Let us introduce you to the best sea kayaking territory in the sheltered waters of the wondrous Abel Tasman Coast.
Everyone can enjoy sea kayaking the crystal azure waters of this spectacular coastline. Kayak with the seals on trips into the centre of the Park.
With local knowledge of tidal and weather conditions, your guide designs each day around your interests and abilities, taking care of your comfort and safety, with all the training you need.
How hard is sea kayaking?
The Abel Tasman is renowned for its protected coastline but it is impossible to guarantee the conditions. When sea and weather are calm, sea kayaking is easy and very little skill or strength is required. However, due to the nature of the outdoors we are not always going to get favourable weather. It might be necessary at times to paddle against the wind to the nearest beach.
Our qualified guides provide full training and, if their instructions are followed, kayaking is safe and fun. Our boat crew provides full back-up so if kayaking becomes too difficult through the day you can leave your kayak at a beach and walk or take the boat. Double kayaks are used for stability, enjoyment and the advantage of having two people sharing the paddling effort.
What should I 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 to keep you warm when you stop for a break. 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.
** 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.
Is it necessary to wear shoes in the kayak?
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 or sport sandals are ideal. Some people just wear thick socks but be aware that any foot gear will get wet. Always take some light walking shoes that can be stored in a dry bag in case some walking is necessary.
Why Kayak with our team at Wilsons Abel Tasman?
- Due to our commitment to ecotourism best practice and care for the environment, Wilsons Abel Tasman is proudly the first of only 3 operators to hold a Tonga Island Marine Mammal Watching Permit from New Zealand's Department of Conservation (DOC). This means we can get you closer to our region's incredible marine life.
- Fun, friendly and authentic Kiwi hospitality. The Wilson family has been welcoming visitors to the region since 1841.
- Operating year-round
- All kayak equipment supplied. We take care of the details. You switch off and enjoy.
- No previous sea kayaking experience necessary. We give full instruction and use stable, double kayaks.
- Expert Guides. All guides are fully qualified and must pass our own internal assessment to ensure they operate to strict local and national safety guidelines.
- Safety, fun and comfort are our priorities.
- Free transfers for day trips from Motueka. Reduced rates from Nelson. Overnight trips include all transport.
- Sustainablity by Design. We know how to show you the best of Abel Tasman National Park whilst preserving its precious heritage for future generations. Environmental Policy
- Environmental responsibility. The first company to obtain a Department of Conservation (DOC) Concession and Marine Mammal Watching permit in the park.
- Range of Services. Combine Sea Kayaking and Walking. Groups of different ages and abilities can choose different options and meet up on the Vista Cruise or at our Lodges along the way.
- If you'd like to stay overnight - do it in style. We operate the only Beachfront Lodge accommodation within the boundaries of Abel Tasman National Park: twin/double rooms, ensuite bathrooms and meals cooked for you.
- No heavy packs to carry.
- Multi award winners. We win the awards so you win the best possible experience. For our latest award, we were judged best Visitor Attraction and Experience (small and medium) at the 2010 NZ Tourism Awards, Innovating for Success.
How to get here
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