees clinging to the granite cliffs. It is here we see our destination, the beach of Totarauni 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 shuttle you back to your accommodation – satisfied and pleasantly tired.

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