Beaches, Kayak & Walk
A cost-effective trip to combine kayaking, beach time and boat cruising in the beautiful surroundings of Abel Tasman National Park.
- Availability: 20 October to 18 April
- Best For: Everything in one day
- Walking Time: Optional
- Kayaking Time: 2 hours
- Cost: Adult $125, Child $90 (10-14 yrs)
If you want to sample a little of everything on the golden coast for one low price, this is the option for you. Join our "Split Apple Paddle" to explore the protected beaches and spectacular granite sculptures of the Southern coast with an easy guided sea kayak, then travel into the heart of the Park to relax on a golden beach or take a walk.
Click the Itinerary Tab above for full details.
20 October 2012 to 18 April 2013: Adult $125 Child $90 (10-14 yrs)
Please note: no kayaking on Christmas Day (December 25)
All our kayak trips include the latest kayak gear:
- Stable double kayak
- Spray jacket
- Buoyancy aid
- Dry bags for spare clothing and camera gear but please note we cannot guarantee to keep sensitive electronic equipment dry
- Maximum 8 people per Guide
- Scenic Vista Cruise return to Anchorage Beach
Looking for more kayaking and less walking?.. try Beaches, Bays & Seals Sea Kayaking Day Trip
Considering exploring more of the park?... try our Kayak & Walking Breaks
Compare All One Day Sea Kayaking Options
If you're still not sure please contact our friendly reservations team who will be happy to talk you through all the options
How to get here
Click here for detailed driving directions and maps (opens in new window)
Other Sea Kayaking Day Trips OptionsWe operate these options:
9.00 am Check in at our Kaiteriteri ticket booth in the carpark to meet your Guide.
On the golden beach sands of Kaiteriteri Beach, your friendly, expert Guide settles you into a stable double kayak with full instructions and safety brief. Then, it's onto the water to explore and have fun, confident you can enjoy a safe paddling experience. Your Guide knows all the best, secret spots taking into account the tides, weather and your interests and abilities with paddling time up to 2 hours. Watch out for our resident Blue Penguins and other sea birds along the coast.
Pause at a sheltered cove for a break before returning to Kaiteriteri around midday where you say farewell to your Guide and swap your kayak gear for walking shoes.
1.00 pm Join our Vista Cruise at Kaiteriteri to cruise the protected waters of the Astrolabe Roadstead past idyllic beaches fringed by lush native forest to the golden expanse of Anchorage Bay (30-45 mins). Then you choose: swim, sunbathe, take a leisurely stroll along the beach or explore the sunny Manuka groves leading to the idyllic cove of Te Pukatea Bay and return (45 minutes walking time). For those that would like a longer walk, there’s the option to walk to Te Pukatea via the Pitt Head Loop track, with stunning views across Tasman Bay (1 hour 30 minutes return).
3.25 or 5.15 pm Rejoin the Vista Cruise at Anchorage Beach for a relaxing return cruise, hugging the coastline.
4.10 or 5.50 pm Return to Kaiteriteri
Please note: The later return option is available only if you are self-driving, or staying at Kaiteriteri. There are no connecting coaches available at this time.
We operate this trip on most days during the summer months. In the low season, please contact us for alternative suggestions.
What To Bring: Day Trip in Abel Tasman National Park, NZ
Bring your own lunch or order a scrumptious picnic lunch from us the day before you travel. Please order lunch by 6pm on the night before your Wilsons day trip, or at the time of booking.
Available low season - 19 April to 19 October:
• Onboard Barbecue Lunch $25
What to Wear
We enjoy glorious weather, summer and winter. Temperatures can be crisp in the mornings and cool in late afternoon with summer sea breezes. Bring a warm layer of wool or polar fleece and a light rain jacket to ensure your comfort. The Coastal Track is well formed and mostly shaded by native forest. The track comes down onto golden-sand beaches fringed by lush native forest and protected azure waters - ideal for swimming.
* Cotton clothing (especially denim) is not recommended. It is very heavy and cold if it gets wet, and takes a long time to dry. Thermal, quick-dry fabrics are best eg. Polypropylene, polar fleece, wool.
For kayaking, we provide a spray jacket and buoyancy vest that will keep you warm on most days when paddling. Bring a spare set of clothing and warm layer to be stored in the kayak so you can change into dry gear if necessary. Always bring some shoes you can walk in, in case weather causes you to land on a beach where some walking might be nesessary.
Abel Tasman National Park enjoys the highest number of sunshine hours in the country. Our clear skies, with no pollution result in a very high risk of sunburn, even on a cloudy day. Bring sunglasses, hat and sunscreen.
We recommend cool, light, comfortable footwear. Not recommended: any shoes with no heel attachment, eg. jandals, flip flops, scuffs, slides etc. Click here for more information on suitable footwear, particularly for eastuary crossings (Note this is a PDF file).
For walking: Light, comfortable walking shoes are suitable to walk the track. If you have hiking boots, wear them if you prefer but they are not necessary. Depending on tides and conditions, you can usually keep your feet dry. On rare occasions, you might have to remove your shoes and roll up long trousers when you are embarking or disembarking from our boats. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear to allow for this. There will be time to rinse feet and put shoes back on when necessary.
For kayaking: Weather conditions might require pulling into a beach for shelter and some walking may be required. You might like to do some exploring on foot. Therefore, please bring some footwear, suitable for walking. Footwear in the kayak is optional. Many people find it more comfortable to wear some foot cover to prevent their heels rubbing against the kayak. Rubber water socks are ideal.
Light Day Pack
Please use a plastic liner inside the day pack to ensure your day requirements stay dry. (Kayakers only: the day pack will be stored in watertight holds in the kayaks. For important items, such as cameras and spare clothes, we will supply a special watertight "dry-bag".) Please Note: we cannot guarantee to keep camera or electronic equipment dry.
- Light, comfortable walking shoes
- Quick-dry, loose clothing (shorts or trousers that can be rolled up)
- Warm thermal layer
- Waterproof jacket with hood (disposable rain coat available to buy at our office
- Swim wear and towel (optional)
- Sun hat, sunscreen and insect repellent (available to buy at our office)
- Drinking water
- Check that lunch has been ordered for you or bring your own lunch
- Camera (CHECK THE BATTERIES) and film (waterproof disposable cameras available to buy at our office)
- Cotton handkerchiefs. Please do not bring tissues or paper towels. They add to litter in the Park.
- Hand steriliser (not wipes)
- Kayakers will need a change of clothing including a warm sweater or polar fleece
Coverage is intermittent south of Awaroa. There is no coverage north of Awaroa Bay.