5-Day Abel Tasman Coast Kayaking and Walking Tour
Product Code: 4119-202435
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Try enclosed-water kayaking in tranquil lagoons
  • • Swim in protected, crystal-clear waters
  • • Kick back on a golden-sand beach
  • • Hike inland to see historic sites
Tour Code
4119-202435
Duration
5 days
Departure City
Nelson
End City
Nelson
Tour Type:
Bus/Coach
Language:
English
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Experience: Nature, Adventure

Get in touch with Mother Earth; Explore the world with an active and adrenaline pumping tour

Style: Escorted

Tour director/guided escort is available from the beginning to the end of the vacation

Group Type: Standard group

Tour with fellow travelers from all over the world

Activity Level: Moderate

Designed for travelers in good health who are comfortable with light walking or hiking

Quality: Standard

Travel with professional guides, enjoy more time at attractions and/or stay at comfortable accommodations

Itinerary
Day 01
Nelson

Nelson/Motueka - Totaranui - Awaroa

Hotel: Local lodge or similar

All aboard our Vista Cruise vessel! As we cruise from Kaiteriteri at the southern tip of the Park, north to Totaranui we echo the contours of the spectacular Abel Tasman coastline. Relax on the upper or lower viewing decks and enjoy a hot drink from the cafe. From Totaranui, walk through mature beech and rata forests, and along secluded golden beaches to the breathtaking expanse of the Awaroa inlet. Here, a warm kiwi welcome awaits you at Meadowbank Homestead - Awaroa, a faithful re-creation of the Wilson family's original home on the "finest site in the bay".

• Pick up Nelson (10:15am - 10:45am) or Motueka (11:30am) or if you are self driving please meet at the local office by 11:30am.

• Meet your guide at the local office for a welcome briefing with time for last-minute luggage organisation, before departing to Kaiteriteri by coach.

• 1:00pm: Vista Cruise departs Kaiteriteri for a fast, safe, comfortable cruise along the National Park coastline. Hot & cold drinks, open and enclosed viewing decks and bathroom facilities on board.

• From Totaranui, walk through mature beech and rata forests, and along secluded golden beaches to the tidal inlet at Awaroa.

• Either walk, if the tide is out, or take a boat ride across the stunning expanses of the largest inlet on the coast.

• At Meadowbank Homestead - Awaroa, right on the edge of the inlet, you’ll be welcomed with pre-dinner drinks and fine food. Here you’ll find comfortable accommodation full of history and kiwi charm.

Tips:
Approximate Times:

- Scenic drive to Kaiteriteri - from Nelson 1 hour, from Motueka 20 mins
- Cruise Kaiteriteri to Totaranui - 1.5 hours.
- Walk - 2.5 hours (7 kms, 4.5 miles) including tidal crossing
- Maximum elevation 60 m (200 ft)

The itinerary is reversed for some low season departures (May to November) with an earlier start - pick up in Nelson during 7:15am and 7:40am and Motueka at 8:15am.

Visiting Attractions

Day 02

Awaroa

Hotel: Local lodge or similar

Wake up to a home-cooked breakfast and sweeping views across Awaroa inlet, the largest tidal estuary in Abel Tasman National Park. Enjoy the comfortable surroundings of the lodge and perhaps a coffee on the verandah watching the movement of the tides over golden sand. Then, let your guide design your day to be as active or relaxed as you wish with another night at Meadowbank Homestead - Awaroa.

Options include:

- Explore Awaroa estuary on foot or by kayak (tides permitting)
- Visit early European and pre-European historical sites
- Unwind on the beach
- Relax and enjoy the comforts of Meadowbank Homestead.

Tips:
Approximate Times:

- Walking time: up to 4 hours (optional)
- Optional kayaking: up to 2 hours
Day 03

Awaroa - Torrent Bay

Hotel: Local lodge or similar

Wake to breakfast overlooking the gardens of Meadowbank Homesead, watching the movement of the tides over golden sands. Walk with your Guide to the golden expanse of Onetahuti Beach then paddle to Torrent Bay, through Tonga Island Marine Reserve and exploring hidden inlets along the way.

- 9:30am, depart Awaroa for the scenic walk over the Tonga Saddle to Onetahuti. Here, your guide will settle you into your kayaks with full training and safety brief. Don’t worry, you won’t leave the beach until your guide is satisfied you can safely negotiate the coast in your kayak. (If you are a travelling on your own, your Guide will find a suitable paddling partner for you).

- Weather permitting, there’s the opportunity to visit the Seal Colony on Tonga Island where New Zealand fur seals breed. It’s often possible to spot new-born pups here in December and January.

- Enjoy the sensation of paddling through the clear turquoise waters of the Park as we cruise past Tonga Quarry and the Tonga Arches, where your guide will explain the history of this granite area, pointing out some of the unusual natural features and relics from the historic quarry.

- Midday, stop for lunch at sheltered Bark Bay, where you can take time out to explore, swim or relax on the golden sand.

- After lunch, we continue our paddle, beach hopping along the coast with picture-postcard views, including the Falls River and Frenchman’s Bay.

- At around 4:30pm paddle into Torrent Bay to be welcomed with refreshments and a hot shower in your ensuite room.

Tips:
Approximate times:

- Walk Awaroa to Onetahuti 1.5 hours 5 kms (3 miles)
- Max elevation 85 m (280 ft)
- Sea Kayak Onetahuti to Torrent Bay 4 hours (10 kms. 6 miles)
Day 04

Torrent Bay

Hotel: Local lodge or similar

A day of choices! Let your guide plan an adventurous or relaxing day to suit you with another night at Torrent Bay Lodge, right on the beach.

Options include:

- Walk through breathtaking first generation forest, up to the waterfalls on Falls River.
- Canoe or walk around the estuary and visit the peaceful grotto of Cleopatra's Pool.
- Walk to the golden expanse of Anchorage beach and picturesque Te Pukatea cove, visiting historic Maori sites at Pitt Head along the way.
- Relax on the beach at Torrent Bay.

Tips:
Approximate Times:

- Optional walking: up to 5 hours (10 kms)
- Optional canoeing: tide dependant
Day 05

Torrent Bay - Motueka/Nelson

Wake up to morning light on the golden sands of Torrent Bay and perhaps a coffee on the deck before a hearty home-cooked breakfast to set you up for another day of scenic paddling.

- Around 9:30am we leave Torrent Bay by kayak and glide southwards along the coast, to discover the pristine bays and beaches named by French Explorer, Dumont D'urville in 1827.

- Paddle the idyllic waters of Te Pukatea Bay. In the sheltered Astrolabe Roadstead, paddle along the picturesque coast of Adele Island, now a predator-free sanctuary ringing with birdsong.

- If the wind is with you, your guide will help you hoist a specially designed sail so you can ride the sea breeze.

- We’ll stop for lunch and a rest at any one of the bays, before we continue our journey through azure waters to the famous Kaiteriteri beach, where our driver will be waiting to meet you for the return journey to Motueka (4:30pm) or Nelson (5:30pm - 6:00pm).

Tips:
Approximate times:

- Sea Kayak Torrent Bay to Kaiteriteri 4.5 hours (12 kms)
- Scenic drive Kaiteriteri to Motueka (20 mins) or Nelson (1 hour)

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • 4 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • 4 Morning Tea, 5 Afternoon Tea
  • 4-night accommodation with ensuite bathroom
  • Scenic cruise along Abel Tasman coast
  • Hotel pick-up, drop-off
  • All luggage transfers and luggage storage
  • Professional tour guide
  • All scheduled coach transfers from/to Motueka/Nelson

Package Excludes

  • All personal expenses
  • Tips to tour guide/driver
Special Notes
  • The local operator reserves the right to alter itineraries, timetables and vessel types. All travel subject to weather and tides which may cause delay/cancellation.
  • Cell Phones & WiFi:
    Cellular voice and data is intermittent but there is enough coverage to check messages along the coastal track, except at Awaroa.
  • Travel Insurance:
    We recommend that all guests have an up-to-date travel insurance arrangement in case of unforeseen circumstances.
  • Luggage:
    If you let us know where you are staying in Nelson, your complimentary Lodge Luggage Bag (to be transported to our lodges by boat) will be delivered to your accommodation. If you are arriving in the region on the morning of your trip with us, your Lodge Luggage bag will be available at our Motueka office, with time to repack. Secure luggage storage for gear you don't want in the National Park, and a safe for valuables is available at our Motueka office.
  • What to wear:
    New Zealand weather can change rapidly, so any experience of our wonderful outdoors requires you to be prepared for four seasons in one day. Bring a warm layer of wool or polar fleece and a light rain jacket to ensure your comfort. The Coastal Track is well formed and mostly shaded by native forest. The track comes down onto golden-sand beaches fringed by lush native forest and protected azure waters - ideal for swimming.
    Cotton clothing especially denim is not recommended. It is very heavy and cold if it gets wet, and takes a long time to dry. Thermal, quick-dry fabrics are best eg. Polypropylene, polar fleece, wool.
  • Sun Protection:
    Abel Tasman National Park enjoys the highest number of sunshine hours in the country. Our clear skies, with no pollution result in a very high risk of sunburn, even on a cloudy day. Bring sunglasses, hat and sunscreen.
  • Footwear:
    - For walking: Light, comfortable walking shoes are suitable to walk the track. If you have hiking boots, wear them if you prefer but they are not necessary. Depending on tides and conditions, you can usually keep your feet dry. On rare occasions, you might have to remove your shoes and roll up long trousers when you are embarking or disembarking from our boats. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear to allow for this. There will be time to rinse feet and put shoes back on when necessary.
    - For kayaking: Weather conditions might require pulling into a beach for shelter and some walking may be required. You might like to do some exploring on foot. Therefore, please bring some footwear, suitable for walking. Footwear in the kayak is optional. Many people find it more comfortable to wear some foot cover to prevent their heels rubbing against the kayak. Rubber water socks are ideal.
  • Cancellation Policy
    - 62 or more days prior to departure - 10% of total package cost applies.
    - 61-32 days prior to departure - 30% of total package cost applies.
    - 31-12 days prior to departure - 50% of total package cost applies.
    - 11-0 days prior to departure - 100% of total package cost applies.
  • This tour/activity is overseen by a select local operator in the region. Upon booking your tour or activity and after receiving confirmation, you will be issued an e-ticket detailing the local operator's name and contact information. If you require assistance finding a specific tour, please contact us for more information.

Pricing Info

Your reservation is always subject to confirmation by email, normally within one to two business days.

* Adult: 15 and older
* Child: 12-14 years of age
* Children younger than 12 are not permitted.
* Tour prices are based on New Zealand dollars (NZD) and converted into US dollars (USD). Constant fluctuations in the exchange rate cause prices to change on a regular basis. You will be charged the price based on the applicable exchange rate at the time of payment. All transactions are final. We do not offer discounts or compensation to those citing lower prices at a later date.

Reservation Info

    1.Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a Receipt of Reservation via email.
    2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
    3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
    4. Simply print your E-Ticket and present it with your valid photo ID on the day of your activity to your tour guide. Please remember E-Ticket is your proof of purchase.

Terms and Conditions

    - Your purchase does not guarantee confirmation. Your purchase will initiate a reservation process. We will confirm with you via email within one to two business days.
    - Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.
    - Please refer to our Standard Amendment, Cancellation and Refund Policy before you make reservation.
    - Please refer to Customer Agreement before you make reservation.
    - Local tour provider reserves the right to make modifications to tour arrangements including order of tour activities, hotel and its location if deemed necessary.
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