Abel Tasman Kayak & Walking Itinerary


Kaiteriteri to Awaroa Beach Walking

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.

After a day in the Abel Tasman return to your own ensuite room and a hot shower. Over a fine 3-course dinner, swap stories with fellow travellers and be lulled to sleep by the sound of waves lapping golden sands. This is one of only 2 Beachfront Lodges within the boundaries of Abel Tasman National Park.

Meadowbank Homestead Abel Tasman


Seal Colony to Torrent Bay - Kayak or Walking

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.

After your adventures are complete why not laze on the sun deck or feel the sand between your toes on the beach in front of the lodge or snooze in your own room or have a hot shower. Over a fine 3-course dinner, swap stories with fellow travellers and be lulled to sleep by the sound of waves lapping golden sands. This is one of only 2 Beachfront Lodges within the boundaries of Abel Tasman National Park.

Torrent Bay Beachfront Lodge


Awaroa to Totaranui - Kayak or Walk

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.



As well as a wonderful holiday experience, your Walking Break includes:

  • Delicious fresh meals prepared by our skilled Lodge Hosts (dinner, breakfast, picnic lunch, snacks, fresh fruit, morning and afternoon teas). 
  • Accommodation in share twin/double room with ensuite bathroom, including wonderful hot showers and all bedding.
  • No worries about lugging around heavy luggage. Lodge luggage bag and use of a daypack, with transfer and storage of luggage is included.* 
  • You choose how much walking you want to do each day.
  • Track notes, maps and advice from our expert guides to help you design each day to be as active or relaxed as you wish.
  • All scheduled coach transfers from and to Motueka or Nelson.

*If you have extra luggage you are sure will not be needed on your trip with us, and you are staying at the same accommodation before and after your trip, you might prefer to leave your luggage there.

Southound Departures (Totaranui to Marahau) every Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Northbound Departure (Marahau to Totaranui) every Wednesday


5 Day Guided Kayak & Walk     NZ$2,215.00
3 Day Guided Kayak & Walk     NZ$1,595.00
2 Day Guided Kayak & Walk     NZ$900.00

What Chrissy says about this tour: A classy and family-friendly way to experience the Abel Tasman National Park. Four star accommodation and delicious food with the flexibility to walk, kayak or cruise as much or as little as you like. Great flexibility and comfort, as you are pack free and can go at your own pace.
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