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Beach walk on Abel Tasman

Abel Tasman Experience

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60km / 3 days

The Abel Tasman Experience offers both sea kayaking and walking part of the Abel Tasman Coast Track. Your journey takes you to experience golden beaches, granite cliffs, crystal clear waters of the marine reserves, coastal forests and stunning views where ever you look. It starts and finishes at Marahau, 65 kms from Nelson. Minimum of 2 hikers to do this walk.

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Your walk includes:

  • 5 days / 4 nights
  • 3 Day Kayaking and Walking with 2 nights in Department of Conservation Huts
  • Accommodation before and after walk at Golden Chain Balmoral Motel in Nelson (twin share)
  • Transportation ex Nelson to and from the walk

Department of Conservation Huts

  • Living areas in huts have gas cookers, cooking benches, tables, a filtered cold water and heating
  • Bunkrooms are communal with a combination of platform and/or individual bunks with mattresses
  • Ablution blocks have flush or vaulted toilets and washbasins with cold water only. Sorry no showers
  • A Department of Conservation rangers are present on the track but not at each hut

What should you bring?

    Suggested clothing for the kayaks
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Sunhat and sunglasses
  • T-shirts and shorts
  • Warm top (wool/fleece)
  • Sandals
  • Suggested clothing for the walks
  • 2 – 3 sets of fast drying clothing. One set to walk in and one set to change into at night. Layers of clothing are recommended to manage changing temperatures. It is not possible to dry clothing at the huts.
  • Good quality walking / tramping boots
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Swimming costume and towel (optional)
  • Good quality warm wind and rain proof jacket (gortex or similar)
  • Light weight shoes for around the hut
  • Personal equipment
  • Earplugs (optional), but you will be sharing the huts with other people
  • Pack with large waterproof / pack liner
  • Water bottle — There is limited access to water on some places on the track
  • Sleeping bag and sleeping bag liner
  • Suncream
  • Camera (optional)
  • Torch and spare batteries — There is no lighting at the huts either in the living area or bunk rooms or between huts and ablution blocks.
  • Plastic bags for wet gear
  • Rubbish bag – You must remove all your rubbish from the track
  • Toilet gear — Toothbrush, toothpaste, toilet paper, small towel, soap
  • First aid kit — Insect repellent, plasters for blisters, personal medication (e.g. antihistamine for allergy to wasp stings)
  • Cooking
  • Cooking utensils — Pot/pan/billy, matches or lighter
  • Eating utensils — Knife, fork, spoon, plate, cup
  • Small gas cooker, these are not supplied in huts on the Abel Tasman Track
  • Pot scrubber, tea towel
Note:These tours are valid for travel

2017 Season : 24 October 2017 to 28 April 2018

Please note the walk is fully booked over the following dates:
  • 1st January 2018 – 12th March 2018
  • 15th March 2018 – 17th March 2018
  • 19th March 2018
  • 28th March 2018 – 5th April 2018
  • 12th April 2018
  • 15th April 2018 – 24th April 2018

Prices are per person and are in New Zealand Dollars




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Pre and Post Accommodation is at the Golden Chain Blue - Balmoral Motel, transportation is included ex Nelson to and from the walk, it is important to note that accommodation is Multi Share in the Huts and you cannot have your own room.

Day 1Kayak Marahau to Anchorage Hut

Prior to your start from Marahau you will receive a full briefing on safety and weather, an updated forecast and map orientation. Once you are made familiar with your equipment and kayak, your journey over the aqua coloured waters of Tasman National Park coast begins as you make your way to Anchorage Hut. Depending on your pace and mood, feel free to explore the islands, observe the wildlife and lush vegetation as wander golden sandy beaches on your way to your first stopover.

Once settled at the Anchorage campsite an option to stretch the legs after paddling is taking a loop track to Te Pukatea Bay and onto the old pa site at Pitt Head. The 1hour and 20 minute walk gives commanding views of the Abel Tasman coast.

Paddling 3 – 4 hours / Walk 1.2 hours
Anchorage Hut

Day 2 Anchorage Hut to Onetahuti / Onetahuti to Awaroa Hut

This morning paddle your way from Anchorage to Onetahuti. Kayak through the middle of the Tonga Island Marine Reserve. Tonga Island has one of the largest seal populations in the park so keep an eye out for seals that share the coastal waters. On arrival at Onetahuti you will need to leave your kayaks here before continuing on the next part of your journey. Cross the tidal stream and follow the track that climbs through bush over Tonga Saddle and then decends to Awarao Inlet, following the shoreline to Awaroa Hut. Note: The stream can be only be crossed within 3 hours either side of low tide.

Paddling 3 – 4 hours / Walk 2 hours
Awaroa Hut

Day 3Awaroa Hut to Totaranui Campsite

Depending on tide times there are two alternative outcomes for the Abel Tasman Experience

Morning tide

You have the option of walking to Totaranui (5.5km / 1.5 hours walking).

With a morning low tide, you must cross the Awaroa Inlet 1-1/2 hours before or up to two hours after low tide. Once across, you head across a saddle before going down to Waiharakeke Bay and the native forest beyond. Enjoy a meander through the native growth and birdlife before re-emerging onto the coast at Goat Bay. An ascent then brings to s tunning outlook above Skinners Point before the days final descent to Totatanui Campsite and a water taxi back to Marahau.

Afternoon tide

Otherwise if you are there for an afternoon tide you can stay at the Awaroa Hut and get picked up by water taxi from there.

Please note: Great Walks staff will discuss your options in detail as well provide you with a full itinerary and tide times following confirmation of your package.

Walking/Paddling options dependent on tide
Golden Chain Motel, Nelson






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