1 Day Kayak & Walk


Duration: 1 Day

Hire a kayak from us for the day and then you plan the rest of your trip.

1 Day

Kayak: Marahau - Anchorage/Walk: Customise your own walk

This trip is recommended for confident outdoors people, or at least those with good common sense. Hire a kayak from us for a day and then continue on your own for a walk on the Abel Tasman Great Walk coastal track. We prepare you for your day on the water and pick up your kayak at Anchorage so you can continue walking the track.  This option allows you to create your own walking itinerary either North or South. 

Recommended campsite: Anchorage. Camp pass not included in price.

  • Start and finish at Marahau.
  • Fully explore the Astrolabe area at your own pace.
  • Paddle out to Adele & Fisherman Islands and listen to the birdsong.
  • Know that choosing this trip means a portion of your trip cost helps protect the birds.
  • Drift into caves on a high tide.
  • If you're keen hike up to the top of the Watering Cove and take in the spectacular view of the Astrolabe and the Northern part of the park.
  • We pick up your kayak at Anchorage at the end of the day.
  • Walk on in the park either North or South - customise your own journey.

Make your first day easier and book a bag/pack transfer to Anchorage if you staying in the park overnight  - $20 per bag/pack.

Paddle one way and return to Marahau via water taxi - $150pp, bookable online.

Minimum group size 2 (no solo hires).



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.
On water assessment with guide.
Continue on your own to explore the Astrolabe.
Kayak pick up at Anchorage.

*Please note this is an estimate of timings and based on a 8.15am 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, sunscreen and insect repellent.

Food: Be sure to bring enough food for your whole journey. 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. 

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.

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.