Abel Tasman Walk & Kayak 5D/4N

The Abel Tasman Coast Track is one of New Zealand’s ’10 Great Walks’ and sits at the far northwest of the South Island. It features lush native forest, stunning beaches, impressive headlands, and sparkling rivers, rock pools and ocean bays. You will Kayak on the coast with the rare dolphins, fur seals and penguins and visit native Tui and Pukeko in their bush homes in the same day

Tour Highlights

  • Kayak on the coast with the rare dolphins, fur seals and penguins
  • The Abel Tasman Coast Track is one of New Zealand’s ’10 Great Walks’
  • Visit native Tui and Pukeko in their bush homes
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Tour Information


  • - Return Nelson/Motueka transfers.
  • - 4 nights lodge accommodation.
  • - 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners.
  • - Local Guide throughout itinerary.
  • - All transportation & luggage transfers.
  • - Sea kayak from Onetahuti to Torrent Bay.
*Advertised pricing is on a per person basis*


Departs Tuesdays and Fridays, October - April


Day 1

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 café.

From Totaranui, walk through mature beech and rata forests, and along secluded golden beaches to the breathtaking expanse of the Awaroa inlet.

A warm kiwi welcome to Meadowbank Homestead At Awaroa, a faithful re-creation of the Wilson family’s original home on the “finest site in the bay”.

Pick up Nelson (10.15 – 10.45 am) or Motueka (11.30 am) or if you are self driving please meet at our office by 11.30 am.

Low season departures (19 April to 19 October) have an earlier start times.

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

1.00 pm: 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.

Welcome to Meadowbank Homestead At Awaroa, with pre-dinner drinks and fine food. Here you’ll find comfortable accommodation full of history and kiwi charm.

Day 2

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 veranda 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.

Day 3

Wake to breakfast overlooking the gardens of Meadowbank Homestead, 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.

9.30 am, 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 4.30 pm paddle into Torrent Bay to be welcomed with refreshments and a hot shower in your ensuite room.

Day 4

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.

Day 5

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 9.30 am 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 (4.30 pm) or Nelson (5.30 – 6.00 pm).**