How to Get Here

Details on how to find us and where to check in with maps and driving directions

DAY TRIP CHECK-IN: 1 Kaiteriteri-Sandy Bay Road, Kaiteriteri
- OR - at our Motueka office for day walks. Kayak day trips check in Kaiteriteri.

Multi day trips check in our Motueka Office.

If you have picked up your tickets from our Motueka office, or if the booth is unattended, look for our boat on the beach and check in with our Boat Hosts.


Our office is located between the Shoreline Cafe and Kaiteriteri Camp Shop, across the road from the main beach. Look for our Sea Fern logo.

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MULTI-DAY CHECK IN: Head Office, 409 High St (entrance on Old Wharf Rd), Motueka

Multi-day trips meet here, unless other arrangement have been made with our Reservations Team.
Day Cruise & Walk Trips, if you have time we recommend picking up your tickets here. This avoids the check-in queue at our Kaiteriteri office and there is more time to discuss options if you have questions about your day.
Kayak day trips all check in at Kaiteriteri.

Click here to download detailed map and driving directions Nelson to Motueka and Abel Tasman

Click here, to download detailed map and driving directions Christchurch to Motueka.

Coach Connections

We use Abel Tasman Coachlines for connections from/to Nelson, Motueka and Marahau. Information and timetables here.

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Getting here by car
Getting here by coach
Getting here by ferry
Flying Here

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Getting Here By Car

Approximate driving times to Kaiteriteri or Marahau from:

Blenheim 2hrs 30mins
Christchurch 7hrs
Collingwood 1hr 45mins
Motueka* 20mins
Nelson 1hr 20mins
Picton 3hrs 20mins
Richmond 40mins
Takaka 60mins
Westport 4h

*If you drive from Motueka to Marahau via Kaiteriteri, allow an extra 20 minutes for the drive.

Nelson to Motueka:
Take Highway 6 south through Richmond. At the Richmond roundabout (traffic circle), take the right-hand exit -> Highway 60. Drive northward approx 40 kms (25 miles) to the roundabout (traffic circle) at entrance to Motueka township.  Take the second exit into High Street. Drive 1 km and turn right into Old Wharf Road (a clock tower on the left marks the intersection). Turn right into Old Wharf Rd and park on the street beside our office.

Motueka to Kaiteriteri:
Continue north along High Street (Hwy 60) out of Motueka for approximately 8 kms (5 miles). The highway contains several junctions but stick to the main road as it crosses the Motueka River (long, narrow 2-lane bridge), veers right through Riwaka and then crosses the Riwaka River Bridge. Two hundred metres past Riwaka bridge, turn off the highway at the right turn signposted to Abel Tasman National Park via Kaiteriteri and Marahau. Continue for 6 kms to Kaiteriteri.

Our office (open 8.30 am to last sailing, November to April) is located between the Shoreline Cafe and Kaiteriteri Camp Shop, across the road from the main beach. Address: 1 Kaiteriteri - Sandy Bay Rd. Look for our Sea Fern Logo. All day parking is available in the main carpark. There is no overnight parking between mid December to end of February. Please check in early to arrange overnight parking.

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Motueka to Marahau:
From Motueka, it is quicker if you do not turn off Hwy 60 at the Kaiteriteri junction. Stay on the highway for approx 200 metres as it veers left, then take the next right-hand turn off the highway, signposted to Abel Tasman National Park via Marahau. Marahau is approximately 10 kms (6 miles) from the turnoff.

If you are in Kaiteriteri, you can continue past Kaiteriteri Beach and follow the road along the coast to Marahau (approx 8 kms, 15 minutes).

At Marahau:
Sandy Bay Road runs through the village, along the water front, then veers away from the beach to the National Park entrance and public carpark. To avoid environmental damage and the discomfort of tidal transfers on shallow sand flats, we do not transfer passengers in the Marahau estuary. Please contact us for shuttle options to connect with our boat departures in Kaiteriteri.

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Getting Here By Sea

The Cook Strait Ferry runs between Wellington on the North Island and Picton on the South Island. The ferry crossing requires some organisation and advance bookings, especially during the peak summer season. The two main ferry companies are:


Allow 2 hours 15 mins to drive from Picton to Nelson.

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Getting Here By Air

International airports closest to Abel Tasman National Park are Wellington (North Island) and Christchurch (South Island). Two regional airlines offer scheduled services into Nelson airport:

Air New Zealand

Other smaller airlines such as Sounds Air offer services across Cook Strait and offer an alternative to taking a Cook Strait Ferry.

To fly directly into the National Park, contact Picton Floatplane Service for flights from the Marlborough Sounds and Picton ferry terminal.

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Getting Here By Coach

Many bus and coach services connect Nelson and Motueka with other destinations in the North and South Islands.
Abel Tasman Coachlines - regional coach services
InterCity - national coach services to Nelson


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