4 Day Abel Tasman Elegant Easy Guided Trip
For those who just can’t get enough of this golden-sand paradise. Spend three days walking the track, and an extra day exploring some of the many side tracks or native seal colonies. Or why not experience the scenery from the water, and see for yourself why kayaking is famous in the Abel Tasman National Park?
Walk the classic route from Marahau to Totoranui with a ‘rest day’ at Awaroa Lodge – so you’ll have time for extra adventures!
This package includes authentically New Zealand accommodation, so you can have a real Kiwi experience and in luxury at Awaroa Lodge. We customise every walking itinerary to the tidal conditions, and ensures every trip is a unique experience encompassing individual aspirations.
Abel Tasman Elegant Package includes – 4 Day Price $1999 per person Share Twin
- Transport to Marahau from & back to your Nelson accommodations
- 3 nights accommodations (1 night in private room Aquapackers boat in Anchorage, and 2 nights in a wonderful hotel room at Awaroa Lodge, Awaroa)
- All luggage transfers – you carry just a daypack with your lunch etc
- 3 packed lunches including fresh brewed coffee or tea
- All food, including restaurant dining at Awaroa Lodge.
- BBQ evening meal while staying in Anchorage.
- Water Taxi transport from Totoranui back to Marahau
- Foot towels – for drying feet after tidal crossings.
- The services of a well-informed guide
- Your personalised itinerary, maps and other information
- A single supplement ($550) will apply if single occupancy is required
More about the itinerary
Day 1 – Marahau to Anchorage
Approx 4 hours – 12.4kms
Start the day from your accommodation in the Nelson/Motueka area at around 8 am, and we’ll drive to Marahau to start walking around 9.30am.
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.
Usually we linger at one or more of the beaches – Apple Tree Beach being a favourite, before gaining some altitude (approx 100m) with resultant magical views over all of Tasman Bay, before dropping into a perfect beach, Anchorage and our accommodation for the night.
Accommodation – A private room on the Aquapackers boat – moored in the calm waters of Anchorage Bay. It is wonderful sitting on the deck of the boat with a glass of wine in hand watching the sunset over the perfect golden sand of Anchorage Beach. A sumptuous BBQ evening meal is served at 7pm – and conversations with others staying continue as the day slips into the evening.
Day 2 – Anchorage – Awaroa Inlet
Approx 8 hours 23.5kms or 19.8kms with available tidal shortcut
After a hearty breakfast we are shuttled to shore and 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 before heading inland before descending into Medlands bay before coming across Bark Bay. From Bark Bay we ascend again to the highest point (approx 135m) before descending into the historic Tonga granite quarry – long since abandoned. It’s a great spot for a break, Tonga Island sits out there directly in front of the quarry and it’s a great place for a swim. The long Onatahuti beach is the next feature and we meander along it soaking up the beauty – and a tidal estuary crossing meets us at the end of the beach.
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.
Day 3 Rest Day Awaroa Lodge.
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.
Awaroa Lodge’s restaurant and café is one of our favourite places, and a great feature for this day. Enjoy!
Day 4 Awaroa Inlet – Totaranui and water taxi return to Marahau
Approx. 2.5 hours 5.5kms
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 it 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. It’s here we see our destination, the beach of Totaranui stretching out in the distance. Before long tents, cars and people come into view as we make our way to the pickup point for our water taxi journey back to Marahau. On this we complete our Abel Tasman experience by seeing from the sea, all the landscapes we spent 3 days walking through.
Once back in Marahau we shuttle you back to your accommodations and bid farewell.