2 Day Walking Break
Make the most of a tight schedule. Stay in the heart of Abel Tasman National Park, at one of our unique beachfront lodges.
- Best For: Travellers short of time
- Walking Time: Itinerary dependent
- Cost: Adult $815, Child (8-14 yrs) $570
Discover why our favourite place has earned the description of the finest coastal National Park in New Zealand.
By staying within the Park boundaries at one of our beachfront lodges, you will experience the best of Abel Tasman National Park. Soak up the peace and tranquility of a beach sunset and wake up to native bird song.
We strongly recommend that you join us for a minimum of 2 nights to maximise your enjoyment of this stunning coast. However, if you are on a tight schedule, we can design the best overnight experience to suit you, staying right on the beach with no need to travel out of the Park for accommodation with modern comforts.
You can choose to laze on a golden beach, walk or take a boat cruise. The choice is yours. And you won’t have to lug around heavy packs or worry about where to eat or what time to catch the best tide. We take care of all those details, leaving you more time to relax and enjoy.
Join 2 days of our 3 Day Walking Break OR click the Itinerary Tab above for our suggestion for an Overnight Lodge Stay at Torrent Bay.
Keep in mind that walking each day is optional. You are welcome to travel on any of our scheduled ferry services. Please discuss this option with your guide prior to each day's departure. This flexibility is perfect for couples or groups that want to visit the park, some preferring to walk, others to take the boat between lodges.
Subject to availablity, we can arrange a 2 Day Itinerary departing on any day to suit you.
Published prices valid to 19 Oct 2013
How to get here
Click here for detailed driving directions and maps (opens in new window)
Other Walking Breaks OptionsWe operate these options:
Our itineraries are flexible to accommodate your needs or schedule so please contact us to discuss options. Detailed below is a suggested 2-Day itinerary, staying at Torrent Bay Lodge.
Before you arrive: We will be ready and waiting to greet you. To make sure we have everything just right, we ask that the day before your trip with us, you phone our office toll free 0800 221 888 to confirm any dietary requirements and details of your pick-up location.
Your luggage: If you let us know where you are staying in Nelson, your complimentary Lodge Luggage Bag (to be transported to our lodges by boat) can be delivered to your accommodation. If you are arriving in the region on the morning of your trip with us, your Lodge Luggage bag will be available at our Motueka office.
Day 1: Travel into the National Park. Overnight Torrent Bay Lodge
For the most relaxing overnight experience, stay on board our comfortable Vista Cruise as it echoes the contours of the spectacular granite coast and disembark at Torrent Bay to delight in the comforts of our Torrent Bay Lodge with its sun deck leading to the golden sands of the sheltered beach. For an active adventure, disembark on the golden expanse of one of the northern beaches and walk south along the Abel Tasman Coast track for a wam kiwi welcome at Torrent Bay Lodge.
- ** 9.00 am check in at our Kaiteriteri ticket office to board the 9.30 am Vista Cruise to picturesque Tonga Quarry where you meet your Guide.
- After an introduction to the fascinating stories about this historic cove, start your walk along the coastal track toward Bark Bay.
- Around midday, stop for lunch at Bark Bay and take time out to relax, explore, swim or sunbathe on the golden sand. There is also the option to disembark from the Vista Cruise at Bark Bay, for a shorter walk to Torrent Bay (around 7 kms, or 2.5 hours).
- In the afternoon, you’ll enjoy a succession of magnificent views of headlands, estuaries and beaches, as our walking route meanders through native forest, before crossing the swing bridge at Falls River.
- Our last leg sees us continue on to the renowned Torrent Bay and our welcoming lodge on the beachfront. Home baked cookies and hot chocolate, or a cold drink from the in-house bar, await as you swap tales of your day around the log burner.
- Your hosts prepare a fine meal for you as you freshen up with a hot shower in your ensuite bathroom.
Bus to Kaiteriteri - from Nelson 1 hour 30 mins, from Motueka 20 mins
Cruise Kaiteriteri to Tonga Quarry – 1 hour 30 mins
OR Cruise Kaiteriteri to Torrent Bay - 30 mins direct or 4 hours via Totaranui
Walk up to 6 hours, optional
Meals included: Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, and Dinner
Day 2: Torrent Bay to Motueka/Nelson
Wake up to breathtaking views across Torrent Bay, breakfast and perhaps a coffee on the deck. Then, enjoy the beautiful walk from Torrent Bay to Marahau, along the well graded final section of the Abel Tasman coast track. Along the way you’ll rediscover the pristine bays and beaches named by French Explorer, Du'mont Durville in 1827.
- Depart Torrent Bay Lodge at around 9.00 am
- Around midday, stop for lunch at a sheltered beach with views of the islands in the Astrolabe Roadstead.
- Our comfortable coach meets you at Marahau to return you to Motueka (4.30pm) or Nelson (5.30pm)**.
Walk 4 hours (13 kms)
Bus Marahau to Motueka - 20 mins or to Nelson - 1.5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Morning and Afternoon Tea, Lunch
Important Additional Information:
The direction of our trips may be reversed on some departures.
**If start/finish times do not suit your itinerary, please contact us to make alternative arrangements.
Keep in mind that walking each day is optional. You are welcome to travel on any of our scheduled ferry services. This flexibility is perfect for couples or groups with different interests and abilities - some preferring to walk, others to take the boat between lodges. It is also possible to join a Guided Sea Kayaking trip if you plan ahead.
As well as a wonderful holiday experience, your Overnight Lodge Stay includes:
- Delicious fresh meals prepared by our skilled Lodge Hosts (dinner, breakfast, picnic lunch, snacks, fresh fruit, morning and afternoon teas).
- Accommodation in your own share twin/double room with ensuite bathroom, including wonderful hot showers and all bedding.
- No worries about lugging around heavy luggage. Lodge luggage bag and use of a daypack, with transfer and storage of luggage is included.*
- You choose how much walking you want to do each day.
- Track notes, maps and advice from our expert guides to help you design each day to be as active or relaxed as you wish.
- All scheduled coach transfers from and to Motueka or Nelson.
- You are also welcome to join one of our guided sea kayaking trips, starting at Torrent Bay eg. Beaches, Bays & Seals Sea Kayaking Day Trip.
*If you have extra luggage you are sure will not be needed on your trip with us, and you are staying at the same accommodation before and after your trip, you might prefer to leave your luggage there.
What to Wear
We enjoy glorious weather, year round. Lots of winter sunshine and summer sea breezes keep temperatures comfortable in every season. Maximum summer temperatures average 22 degrees C (72 F). In the cooler months, you can expect crisp, clear mornings (light frosts rarely fall below zero degree C or 32 degrees F), and temperatures fall as soon as the sun goes down, making the open fires at our Lodges even more inviting.
New Zealand weather can change rapidly, so any experience of our wonderful outdoors requires you to be prepared for four seasons in one day. 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.
Not recommended: Cotton clothing (especially denim). 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 necessary.
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 (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.
Bring your own or borrow one of our 30 litre day packs. 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.
- Any essential personal medication must be carried with you each day
- Sandshoes, water socks or sports sandals for tidal crossings (they will get wet). Jandals (flip-flops, scuffs, thongs etc.) are NOT suitable. Click here for more information on suitable footwear for estuary crossings (Note this is a PDF file)
- Good sports/hiking shoes. You may prefer hiking boots, but they are not necessary on the well formed track
- Swim wear and towel (optional). Beach towels can be purchased at our office
- Sun hat, sunscreen and insect repellent (available to buy at our office)
- Hand steriliser (please no wipes)
- Lunch and water bottle (supplied by us)
- Waterproof parka with hood (disposable rain coat available to buy at our office)
- Camera and film (waterproof disposable cameras available to buy at our office)
- Please do not bring tissues or paper towels. They add to litter in the Park. Bring cotton handkerchiefs
- Kayakers will need a change of clothing including a warm sweater or polar fleece
- Thermal underwear (even in summer) is highly recommended
- Bring quick-dry clothing, if possible: thermal fibres, polar fleece or wool. Avoid cotton, especially denim (very cold and heavy when wet).
Lodge Luggage Bag
Sports bag 47x35x25cm supplied by us and carried by launch to the Lodges. All clothing should be put in waterproof plastic bags that we provide for extra protection during the boat transfers:
- Underwear, including socks and sleepwear
- Spare set of hiking clothes
- Casual evening clothes
- Light lodge shoes (slippers)
- Personal toiletries
- Flashlight/torch (can be purchased from our office)
NO HAIRDRIERS PLEASE. Our generated electricity cannot power them. Battery chargers and electric razors are OK.
PLEASE DO NOT TAKE INTO THE PARK valuable jewellery, wallets, essential paperwork (travel documents, passports etc). These can be left in safe storage in our office.
CELL PHONES: Coverage is intermittent south of Awaroa. There is no coverage north of Awaroa Bay.
As well as a wonderful holiday experience, with skilled, friendly guides, chefs and boat crew, we supply:
- ALL food (breakfast, lunch, dinner, morning and afternoon teas)
- All linen (bedding and towels) at the lodges
- 750ml water bottles
- Waterproof plastic liners for bags
- For kayakers, all technical and safety equipment is provided, including stable double kayaks, water resistant paddling tops, bouyancy vests, dry bags
- We give you a Lodge Luggage Bag to keep and Day packs are available to borrow