2 Day Autumn Kayak

$227 $181

Duration: 2 days

Fur seals are found along the coast of the park, particularly on the more remote granite headlands of Tonga Island. Explore this gem first before heading one way down the park.

2 Days/1 Night

Kayak: Marahau - Onetahuti

The saying goes 'Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons' you certainly get to see a lot of the colour gold in the Abel Tasman during Autumn. Golden beaches and crisp clear Autumn days makes for ideal kayaking conditions and the perfect way to recharge the soul.  

After a safety briefing in Marahau head out and explore the Southern Astrolabe area included the predator free Adele Island. The birdsong and baby seals will take your breath away. Take your time and explore up the coast to Anchorage or Bark Bay. Day two explore up and around the Tonga Island Marine Reserve before being picked up by water taxi and returned to Marahau.   This is a cool trip that covers 25km of coastline over 2 days.  For the real explorers add on a few more kilometres for those side trips into the lagoons and rivers.  

Recommended hut: Anchorage or Bark Bay. Hut pass included in price which we book on your behalf.

  • Don’t paddle the same coastline twice!
  • If the tide is right allow time to explore the lagoons and inlets between Anchroage and Bark Bay inlet.
  • Spend the night at Anchorage or Bark Bay
  • Explore the Tonga Island Marine Reserve and its surrounds.

Camping gear can be hired at time of booking if required.

Minimum group size 2 (no solo hires).

To access the Tourism New Zealand discount rate of $181 add TNZ2DAK to the promotion box when you checkout.

Itinerary

Day 1

8.15am
Check in and start your kayak rental briefing. The briefing highlights areas of interest in the Abel Tasman National Park, weather forecasts and local conditions, hazards, safety and
self rescue.
10.00am
On water assessment with guide.
10.30am
Spend the rest of the day exploring the southern end of the Abel Tasman.

Spend the night at Anchorage hut or Bark Bay hut.

Day 2

Kayak to Onetahuti

3.15pm
Water taxi back to Marahau.
4.30pm
Arrive back in Marahau.

Preparation

Camp pass: Provided at check in.

Kayaking clothes: You’re bound to get wet when kayaking bring some quick drying clothes to paddle in. Shorts, t-shirt (long sleeves are preferable), warm top (wool/fleece), hat, sunglasses and shoes. Don’t forget your swimsuit and a towel!

Campsite clothing: Warm campsite clothing is essential for the evenings. Long pants, t-shirt, long-sleeved shirt, warm top (wool/fleece), trainers and socks, sleeping clothing, rainproof jacket.

Personal items: Such as medication, toiletries, camera (with plenty of film or memory space!), personal drinking bottle, first aid kit, torch, sunscreen and insect repellent.

We provide: Buoyancy vest, spray skirt, paddle jacket, paddle, safety emergency flares, waterproof map, water pump and a spare paddle. Additional items in the winter: wetsuits, wetsuit booties.

Food & water: Be sure to bring enough food for your whole journey, food tips can be found here. We recommend purchasing this before you get to Marahau. Make sure you bring plenty of fresh water with you. Filtered water is available at our base and hut sites, untreated water is available at the campsites. 

Day 1 Day 2
  Breakfast
Lunch Lunch
Dinner  
Snacks Snacks

Make sure you bring plenty of fresh water with you. Filtered water is available at our base and hut sites, untreated water is available at the campsites.

Cooking equipment: If you plan to cook a hot meal ensure you bring a cooker and fuel as fires are only permitted in certain parts of the park, at certain times of the year. Pots, pans, utensils, cutlery, plates and cups will also come in handy.

Camping equipment: During the evening it can become quite cool in the park so please make sure you pack a tent, camping mat and a warm sleeping bag.

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