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5-Day All-Inclusive Abel Tasman Coast Track
Product Code: 4119-202402
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Totaranui
  • • Awaroa
  • • Torrent Bay
Tour Code
4119-202402
Duration
5 days
Departure City
Nelson, Motueka
End City
Nelson, Motueka
Tour Type:
Walking
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
Abel Tasman National Park

Nelson/Motueka - Totaranui - Awaroa

Hotel: Meadowbank Homestead or similar

Grab your hiking boots and prepare yourself to explore the fantastic coastal national park, Abel Tasman!

We'll pick you up from your hotel in Neslon or Moteuka, or you can join us at our local office for a mid-morning departure. We'll enjoy a welcome briefing here and prepare any luggage organization before departing to Kaiteriteri by motorcoach.

We'll arrive by 1:00pm to join our Vista Cruise for a comfortable ride along the coastline. Enjoy warm and cold drinks and watch the shore pass us by from our viewing decks.

Then we'll reach Totaranui where we'll walk along the beach and through rata forests. Take in the untouched and serene nature world of Abel Tasman as we cross secluded beaches to arrive at the Awaroa Inlet. You can choose to walk along the coast or take a boat ride across the inlet.

We'll arrive at the Meadowbank Homestead in Awaroa where we'll spend the night. Upon arrival enjoy a welcome drink to your charming Kiwi accommodation right on the edge of the inlet.


The Wilsons Abel Tasman National Park Experience from Wilson Tasman-Team on Vimeo.

Tips:
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.

The itinerary is reversed for Wednesday departures and 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.

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)

Visiting Attractions

Day 02
Abel Tasman National Park

Awaroa

Hotel: Meadowbank Homestead 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

Approximate Times:

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


Meadowbank Homestead - Awaroa Welcome from Wilson Tasman-Team on Vimeo.

Visiting Attractions

Day 03
Abel Tasman National Park

Awaroa - Torrent Bay

Hotel: Torrent Bay Lodge or similar

After a relaxing night’s sleep and home-cooked breakfast overlooking the gardens by the sea at Meadowbank, you’ll be ready for your scenic day walk to Torrent Bay. If you're not feeling energetic, your guide will arrange for a boat ride.

Section: 1 6 km (3.5 miles) Max elevation 85 m (280 ft)

We'll leave Awaroa at 9:00am and begin our morning walk as we travel through the native forest and enjoy stunning coastal views. From here we'll dip our toes in the golden sands of Onetahuti Beach. Next, we'll explore the historic sites along the coast and visit the picturesque golden cove of Tonga Quarry beach.

Section 2: 4 km (2.5 miles) Max elevation 120 m (400 ft)

From Tonga Quarry, we'll trek over a forested saddle and around the Waterfall Trail to Bark Bay. Around midday, we'll break for lunch at Bark Bay, taking time to relax, explore, swim or sunbathe on the golden sands.

Section 3: 7 kms (4.4 miles) Max elevation 105 m (340 ft)

Saying farewell to Bark Bay, we'll walk the most varied section of the coastal track as it winds through shady gullies of mature Beech forest, fern grottos and sunny groves of Manuka framing coastal vistas. Then we'll cross the thrilling swing bridge at Falls River and continue on to Torrent Bay.

We'll arrive at the Torrent Bay Lodge around 4:30pm, perfectly set right on the beachfront. This was the Wilson family’s holiday home, now tastefully extended and renovated to include all modern comforts whist keeping its relaxed, beach holiday atmosphere.

Leisurely options:

At 11:50am, you'll board the Vista catamaran at Tonga Quarry and cruise to Bark Bay to join the rest of your group for lunch or continue to Torrent Bay.

If you choose to join the rest of the group for lunch, then we'll depart Medlands Beach (Bark Bay) and cruise to Torrent Bay.

Maximum total Walking time: 7 hours (16 kms, 10 miles)

Visiting Attractions

Day 04
Abel Tasman National Park

Torrent Bay

Hotel: Local lodge or similar

A day of choices! Let your guide plan a day to be as adventurous or relaxing as you like 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.

Approximate Times:

- Optional walking: up to 5 hours (10 kms, 6 miles)
- Optional canoeing: tide dependant


Torrent Bay Lodge Welcome from Wilson Tasman-Team on Vimeo.

Visiting Attractions

Day 05
Abel Tasman National Park

Torrent Bay - Motueka/Nelson

Wake up to morning light on the golden sands of Torrent Bay and perhaps enjoy a coffee on the deck before breakfast.

On our final day we'll walk the easiest section of the coastal track from Torrent Bay to Marahau, with panaromic views across Tasman Bay to Nelson, departing at 9:00am. Along the way you’ll rediscover the pristine bays and beaches named by French Explorer, Dumont D'Urville in 1827.

Around midday, we'll stop for lunch at a sheltered beach with views of the islands in the Astrolabe Roadstead.

Afterwards, our driver will meet you at Marahau (or Kaiteriteri) to Motueka (4:30pm) or Nelson (5:30pm - 6:00pm).

For less walking time:

Join the Vista Cruise at Torrent Bay, Anchorage beach or Apple Tree Bay to return to Kaiteriteri.

Tips:
Approximate times:

- Walk 4-5 hours, depending on tides (13 - 16 kms, 8 - 10 miles)
- Maximum elevation 110 m (360 ft)
- Scenic drive Marahau/Kaiteriteri to Motueka (20 mins) or Nelson (1 hour)

During our low season (May to November) this itinerary might be altered to make the most of our winter sunshine, with 2 night's accommodation at Torrent Bay Lodge.

Visiting Attractions

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:
    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.
  • 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: 8-14 years of age
* Participation is free for children younger than 8.
* 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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