Abel Tasman National Park, known for its coastal hiking track has an abundance of golden beaches, inlets and private lagoons. The park has a mild climate and is a special place to visit at any time of the year. Why not enjoy a scenic cruise through the Sounds or take a kayaking tour around its many sheltered bays? Relax to the melodious birdsong and get up close to some of the park’s many animal residents, including native bats, geckos, birds and marine mammals - fur seals and dolphins.
Abel Tasman Cruises combined with short bush walks are a great way to experience this beautiful national park. Join Abel Tasman Wilson's Experiences' boat at Kaiteriteri for your Abel Tasman National Park Cruise. The boat hugs the shore, travelling in close to the idyllic beaches. Your skipper provides a full commentary of the trip. Take you own lunch or pre - order a prepared lunch the night before. The following are some of the more popular cruise and walk options you can choose from.
Vista Scenic Cruise
Cruise from Kaiteriteri, through the Astrolabe Roadstead to Torrent Bay and Bark Bay, calling into picturesque beaches and coves where walkers and kayakers are transferred to golden-sand beaches. Pause to view the antics at Tonga Island Seal Colony in the Marine Reserve, then continue past isolated northern beaches to the long sweep of burnished sands at Totaranui.
Pitt Head Loop
Cruise through the sheltered waters of the Astrolable Roadstead to disembark at Anchorage Beach. There you can choose to take a leisurely stroll to Te Pukatea Bay or walk the Pitt Head Track. Alternatively relax on the beach and go swimming in the calm azure waters. Walking time is around 1 hour.
Seals and Beach
For the best of everything, this trip is for you. Take a scenic cruise into Tonga Island Marine Reserve, pausing to watch the antics at its resident Fur Seal Colony. Land at historic Tonga Quarry beach then take a walk for about 2 hrs 15 mins (4.1 kms, 2.5 miles) over a forested saddle and around spectacular Bark Bay estuary with its cascading waterfalls.
Bark Bay Falls
From the sheltered beach at Kaiteriteri, cruise past the sculpted granite headlands and islands. Pause to view the long, golden, forest-fringed beaches of Torrent Bay. Disembark at Medlands Beach. A short stroll takes you to popular, sheltered Bark Bay with its pleasantly shaded camping area. Swim in calm azure waters, sunbathe or relax in the shade of native forest trees. A forested track around the estuary takes you to Bark Bay Falls (approx. 1 hour return).
Swing Bridge, Bush and Beach
Cruise into the heart of the National Park with full commentary to introduce you to this fascinating coastline. Disembark at idyllic Medlands Beach, where you will walk to the long golden-sand beach of Anchorage, via Torrent Bay (approx. 4hrs) The track weaves through sunny groves of Manuka and fern between breathtaking views of the granite coast and lush gullies of mature forest, to reach tranquil forest pools. Cross the rushing Falls River by an impressive swing bridge. Allow extra time to take a short side track beside a crystal forest stream to visit tranquil Cleopatra's Pool.
Experience the best of Abel Tasman on this combined beach cruise and walk tour. You will first take a cruise into the Tonga Island Marine Reserve, where you will pause to watch the antics of the Resident Fur Seal Colony. After landing at the historic Tonga Quarry Beach, take a two hour, fifteen minute walk over forested land and around the spectacular Bark Bay Estuary - renowned for its cascading waterfalls. You will then region the cruise at the sheltered golden cove on Medlands Beach.
Combining the best of the Abel Tasman, this trip showcases incredible beaches, coastal walks and native wildlife. First you'll meet your guide and join the 9.30am Vista Cruise along the magnificent coastline to Torrent Bay. You'll then arrive at Torrent Bay Lodge and complete a full training session and safety briefing before moving on to the water in kayaks to discover beautiful beaches, tidal estuaries and rivers.
Stop for a picnic lunch in a sheltered cove and take some time to swim, explore or sunbathe on the sand. On your return trip, if the winds are favourable, sails will be hoisted and you'll sail back via Pinnacle Island to view the seal colony there - if you're lucky, you may even see some resident blue penguins at the same time. Arriving back at Torrent Bay Lodge, freshen up with a hot shower and re-join the vista cruise back to Kaiteriteri, arriving at 4.10 pm.
During the summer there is the option to enjoy an unguided two hour coastal bush walk after the kayaking trip. Walk around the picturesque Torrent Bay Lagoon - via Cleopatra's Pool - to anchorage where you will re-join the boat back to Kaiteriteri.
Two Gods - two islands, sandy beaches and a fascinating stretch of coastline. The Two Gods tour highlights the best of the Abel Tasman in a day. You will explore the realm of Tangaroa the god of the sea and Tane Mahuta god of the forest and hear about the life that lives in each space. Both by land and sea, this is a trip you will remember, as you live and breath the soul of the Abel Tasman. Kayak the length of the Tonga Island Marine Reserve from Awaroa to Onehahuti, then spend the afternoon walking unguided from Onetahuti to Bark Bay. Includes lunch.
This relaxing paddle explores the spectacular Kaiteriteri coastline with its golden beaches, and sculpted granite cliffs. Stop for lunch at a secluded cove before heading back to Kaiteriteri for your picnic lunch. Swap your kayak booties for walking shoes and join the Vista Cruise to Onetahuti where you'll have the chance to view the seal colony at Tonga Island on the way.
After arriving at the at the Tonga Island Quarry, disembark and walk the coastal track to Medlands Beach where you region the Vista Cruise back to Kaiteriteri. Time spent kayaking is 2.5 hours including breaks. The unguided walk is 7km and the minimum age is 10 years old.
This 3 day holiday is the best combination to experience everything Abel Tasman National Park has to offer, with the comfort of Lodge accommodation on the beachfront within the Park. With 2 days sea kayaking the sheltered southern reaches of the Park and one day walking the lush northern rainforest and isolated beaches of Abel Tasman Coast Track, including a scenic cruise along the length of the Abel Tasman coast.
This three day adventure is ideal for those who want to walk the full length of the 38 km Abel Tasman Coast Track but have limited time. You will be accompanied by a guide who is there to help you make the most of your time in Abel Tasman National Park and can entertain you with a wealth of stories about the rich cultural and natural history of the area. You begin with a scenic cruise along the spectacular coastline, delight in sweeping golden bays and hidden inlets, framed by lush, evergreen native forest. Each day you will explore this natural wonderland and in the evenings relax at the beachfront lodges of Torrent Bay Lodge and Meadowbank Homestead, Awaroa. The Wilsons team take care of the details so you have more time to switch off and enjoy one of the world's most diverse and picturesque coasts.
This three day adventure is ideal for those who want to walk the full length of the 38 km Abel Tasman Coast Track but have limited time. You will be accompanied by a guide who is there to help you make the most of your time in Abel Tasman National Park and can entertain you with a wealth of stories about the rich cultural and natural history of the area. You begin with a scenic cruise along the spectacular coastline, delight in sweeping golden bays and hidden inlets, framed by lush, evergreen native forest. Each day you will explore this natural wonderland and in the evenings relax at the beachfront lodges of Meadowbank Homestead, Awaroa and Torrent Bay Lodge. The Wilsons team take care of the details so you have more time to switch off and enjoy one of the world's most diverse and picturesque coasts.
Travel in style along the golden granite coast, taking in all the highlights: Split Apple Rock, Tonga Island Marine Reserve and Adele Island Wildlife Reserve. View sea birds and seals and watch out for Little Blue Penguins. Your hosts will choose the best, sheltered bay to light the grill and serve up your classic Kiwi Barbecue Lunch. Choose to eat on board, or take your lunch ashore to relax on a golden-sand cove, before returning aboard the Vista Cruise to Kaiteriteri.
Explore from Marahau to Anchorage in a day. 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. After landing at Observation Beach enjoy a stop for lunch before swapping your paddle for walking shoes.
Discover clear streams, native bush and incredible views over Anchorage and the Astrolabe on your afternoon walk. Walk along Anchorage Beach to the beautiful Pitt Head loop. Allow plenty of time to take in the view from Te Pukatea Bay, a hidden gem in the Abel Tasman. Walk back to Anchorage for your Water Taxi pick up back to Marahau.
Fly over the spectacular Kahurangi National Park to Golden Bay. Land on Mt Olympus and view the strange pinnacle rock formations that were used to portray the 'South of Rivendell' in the Lord of the Rings - where the nine travellers hid from the crebain crows of Saruman. Marvel at the spectacular views and unique landscape before your return flight to Nelson.
The Abel Tasman National Park coastline offers some of the best sailing in New Zealand. Almost daily through summer the sea breeze fills in from the North mid morning and gradually builds through the afternoon. Peaceful relaxing sailing early in the day is the ideal time to cruise North exploring the native bush clad coastline and golden beaches. The afternoon offers the thrill and excitement of fast sailing, a great opportunity to ride the waves back down the coast. Shelter and calm water can still be found in most bays when the breeze is up, offering a great balance for cruising sailors.
All the yachts Sailing Adventures operate are modern, safe and very well equipped. Skippers are MSA qualified, with years of local knowledge and experience sailing the Abel Tasman coastline. So hear the history of the National Park, learn how to sail, or just sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery you decide.
Full day trip
Imagine... ghosting along effortlessly through pristine clear waters while relaxing aboard a spacious sailing catamaran, surrounded by secluded coves, golden beaches, islands and lush native forest. Treat yourself to the only scheduled Full Day sailing tour in New Zealand's coastal paradise... the Abel Tasman National Park. Chill out and relax, get involved in the sailing or learn as you go... you decide! Experience some great sailing, stop at some stunning beaches, with a full hour to enjoy your lunch and relax on Anchorage beach. A great opportunity to go swimming or take a short walk and explore the caves. Visit the Fur Seal Colony, Split Apple Rock, and much more on your return to Kaiteriteri...see all the highlights on this tour!
Be immersed in some of the incredible scenery from Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings. Begin this spectacular flight heading northwest over Golden Bay to land on Mt Olympus and explore the ‘South of Rivendell.’ You’ll then fly towards Mount Owen over the vast Kahurangi Park. Land once more to see rugged terrain recognisable from the scene ‘exit from the mines of Moria.’ You’ll have the opportunity to take photographs before heading back to Nelson, flying over Tasman Bay.
With your expert tandem skydive instructor, you'll jump out of Skydive Abel Tasman's Pilatus Porter PC-6 aircraft from 16500 feet and into an incredible freefall over stunning scenery. See both Islands, turquoise ocean's and mountains. You'll slow from a 200km/h descent to a safe, controlled canopy landing. Skydive Abel Tasman have a great range of tandem skydiving options to choose from, and their friendly team will give you the best day of your life.
From Marahau you'll travel on an exhilarating water taxi ride through the Astrolabe Roadstead into Anchorage. You then leave the golden sand beaches of the coast for a stunning 1.5 hour walk up and further into the Abel Tasman National Park. Along the way the guides will keep you entertained with endless amounts of stories about the history, culture, flora and fauna of the park. Delicious lunch is served before the action starts. At the top of the canyon you'll jump into your rubber suit, crank your harness tight and pop your helmet on. After a clear safety briefing by the guides you enter the truly remote environment of the canyon. You'll be jumping, sliding, abseiling, scrambling, floating and ziplining through this canyon for about 3.5 hours. The trip finishes with a royal slide into Cleopatras Pool. From the pool it is a 30 minute stroll along the river and the beach back to Anchorage where your water taxi awaits to zip you back to Marahau.
Explore the turquoise waters of Abel Tasman National Park on board the Yonder Star luxury yacht. By day you’ll enjoy swimming in warm balmy waters and the occasional wildlife encounter with myriad of marine mammals that call these waters home. On board you every need is catered for with delicious cuisines made from local ingredients matched to local wine and beverages. The vessel’s plush interior conveys a sense of effortless style and sophistication, with ample room for lounging in your cabin, dining alfresco in the cockpit area, formal dining in the saloon, or simply playing cards in the pilothouse.