ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK WALK

SOUTH ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND
SEPT 2021 - MAY 2022
 
DESCRIPTION:
 

Pack Free Walking Holiday
This walking holiday has been designed for those looking for a guided multi-day walking experience with everything taken care of for you. You won’t be asked to carry your clothes or overnight packs for the entire tour, as our tours are designed to be pack-free experiences. This is a big advantage for our guests, in that you will avoid carrying a heavy rucksack on your back every day. 

Wow Factor – Abel Tasman Kayaking experience
The wilderness reserve of Abel Tasman National Park reaches from Marahau in the south and Wainui in the north. As well as the many beautiful walking trails of this area, the coves and waters of this area are just as fascinating and home to New Zealand fur seal colonies. For an up-close experience, we have included a guided kayak tour from our accommodation for the chance to see these playful creatures.

Personalised Tours
Our tours are designed to be personal and intimate with a maximum group size of 10″-12 people. However, if you have a bigger group please contact us for details.

Superb Guides
Our guides which we refer to as our CEOs – Chief Experience Officers” who are passionate, well trained and enthusiastic with the ability to bring to life a depth of information. We have two guides on every walk to ensure we can cater for different walking abilities, with at least one guide a local to the area.

PRICE INCLUDES:
 
  • Your 4 day walking holiday includes:

  • Pack Free Walk – Carry as little as your water, lunch and camera

  • 2 nights accommodation at the secluded Awaroa Lodge

  • 1 night accommodation at the stylish Rutherford Hotel, Nelson

  • Private Boat transfers to the trail each day

  • Guided kayaking tour

  • 3 delicious lunches

  • A la carte dining in the restaurant every evening featuring local produce

  • Fine New Zealand wines with evening meals

  • 2 x Hot and cold breakfasts

  • Fresh fruit and trail mix to enjoy during your walk

  • Professionally guided – Our guides which we refer to as “CEO – Chief Experience Officers” who are passionate, well trained and enthusiastic with the ability to bring to life a depth of information. We have two guides on every walk to ensure we can cater for different walking abilities, with one guide a local to the area with great local knowledge.

  • National Park Fees

  • Return transfers to and from Nelson
     

ACCOMMODATION:

Awaroa Lodge

2 nights accommodation

Tucked away on the edge of a forest is the secluded Awaroa Lodge. As this remote and charming lodge is not accessible by road, we will arrive spectacularly by boat, before disembarking for a walk to the lodge along the beachfront. The main lodge features a bar, library, cosy log fireplace, outdoor courtyard and the superb Harakeke Restaurant.

Our guests will stay in Standard Rooms, with large spacious rooms and deck overlooking the native bushland or wetlands and ensuite. Relax and soak up the tranquillity of this unique location.

Room Configurations:
Twin share. King or two twin beds available

Single Supplements
Solo travellers not wishing to share with another solo traveller can pay a single supplement.

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1 Night at the Rutherford Hotel, Nelson
Our first night is spent at the Rutherford Hotel Nelson. Centrally located, the hotel is close to the city’s art galleries, shopping and iconic Cathedral.

 

Fine Dining with New Zealand Wines

Award-winning Restaurant

The wonderful Harakeke Restaurant is a superb place to enjoy fine dining in the evenings, with its glass-walled conservatory offering stunning views over the wetlands. The chefs pride themselves on creating a menu with an emphasis on fresh local produce. The restaurant has its own organic garden supplying plentiful herbs and seasonal vegetables. Match this with regional New Zealand wines and you have the perfect dining experience.
 

DON'T FORGET:
NOT INCLUDED IN THIS TRIP
  • Flights

  • Insurance

  • Any optional tours and activities during free time

  • Tips or gratuities and items of a personal nature.

 

OUR TIPS:
This is a fully supported walk, you only need to carry a light day pack.
Note: This tour is a mixed group tour (male and female)

FULL ITINERARY


Day 1

Arrival Day Nelson - Welcome Dinner

Organise your flights to arrive into Nelson anytime today. Nelson can be reached by flying from Christchurch or Wellington airports. Welcome to Nelson, a city renowned for its arts and crafts, galleries and festivals. Tonight meet your guides at 7.00 pm for dinner in the Oceano Panorama Restaurant at the Rutherford Hotel Nelson. Offering a superb a la carte menu and wonderful local wines this is an excellent opportunity to get to know your fellow guests.
Day 2

Walk from Totaranui to Awaroa Inlet

After a hot breakfast, transfer by minibus to the charming seaside town of Kaiteriteri. We join our boat and cruise along the stunning coastline of Abel Tasman National Park, taking in spectacular views of crystal clear aqua water, pretty coves and picturesque beaches along the way. We reach the golden beach of Totaranui where we disembark to start our walk. We cross a stunning granite headland above Skinners Point to reach Goat Bay and then head on to pretty Waiharakeke bay, the track crosses a substantial headland to the north end of Awaroa inlet, the largest in Able Tasman National Park. We walk into our accommodation, the secluded Awaroa Lodge, surrounded by pristine waterways and native forest. Enjoy time to relax before joining the group for a fabulous a la carte dinner in the Lodge’s restaurant featuring creative local produce, accompanied with fabulous New Zealand wines.
(Distance: 7kms. 3 hours of walking. Easy)
Day 3

Morning Kayak with the seals. Walk Awaroa to Bark Bay

After breakfast, there is the option to kayak from the lodge on the stunning waters of this spectacular marine park. Local New Zealand fur seal colonies can often be seen frolicking in the waters on this journey, and it is one of the most memorable kayak tours of a lifetime. For those not wanting to join the kayak enjoy time to relax or enjoy a sleep in.We then all head from the lodge on our walk to Bark Bay. We reach Tonga Bay by climbing over Tonga saddle, reaching Onetahuti, a stunning beach surrounded by imposing granite headlands. We continue on, passing a historical Granite Quarry site. Beyond the quarry, the track once again climbs over another forested headland, descending to beautiful Bark Bay. Afterwards, we are met by our boat for the return boat ride back to Awaroa Lodge. Tonight the group comes together for dinner in the restaurant served with New Zealand’s fine wines and modern creative cuisine.surrounding cliff faces are up to 1800 million years old and known as King Leopold sandstone. When we reach the end, cool off in the pretty waterhole before tracing our steps. Notes: Walks in this region, will depend on the conditions and may be adjusted to suit. Tonight enjoy dinner in the Steakhouse Verandah Restaurant enjoying fine dining featuring local produce such as barramundi and succulent beef.
(Distance: 9.6kms. 5 hours walking, 3 hours paddling)
Day 4

Walk Anchorage to Apple Tree Bay

After an enjoyable breakfast, we transfer by private boat to Anchorage. Anchorage is one of the most popular parts of the Able Tasman. We take a detour to Pitt Head for a picnic lunch and the exquisite Te Pukatea Bay, arguably the most appealing of all the beaches in the Park. We allow 90 minutes for the side track and then head back on the coastal track crossing a forested saddle, descending to the sea beyond Yellow point and to our final destination at Apple Tree Bay. From here we join our boat transfer back to Kaiteriteri before joining our minibus back to Nelson arriving at approximately 6.00pm. The end of a remarkable journey. (Distance: 7kms. 4 hours walking. Medium grade)
For those wanting more walking, why not add a 3 day Queen Charlotte Sound walk before your Abel Tasman walk for a 6 day New Zealand journey.





$2,395 single

$470 supplement

4
days
Activity Level:

Moderate

Frequently asked questions

How fit do I need to be to do this walk?


This walk is suitable for those who are looking for a walking / hiking holiday experience. A good level of fitness is needed to complete this walk. You must be capable of walking between 5 – 6 hours a day along formed tracks and beaches. We’ll take the pace at a level that suits everyone, with plenty of rest stops and opportunities to take photos during each day. Please note if you have any medical conditions which may affect your walking we suggest you seek medical advice before booking this tour.




Is there a portered walk option?


All our guests will have their overnight bags transported, leaving you free to relax and enjoy the walk instead of struggling with a large backpack.




So what will I need to carry?


All our guests will just need to carry a small day pack with water, camera and any small personal items you want access to during the day. You won’t even need to carry your lunch as your guide will carry the groups lunch.




Do you cater for different dietary requirements?


Yes we can provide for any special dietary requirements. When booking please specify your special dietary requirements with as much details as possible. If you require specific meals such as gluten free, vegetarians that don’t eat fish or vegan, other than our standard menu you can either bring your own supplements or a $50 surcharge will apply.




If I am travelling on my own do I need to pay a single supplement?


If you are happy to twin share a room with another solo traveller, there is no extra charge. (If we can’t find another solo traveller to share with, you will have your own room at no extra cost). However if you want to request a room specifically for yourself you will be required to pay an additional fee, enquire for details.




What time does this adventure start and finish?





Can you recommend pre and post tour accommodation?


As our 7:30am pickup is at Hotel Grand Chancellor in Launceston, for convenience we recommend this hotel of choice for your pre -tour accommodation.




I’m driving, where should I park my car?


If you are driving to meet the group, please let us know and we will discuss the best options for meeting and parking your car




How many people are in each walking group?


We run this tour with a maximum of 10 walkers.