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Kayak & Walk provided by Abel Tasman Kayaks

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Walk: Observation Beach - Marahau or the reverse. Description: Embark on your guided kayak adventure from Marahau to Observation Beach. You will catch glimpses of the coastal track and experience up close the magic of the Astrolabe Islands. Once finished enjoy one of our great lunches before swapping your paddle for your walking shoes. Discover clear streams, native bush and incredible views over Anchorage and the Astrolabe.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 24h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
  • Walk: Observation Beach - Marahau or the reverse. Description: Embark on your guided kayak adventure from Marahau to Observation Beach. You will catch glimpses of the coastal track and experience up close the magic of the Astrolabe Islands. Once finished enjoy one of our great lunches before swapping your paddle for your walking shoes. Discover clear streams, native bush and incredible views over Anchorage and the Astrolabe.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 24h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • Walk: Observation Beach - Marahau or the reverse. Description: Embark on your guided kayak adventure from Marahau to Observation Beach. You will catch glimpses of the coastal track and experience up close the magic of the Astrolabe Islands. Once finished enjoy one of our great lunches before swapping your paddle for your walking shoes. Discover clear streams, native bush and incredible views over Anchorage and the Astrolabe.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 161500P2
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Dietary requirements catered for.
Duration
24h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • We pick up from Nelson or Motueka.
  • 273 Sandy Bay-Marahau Road, Mārahau 7197, New Zealand
  • Airports:
  • Nelson Airport, Nelson New Zealand
Additional information
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travellers
Inclusions
  • Dietary requirements catered for.
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • We pick up from Nelson or Motueka.
  • 273 Sandy Bay-Marahau Road, Mārahau 7197, New Zealand
  • Airports:
  • Nelson Airport, Nelson New Zealand
Duration
24h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
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5.0
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Adrian M
Solvang, CA10 contributions
Overnight Kayak & Walk
Friend and I did a two day kayak and walk. Started with kayak on day one. The kayak was all packed with our overnight camp gear we hired from the place. Location and parking was easy. Good safety demonstration and a short ride to launch site on back of tractor/trailer. Site had a good setup with shower and toilet facilities. Staff were very helpful on arrival and departure. Camp gear that we hired was good condition and all accounted for. We arrived at Anchorage and unpacked the kayak, setup our camp site. Kayaks were picked up off the beach where we were instructed to leave. Next day we left our camp gear at site and continued north to Onetahuti (recommend walking extra distance for beautiful beach. Otherwise end at Barks Bay). Water taxi (company owned) collected us right on schedule. Super friendly and considerate boat driver. We had amazing weather and can’t fault the experience! We did two day walk that doesn’t include meals.
Suggest the company does a departure checklist for visitors. Things like how much we can fit in kayak/what types of bags can fit and how to pack food would be helpful for first-timers. Even meal suggestions would be great idea. In case reader is wondering: suggest a medium sized backpack per person plus a bag for meals. On day two you have to carry all your personal gear including food containers and rubbish - think about what and how you’re willing to carry these things on your walk the next day.
Recommend this experience and the company 100%. Thanks team!
Written 3 February 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Liam T
13 contributions
Perfect experience...until the end!
Jan 2021 • Couples
We signed up for the 3 day kayak, 2 day walk in the National Park and the value was unquestionably great. We loved it.

As we weren’t part of a tour, there was a fairly lengthy briefing but understandably so given the conditions and equipment. Kyle did this with us, and was suitably fun, supportive and informative. He was great. Also bumped into him in the Park during our trip and was super cheery!

Everything was fab, but when we returned to ATK base off the water taxi, the member of staff who was at reception gave us a dreadful welcome. We’d just had an epic adventure, and this individual was giving off a vibe that was “I don’t want to be here and you are the reason I am”. He didn’t ask how the trip was, he didn’t explain about where the facilities were, and when we asked for our key to the vehicle, he just rolled his eyes and huffed. As a fellow Brit, I hope to goodness that not all of us are like this while living or travelling NZ. Real shame that in that moment, he was representing a company that delivered an excellent experience!
Written 23 January 2021
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Andyoto
Hamilton, New Zealand70 contributions
Family trip
We did a trip for 5 days walking to Awaroa lodge for a day and than guided 3 day kayak trip back to Maharau
This trip will be always remembered as we made many memories
The team at ABT did a great job with customizing the trip and we had a great guide in Whitey
Throughly recommend this experience
Written 22 January 2021
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AbelTasmanKayaks
Thanks Andyoto for the feedback. Memories are certaintly made on these trips.
Written 9 February 2021
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trishs9791
New Plymouth, New Zealand3 contributions
Great service! Highly recommend!
Jun 2020 • Solo
Got a free upgrade to do a full day kayak! Our guide Roy was very knowledgeable, friendly and a good talker! It was a very fun experience and we got to see a lot of seal pups!!
Written 15 June 2020
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AbelTasmanKayaks
Thanks Trish for the review, pleased you had a great day out with Roy and got to see lots of seal pups.
Written 17 June 2020
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Kristin B
Raleigh, NC14 contributions
Sea Kayaking at it's Best
Mar 2020
Our guide was excellent, we had a fantastic time kayaking in the Tasman Sea. The scenery is beautiful, the kayaking great. Love the rock formations and the history of the area. Very interesting. We opted out of kayaking over to seal island as it was windy and rough. After kayaking we had coffee on the beach and hiked over to another beach to sail back to where we started. All in all a great day. Because of Covid 19 we were one of the last groups so it was the guide and me and my husband. I'd recommend this highly.
Written 23 April 2020
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AbelTasmanKayaks
Thanks Kristin for the review, sounds like you had an amazing time in April.
Written 17 June 2020
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Han Hoogland
1 contribution
AVOID: Not recommended for simple kayak rental
Feb 2020 • Couples
It took us almost 3 hours before we could float off by ourselves. Whereas tips and tricks for the region are very welcome, we had to participate in an instruction for almost 2 hours. Nobody asked if we ever rented a kayak before. We had to hand in the kayak at 3:30 PM which basically means you do not have a full day eventhough we booked the kayak for a full day without an instructor. They should consider a waiver form for people who already know how to kayak as it felt like primary school as over again. If you want want to rent a kayak and be in time for the lagoons, etc. You should avoid this agency.
Written 12 February 2020
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AbelTasmanKayaks
Thanks for your review. All companies in the Abel Tasman renting kayaks have a standardised safety briefing that runs for a set time to ensure all customers safety. Although the weather in the park is generally settled it can change quickly so the briefing covers that and paddling techniques and tips on maximising your time in the Abel Tasman. For what people normally consider a vast amount of experience in a kayak often falls short of our standards so we have a blanket policy that everyone needs to go through our safety briefing.
Written 16 February 2020
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Tim R
4 contributions
Amazing 2 day kayak experience
My wife and I just returned from a 2 day trip with ATK - we started our adventure in Marahau and took a 40 minute water taxi up the coast to Awaroa. We’d have loved to do the 3 day trip which covers the same coastline but includes a few nature walks a however, we were NOT disappointed by the truncated experience. We were paired off with one other lovely family in for a reunion, and the endlessly talented guide Isaac, who had us all feeling like Whānau by the end of the trip.

The thing that really impresses me about this tour is how meticulously they have figured out to time the various side quests, swims and meal breaks so that it lines up with the tide. In terms of sights, the highlights for me would have to be:

1) Tonga island, where we saw dozens of young seal pup-mum pairings and learned about the impressive comeback this species has made over the last several years.
2) Shag Harbour, a beautiful inlet accessible only during high tide with crystal clear water and a symphony of cicada song
3) Mosquito bay (reportedly named this to reduce foot traffic - not at all buggy), a beachhead campground accessible only by kayak
4) Watering cove near Te Karetu point - where you drink delicious, crystal clear & cool spring water directly from the source

If you are reading and thinking “but I am not an experienced kayaker”, this is NOT a necessity for this trip. If you are in reasonable shape, eager to learn and put in effort you’ll get through the ~30km of ground with no problem. My wife and I were lagging a bit behind because of some motion sickness and Isaac seamlessly built in breaks and sightseeing to keep us caught up and feeling good. The food is excellent and abundant - I won’t spoil the particulars.

Finally, I’d be woefully remiss if I didn’t emphasize again just what an incredible guide Isaac was for our group. He is kind, outgoing, thoughtful and has a deep knowledge and love for NZ, Abel Tasman Park, and Maori culture. The depth of his knowledge for the flora & fauna, natural and human history of the area would be impressive for a guide 10 years his senior. He carries all of it off with such nonchalance - and always with a smile and a laugh (and a piece of ginger candy when my wife was worse for wear on the mad mile)

Go on this trip, with this group. We will be back, and we hope he’s there to show us another adventure
Written 30 January 2020
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AbelTasmanKayaks
Hey Tim, thanks for such a lovely thorough review of the trip and Isaac as your guide...thanks also for the comments around anybody being able to experience this magnificent coastline.
Written 16 February 2020
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Bilal
Te Anau, New Zealand2 contributions
Must do ‼️
We kayak along the splendid Coast of Abel Tasman National park for over 2 hours then we stopped for lunch at the magnificent onetahuti beach. Daryl was our tour guide; he was really nice cool fun and let us stopped and take as many pictures as we wanted and explained us very well the history of the Abel national park .
Written 12 January 2020
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AbelTasmanKayaks
Thanks Bilalifestyle for your review, we are pleased you enjoyed your trip and learnt lots about the history of the Abel Tasman Nationap Park.
Written 13 January 2020
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Rachel S
1 contribution
Louisa > Brownies
Dec 2019 • Couples
Superb walk and kayak through the beautiful Abel Tasman! Louisa was a fantastic guide and made sure that everyone was having a great time. Thank you for the yummy recommendation for burgers after! We’ll be dreaming about those brownies for years to come!! thank you all for a fantastic trip!
Written 30 December 2019
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Thanks Rachel for your review.
Written 12 January 2020
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BigBenMcEwan
Auckland, New Zealand25 contributions
Penguin!
Great tour with Nathan giving really informative commentary throughout. We had a bonus Little Blue Penguin float calmly around the kayaks towards the end of the trip, too. So great.
Written 11 December 2019
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Passenger05872048249
Great to hear you saw a Little Blue! Thanks for the review BigBen.
Written 15 December 2019
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By: Abel Tasman Kayaks
AucklandWiz
AucklandWiz
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A Great Way to Explore Abel Tasman National Parks Coastline
We opted for a half day freedom (unguided) rental as we just wanted a taste of kayaking this beautiful area and did
JASPER72
JASPER72
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What guide ?
I chose the full day guided tour hoping to get an overview of the marine life and surrounding areas. From the start
693LindaJ693
693LindaJ693
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Fantastic boat trip to be dropped off, and walk back
We chose to hike part of the Able Tasman Track, and went with Able Tasman Kayaks who were dropping off a bunch of k
Superpear
Superpear
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JUST DO THIS ONE!!
SIMPLY DO IT!! I can't heap enough praise on this full day trip. If the tides are on your side, start from Awaroa B
impulsivekiwi
impulsivekiwi
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Amazing trip!
I did the 3 day tiki tour as a solo female traveller and found it an amazing experience. Everything was well organi
NZfoodie2014
NZfoodie2014
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Fab experience
Totally recommend. Thx Moose!! Wonderful kayak instructor, educator and all round lovely person and thanx Wally and
SunHol1
SunHol1
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Amazing
The day kayak/walk was the highlight of our trip, we loved it (even the teenagers!). Darryl our guide was fantast
laura_25252
laura_25252
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Brilliant day kayaking with Darryl
We had a brilliant time on our Abel Tasman Kayaks trip. We had Darryl looking after our group (my partner and me, a
adamszentes_nz
adamszentes_nz
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Stunning time on Two Day Classic
Had the most amazing trip on the two day classic tour. Kyle was an awesome guide who showed us lots of hidden treas
jovitapw
jovitapw
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2 Day Park Start Tour is great value for money, time and experience
Abel Tasman Kayaks have a great interactive online website that caters for all possible adventures whether that's h
mlb209
mlb209
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Half Day Kayak
Had a half day kayak with Balveer. He was friendly and informative and catered well to the needs of our small fami
nzfoodi
nzfoodi
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3-day classic
Loved every minute of this trip! These guys are super organized and friendly. Everything was sorted and the guides
707philg
707philg
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Great 3 days in the Able Tasman national park
We had a great 3 days in the national park with Abke Tasman Kayaks. We were dropped off at the northern end of the
BrianY853
BrianY853
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Awesome kayaking
My partner and I got a day-hire kayak for 90pp. I couldn't recommend Abel Tasman Kayaks any higher. There was a tho
Pou_Havea
Pou_Havea
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GREAT EXPERIENCE
If you want an authentic experience, this is definitely the place to go. From the moment we stepped foot into the r
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