Abel Tasman kayaking

LocationDurationPrice starts from ($NZD)
Abel Tasman National ParkHalf day / Full day150  



The Abel Tasman National Park is a profoundly beautiful coastal paradise that has been enjoyed by many cultures over many centuries. It is an environment that we share with many life forms on both land and sea. As we protect and enhance the Abel Tasman's natural balance, we guard its soul.

Kayaking is such a unique, low impact way to explore the beautiful golden beaches, peaceful coves and lagoons, offshore islands, wildlife and the native forest fringing the granite coastline!


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Tour Details



Group Size : 1-8 people.

Duration  : Half Day/Full Day

Departure Location : Pick up points from some accommodations in Nelson  ($30) or Motueka ( free).

Departure Time : Check in 8:30am & 11:30 am for half day trips (1 Oct-30 Apr), 9:00am (1 May-30 Sep) - Check-in 8.30am for full days trips.

Departure dates : All year

Transportation : Minibus.

Category : Adventure



  • Half Day Kayak with water taxi

    See the most in just half a day. As you paddle north take in the sides of golden beaches,sheltered islands and caves.Visit the New Zealand Fur Seals Kekeno at Adele Island Bird Sanctuary and soak up the beautiful chorus of NZ's native birds.

    The Short water taxi back to Marahau helps maximize the time spent exploring beaches and the Astrolabe islands.

    AM Trip: Enjoy a guided paddle between Marahau and Watering Cove. Then return by water taxi for a scenic cruise back to Marahau.

    PM Trip: Enjoy a scenic water taxi ride to Watering Cove. Join your guide at Watering Cove for lunch before kayaking to Marahau along the Abel Tasman Coastline.

  • Full Day Soul Food

    This trip is the most environmentally friendly on offer.The forest-fringed Astrolabe offers the highest concentration of golden sandy beaches in the Abel Tasman to explore. The highlight of this trip is visiting Adele Island sanctuary, home to an array of protected native birds and a popular hang out for NZ fur seals. A cacophony of bird sound is unique to this island and as this trip is 100% paddle power you have a zero carbon footprint. If conditions permit, sail back into Marahau on the afternoon sea breeze. Refines your soul.

  • Remote Coast

    This is a stunning day trip that covers the entire marine reserve from start to finish. Starting at Awaroa, after water taxi transfer, you'll visit Shag Harbour (tide dependent), a hidden inlet like nowhere else in the Abel Tasman. Paddle south focusing on Tonga island and it’s playful inhabitants – the NZ fur seal, Kekeno. After a great picnic lunch on one of the beautiful beaches you’ll visit Tonga Arches, exploring further south along the carved granite coastline through to the tranquil lagoons and golden sand of the ‘heart of the park’ and your final destination, Bark Bay.

  • Marine Reserve Tour

    Water Taxi north to the golden expanse of Onetahuti beach to discover New Zealand fur seals Kekeno and little blue penguins at Tonga Island Marine Reserve. Kekeno are extremely good swimmers. Watch them in their natural environment on Tonga Island. Paddle south with the breeze, exploring sculptured granite headlands, tranquil lagoons and everything that’s special about the heart of the Abel Tasman. Your guide has many stories of Maori and European settlers, and the natural history of this picturesque area. Return to Marahau by water taxi.

  • Seal Sanctuary Tour

    Start with a scenic water taxi ride into the heart of the national park. Explore the surrounding coastline by kayak paddling past Tonga Island. Observe the antics of the resident New Zealand Fur Seals Kekeno and watch out for Little Blue Penguins too! You will have ample time to spend with the playful Kekeno who call the island home. Return by Water Taxi to Marahau on either the 12.45pm or 2.15pm boat. The later time allows you to relax on the beach before heading back to Marahau.





Summer or Winter : Water bottle, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, towel, swimsuit, warm top (wool or fleece), wind jacket, a change of clothes, camera and any medication.    



A top quality double sea kayak.

Life jacket, paddle, spray skirt, paddle jacket, dry bags for cameras and guide.

Complimentary lunch ( $15 in Half day trips)



All prices in $NZD1 Sep 17-31 Sep18
Half Day Kayak150
Soul Food150
Remote Coast250
Seal Sanctuary225
Marine Reserve225

Minimum Age 12+


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