Abel Tasman Track Guided Walk

Experience this world-famous Abel Tasman National Park in style - where gentle beech forests give way to golden sands and glistening water.

Enjoy three days of walking the Coast Track and two "free" days at beachfront lodges exploring. Prefer to kayak? Spend two days sea kayaking the protected southern coastline and one day walking the lush northern Coast Track.

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On the morning of your departure you will be picked-up from your accommodation or if you have your own car you can leave it at a safe parking area in Motueka. Day packs are available to borrow if required and you can safely store any excess luggage.


Our launch departs from beautiful Kaiteriteri beach, sit back, have a hot drink and enjoy a leisurely cruise North along the bush clad coastline. This is a great way to orientated to the layout of the Abel Tasman National Park. Your destination, Totaranui is a 1 km (½ Mile) golden sandy beach at the northern end, the top of the park. Your southbound journey starts here.

In keeping with our flexible philosophy you can either stay and chill on the beach or follow the golden sands north to Anapai Bay before heading to your home for the night Meadowbank Homestead in Awaroa. The two-hour walk is spectacular and the trail takes you through rainforest with lush specimens of rata and Nikau palm before crossing over the Awaroa estuary while hearing its fascinating history.

Approximate Times:
Scenic drive to Kaiteriteri – from Nelson 1 hours, from Motueka 20 mins
Cruise Kaiteriteri to Totaranui – 1.5 hours.
Walk - 2 hours (6 kms, 3.7 miles) plus tidal crossing
Maximum elevation 60 m (200 ft)

Meals: Morning and Afternoon Tea, Lunch, Dinner.


Today is a day of choice, you can Let your guide design your day to as active or relaxed as you wish.

Options include:

  • Explore the largest tidal estuary in Abel Tasman by kayak or foot (tides permitting)
  • Take the day off -  sunbathe at the beach
  • Visit interesting early pre-European & European historical sites
  • Relax and enjoy the comforts of Meadowbank Homestead in Awaroa

Approximate Times

Walks: up to 4 hours
Optional kayaking: up to 2 hours (tides permitting)

Meals: Breakfast, Morning and Afternoon Tea, Lunch, Dinner.


Another day, another picture postcard setting. This morning enjoy the short walk over the Tonga Saddle to Onetahuti where you can again relax on another sandy beach; this one however, is flanked by impressive granite headlands surrounded by unusual rock formations - perhaps a side trip to the Tonga Quarry historic site is in order. Bark Bay for lunch – relax or explore, sunbathe or swim. Your afternoon stroll enjoys a succession of magnificent views of headlands, beaches, estuaries, walking through lush native forest and even crossing a classic New Zealand swing bridge at the Falls River.

Kayak and walk option: Walk to Onetahuti 1.5 hours, 4 kms (2.4 miles), Sea Kayak to Torrent Bay 4 hours 10 kms (6.2 miles)

Enjoy the best of both worlds with the option of both kayaking and walking. Walk from Awaroa to Onetahuti (as above). Kayak to the Seal Colony on Tonga Island where fur seals breed. Kayak through clear waters as you cruise past Tonga Quarry and Arches, A lunch stop at sheltered Bark Bay before continuing you continue beach hopping along the coast into Torrent Bay to be welcomed with refreshments and a hot shower in your ensuite room.

Note: Training and safety brief included.Traveling solo is not a problem, your guide will find a suitable partner for you.

Walking: 6-7 hours 17 km (10.56 miles)

Meals: Breakfast, Morning and Afternoon Tea, Lunch, Dinner.


A day of Choices! Let your guide plan an active or relaxing day to suit you.

Options include:

  • Walk through first generation forest, up to the waterfalls on Falls River
  • Canoe in the estuary and swim in the peaceful grotto of Cleopatra's Pool (tides permitting)
  • Walk to the calm golden beaches of Anchorage, visit historic Maori sites at Pitt Head

Approximate Times:

Optional walking (up to 5 hours, 10 km) and canoeing (tide dependant)

Meals include: Breakfast, Morning and Afternoon Tea, Lunch, Dinner.


The last day of your guided walk has you following a well maintained track providing even more great views of the many bays as you follow the coastline. Rediscover the pristine beaches and bays named by the French Explorer, Du'mont Durville back in 1827. Stop for lunch at any of the bays on the way before the final leg to Marahau.

Kayak and walk option: Kayak option - Sea Kayak Torrent Bay to Kaiteriteri 4.5 hours (12 kms)
Leave Torrent Bay by kayak and paddle southwards following the coast and discover the pristine bays and beaches named in 1827 by French Explorer, Dumont D'urville. Enjoy the pristine waters of Te Pukatea Bay. If there is a breeze with you wind is with you hoist a specially designed sail so you can totally relax and sail keeping an eye out for an idyllic spot for lunch before you continuing your journey to the famous Kaiteriteri beach the end of your adventure.

Approximate times:
Walk Awaroa to Totaranui - 2 hours 7 km (4.3 miles)
Cruise Totaranui to Anchorage 2 hours
Pitt Head Loop Walk 1.5 hours
Cruise Anchorage to Kaiteriteri 45 mins
Coach Kaiteriteri to Motueka (20 minutes) or Nelson (1.5 hours)

Meals: Breakfast, Morning and Afternoon Tea, Lunch.