About

In 1987 Abel Tasman Kayaks and Ocean River Adventure Company started kayak rentals in the Abel Tasman National Park, and formed the foundation of what is now a thriving industry across New Zealand.  20 years later the two joined forces and created New Zealand’s largest kayak company both in size and experience. We now have a team enjoying over 250 years between us.  

 Many sunny days and many, many paddle strokes later…we can say we’ve grown a little bigger, but have never lost the passion for what we do, or the wonder of this environment. Our focus was, and still is, on safety and on protecting the Park for the benefit of current and future generation.

As the owner of Abel Tasman Kayaks, I feel privileged to have our team introduce this beautiful place that we call home. Enjoy.

Jack Kelly

We have a very special place here. The Abel Tasman National Park is a profoundly beautiful coastal paradise that has been enjoyed by many cultures over many centuries. It is an environment that we share with many life forms on both land and sea. As we protect and enhance the Abel Tasman's natural balance, we guard its soul. We hope you are inspired to take something special away from us to share in your environment back home. We have absolute reverence for this special place and it is our privilege to now share it with you.

We have a very comprehensive Safety Management Programme in place which is externally audited to ensure our systems and operating procedures are of the highest standard in the industry. All of our guides are certified through NZOIA or have approved equivalent qualifications. The majority of our experienced guides have extra qualifications through outdoor adventure studies and local training. Other training includes comprehensive First Aid, coastguard qualifications, weather forecasting and local history of the Park. Abel Tasman Kayaks has an annual replacement programme for the kayaks and gear to ensure that you are using equipment that is the best available on the market. We have a documented maintenance programme so that all our gear is maintained regularly.

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