Beaches, Bays & Seals
Your choice for a full day trip including seals, lagoons and kayak sailing. Vista Cruise into the heart of the Park to explore forested coves, golden beaches and islands. Min age 12 years.
- Availability: All year
- Best For: Seals, lagoons and kayak sailing
- Cruise: Kaiteriteri-Torrent Bay return: 45 mins each way (or meet at Torrent Bay)
- Walk: Options available
- Kayak: Torrent Bay/Anchorage (guided): 2 hours 30 minutes with breaks
- Start: 9.00 am
- Finish: 4.10 pm (all year) 6.00 pm (high season)
- Cost: From Adult $175, Child $125 (12-14 yrs)
Take our Cruise into Torrent Bay or meet your Guide at our Torrent Bay Lodge where you are introduced to your kayak with full training and safety brief.
- Your Guide designs each day around tides and weather conditions.
- Explore sheltered inlets and paddle out to Pinnacle Island Seal Colony (weather permitting).
- Return to Torrent Bay Lodge to freshen up and catch the return boat cruise to Kaiteriteri.
Kayak & Walk: After your kayak, take a walk from Torrent Bay to Anchorage Beach and catch the latest return cruise to Kaiteriteri. Please see Beaches, Bays, Seals and Walk for details. (Beaches, Bays Kayak & Walk is our Low Season option, operating 1 May - 30 Sept)
If you are already in Abel Tasman National Park join us at Torrent Bay. At the end of the day you can choose to stay in the Park, or take the return cruise to Kaiteriteri.
*PLEASE NOTE: the shallow tidal beach at Torrent Bay often requires a small boat transfer to get you close to shore, and can involve wading through water over your knees. For people with limited mobility or balance, our Adele Island Birdsong and Seals is the best trip for you.
No kayaking on Christmas Day (December 25)
9.00 am Meet your Guide at Kaiteriteri (or meet at Torrent Bay 10.15 am if you are already in the Park).
9.20 am Vista Cruise departs Kaiteriteri for a scenic cruise past the islands and golden coves of the Astrolabe Roadstead to Anchorage Beach.
10.05 am On the golden beach sands in front of our Torrent Bay Lodge, your friendly, expert Guide settles you into a stable double kayak with full instructions and safety brief. Then it's on to the water to paddle amongst the wondrous headlands, coves and islands of the granite coast.
Your Guide will ensure you make the most of the day depending on the tides, weather conditions, and your interests and abilities. Watch out for resident Blue Penguins and other sea birds along the coast. Enjoy watching the antics at the seal colony on Pinnacle Island (weather permitting). Stop at a sheltered golden cove for a lunch break. On your return journey, in favourable winds, your Guide will hoist a sail to ride the breeze.
3.30 pm: Rejoin the Vista Cruise
(During High Season - 20 Oct to 31 March - there is a pick up at 5.15 pm, to return to Kaiteriteri at 6.00 pm.)
4.15 pm: Return to Kaiteriteri for your connecting coach transfer or, if self driving, time for a drink or a meal at a local cafe.