Park Starts are designed to travel one way and as the name suggests start in the park. The beauty of these trips is that you paddle in the same direction as the sea breeze rather than going against it. You complete our safety briefing and then catch the 11.00 am water taxi up to your destination of choice (as far North as Onetahuti) and then paddle back over a number of days to Marahau. We offer trips from 2 - 5 days to explore the park.
This is the premium Park Start option for clients with previous paddling experience or are competent in the outdoors. Starting from 3 days, the Awaroa Park Start gives you access to sections of the Abel Tasman Coastline that have been previously restricted to tours with our experienced guides. After taking part in the pre-trip Park Start safety briefing in Marahau, you will take the 11.00 am water taxi north though to Awaroa Beach. From here you have many options; explore the amazing Awaroa Lagoon (tide dependent), stay a night at Waiharekeke Beach, paddle the Awaroa Headland and explore the incredible rock formations, as well as visiting Shag Harbour on your way south (tide dependent). Check out our 3, 4 and 5 day variations of this awesome trip.
Meet in the Park
Our Meet in the Park trips are a variation of the Park Start options and are designed for clients doing other Great Walk activities in the Abel Tasman before they start their kayak experience. It is customised to your preferred itinerary, but will always start with a mandatory kayak safety briefing at our Marahau Base the day of or day prior (depending on your overall itinerary) to your Abel Tasman adventure starting. Fill out this form with your plans and we can come back with options and pricing. Add an additional $50 pp for this option.
If you can't find a trip that suits from our options we can build you a custom trip, fill out this form and we can get back to you with suggestions and pricing.