2 Day Park Start


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: Onetahuti - Marahau

After a safety briefing in Marahau we'll take you and your kayak on a Water Taxi ride up to your start point, Onetahuti beach.  Our safety briefings cover everything you need to know, it's what we specialise in. From here you spend the afternoon of day one and all of day two exploring the coastline with the breeze at your back.  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.  It's a really fun 2 days.

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

  • Enjoy the luxury of kayaking one way with the sea breeze.
  • Don’t paddle the same coastline twice!
  • Explore the Tonga Island Marine Reserve and its surrounds.
  • Spend the night at Bark Bay.
  • If the tide is right on day two allow time to explore the lagoons and inlets between Bark Bay and Anchorage.
  • Cruise past Adele Island on your way back to Marahau.

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).  During May to Sept the seabreeze changes to a South to North pattern, we run this trip in reverse.


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.
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

Water taxi back to Marahau.


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.