4 Day Classic Abel Tasman Freedom Walk

Walk the Abel Tasman Coast Track while staying in hotel style accommodation.

One of New Zealand’s greatest treasures, the Abel Tasman Coast Track is simply breathtaking. Walking it over four days gives you ample time to swim, get sand between your toes, and accomplish some incredible hiking without being rushed.

Our four-day unguided package allows you to enjoy the track at your own pace while providing the information and services that you’ll need. We create customised itineraries that include critical tidal crossing timelines and take care of a myriad of logistics, including transportation to the Abel Tasman Coast Track, accommodation bookings (you can choose to stay in the type of accommodation best suited to your tastes) and luggage transport. Detailed notes, including tide times, maps, and advice on what to bring and when to walk will also be provided.

The plan we develop for your personalised trip enables you to keep an independent approach to your journey while getting the most of out of your experience.

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Unguided Abel Tasman Coast Track package includes:

  • Roundtrip transportation to Marahau from Nelson/Motueka and back
  • Accommodation while walking the track
  • Bag transfers between your accommodations (you only carry a daypack)
  • All water taxi shuttles
  • All food except dinner & breakfast at Awaroa Lodge
  • 3 packed lunches
  • Personalised itinerary and maps for your trip (allowing for tidal crossings)
  • A single supplement will apply if single occupancy is required

NOTE – There are areas on the track that can only be crossed at low tide – tide times change by approximately 1 hour a day which means your itinerary may go in the opposite direction to the itinerary detailed below.

Day 1 Marahau – Anchorage
Approx 4 hours – 12.4kms

The trip begins when we pick you up from your accommodation in the Nelson/Motueka area at approximately 7:20am and transport you to Marahau (arriving around 9:15am). You’ll check your bags, collect your lunch, and head off on the track!

On the trail you will spend the day hiking, swimming, and exploring forests and golden sand beaches en route to Anchorage. In the evening you will stay in a private room (shared bathroom) on Aquapackers boat where you can enjoy a glass of wine on the deck.

Day 2 Anchorage – Awaroa Inlet
Approx. 8 hours – 23.5kms or 7 hours – 19.8kms with available tidal shortcut at Torrent Bay

You’ll begin your day walking along the wonderful beach at Anchorage before heading on to Torrent Bay and the iconic Falls River swing bridge. Further up you will find Bark Bay, a great place to eat lunch and go for a swim. From this lovely spot you’ll head up the track’s largest ascent through stands of mānuka before walking back down to sea level to Tonga Quarry. A little further on you will discover Onetahuti Bay where an almost perfectly crescent shaped beach awaits you. You’ll be able to take off your shoes and enjoy walking barefoot along the beach before heading in to the exquisite Awaroa Lodge. This will be the biggest day.

After a rejuvenating shower in your room you’ll be ready to enjoy a delicious dinner and a glass of wine at one of the most secluded lodges in New Zealand.

Day 3 Rest Day at Awaroa Lodge

The wonderful amenities at Awaroa Lodge include a main lodge that is comfy and full of character, a library, bar, restaurant, and an outdoor pizzeria. After a leisurely breakfast you can choose to explore the area on foot, join a guided kayak trip or spend the day relaxing. Half day and full day guided kayak trip options are available on site.

Day 4 Awaroa Inlet – Totaranui and water taxi return to Marahau
Approx. 2.5 hours – 5.5kms

After a great breakfast you will head out to explore the area and make your way to the Awaroa Crossing. You’ll enjoy tramping through a breathtaking podocarp forest that leads to the golden sands of Waiharakeke and Goat Bays. After having more fun on the beach you will make the final ascent to the popular camping spot of Totaranui.

From Totaranui the Aquataxi will pick you up and return you to Marahau, passing all the beautiful golden sand beaches that you explored during your trip. Transportation to Nelson/Motueka conveniently departs from the Aquataxi base.