Adele Island Seals & Walk

Paddle Adele Is. then travel into the Heart of the Park to view seals on Tonga Island and walk to Medlands Beach

  • Availability: High Season (20 Oct - 31 March)
  • Best For: Adele Island and walk
  • Cruise: Kaiteriteri - Observation Beach 20 mins
    Medlands - Kaiteriteri 1 hour
  • Walk: Unguided Tonga to Medlands, 4.1 kms
  • Kayak: 2 hours guided
  • Start: 9.00 am
  • Finish: 6.00 pm
  • Cost: Adult $172 Child $116 (12-14 yrs)
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Cruise from Kaiteriteri into the sheltered waters of the Astrolabe Roadstead, pausing for photographs at Split Apple Rock.

On the golden sands of picturesque Observation Beach, your Guide introduces you to kayaking with full training and safety brief.  Then paddle around Adele Island wildlife sanctuary, home to seals, penguins and birds, including one of New Zealand’s rarest birds, the South Island Saddleback.

Return to Observation Cove to rejoin the Vista Cruise to Tonga Island Marine Reserve. View seal on Tonga Island, then land at historic Tonga Quarry to walk over the forested Tonga Saddle and around the Bark Bay Waterfall Trail to Medlands Beach for your Vista cruise pick up to return to Kaiteriteri.

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Prices valid to 30 September 2019.

Terms and Conditions

Please note: no kayaking on Christmas Day (December 25)

Other Options

We Operate These Options:
  • Adele Island Beaches & Walk

    • Adele view to Observation
    • Observation Beach view to Adele
    • Adele Island
    • Seal Grooming

    9.00 am Check in at our Kaiteriteri ticket booth.

    9.20 am Join our Vista Cruise at Kaiteriteri to cruise into the protected waters of the Astrolabe Roadstead.

    9.40 am Disembark at Observation Beach where 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. Paddle to Adele Island, a predator-free sanctuary, ringing with birdsong. The island is home to seals, penguins and birds, including one of New Zealand's rarest birds, the South Island Saddleback (Tieke). Explore the coast of Adele Island, then return to Observation Beach.

    1.20 pm Join the Vista Cruise to travel along the spectacular granite coast, calling into popular beaches along the way and pausing to view the antics of seals on Tonga Island Seal Colony

    2.05 pm Land at historic Tonga Quarry to walk over the forested Tonga Saddle and around the Bark Bay Waterfall trail to picturesque Medlands Beach

    5.05 pm  rejoin the Vista Cruise to return to Kaiteriteri at 6.00 pm
    Please contact us for coach availability from Kaiteriteri.

    This itinerary may be reversed with a Beach Stop at either Tonga Quarry, Medlands Beach or Anchorage before starting your Adele Island Birdsong & Seals kayak from Observation Beach at 1.00 pm.

    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)