Marahau Tours
Full-Day Freedom Kayak Rental in New Zealand

Full-Day Freedom Kayak Rental in New Zealand

By Abel Tasman Kayaks
Explore the 12 golden beaches of the Astrolabe area. Experience a day kayaking unguided in the Abel Tasman National Park. You can kayak out and back from Marahau. We provide a safety briefing before you head off.
per adult
Lowest price guaranteeFree cancellation

Ages 14-100, max of 100 per group
Duration: 24h
Start time: Check availability
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  • A double kayak, buoyancy vest, spray skirt, paddle jacket, paddle, safety emergency flares, waterproof map, water pump and a spare paddle. Additional items in the winter: wetsuits, wetsuit booties.
What's not included
  • Return transport from Nelson/Motueka is not included in the trip price. Please book separately.

  • 273 Sandy Bay-Marahau Road, Mārahau 7197, New Zealand
    Please meet at Abel Tasman Kayaks base, 273 Sandybay Rd, Marahau at 8.15am
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 161500P8

    • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
    • Most travellers can participate
    • Minimum of 2 (no solo hires)
    • Return transport from Nelson/Motueka is not included in the trip price. Please book separately if required. Return Nelson $60pp Return Motueka $30pp
    • In accordance with New Zealand legislation, we are obliged to inform a person seeking to participate in our adventure activity of any serious health and safety risks they may be exposed to by participating in the activity. We therefore include our Risk Disclosure Statement for you to read prior to booking, so you are aware of the risks of participation. Risk Disclosure In any outdoor adventure activity, participants are exposed to variations in weather conditions and therefore there is an element of risk involved. Risks in undertaking this water-based activity include but are not limited to; Personal Injury (sea sickness, heat stroke, hypothermia, drowning) and Property Damage. Abel Tasman Kayaks mitigate this risk through thorough preparation and adherence to a detailed Risk Identification and Management System. This includes providing you with the necessary information, training and safety equipment to participate in our activities. You are personally responsible for listening to our directions, adhering to our advice, and making responsible decisions to keep yourself safe. Additionally, we reserve the right to modify, alter or cancel activities at any given time if we feel your safety, or the safety of others may be compromised.
    • 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

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

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 161500P8

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    • Abel Tasman Kayaks
      New Zealand
      Joined in October 2010
    • pkh213
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great way to see the beauty of Abel Tasman National Park
      This is a full day tour. We traveled from Nelson to Marahau which takes about an hour. Checked in at 8 a.m. and found out we would be kayaking first. There were four couples in double kayaks and our guide, Dez. We launched at Low Tide Landing. We kayaked out to Adele Island where there is a bird sanctuary. We also saw some New Zealand fur seals on the rocks. It was a relaxing kayaking trip that ended at Observation Point where we had lunch on the beach. We then hiked back to where we started. The climbing was steep at the beginning from the beach but then evens out. It takes about three hours. Enjoyable day.
      Written 9 June 2024
    • lsrc23
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Split Apple Guided Kayak
      Fab day, all members of my grouped loved it. Including the guide, we paddled out with 6 of us. Emily was a fantastic guide. Whole process was seamless, no waiting around or being unsure. Company provided wind breaker jackets and dry bags. Kayaked out to Split apple rock, had tea/coffee and a break on the beach. Our guide had picnic rugs, extra layers if we were cold, wind proof jackets etc felt like they'd thought of everything to give us a great trip. Timing was great, long enough to have fun and feel like we've had an experience without feeling tired/it going on for too long. Grateful for the hot showers at the end!
      Written 6 March 2024
    • a_daydream_believer
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A full day of adventure not to be missed
      What a fantastic way to spend a day! Our guide Mo was such fun, her incredible knowledge of the area & its wildlife was a real hit for us. From the facts & figures about Adele Islands predator free status to pointing out gulls nesting spots, it all added to the experience.
      Written 3 March 2024
    • Julafton
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Don't hesitate, just go!
      Absolutely worth it! Start the day with the walk and take a coffee at the bar in the beginning of the walk. Then meet up with the group and have a lunch before going with the kayak. Had the guide Tash ( 1st of March) and she was brilliant, explained everything from the seals lifecycle to the impact from the pest. Can't recommend it enough. /the Swedish couple
      Written 2 March 2024
    • christophergA5250ZY
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A wonderful trip on and off the water
      We did the half day kayak and hike back with a lunch stop. The whole day was awesome, including our guide and the training. The weather was perfect which of course helps. But the bird sanctuary island with the fur seals was worth the price of admission, but then of course there was the rest of it.
      Written 29 February 2024
    • meganf419
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Perfect way to see Able Tasman
      This was a great experience! I loved all the secluded beaches we stopped at and all the wild life we saw! Darrel was an awesome guide and had a lot of wonderful information about the area and New Zealand as a whole. Would highly recommend this kayak company!
      Written 21 February 2024
    • Diavan2014
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Adventure in a stunningly beautiful place
      Our kayak adventure with Able Tasman Kayaks was well managed from beginning to end. Every staff member from was friendly, helpful and efficient but Mitchell, our guide, was amazing. His ability to anticipate our needs, keep to the schedule, to provide the details we needed, to make the necessary adjustments (on the third day he provided us with a walking option that was very satifying) and to prepare healthy, delicious meals and snacks for up to 10 of us was truly amazing. The campsites were set up for us and we even had air mattresses. We are not strong paddlers so a kayak/walk/kayak may have been a better choice for us as the waves and headwind around a couple of of the points were hard but Mitchell made it work for us. Thank you Mitchell! I highly recommend Abel Tasman Kayaks for an adventure in a stunningly beautiful place.
      Written 15 February 2024
    • Kbartravel
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      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fun but brief
      Abel Tasman Sea Kayaks’ facility and operation were efficient and well-organized. Our guide was friendly, interesting, and capable. We enjoyed our kayaking but were disappointed that it was significantly shorter duration, especially time in the water, even though there were no delays getting out, weather was great, and group seemed totally up for doing the amount of kayaking suggested by the itinerary.
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    • Paradise22801565003
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      The magic Abel Tasman
      What a fantastic family trip! Whitney the super guide looked after us so well! The food was amazing, nothing was rushed and a good amount of paddling each day. My son is also Coeliac and they catered for him extremely well. Blue water, green bush and golden sand. Absolutely magic! 💯 recommend!
      Written 4 February 2024
    • CGFo1234
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fantastic Tour
      We had a great full day activity of kayaking guided by Jordan followed by a self guided hike. The kayaking was really enjoyable with some beautiful scenery, we also saw some fur seals. A lovely lunch was provided by the Jordan after the kayaking. We then walked a little on from Observation beach before turning back to Marahau - a perfect day.
      Written 3 February 2024
    • M933UElisap
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fantastic 3 Day Freedom Kayak Park Start
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    • Kelsey0000
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing trip
      Just completed the three day great walk from Totoranui to Marahau. Jordan, our tour guide was exceptional. Great food & drinks. In the short time he has been working there he knows the history of this amazing national park and has a real passion for the outdoors. Next trip I will be booking a kayaking tour. Highly recommend anyone wanting to book a tour, book it through Abel Tasman Kayaks!
      Written 17 January 2024
    • Passport37290192959
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      4.0 of 5 bubbles
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      Beautiful, self guided trek along Abel Tasman costal track, followed by a guided tandem sea Kayaking. Amazing and the guide was very informative.
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    • NinaB310
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Simply Spectacular
      From the first email to the shower at the end of our trip our experience with ATK was exceptional. Every team member was professional, friendly, helpful and great to deal with and our guide, Awatea, was fantastic. I can't recommend the Three Day Classic enough. We added an extra day to our trip and walked from Totoranui to Anapai Bay return then on to Awaroa for the night. Tip: pack reef shoes to cross the Awaroa inlet and a plastic bag to put them in afterwards. We met our guide and Kayaks on the beach, had a very clear briefing before hitting the water. The next 3 days were full of adventure information, stories, fun, breathtaking scenery (especially Shag Harbour), delicious meals and possibly the best activity-based trip we have ever done. Our group of 6 (family of 4 and 2 friends) would do it again in a heartbeat.
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    • SimonR3891
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Awesome Kyak adventure for all - WOW
      Awesome day of kyaking with small group & our guide Jordan. He had not been guiding at Abel Tasman Kyaks much more than 3mths, but without a doublt he knows his stuff & even ALL the local points if interest. He is professional an seasoned veteran . Very attentive to all needs & abillities. Not had to recomend thus as a must do if you want to how NZ used to be, prime untouched, golden sand water. Perfect weather *29 C made for a perfect day for all, incleding 2 teenage boys. A nice workout with plenty of rewards at many bays from Arwaroa down to Barks bay, with serveral swims & lunch along the way. 10/10 Jordan - keep doing what you do, a real credit to the Team at Abel Tasman kyaks!!!
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles1 review
    Very good

    Benjamin Trey
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2023 • Couples
    We had an amazing experience! We just booked 15 min before the start it is was still possible. Fast and efficient security briefing and drop off and pick up service from the store to the beach included. There are also showers which was awesome. We definitevly recommend!
    Written 7 October 2023
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    Thanks for the review for the full day freedom we are pleased you had a great day and we could get you out to experience the Abel Tasman.
    Written 23 October 2023
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