Adele Island Birdsong & Seals (Half Day Trip)

Your choice for: most variety with less paddling effort. Min age 12 years. Cruise into the sheltered waters of the Astrolabe Roadstead. Kayak to Adele Island.

  • Availability: High Season (20 Oct - 30 Apr)
  • Best For: Adele Island wildlife sanctuary
  • Cruise: Kaiteriteri-Observation Beach
    20 mins each way
  • Walk: 0
  • Kayak: 2 hours guided
  • Start: 9.00 am or 12.30 pm
  • Finish: 4.10 or *6.00 pm
  • Cost: Adult $125 Child $99 (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 cruise back to Kaiteriteri, or travel further into the Park for a beach stop with optional walking. See Adele Island Kayak Plus Walk for more details.

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* 6.00 pm return not available from 31 March to 30 April

Prices valid to 30 September 2017. From 1 Oct 2017 to 30 Sept 2018 cost is: Adult $130 Child $102

Terms and Conditions

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

Other Options

We Operate These Options:
  • Beaches, Bays & Seals (Day Trip)
  • Split Apple Paddle (Half Day Trip)
  • Kayak Kaiteriteri Highlights (Afternoon Trip)
  • All you need to know about kayaking

    • Seals on Adele Is
    • Observation Beach view to Adele
    • Kayak Guide

    9.00 am or 12.30 pm Check in at our Kaiteriteri ticket booth to meet your Guide.

    9.20 am or 1 .00 pm Join our Vista Cruise at Kaiteriteri to cruise into the protected waters of the Astrolabe Roadstead.

    9.40 am or 1.20 pm 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.

    3.50 or *5.40 pm rejoin the Vista Cruise to return to Kaiteriteri at 4.15 or *6.00 pm

    *Later departure/return not available from 31 March to 30 April. There is no coach connection with this option.

    Your trip includes 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 Observation Cove


    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 year round:
    •    A selection of seasonal light meals plus hot and cold drinks are available to buy aboard the Vista Cruise

    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 shoes and socks for walking, in case weather causes you to land on a beach where some walking might be necessary. In the cooler months, we provide booties (bring socks for lining) and gloves for added comfort.

    Sun Protection

    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 estuary 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. In the cooler months we provide booties, so bring socks for lining.

    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)
    • Sunglasses
    • Drinking water
    • Check that lunch has been ordered for you or bring your own lunch
    • Cotton handkerchiefs. Please do not bring tissues or paper towels. They add to litter in the Park.
    • Hand steriliser (not wipes as they create litter and clog toilet systems)
    • Kayakers will need a change of clothing including a warm sweater or polar fleece

    Cell Phones

    Coverage is intermittent south of Awaroa. There is no coverage north of Awaroa Bay.

    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)