Planning Your Trip

Make your trip perfect

Suggestions on what to bring for 1 day trips.

•Quick drying shorts or swim wear.

•Avoid cotton T’s when possible. Polypro underwear is best with a warm fleece top. Long sleeved shirts are a good idea for summer when the sun is very strong.

•Hat, sunscreen & sunglasses

•Insect Repellent

•Towel

•Light walking shoes/ sandals

•Water bottle

•Camera

•Warm clothes to change into after paddling.

 

 

Suggestions for Overnight trips

•Avoid cotton T’s when possible. Polypro underwear is best with a warm fleece top.

•Long sleeved shirts are a good idea for summer when the sun is very strong.

•Quick drying shorts or swim wear.

•Hat, sunscreen & sunglasses

•Insect Repellent

•Towel

•Light walking shoes/ sandals

•Water bottle

•Camera

•Warm clothes to change into after paddling.

•Sleeping gear

•Sleeping bag

•Adequate food

•Gas and Cookers

•Tent and Sleeping mat

•Torch


HUTS have toilets, bunks, mattresses and water supply. No cooking facilities are provided, so visitors should carry a stove. Hut passes must be purchased before entering the park. These can be purchased from D.O.C directly online or through selected operators and information outlets. Back country hut tickets and Annual Hut passes are not valid for hut use on the Coast Track.

CAMPSITES have basic facilities, which include a water supply, fireplaces and toilets. Not all campsites have fireplaces. Camp passes must be purchased prior to entering the park. These can be booked on line or through D.O.C offices, kayak operators, information centers, or other approved operators.

IMPORTANT

The Department of Conservation accommodation policy means ALL Abel Tasman users must PRE-BOOK their camp passes.  If you have booked a rental trip online with us your DoC accommodation is included in the price.

In the peak season 1 October - 30 April:

New Zealand citizens and those ordinarily resident in New Zealand*:

  • Adult (18+ years): $38 per person, per night
  • Child (17 years and under): free but booking still required

International visitors:

  • Adult (18+ years): $75 per person, per night
  • Child (17 years and under): $75 per person, per night

In the off-peak season 1 May - 30 September:

  • Adult (18+ years): $32 per night
  • Child (17 years and under): free but booking still required

Aquapackers: Dorm - $110pp, per night

Private double $220, per night

Track Times

Distance

 Time

Marahau - Anchorage Hut  3.5 Hours  12.4 kms
Anchorage Hut to Bark Bay Hut (high tide track)  4 Hours  11.5 kms
 Bark Bay Hut to Onetahuti Bay (high tide track)  3 Hours  8.4 kms
 Onetahuti Bay to Awaroa Hut  2 Hours  6.4 kms
 Awaroa Hut to Totaranui  2.5 Hours  7.1 km (tidal)
 Totaranui to Whariwharangi Hut  3.25 Hours  9.8 kms
 Whariwharangi Hut to Wainui car park  2 Hours  5.7 kms

Kayak Rentals

A kayak rental is ideal for water confident groups of two or more who are fit and familiar with the outdoors and ready to deal with the moods of mother nature.

Safety is our main consideration as we prepare you for your kayak adventure. All kayak rentals receive a comprehensive safety briefing covering all aspects of kayaking from correct use of equipment through to emergency management and weather assessments. On the first stage of your trip our guide will provide on water paddling instruction.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

No solo kayakers are permitted
No children under the age of 14
No kayaking north past Shag Harbor

 

Kayak Hire Pricing  Per person
 1 Day Hire $90pp
 2 Day Hire  $130pp
 3 Day Hire $160pp
 4 Day Hire  $190pp
 5 Day Hire  $220pp
 Additional Days  $40pp
 Water Taxi retrieval for a single kayak  $20
 Water Taxi retrieval for a double kayak  $40
 Bag Transfer - per transfer  $20

 

Water Taxi passenger fares

   
Passenger transfer from Marahau - Anchorage/Torrent Bay $40 per person
Passenger transfer from Marahau - Bark Bay $42 per person
Passenger transfer from Marahau - Tonga $45 per person
Passenger transfer from Marahau - Awaroa  $48 per person
Passenger transfer from Marahau - Totaranui $50 per person
   

DOC camp fees

In the peak season 1 October - 30 April:

New Zealand citizens and those ordinarily resident in New Zealand*:

  • Adult (18+ years): $38 per person, per night
  • Child (17 years and under): free but booking still required

International visitors:

  • Adult (18+ years): $75 per person, per night
  • Child (17 years and under): $75 per person, per night

In the off-peak season 1 May - 30 September:

  • Adult (18+ years): $32 per night
  • Child (17 years and under): free but booking still required

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

No solo kayakers are permitted
No children under the age of 14
No kayaking north past Shag Harbor

Top grade accessories that are issued to each group include:

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Life jacket
Spray deck and Paddle jacket
Waterproof Abel Tasman coastal map
Touring paddles
2 piece spare paddle
Bilge pump and sponge
Distress flare with waterproof canister
Tide table and marine weather forecast.

 

Our kayaks (L-R) are the Dobbe Double, Dobbe Tuart, Mission Eco-Niizh and the Q Kayaks Penguin.

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Item Per Day Additional Days
Two Person Tent  $25.00 $12.50
Sleeping bag and liner $15.00 $7.50
Thermarest $10.00 $5.00
Sleeping mat $5.00 $2.50
Gas Cooker (incl 1 gas cannister) $15.00 $7.50
Gas (additional bottle) $9  
Cooking set (2 person) kitchen set, gas cooker and gas cannister $25.00 $12.50
Full camping Pack (1 person) Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, cooking set $50.00 $10.00
Full camping Pack (2 person) Tent, sleeping bags, sleeping mats, cooking set $80.00 $20.00
     

Confirmation Details:

  • To confirm a booking we require full payment at time of booking.

  • Check in time at our base at 273 Sandybay Marahau Rd, Marahau on morning of departure at 8.15am

  • To avoid delays on the day of departure, we ask that all food requirements need to be purchased before arriving at our base and packed into small plastic bags, ready to load into your kayaks along with all clothing packed into suitable bags.

    Cancellation/Refunds:

  • Invariably travel plans may change, or group numbers change due to illness or people having changed their minds. We respect these facts but we ask that you appreciate we may have declined many peoples requests for similar kayaking trips due to no availability.

  • Cancellation of your trip: within 48hrs (day trips) or 14 days (overnight trips) of departure will incur a 50% cancellation fee for day trips; within 24 hrs (day trips) or 7 days (overnight trips) – no refund; in the event of a ‘no show’ full payment is required. 

  • If we decide not to launch a guided tour or freedom rental, due to adverse wind and sea conditions being unsafe for the trip/ tour to proceed, then we ask that you respect this decision.

  • In this situation we offer a delayed start, weather permitting or a shorter trip option- departing the next day.

  • If your schedule does not allow for any of the above options, then a full refund is offered.

  • Once a rental period or a guided trip has begun, there will be no refunds for days lost due to weather conditions or clients returning earlier than the agreed rental period.