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Best Abel Tasman Day trip

By Abel Tasman Charters - Day Tours
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Ages 0-105, max of 11 per group
Duration: 6h
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Live guide: English
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  • We provide a platter style lunch with fresh local ingredients to cater for a range of diets.
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Soda/Pop
  • Wine and Beer are offered with lunch
  • Bottled water
  • A fruit bowl is kept fully stocked with fresh local produce for our guests to help themselves
  • Use of kayaks, snorkels and flippers
  • Restroom on board
What's not included
  • There is an additional charge of $50 NZD return for the Bus service payable onboard the boat.


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
  • Option 1
    41 Stephens Bay Road, Kaiteriteri 7197, New Zealand
    Park at the end of Stephens Bay Road. We have no office here so please park and wait above the beach until the skipper comes in from the boat to collect you. Have shoes in hand and trousers rolled up to access the tender from the beach. GPS Co. Ords are -41.0477 173.015
  • Option 2
    41 Stephens Bay Road, Kaiteriteri 7197, New Zealand
    6 kms north of Motueka, take a right off SH60 towards Kaiteriteri. After 3.5 km turn right at the small blue road sign Stephens Bay – No Exit. Follow this road right down to the reserve. Coordinates -41.0477° S, 173.0178° E
Pickup details
  • The pickup is by bus and needs to be scheduled though us as an extra with additional fare. It is a suitable option for those traveling without a vehicle. It is for travelers heading to the Abel Tasman from Nelson and arrives an hour early to our departure point as it meets other companies timetables. Otherwise meet us at Stephens Bay at 9.45am - parking available at the end of Stephens Bay road.
Hotel pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Not wheelchair accessible
      • Service animals allowed
      • Near public transportation
      • Infant seats available
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 123952P1

      • Most travellers can participate
      • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
      • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
      • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 11 travellers

      • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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      • Abel Tasman Charters - Day Tours
        203
        New Zealand
        Joined in April 2011
      • michaelmB5902ZA
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great food, good hosting, nice boat
        Nice hosts who were knowledgeable, clean quiet boat. Schedule was reasonable and size of boat nicely accommodated our group of 14 people.
        Written 23 May 2024
      • 415tima
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Best boat tour on Abel Tasman.
        If you want to see Abel Tasman in all its glory, this is the place. Magical memories thanks to Tim from Abel Tasman Charters. We met at Stephen’s Bay, easy to find, and Tim was there on beach with Zodiac tender to take us to the Taranui. Boat was ideal for our 4 private charter. Comfortable, well appointed and great catering. The trip was utterly fantastic. We kayaked, snorkelled, took tender into hidden caves and lagoons and paused at Adele Island to listen to the enchanting song of many Bellbirds, chiming in harmony. So many great memories- well worth every penny and a testament to Abel Tasman Charters. One of the best boat trips ever.
        Written 3 March 2024
      • JeffKat4321
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        More Than Able Tasman Charters💪
        Our guide arranged for us to have a private day charter in Abel Tasman National Park. This was our 1st excursion after arriving with our family from GA, USA. We wanted to bring all our kids (3 plus gf) as a special graduation gift as they are all graduating in 2024. We couldn't have asked for a better start to an amazing holiday! Captain Tim ferried us from the shore to the catamaran safely and thoughtfully. Right away I appreciated his wry humor and gallant manner. All day he showed great concern for our comfort asking us if we needed anything, from being mindful when we were on the bow, providing motion sickness meds, to letting us know when rough waters were ahead and so many other thoughtful things. Our excursion included lunch and Capt Tim showed he had chef skills on top of his amazing boating. The lunch was super tasty and after hours of boating and hiking and swimming and kayaking we were HUNGRY. There were even delicious homemade brownies at the end. We all left having had the most amazing day, seeing so many beautiful sights and full bellies. I watch a lot of Below Deck and Capt Tim wore all the hats and did everything amazingly. I am so grateful to Capt Tim for making our day so special. You cannot miss Tasman National Park when visiting NZ and you cannot go wrong with Abel Tasman Charters.
        Written 7 January 2024
      • jillianb473
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        A great way to spend the day!
        A great day!! Such a good way to spend the day on the water at Abel Tasman. Beautiful waters, beaches, great swim /kayak/hike spots. Our captain, Tim, was so nice, so knowledgeable on the area, and just a gem. Lunch (& beer/wine) was fresh, local and excellent too! Tim helped us spot all sorts of wildlife too - birds, seals, sting rays. We had a great day!! Would definitely recommend!
        Written 6 December 2023
      • michaelmB5902ZA
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Delightful day on the water
        Skipper Rod and Mate Kim gave our group a fantastic experience on turquoise water and brown sandy beaches. The transfers from power dinghy to the boat were smooth. Once on board, we saw dolphins up close and visited beautiful bays. We had a delicious on-board lunch with local produce, local wine and beer. We were treated to knowledge of local flora, fauna, and local history. We offloaded to a golden sandy beach, which allowed us the chance to swim and kayak. The boat accommodated our group of 15 very well. Rod and Kim were friendly, informative, and skilled. It was a flawless day we all will long remember.
        Written 4 November 2023
      • kevinmN6967II
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Incredible Day!!
        We had an amazing day with our caption, Rod. We were able to be right up next to baby seals in an estuary and we had a pod of dolphins following right along with us at one point. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone wanting to explore Abel Tasmin National Park. We stopped on several beaches and did some short hikes. Amazing!!
        Written 7 September 2023
      • Vanessa-Jayne B
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Perfect way to visit Able Tasman National Park
        A wonderful day out. Gorgeous boat and Rod and Emma took amazing care of us - pointing out all the sights and wildlife. Lovely lunch as well. We did kayaking, swimming, trail walk around a beach and saw seals and various birds. Highly recommended for a luxury personalised experience.
        Written 12 April 2023
      • Renee D
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Fantastic day on the water
        The Abel Tasman charter day trip is a lot of fun, plain and simple. You spend the day boating, sight seeing the coast of the Abel Tasman National Park. Lots to see. The first couple of hours are spent cruising and learning ( Rod the Captain and Emma the first mate are very informative ) about the park and ongoing efforts to eradicate invasive pests while sight seeing for seals, birds and other sea life. After cruising for a couple of hours, you end up at a beach where you have the opportunity to go take a beach walk, swim or kayak. While out taking a look around or swimming the crew prepares a scrumptious lunch upon your return. It was delicious, the highlight for me being the smoked fish they get locally. Delicious, with a cold beer all that more so. The next stop after the boat gets under way is another area in the park with a loop trail that leads to the top of a small mountain overlooking one of the bays. This is a great little hike and worth doing as well. After the hike it’s basically cruising back to where the trip started. The scenery throughout is in credible, the guides are very competent, the boat is clean and comfortable, the lunch substantial, just a perfect combination to make for a great day on the water.
        Written 8 April 2023
      • Patrick K
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        A highlight semi-private cruise experience
        The catamaran cruise boat was very comfortable with two excellent women crew knowledgeable about the area and its history. The itinerary included on-board kayaks in a bay, a 45 minute hike circuit, iconic Abel Tasman island stops, and an exquisite on-board lunch with local juices, wine and beers of choice
        Written 7 April 2023
      • 20evang
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Our Best Day In New Zealand Yet
        What a great day. We were picked up on the beach by dingy and were taken to our boat by Captain Tim and from there had a wonderful adventure exploring the Abel Tasman National Park. It was the end of March and cool when we started so we wore layers and took them off as the day warmed up. The boat was well stocked and very comfortable. We spent the day cruising and exploring. We saw birds, fish, including rays, seals and the most amazing sites. We walked on unspoiled beaches and went on a few short hikes. It was a little to cold to swim but in the warmer months it would be something nice to do. Tim was a great guide and made sure that we had everything we wanted and needed. He prepared a very nice spread for lunch that has a lot for us vegetarians onboard to eat. I would highly recommend using this company and when you do, ask for Tim!
        Written 31 March 2023
      • Towandaaz
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Fun Day on the Water - Abel Tasman
        We had a great day out on the water in the Abel Tasman National Park and Marine Reserve. Our Captain, Tim, was friendly and fun, is a terrific communicator and is very knowledgeable. We felt extremely safe and well-looked after the entire day. The boat we were on was very comfortable. You can sit on the stern, bow or inside for shade. The stern also provides some shade depending on how the boat is positioned. We didn’t feel a lack of shade. There’s also extra sunscreen on the boat if needed. We applied sunscreen before departing at the start of the day and once or twice while on the boat (SPF clothing is good too) and we didn’t get burnt at all. Apparently, the day we were booked for, the company had a large group booked and that group got the main vessel while we got what looked like a smaller, older one. It was disconcerting at first but as it turns out, it was fine. The boat is super clean and well-maintained, it has handle bars all along the outside of the cabin to the bow to hold on as you move forward, has a clean head and plenty of room for everyone. Tim shared good info along the way. We stopped for the sounds of birds, seals with pups, some kayaking, beach walking and hiking. The kayaks are 2-person ones and we paddled over to a little cove with a nice beach and enjoyed the great weather. After that, Tim put out a really good lunch spread with freshly baked ciabatta rolls and we made awesome sammies. There were also other nice veggie snacks and a really good pesto spread. There were plenty of drink choices. When we were ready to start back, we saw a large pod of dolphins that decided to say hi and run along with the boat. What a thrill! They ran with us for a good long while and I think everyone felt the joy! At the end of the day, we rode back on the bow sitting in bean bag chairs (genius for a boat) and drank a glass of rose. It was a beautiful day and one of best boat trips we’ve been on. We highly recommend!
        Written 10 March 2023
      • lindahK293NA
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Linda Healey Group
        Fabulous, awesome day with Tim, who went beyond what we expected. Spectacular views, delicious food and wine, lots of laughter with Tim. Memorable day. Strongly recommended.
        Written 5 December 2022
      • BJMaustin
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Wonderful Abel Tasman cruise
        Had a spectacular day with Rod on a beautiful boat. Stopped at several sites, walked on beautiful beaches and hiked to top of trail for great views Wonderful lunch and beverages Highly recommend
        Written 21 October 2022
      • ChiGuy19
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Amazing staff experience
        We had booked a day trip and for various personal reasons we weren’t able to get out on the boat. But we just wanted to thank all the staff. They have been so pleasant and professional and bent over backwards to try to work with us. Will certainly book with them again.
        Written 20 October 2022
      • JHSEB
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        A must do in Abel Tasman.
        Visited in early Jan, what an absolutely awesome day! Visited with 15 others, heaps of space on a great boat, thanks to Rod and Mac for looking after us, brilliant hosts on a brilliant trip. Saw everything we wanted to, Kayaks and Snorkels are a great inclusion of the charter, would highly recommend to anyone. We will be back. Thanks again team!
        Written 4 January 2022
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      Tina Q
      Palos Verdes Estates, CA40 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Dec 2019
      Our family of 5, kids 26, 23, & 20, chartered a private boat with Abel Tasman Charters and had an incredible trip. Arrived into NZ the day before from the US and thanks to Rod & Mac, we learned about not only Able Tasman but the fascinating history of NZ. We are NOT a family of boaters which is funny because this was one of our favorite days in NZ. Weather was beautiful, we stopped at all the sites mentioned in these reviews, had a great hike on land as they prepared an absolutely delicious lunch (with wine!) and went swimming around the boat. We would recommend this trip HIGHLY.
      Written 5 January 2020
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      Thanks for your great review ! So nice that you enjoyed the boat trip even as non boaties :) and that you enjoyed a southern hemisphere swim. Thanks again and hope you have a great year
      Written 9 January 2020
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      mjk43
      Greater London, UK362 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      We have no idea whether the day tour would have lived up to expectations. What we do know is that the behaviour of Abel Tasman Charters was completely unacceptable and unprofessional.

      They knew that we had originally booked with them for 2021. They knew that when Covid closed NZ borders, we rebooked for 2022 and that when the borders remained closed, we kept faith with them and booked again for 2023.

      They also knew we had one day and one day only in the Abel Tasman area.

      They even knew that the trip was originally to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary.

      Back in November 2022, they confirmed that our booking for the day tour on 30 January 2023 was a definite to go ahead.

      Yet despite all this, at 8am on the day they cancelled on us. They gave us a story about 6 other passengers having cancelled because they were worried about getting wet. In fact, the weather was glorious. About 24 and sunny with a sprinkling of very light drizzle mid-morning.

      They had the nerve to offer us a discounted rate for a private charter for the day of $2,000 equivalent to something over £1,000. So they would have been quite happy to do the day tour….just wanting lots more money to do so and way out of our price range.

      Once you have made a commitment, you need to honour it. By not doing so, you are messing up people’s hard-earned holidays. For us, coming from the UK to NZ is a big trip and not one we will get to repeat. The Abel Tasman boat day should have been one of the highlights. Thanks, guys.

      And anyone thinking of booking with these people, be warned. They could do this to you too.
      Written 31 January 2023
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      It is unfortunate that we didn't get to give you and your wife the experience that you were expecting. Forgive us for cancelling a trip on a day with a torrential rain forecast in place, with major flooding in parts of the country when all other passengers for the day cancelled. We too have had two years of Covid disruption with negative income and so running at a loss is not viable. The fact that we were keen to offer you a discounted private charter shows we did wish to accommodate you both. We didn't charge you any cancellation fee, and sometimes the weather forecast is just wrong. We hope your remaining journey wasn't disrupted by our unseasonal weather.
      Written 1 February 2023
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      66lisah66
      Portland, ME37 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Feb 2020 • Couples
      My husband and I are traveling around New Zealand for a month and wanted to see Abel Tasman so we signed up for this tour. Wow are we glad we did! The skipper Tim and first mate AJ were wonderful hosts. The boat was extremely comfortable and accommodated everyone very well. We enjoyed our leisurely cruise up the coast with several stops for hiking and kayaking. The views were astonishing! They provided us with a delicious spread for lunch - loads of veggies, meats, fish, cheeses and bread. Wine, beer, sodas, water, coffee and tea. A lovely day all in all. Relaxing and enjoyable way to explore the Park.
      Written 16 February 2020
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      Riley412
      4 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Feb 2020 • Couples
      Beautiful day on the water with Tim, the perfect captain. He was friendly, knowledgeable and waited on us like we were VIPs. This trip was the perfect balance of being on the water and coming into land for walks or sunbathing. Delicious lunch. We were very well treated and it was a great way to see Abel Tasman!
      Written 23 February 2020
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      Felix1777
      Wabern, Switzerland12 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Expensive - indeed. You can do cheaper day trips in Abel Tasman. But you can't do better day trips: it was an all-inclusive tour to Abel Tasman on which we could swim, snorkel, kayak and enjoy a marvelous freshly prepared lunch. Our boat captain was friendly, knowledgeable and competent. We enjoyed the day very much! An outstanding experience we will never forget.
      Written 18 January 2020
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      Thanks Felix. We loved sharing the Abel Tasman with your family and are very pleased to hear you had a great day as we know you spent some time in the area and had seen a lot of the park already. Thanks again for the great review
      Written 20 January 2020
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      lulu
      16 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Feb 2020
      We ( 4 couples) absolutely loved every single thing about our private full day charter with Captain Rod and Keren. They are true professionals and taught us a lot about the region while having fun. The boat ( and those fab bean bag chairs) was beautiful as was the lunch/ beer and wine. We loved hiking and kayaking/swimming. For many in our group this was the absolute highlight of our New Zealand adventure and we are so thankful to Rod and Keren for creating this experience! Abel Tasman Charters is so easy to work with and was a great value. Do not miss Abel Tasman National Park - its a short drive from Nelson and totally worth it!
      Written 11 March 2020
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      Sabrina
      1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Feb 2020
      As our hosts we had Emma and AJ for the day. They were fantastic, extremely knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating. We highly recommend this excursion to anyone looking to explore the Abel Tasman in one day! It was awesome!
      Written 28 February 2020
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      Thanks Sabrina We really appreciate your review and are glad to hear you had a great day with our fabulous Emma and AJ
      Written 2 March 2020
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      Nick R
      2 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Mar 2020 • Friends
      Highly recommend this trip if you are looking to see the beautiful Abel Tasman national park without walking for days.

      Our guide Tim was knowledgeable and funny and whipped up an amazing buffet lunch.

      The day was spent cruising the islands, swimming, kayaking and laughing.

      Can't wait to bring the rest of my family back to do this trip next summer.
      Written 16 March 2020
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      Thanks for your great review and we are looking forward to meeting the family and doing it all again. The Abel Tasman is only going to get more amazing during the lock down.
      Written 26 March 2020
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      Christine H
      London, UK74 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Feb 2020 • Friends
      My friend and I loved our day out with Abel Tasman Charters. Tim was our charming skipper with a knack for making all of us feel welcome and valued guests. A knowledgeable guide with lots of fascinating information about local history and geology, Tim also laid on a delicious lunch! Swimming, strolling, whizzing along in the shimmering turquoise waters - we saw sea lions, penguins and a host of interesting birds. Just six guests made the trip very relaxed and we truly enjoyed every minute of our special day!
      Written 18 February 2020
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      Simon P
      Sheffield, UK14 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Feb 2020
      This is a brilliant way to see the Abel Tasman National Park, avoiding the crowds and having a wonderful day cruising up the coast, doing a bit of exercise on Kayaks, and enjoying a delicious lunch. Rod, who runs the business, was an excellent host and highly informative about the efforts being made to protect this stunningly beautiful area and reintroduce the original flora and fauna. Not cheap but worth every dollar!
      Written 26 February 2020
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