Abel Tasman Coastal Track – Kayak Options

It’s easy to see why kayaking along the Abel Tasman Coastal Track has become world famous. Paddle along golden sand coastlines, into quiet bays, through marine reserves with plenty of native marine life. No trip to the Abel Tasman is complete without getting out on the water.

Why not add on some kayaking as part of your Abel Tasman Coastal Track walking trip? We can organise guided or independent kayaking at various points along the track.

Kayak options when departing from Marahau

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Option 1 – Freedom rentals

You can hire a kayak for a day, and after a mandatory safety briefing you are off, independently exploring the coastline of granite outcrops and golden sand beaches. Cross the Astrolabe Roadstead and check out Fisherman’s and Adele Islands, before finishing at Anchorage or Observation Beach.  

Price: $100 per person, includes kayak retrieval from Anchorage or observation Beach (minimum 2 guests, age limit 14 years) Enquire

Or you could return to Marahau – price: $80 per person (minimum 2 guests) Enquire

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Option 2 – Half-day Guided trips

Kayak from Marahau to Observation Beach – a half day guided trip paddling through the Astrolabe Roadstead and passing beautiful golden sand beaches along the way. Learn from your guide about the natural and human history of this landscape. Round off this wonderful day with a leisurely walk from Watering Cove to Anchorage.

Price: $125 per person (minimum 2 guests, age limit 12 years) Enquire

 

Kayak options when departing from Anchorage

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Option 1 – Full-day Guided trips

Start the day from Anchorage with a water taxi north to the golden expanse of Onatahuti beach, where your guide will get you set up with your kayak. You’ll head off to the Tonga Island Marine reserve, to discover New Zealand fur seals – and maybe little blue penguins. The fur seals are extremely good swimmers and its great to see them in their natural environment on Tonga Island. Then paddle south with the breeze, exploring sculptured granite headlands, tranquil lagoons and everything that’s special about the heart of the Abel Tasman, before ending up back in Anchorage. Your guide has many stories of Maori and European settlers, and the natural history of this picturesque area. 

Price: $225 per person, includes lunch (minimum 2 guests) Enquire

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Option 2 – Half day trip afternoon

Be collected by water taxi from Anchorage, and head north to picturesque Bark Bay. Your guide will get you set up in your kayak, and lead you south back to Anchorage passing numerous golden sand bays and granite headlands. Learn from your guide some of the many stories about the natural and human history of the areas you pass.

Price: $180 per person (minimum 2 guests) Enquire

 

Kayak options when departing from Awaroa

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Option 1 – Remote Coast Long half day Trip

Leave straight off the beach at Awaroa, and head to Shag Harbour (tide dependent) – a hidden inlet like nowhere else in the Abel Tasman. We then paddle south, focusing on the Tonga Island Marine Reserve and its playful inhabitants – the New Zealand fur seal and perhaps even some little blue penguins. After a great picnic lunch on one of the beautiful beaches we’ll paddle past delightful rock sculptures and peaceful lagoons to our final destination at Onatahuti Beach. Finish up with an hour walk back to Awaroa. The best thing about this wonderful trip is that you see plenty of seals and very few fellow kayakers! 

Price: $210 per person, includes lunch (minimum 2 guests) Enquire

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Option 2 – Half day Morning Guided trip

Walk an hour from Awaroa to Onatahuti beach and meet your guide for the day there. Paddle out into the Tonga Island Marine Reserve and discover New Zealand fur seals and maybe some little blue penguins while exploring. Then we paddle south with the breeze, exploring sculptured granite headlands, tranquil lagoons and everything that’s special about the heart of the Abel Tasman. Your guide has many stories of Maori and European settlers, and the natural history of this picturesque area. We’ll head south past golden beaches, regenerating forest and rocky outcrops to our destination at Bark Bay, before returning to Awaroa by water taxi.

Price: $210 per person (minimum 2 guests) Enquire

 

We can also arrange multi-day kayak trips in the Abel Tasman National Park Enquire