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Abel Tasman National Park is New Zealand’s smallest national park and is located in the South Island. With its mild climate at any time of the year it is a perfect kayaking destination. Known for its nice beaches, granite cliffs and not at least for its wildlife, the region invites you for an unforgettable adventure.

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BEACHES, BAYS AND SEALS KAYAKING TOUR

Combining the best the Abel Tasman has to offer! Four hours paddling in the heart of Abel Tasman National Park

  • Coach or drive to our Kaiteriteri Ticket Office to check in by 9.10 am.
  • Meet your Guide to board our 9.30 am Boat Cruise and discuss the day's activities.
  • Cruise the forest-fringed bays and granite archways of the unique coastline into to the best sea kayaking territory in Abel Tasman National Park.
  • At our Torrent Bay Lodge, your Guide introduces you to safe paddling techniques and settles you into one of our stable double kayaks.
  • Then, it's on to the water to enjoy exploring the wondrous headlands, coves and islands of the granite coast.
  • Your Guide makes sure you make the most of the day depending on the tides, weather conditions, and your interests and abilities.
  • Pause at a sheltered cove for lunch (supplied by us).
  • Take time out to relax on the beach, swim or sunbathe on the golden sand, or explore the native forest.
  • On your return journey, if conditions allow, visit the seal colony at Pinnacle Island.
  • In favourable winds, your guide will hoist a sail to ride the breeze.
  • Watch out for resident Blue Penguins and other sea birds along the coast.
  • Back at Torrent Bay Lodge, freshen up before you rejoin the boat to cruise back to Kaiteriteri at 5.45 pm in time to catch connecting coaches if required.
SPLIT APPLE PADDLE HALF-DAY TRIP

Kayak the spectacular granite coast in only 3 hours! Time includes instructions and breaks with up to 2 hours 30 minutes paddling.

  • Coach or drive to Kaiteriteri to check in at our Ticket Office by 9:10am.
  • Meet your Guide who will introduce you to safe paddling techniques and settle you into a stable double kayak.
  • Then, it's onto the water to explore & have fun! Your Guide knows all the best, secret spots taking into account the tides, weather and your interests and abilities.
  • Enjoy the features of the stunning Kaiteriteri coastline, including the famous "Split Apple Rock".
  • Pause at a sheltered cove for a break before returning to Kaiteriteri by 12 midday in time to catch an afternoon boat cruise into the Park if you wish.
  • Watch out for resident Blue Penguins and other sea birds along the coast.

Don't want to finish here? After a morning of kayaking you can connect with the Vigour Cruise or Vigour Water Taxi for an afternoon cruise or walk in the park. See Kayak Seals and Walk and Beaches, Kayak and Walk product descriptions for full details.

KAYAK, SEALS AND WALK

Explore the protected beaches and spectacular granite sculptures of the Southern coast, then travel into the National Park for an enchanting forest walk.

  • Coach or drive to Kaiteriteri and check in at our Kaiteriteri Ticket Office by 9.30 am to join our guided Split Apple Rock kayak trip. .
  • Your guide will introduce you to safe paddling techniques and settle you into a stable double kayak. Then, it's onto the water to explore & have fun!
  • Paddling north, this relaxing trip explores the fascinating coves and natural features of the stunning Kaiteriteri coastline, including the famous "Split Apple Rock".
  • Stop on a golden beach for a short break before heading back to Kaiteriteri.
  • Return by 11.45am to swap kayak for walking shoes.
  • Farewell your guide and join our 12.15pm Water Taxi to the golden sands of Onetahuti, visiting the fascinating seal colony at Tonga Island on the way.
  • Disembark at 1.30pm and enjoy a 1 1/2 hour walk to beautiful Bark Bay.
  • Rejoin the Water Taxi at 3.40pm for return to Kaiteriteri, where your coach or car awaits.
BEACHES, KAYAK AND WALK

The perfect adventure for families and first time paddlers:

  • Sea kayak: full instruction and up to 2hrs 30mins easy paddling.
  • Return boat trip (2 hours) with beach stop to walk or relax at Anchorage Beach
  • Coach or drive to Kaiteriteri to check in at our Ticket Office by 9:10am.
  • Meet your Guide who will introduce you to safe paddling techniques and settle you into a stable double kayak.
  • Then, it's onto the water to explore & have fun! Your Guide knows all the best, secret spots taking into account the tides, weather and your interests and abilities.
  • Enjoy the features of the stunning Kaiteriteri coastline, including the famous "Split Apple Rock".
  • Stop on a golden beach for a short break before heading back to Kaiteriteri, returning by 12 midday to swap kayak for walking shoes.
  • Farewell your guide and join our 1.00pm Vista Cruise to picturesque Anchorage Bay.
  • Disembark at 1.45 pm then choose to relax on the golden expanse of Anchorage Beach or take a leisurely walk to the beautiful protected cove of Te Pukatea Bay and return (approx 45 mins, 3km). If you take the Pitt Head Loop track with fabulous coastal vistas it will take approx 1hr 15mins (4 km)
  • 3.00 or 5.00pm board the Vista Cruise to return to Kaiteriteri at 3.45 or 5.45pm