5 Day Freedom

$280pp

Duration: 5 Days

Camping overnight is what's special about the Abel Tasman - it will rejuvenate the soul.

5 Days/4 Nights

Kayak: Marahau - Marahau

Our longest packaged trip, five days exploring from Marahau to Shag Harbour. As kayak rentals is the sole focus of our business this makes us uniquely experienced in preparing you for your big adventure through our renowned 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. On top of that our guides will provide you with all the pointers for making this an unforgettable five day adventure.  Five days allows you to take your time travelling up the park, and the opportunity to stay at one campsite for a couple of nights - we think this is the way to do it.  Long sun kissed summer days merge into long summer evenings - enjoy the dusk and dawn bird chorus as you contemplate your day.

Recommended campsites: Night 1: Te Pukatea Bay or Anchorage. Night 2: Bark Bay or Mosquito Bay. Night 3: Bark Bay or Mosquito Bay.  Night 4: Anchorage or Te Pukatea Bay. Camp passes included in price which we book on your behalf.

  • Return journey under your own steam.
  • Opportunity to stay more than one night in a campsite.
  • Time allows you to see lagoons on different tides.
  • Seek out the spots our knowledgeable guides filled you in on at your briefing.
  • Enjoy having five days on the water.
  • On your return paddle revisit your favourite spots or explore the ones you missed on the way North.
  • Enjoy our base facilities on completion of your trip.

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
Continue on your own to explore the Abel Tasman.

Spend the night at Te Pukatea Bay or Anchorage.

Day 2

Spend the night at Bark Bay or Mosquito Bay.

Day 3
Spend the night at Bark Bay or Mosquito Bay.

Spend the night at Bark Bay or Mosquito Bay.

Day 4

Spend the night at Te Pukatea Bay or Anchorage.

Day 5

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 Day 5
  Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
Dinner  Dinner Dinner Dinner  
Snacks 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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