2 Day Kayak & Walk North

2 Day Kayak & Walk North


Duration: 2 Days

Paddle the calm waters of the Astrolabe before heading around the point to Anchorage and then walking on to Bark Bay or Onetahuti.

2 Days/1 Night

1 Day Kayak: Marahau – Anchorage/1 Day Walk: Anchorage - Bark Bay or Onetahuti. 

This is our second option for confident outdoors people, or at least those with good common sense. Day one is a paddle from Marahau north to Anchorage Bay. The Water Taxi will collect your kayak from here at the end of day one. You'll spend the night at Anchorage and on day two continue north to either Bark Bay or Onetahuti. This section of the Abel Tasman Great Walk coastal track crosses the famous Falls River swing bridge. Enjoy glimpses of the sea through the lush native bush. A Water Taxi cruise back to Marahau completes your trip on day two.  If the walk seems a little long check out our 2 Day Kayak & Walk South back to Marahau.

Recommended campsite: Anchorage. Camp pass included in price which we book on your behalf.

  • Fully explore the Astrolabe/Anchorage area by kayak. 
  • Drift into the Torrent Bay lagoon on a high tide.
  • Have your kayak picked up at the end of day one.
  • Spend a night at Anchorage.
  • Walk North along the coastal track to Bark Bay or Onetahuti.
  • Enjoy the walk across the 47m swing bridge over Falls River.
  • At the end of your walk be picked up by the Water Taxi.

Make your first day easier and book a bag/pack transfer to Anchorage for $20 per bag/pack.

Hut accommodation is available for an additional cost, please contact us to arrange and camping gear can be hired at time of booking if required.

Minimum group size 2 (no solo hires).



Day 1

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.
You have all day to explore the Astrolabe and Anchorage area by kayak.
Your kayak will be picked up at Anchorage by water taxi.

Spend the night at Anchorage.

Day 2

Walk from Anchorage to Bark Bay (high tide route approx 4hrs, 11.5km, low tide route approx 3hrs, 8.4km).


Walk from Anchorage to Onetahuti Bay (high tide route approx 6hrs, 17.9km, low tide route approx 5hrs, 14.8km).

Water Taxi pick up Onetahuti
Water Taxi pick up Bark Bay.
Return to Abel Tasman Kayaks’ base.

*Please note this is an estimate of timings based on a 8.15am check-in.


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
Lunch Lunch
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.