2 Day Late Riser

$190pp

Duration: 2 days

The 2 Day Late Riser trip allows you to make the most of your morning before heading into the park.

2 Days/1 Night

Kayak: Marahau - Onetahuti 

After completing your safety briefingpaddle from Marahau to the Astrolabe area in the southern end of the national park. The Astrolabe has the highest concentration of sandy beaches to explore and on the right tide you have the opportunity to explore a few caves before setting up camp. The Astrolabe comes alive late evening and early morning with the sound of Birdsong thanks to the efforts of the Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust. The camp sites in this area are right on the beach and have amazing views of both southern islands. Night one will be spent in this area. 

Day two continue into the heart of the national park. Spend the day exploring Anchorage, Bark Bay and Onetahuti before returning via water taxi to Marahau. This trip covers 25km of coastline over 2 days.

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

  • Start a bit later.
  • Spend a night in the Astrolabe listening to the dusk and dawn bird chorus.
  • If the tide is right allow time to explore the lagoons and inlets between Bark Bay and Anchorage.
  • Explore the Tonga Island Marine Reserve and its surrounds.

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).

Itinerary

Day 1

1.00pm
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.
2.30pm
On water assessment with guide.
3.00pm
Continue on your own to explore the Astrolabe.

Spend the night at Observation Beach or Te Pukatea Bay.

Day 2

Paddle to Onetahuti Beach allow 5 hours.

2.30pm
Arrive Onetahuti, unpack gear in preparation for water taxi transfer.
3.15pm
Water taxi pick up from Onetahuti beach.
4.30pm
Arrive back at Abel Tasman Kayaks’ base.

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

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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