Abel Tasman Walk 5 Days

‘The Abel Tasman Coast Track is one of New Zealand’s ’10 Great Walks’ – and for good reason. The mild climate, golden beaches and native forest shows off the wide variety and stunning beauty New Zealand has to offer.

The Abel Tasman Coastal Walk — 5 Days is a leisurely tour of sunny Abel Tasman National Park’s forests and golden-sand beaches in the South Island of New Zealand. This tour provides the perfect balance: 3 days hiking the world-famous coastal track, and 2 days based at cosy lodges where you can relax, or strike out and explore.

A boat cruise will take you to the start of your walk through lush native forest and beaches from Totaranui in the north to Marahau in the south. Wind your way along the famous shores of the Marlborough region as you traverse Abel Tasman National Park, finding secrets like Cleopatra’s Pool and Cascade Falls along the way.

Tour Type

Walking Tour

Duration

5 days / 4 nights

Fitness

Price

NZ$2,275

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  • Departs Tuesdays and Fridays. October-April.

Shoulder Season Dates! October 1 to 31, January 20 to 31, April 1 to 30.

Tour Itinerary

Price: NZ$2,275

Day 1

Nelson / Motueka to Awaroa via Totaranui

7km

Meadowbank Homestead

All aboard our Vista Cruise vessel! As we cruise from Kaiteriteri at the southern tip of the Park, north to Totaranui we echo the contours of the spectacular Abel Tasman coastline. Relax on the upper or lower viewing decks and enjoy a hot drink from the cafe. From Totaranui, walk through mature beech and rata forests, and along secluded golden beaches to the breathtaking expanse of the Awaroa inlet. Here, a warm kiwi welcome awaits you at Meadowbank Homestead – Awaroa, a faithful re-creation of the Wilson family’s original home on the “finest site in the bay”.

  • Pick up Nelson (10.15 – 10.45 am) or Motueka (11.30 am) or if you are self driving please meet at our office by 11.30 am. Low season departures (19 April to 19 October) have an earlier start time. See Start/Finish Times (below) for more details.
  • Meet your guide at our Motueka office for a welcome briefing with time for last-minute luggage organisation, before departing to Kaiteriteri by coach.
  • 1.00 pm: Vista Cruise departs Kaiteriteri for a fast, safe, comfortable cruise along the National Park coastline. Hot & cold drinks, open and enclosed viewing decks and bathroom facilities on board.
  • From Totaranui, walk through mature beech and rata forests, and along secluded golden beaches to the tidal inlet at Awaroa.
  • Either walk, if the tide is out, or take a boat ride across the stunning expanses of the largest inlet on the coast.
  • At Meadowbank Homestead – Awaroa, right on the edge of the inlet, you’ll be welcomed with pre-dinner drinks and fine food.  Here you’ll find comfortable accommodation full of history and kiwi charm.

Approximate Times: 
Scenic drive to Kaiteriteri from Nelson (1 hour) or Motueka (20 mins)
Cruise Kaiteriteri to Totaranui – 1.5 hours
Walk – 2.5 hours (7 kms, 4.5 miles) including tidal crossing
Maximum elevation 60 m (200 ft)

Meals included: Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner

Day 2

Explore Awaroa

Meadowbank Homestead

Wake up to a home-cooked breakfast and sweeping views across Awaroa inlet, the largest tidal estuary in Abel Tasman National Park.  Enjoy the comfortable surroundings of the lodge and perhaps a coffee on the verandah watching the movement of the tides over golden sand. Then, let your guide design your day to be as active or relaxed as you wish with another night at Meadowbank Homestead – Awaroa.

Options include:

  • Explore Awaroa estuary on foot or by kayak (tides permitting)
  • Visit early European and pre-European historical sites
  • Unwind on the beach
  • Relax and enjoy the comforts of Meadowbank Homestead.

Approximate Times: 
Walking time: up to 4 hours (optional)
Optional kayaking: up to 2 hours

Meals included: Breakfast, Morning and Afternoon Tea, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Awaroa to Torrent Bay

17km

Torrent Bay Lodge

After a relaxing night’s sleep and home-cooked breakfast overlooking the gardens by the sea at Meadowbank, you’ll be ready for your scenic day walk to Torrent Bay. If you’re not feeling energetic, your Guide will arrange for a boat ride so can choose the amount of walking to suit.

Section 1:  6 km (3.5 miles) Max elevation 85 m (280 ft)

  • 9 am (approx.) leave Awaroa to enjoy a morning walking through native forest with magnificent coastal views, then walk along the golden sands of Onetahuti Beach.
  • Continue on to explore the historic sites and picturesque golden cove of Tonga Quarry beach.

Section 2:  4km (2.5 miles) Max elevation 120 m (400 ft)

  • From Tonga Quarry, walk over a forested saddle and around the Waterfall Trail to Bark Bay.
  • Midday, stop for lunch at Bark Bay, taking time out to relax, explore, swim or sunbathe on the golden sands.

Section 3: 7 kms (4.4 miles) Max elevation 105 m (340 ft)

  • From Bark Bay, walk the most varied section the coastal track as it winds through shady gullies of mature Beech forest, fern grottos and sunny groves of Manuka framing coastal vistas.
  • Cross the swing bridge at Falls River and continue on to Torrent Bay.
  • Around 4.30 pm: A welcome awaits at Torrent Bay Lodge, right on the beachfront.  This was the Wilson family’s holiday home, now tastefully extended and renovated to include all modern comforts whist keeping its relaxed, beach holiday atmosphere.

Leisurely options:

  • 11.50 am, board the Vista catamaran at Tonga Quarry. Cruise to Bark Bay to join the rest of your group for lunch or continue on to Torrent Bay.
  • 3.00 pm, board the Vista catamaran at Medlands Beach (Bark Bay) to cruise to Torrent Bay.

Maximum total Walking time: 7 hours (17 kms, 10.5 miles)

Meals included: Breakfast, Morning and Afternoon Tea, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Explore Torrent Bay

Torrent Bay Lodge

A day of choices! Let your Guide plan a day to be as adventurous or relaxing as you like with another night at Torrent Bay Lodge, right on the beach.

Options include:

  • Walk through breathtaking first generation forest, up to the waterfalls on Falls River;
  • Canoe or walk around the estuary and visit the peaceful grotto of Cleopatra’s Pool;
  • Walk to the golden expanse of Anchorage beach and picturesque Te Pukatea cove, visiting historic Maori sites at Pitt Head along the way;
  • Relax on the beach at Torrent Bay.

Approximate Times:
Optional walking: up to 5 hours (10 kms, 6 miles)
Optional canoeing: tide dependant

Meals included: Breakfast, Morning and Afternoon Tea, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Torrent Bay to Kaiteriteri to Motueka/Nelson

13 to 16km

Wake up to morning light on the golden sands of Torrent Bay and perhaps a coffee on the deck before breakfast. Then on your final day, walk the easiest section of the coastal track from Torrent Bay to Marahau, with panaromic views across Tasman Bay to Nelson. Along the way you’ll rediscover the pristine bays and beaches named by French Explorer, Dumont D’Urville in 1827.

  • Depart Torrent Bay Lodge at about 9.00 am
  • Around midday, stop for lunch at a sheltered beach with views of the islands in the Astrolabe Roadstead.
  • Our driver meets you at Marahau (or Kaiteriteri) to return you to Motueka (4.30 pm) or Nelson (5.30 – 6.00 pm)**.

For less walking time:

  • Join the Vista Cruise at Torrent Bay, Anchorage or Apple Tree Bay to cruise to Kaiteriteri.

Approximate times:
Walk 4-5 hours, depending on tides (13 – 16 kms, 8 – 10 miles)
Maximum elevation 110 m (360 ft)
Scenic drive Marahau/Kaiteriteri to Motueka (20 mins) or Nelson (1 hour)

Meals included: Breakfast, Morning and Afternoon Tea, Lunch

Start/Finish times

The direction of this trip may be reversed on some departures with earlier pick up in Nelson (7.15 – 7.40 am) and Motueka (8.15 am).

This early pick up applies to all departures after NZ daylight savings time ends at the beginning of April.

If Start/Finish times don’t suit your itinerary, please contact us to make alternative arrangements.

Please confirm the start/finish time with us before you book connecting airline flights.

Important Additional Information:

Walking each day is optional. You are welcome to travel on any of our scheduled ferry services. This flexibility is perfect for couples or groups with different interests and abilities – some preferring to walk, others to take the boat between lodges.

As our 5 Day Guided Walk runs at the same time as our 5 Day Guided Kayak & Walk break, some of your group can book this option, so you can all meet up to share your day’s stories at our Lodges.

We reserve the right to alter itineraries, timetables and vessel types. All travel subject to weather and tides which may cause delay/cancellation.

What's included?

This tour is very flexible, with a number of options available to take optimal advantage of weather conditions. The direction of the trip may be reversed on some departures, with earlier pick up in Nelson and Motueka.

Departure Timetable This trip operates year-round and leaves every Tuesday. Special itineraries can be arranged on other days, subject to availability. Please contact us for details.

Trip departures from May to October require a minimum of 4 people.

If you wish to book with less than 4 people during these months, please contact us for a confirmed departure date.

 

Accommodation

  • Days One and Two: Based on an original 1884 homestead the lodge has double/ twin guest rooms with ensuite bathrooms, lounge, dining room and in-house bar.
  • Days Three and Four: 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.

Double or twin share. If single room accommodation is requested, an additional fee per person is payable to cover this requirement for the duration of the walk.

 

Food

  • Day 1 meals: Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner.
  • Day 2 meals: Breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.
  • Day 3 meals: Breakfast, morning and afternoon teas, lunch, dinner.
  • Day 4 meals: Breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.
  • Day 5 meals: Breakfast, morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea.

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.

 

Luggage

Your luggage will be transported for the duration of the tour.
All you carry is a small day pack with your personal gear, drink and lunch. We do the rest

 

An experienced guide

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.

 

All transport

 

Access and Concession fees paid to the Department of Conservation

 

NZ Goods and Service Tax (GST)

 

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.

 

*This tour is run in conjunction with another operator

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