Abel Tasman Guided Trekking
Guided Walking packages are ideal for anyone who wants to experience all the natural beauty of the Abel Tasman, and miss nothing of the history and local stories along the way. Experience one of New Zealand’s Great Walks with a knowledgeable New Zealand guide and a walking programme especially designed for you. Abel Tasman Guides are here to show, assist and interpret to you all aspects of the magic that goes to make up your Abel Tasman walking experience.
Duration : 3 or 4 days
Departure Location : For guests staying in Nelson or surrounding areas, regular pick up transport follows a scheduled route.
Departure Time : 7am.
Departure dates : Daily
Transportation : Minibus/water-taxi.
Category : Trekking Adventure.
4 Day all The Way Guided Trip
Day 1 Marahau – Anchorage :
Approx 4 hours – 12.4km
The day starts with a collection from your accommodation in Nelson or Motueka at around 8am. We'll drive to Marahau, the start of the track, for an approximate 9.30am start. Today’s walk passes through regenerating forest, along beautiful golden sand beaches and the Astrolabe Roadstead – with fantastic views of the Adele and Fishermans Islands. Usually we linger at one or more of the beaches – Apple Tree Beach being a favourite, before gaining some altitude (approx. 100m) with resultant magical views over all of Tasman Bay, before dropping into the perfect beach of Anchorage and our accommodation for the night.
Accommodation – The Bach Anchorage – This Classic Kiwi bach (holiday cabin) is nestled in amongst the manuka trees in a small bay beside Anchorage Beach. It is delightfully rustic and perfectly suits the environment and views of the bay. It is run by the Aquapackers and transport to the boat is provided to join the evening BBQ at 7pm. This room has an ensuite and is a lovely haven after a day walking the track.
Day 2 Anchorage – Awaroa Inlet :
Approx. 8 hours 23.5km (or 19.8km with available tidal shortcut)
After a hearty breakfast we begin our walk for the day – a big day in the heart of the park. We'll cross the Torrent Bay Inlet to the settlement there before heading inland and a descent into Medlands Bay and Bark Bay. From Bark Bay we ascend again to the day’s highest point (approximately 135m) before descending into the historic, long-abandoned Tonga granite quarry. It’s a great spot for a break, with Tonga Island directly in front of the quarry, and it’s a great place for a swim. The long Onatahuti beach is the next feature and we meander along it soaking up the beauty – and a tidal estuary crossing meets us at the end of the beach.
From there you complete the day with a gentle ascent through manuka and tree fern forest on approach to Awaroa Lodge, your accommodation for the night.
Accommodation – Awaroa Lodge is perhaps the most elegant place to stay in the Abel Tasman Area – it is in a truly divine setting and close to the most perfect beach – Awaroa Beach. It’s a casual elegance with beach wear being the easy going theme. We stay in well-appointed hotel rooms with ensuites and dine in their wonderful restaurant.
Day 3 Awaroa Inlet – Wainui Carpark van shuttle to Ratanui Lodge :
Approx. 7 hours 18.5km
Shortly after leaving Awaroa Lodge, we reach a wide tidal crossing leading into a wonderful podocarp forest. We then burst out on the golden sand of Waiharakeke Bay and Goat Bay for some stunning views, before the final ascent over to the popular camping spot of Totaranui. From Totaranui we will be on the less well-travelled part of the track and come across the beautiful beaches of Anapai and Mutton Cove. If you wish to do an hour extra then we will walk the Separation Point loop track. Before long we will be at Whariwharangi Bay, where Abel Tasman the explorer unsuccessfully tried his only landing in New Zealand (he was repelled by the local Maori). We finish the track over a final hill to the Wainui carpark, where we will be picked up by our vehicle for the short shuttle to Pohara Beach and Ratanui Lodge.
Accommodation – Ratanui Lodge – Pohara Beach
This luxury lodge at Pohara Beach in Golden Bay has 10 uniquely appointed guest rooms (all with ensuite), an intimate restaurant serving memorable dinners nightly, a salt water swimming pool, beauty treatment room, free wifi and exceptional hosts.
Day 4 Ratanui Lodge – Back to Nelson by road :
A restful morning and a leisurely breakfast, perhaps followed by a casual stroll along Pohara Beach, a completely different beach to those in the Abel Tasman track.The transport leaves Ratanui at 11.35am and has you back in Nelson at 2.35pm
3 Day Guided ( hotel )
After picking you up at your accommodation in Nelson, Motueka or Marahau, we get to know each other a little and begin our Abel Tasman Coastal Track walk. A water taxi shuttle to Anchorage/Torrent Bay and meander back the 12.4 kms at our own pace through regenerating native forest, beside beautiful golden sand beaches while looking out on the Astralobe Roadstead – the waterway with Adele and Fishermans Islands forming the other side. Usually we linger at one or more of the beaches – Apple Tree Bay being a favourite, before passing by a series of bays to the track start at Marahau and to Abel Tasman Lodge, our great accommodation for the night.
Abel Tasman Lodge is the perfect base in Marahau – centrally located, in a park like setting with wonderful stylish rooms! After settling in, we wander down to the waterfront and enjoy the dining at the renowned Hooked restaurant.
Today is the big day discovering the heart of the park and begins back on the back on the golden sands of Anchorage Beach after our watertaxi shuttle from Marahau. From there we now head north and cross the Torrent Bay inlet to the baches (holiday homes) there. Then it’s into the regenerating forest with remnant large beech and rimu trees in the gullies as we make our way to Medlands Bay and Bark Bay. From here you ascend again to the highest point on the whole track (approx 135m) before arriving at the historic abandoned Tonga granite quarry. Sitting on the beach there Tonga Island floats directly in front of us and sea is perfect for a swim. You meander along the cresent shaped Onatahuti beach next, lazily soaking up the golden beauty of this spot – a tidal estuary crossing meets us at the end of the beach. The last leg is through a manuka and tree fern forest until we find Awaroa Lodge our accommodation for the night.
The wonderful Awaroa Lodge is nestled into the manuka forest at the east end of the most perfect beach – Awaroa Beach. It is both elegant and funky at the same time, minutes from the beach and this is reflected in the beachy casualness air of Awaroa Lodge. We stay in well appointed hotel rooms with ensuites and dine in their wonderful restaurant
Wonderful Awaroa Lodge is nestled into the manuka forest at the east end of the most perfect beach – Awaroa Beach. It is both elegant and funky at the same time, minutes from the beach and this is reflected in the beachy casualness air of Awaroa Lodge. We stay in well appointed hotel rooms with ensuites and dine in their wonderful restaurant. It is with reluctance that we leave the style, casual elegance and beauty of Awaroa and make our way across the huge Awaroa Inlet to Pound Gully – this is a tidal crossing so tides dictate our timing. From here the track weaves it way through some amazing virgin New Zealand forest with huge podocarp trees reaching skyward, before bursting out on yet another golden sand beach – Waiharakeke Bay. Up and over another headland with huge native Rata trees clinging to the granite cliffs. It’s here you will see our destination, the golden beach of Totaranui stretching out in the distance. Soon you come across a campground as you make your way to the pick up point for your water taxi journey back to Marahau. All the landscape you have spent the last three days walking through you now gain a new perspective on as we see it from the sea.
Once Back in Marahau we shuttle you back to your accommodation and bid farewell.
Summer : Sunglasses, sun hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, camera and warm outer layer clothing recommended.
Winter : Wear thermals including woolen socks, warm clothing, hat, gloves, windproof jacket, sunglasses, insect repellent & camera.
You can wear running shoes (trainers, sneakers etc) without having to use specialised hiking boots,sports sandals (sandals with support strap across the back of the heel),hiking boots ,water shoes.Jandals are not recommended.
Accommodation pickup from Nelson, Motueka or Marahau
All Lodge, Bach or Boat accommodations
All meals, including lunches, daytime snacks, fresh brewed coffee/tea
All water taxi transportation
All Luggage transfers
The services of a well informed interpretive guide
Foot towels (for drying feet after tidal crossings