3 Day Park Start

$255pp

Duration: 3 Days

Start in the park at Onetahuti and paddle south back to Marahau over three magnificent sun and sea kissed days!

3 Days/2 Nights

Kayak: Onetahuti - Marahau

Start with a safety briefing in Marahau before we water taxi you and your kayak up to Onetahuti beach.  You're then free to spend the next three days exploring the coastline. Travelling South with the sea breeze at your back, makes this a memorable trip not only from a scenery point of view with no doubling up, but also you don't have to work as hard paddling.  There is so much beauty from start to finish that you will be genuinely humbled by the experience you have in this natural paradise.

Recommended campsites: Night 1: Bark Bay or Mosquito Bay. Night 2: Observation Beach or Te Pukatea Bay. Camp passes 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 you can go as far as Shag Harbour.
  • Take the time to watch the lagoons change with the tide.
  • Allow time to walk some of the side tracks.
  • Pull up at campsites that can only be accessed by kayak.
  • 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).

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.
11.30am
Water taxi up to Onetahuti.
12.30pm
Arrive for your afternoon exploring the Tonga Island surrounds.

Spend the night at Bark Bay or Mosquito Bay.

Day 2

Spend the night at Observation Beach or Te Pukatea Bay.

Day 3

4.00pm
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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