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3 Day Kayak & Walk South

3 Day Kayak & Walk South

$220pp

Duration: 3 Days

Kayak North to the Marine Reserve and then experience on foot the 47m swing bridge on the coastal track.

3 Days/2 Night

Kayak: Marahau – Onetahuti/Walk: Onetahuti – Anchorage

This trip will see you kayaking the diverse and stunning coastline between Marahau and Onetahuti beach over two days.  We collect your kayak for you on day two and leave you to walk south through what Lonely Planet describes as the most beautiful section of track on the Abel Tasman Great Walk coastal track. At the end of day three we pick you up from Anchorage by water taxi for the final cruise back down the coast to Marahau.  For a four day option on this trip, spend another night in Anchorage Bay -  check out our 4 Day Kayak & Walk South.

Recommended campsites: Night 1 Observation or Te Pukatea or Anchorage. Night 2 Onetahuti. Camp passes included in price which we book on your behalf.

  • Start paddling at Marahau & finish at Onetahuti
  • Don’t paddle the same coastline twice!
  • 2 days of kayaking allows plenty of time to explore all the way up the Marine Reserve
  • Walk the section of the coastal track rated as the best by Lonely Planet
  • Walk over the 47m suspension bridge across Falls River
  • Choose to stay at the smaller campsites in the park that you can only access from the water
  • Enjoy a water taxi ride at the end of your trip 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)

Itinerary

Day 1

8.15am
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.
10.00am
On water assessment with guide.
10.30am
Your free to explore the park for the next three days.

Spend the night at Observation Beach, Te Pukatea Bay or Anchorage.

Day 2

3.15pm
Water taxi pick up kayak from Onetahuti.

Spend the night at Onetahuti or Tonga Quarry.

Day 3

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

4.00pm
Water Taxi pick up Anchorage.
4.30pm
Return to Abel Tasman Kayaks’ base.

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

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 Day 3
  Breakfast Breakfast
Lunch Lunch Lunch
Dinner  Dinner  
Snacks 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.

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