Abel Tasman Walk - 3 Days
- Based on an original 1884 homestead the lodge has double/ twin guest rooms with ensuite bathrooms, lounge, dining room and in-house bar.
Please note accommodation is double or twin share. If single room accommodation is requested, an additional fee of $735 per person is payable to cover this requirement for the duration of the walk.
- Originally built as a holiday home and extended to 13 bedrooms the lodge has double / twin ensuite rooms on a nautical theme, bar, dining room and outside deck for relaxing.
You will enjoy great local cuisine; continental breakfasts and hearty packed lunches during the day, and either restaurant meals or wholesome home-cooked fare prepared by your host/hostess in the evenings.
If you have any dietary issues or food allergies, we are happy to cater for these, please advise the office of details when you make your booking.
All meals are included in your tour cost. Wine and other beverages are available to be purchased during dinners.
Our guides are very experienced, friendly walkers and bikers who love to share their knowledge of New Zealand’s flora and fauna and local history. They all hold current first aid certificates, passenger driving licences and are the very best people to ensure your experience will be one to remember.
Staff induction day
End of season staff function
What Should I Bring?
The Abel Tasman National Park has the highest sunshine hours in New Zealand. Temperatures are usually comfortable year-round, with winter sunshine and summer sea breezes. Summer temperatures average 22°C (72° F). Winters feature light morning frosts and cool nights, to enjoy in front of the lodge fires!
However, pack for all weather conditions, as New Zealand weather can be be changeable.
Please bring these items:
Cotton clothing is not recommended. Cotton (especially denim) is heavy and cold when wet, and is slow to dry.
- Warm wool and polar fleece layers
- Lightweight raincoat
- Quick-drying thermal layers, even in summer (polypropylene, polar fleece, wool)
- Spare set of hiking clothes
- Day pack (or borrow one of our 30 litre day packs). Use a plastic liner inside to keep your day requirements dry.
- Personal medication (to be carried each day)
- Good sports/hiking shoes (boots may be brought if preferred, but are not necessary for the well-formed track)
- Sandshoes, water socks or sports sandals for tidal crossings (jandals, flip-flops etc. are not suitable)
- Swimwear and towel (optional)
- Sun hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses
- Casual evening clothes
- Socks, including spare pairs
- Slippers for evening (optional)
- Lunch and water bottles (supplied by us)
NOTE: Sun Protection There is a high risk of sunburn due to the park's high sunshine hours and pollution-free skies. The risk applies even on cloudy days. Be sure to use your sunscreen, sunhats and sunglasses.
For walking: Light, comfortable walking shoes are suitable, or worn-in hiking boots if you prefer. You can expect to keep your feet dry, depending on tides and conditions. Occasionally you may have to wade a short distance embarking or disembarking from boats.
Lodge Luggage Bag: We will supply you with a sports bag (47x35x25cm). This bag will be carried by launch to the lodges. We will also supply you waterproof plastic bags. Pack all clothing inside these bags before you pack them into your sports bag. This provides extra protection to keep clothes dry during the boat transfers.
NO HAIRDRYERS PLEASE! Our electricity supply is via generator, and cannot power hairdryers. Battery chargers and electric razors are OK.
Please do not bring tissues or paper towels. They add to litter in the park. Please bring cotton handkerchiefs instead.
PLEASE DO NOT TAKE VALUABLES INTO THE PARK. Jewellery, wallets, travel documents, passports, etc can be stored securely in our office.
CELLPHONE COVERAGE IS UNAVAILABLE IN SOME PARTS OF THE PARK. This applies south of Awaroa. There is no coverage north of Awaroa Bay.
A shop is available at our office, for last-minute purchases of items such as insect repellent, sunscreen, beach towels, flashlights and batteries, and waterproof disposable cameras.
- Guides, chefs and boat crew
- ALL food (breakfast, lunch, dinner, morning and afternoon teas)
- All linen and towels at the lodges
- Waterproof plastic liners for bags
- A Lodge Luggage Bag (yours to keep)
- Day packs for you to borrow.
Safety and Risk Management
To ensure maximum safety for all, our guides are certified first aiders and fully qualified drivers. Tuatara Tours operate under a Safety and Risk Management Plan which is regularly audited and approved by a qualified and independent auditor.
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2019 / 2020
Shoulder Season Dates!
October 1 to 31
January 20 to 31
April 1 to 30
Shoulder Season Price!