Autumn: The Best Time for Your Visit

Late summer sunshine, birdsong, wildlife and crystal clear light for photography.

Our Vista Cruise departs Kaiteriteri every day at 9.20 am, returning at 4.10 pm*. This gives you our full range of beach stops with walking options.

For guided sea kayaking, to make the most of shorter day light hours with maximum sunshine, we recommend:

Half day Split Apple Paddle - explore the sheltered southern coast
Beaches, Bay, Kayak and Walk - kayak in the heart of the Park with seal viewing on Pinnacle Island (available from 19 April)
Beaches Bays and Seals - our summer trip to kayak in the heart of the Park to Pinnacle Island (available to 18 April)

Birds sing the praises of Autumn as the forest's evergreen trees provide a bounty of seeds and berries. Without the heat haze of summer, and less sea breeze to ruffle crystal azure waters, this is the best time for you to take stunning photographs. With fewer curious visitors, the wildlife comes out to play.

*Up to 18 April, the Vista Cruise operates on our Summer Timetable, with three Vista Cruise departures every day.

Other Options

We Operate These Options:
  • Timetables
  • Cruise & Water Taxi
  • Cruise & Walk
  • Sea Kayak
  • Kayak & Walk
  • Bespoke Experiences
  • Day Trips What to Bring

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    Our friendly Reservations Team is waiting to answer your enquiries and take your booking. Please contact us using the details below or complete the online form on this page and one of our team will reply within 24 hours.

    Freephone (New Zealand Only): 0800 223 582 (0800 ABEL TASMAN)
    Freephone (Australia Only): 1800-139 341

    Telephone (within New Zealand): 03 528 2027
    Telephone (outside New Zealand): +64 3 528 2027 (calling outside NZ)