4 Day Park Start

$300pp

Duration: 4 Days

Seals, caves, dolphins, rugged coastline, golden sand beaches …they’re out there.

4 Days/3 Nights

Kayak: Onetahuti – Marahau

This is a trip where you get to sit back and really take your time.  As the only company specialising in kayak rentals, we provide a comprehensive safety briefing. This covers everything: from packing, kayak technique, weather and planning/modifying the journey, stowage and sea-conditions, map interpretation, to those important emergency procedures. After your safety briefing at our base we take you and your latest design kayak North to Onetahuti beach by water taxi. Using your new skills, and information of 'must see places' from our briefing, make your way south. Heading for Marahau over four wonderful days with the prevailing sea breeze at your back, it's leisurely paced but packed full of wonder.

Recommended campsites: Night 1 Onetahuti. Night 2 Bark Bay or Mosquito Bay. Night 3: 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.
  • Wake up to hear the sea lapping and experience the New Zealand dawn chorus - what a way to start the day!
  • Allow time to rest your paddle and explore by foot some of the coastal track.
  • Seek out those special spots our knowledgeable guides shared at your briefing.
  • Enjoy our purpose built base facilities, which include a hot shower, on your return.

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
Explore the park for the next four days.

Spend the night at Te Pukatea Bay or Anchorage.

Day 2

Spend the night at Onetahuti or Mosquito Bay.

Day 3

Spend the night at Bark Bay or Anchorage.

Day 4

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 Day 4
  Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
Dinner  Dinner Dinner  
Snacks 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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