Abel Tasman Coastal Track All The Way
For those who just can’t get enough of this golden-sand paradise. Spend four days walking the entire Abel Tasman Track, including the path less travelled from Totaranui to Wainui Inlet.
This is an unguided package, which allows you to enjoy the track at your own pace, with all the information you need to get the most out of your Abel Tasman experience. Stay in delightful hotel style and real Kiwi holiday accommodation, so you can relax in well-earned luxurious surroundings after a day on the track.
This package includes:
- Transport to Marahau from your Nelson/Motueka accommodation
- 3 nights accommodation (Private room on Aquapackers boat, Anchorage. Wonderful hotel room at Awaroa Lodge, Awaroa. Luxury room at Ratanui Lodge, Pohara Beach)
- All Luggage transfers – you carry just a daypack with your lunch etc
- 3 packed lunches
- All food except Dinner and Breakfast at Awaroa Lodge and Dinner at Ratanui Lodge
- BBQ evening meal and breakfast on Aquapackers Boat
- Transport from Wainui Inlet to Ratanui Lodge and from Ratanui Lodge back to Nelson
- Your personalised itinerary, maps and other information
- A single supplement will apply if single occupancy is required
Price: $1149 per person, twin share
This trip can either run from South to North, Marahau to Wainui Inlet (as in the below itinerary), or in the opposite direction. We will customise your trip depending on the tides for your departure date.
Day 1: Marahau to Anchorage
Approx 4 hours – 12.4kms
Pickup from your accommodations in the Nelson/Motueka area at approx. 7.30 am. Road transport to Marahau arriving at the Aquataxi base there about 9.40am. Check in bags for luggage transfers, collect your lunch and off you go. Spend day hiking/swimming/exploring the forest, the track and the golden sand beaches en route to Anchorage.
Day 2: Anchorage – Awaroa Inlet
Approx 8 hours 23.5kms
Beginning walking along the wonderful beach at Anchorage, pass the settlement in Torrent Bay before heading up and over and to the iconic Falls River swing bridge and further to Bark Bay. From this lovely bay the track heads up the largest ascent on the whole trip ending up at back at sea level at Medlands Bay and Onatahuti Beach. A lovely walk along crescent shaped Onatahuti Beach follows and then the last saddle sees us over to wonderful Awaroa Lodge. This is the biggest day.
Day 3: Awaroa Inlet – Wainui Carpark van shuttle to Ratanui Lodge
Approx. 7 hours 18.5kms
About 20 minutes from Awaroa Lodge is a wide tidal crossing then it is into some wonderful podocarp forest before bursting out on the golden sand of Waiharakeke Bay and Goat Bay before the ascent over to the popular camping spot of Totaranui. From Totaranui you will be on the less well travelled part of the track and come across the beautiful beaches of Anapai and Mutton Cove. If you wish to do an hour extra then head on out to Separation point (it’s a loop). Before long you will be at Whariwharangi Bay, this is where Abel Tasman the explorer unsuccessfully tried his only landing in New Zealand (he was repelled by the local Maori). Then it’s up and over the hill to the Wainui carpark where you will be picked up by our van for the short shuttle to Pohara Beach and Ratanui Lodge
Day 4: Ratanui Lodge – Back to Nelson by road
A restful morning and a leisurely breakfast – perhaps followed by a casual stroll along Pohara Beach – this is so different from the golden sand beaches of the Abel Tasman.
Our transport leaves Ratanui Lodge at 11.35am and has you back in Nelson at 2.35pm