Bark Bay Falls Swing Bridge (Trip #2)

Medlands Beach nestles in lush native forest, a 10 minute stroll from Bark Bay and the waterfall trail.

  • Availability: All year
  • Best For: Beach, bush and waterfalls
  • Cruise: Kaiteriteri - Medlands 1 hour each way
  • Walk: 10 mins to Bark Bay. 2 hrs Waterfall Trail
  • Start: 9.20am (all year) 10.30 am,1pm (high season)
  • Finish: 4.10 (all year) 12.55 or 6pm (high season)
  • Cost: From $71 per adult
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Cruise to Medlands Beach in the heart of the Park, then relax or take a walk to Bark Bay (10 minutes) and further along the Waterfall Trail to the new Swing Bridge.

Extended Cruise Option: (available 20 October to 18 April) Cruise all the way to Totaranui, pausing to see the seals in Tonga Island Marine Reserve, then return to Medlands Beach. Cost: from $83 per adult

Both Medlands Beach and Bark Bay beaches offer you the choices:

  • Relax in the sun.
  • Find a shady picnic spot.
  • Stroll along the sand.
  • Swim in the calm, azure waters.

If you are feeling energetic,

  • Walk the forested track around Bark Bay Inlet to see Bark Bay Falls and Swing Bridge. 4 kms (2.5 miles), approx. 1 hr return.
  • Walk to the impressively high Swing Bridge over Falls River, then return to Medlands Beach. 5 kms (3 miles) approx 1.5 hrs return

There is a containment toilet at Medlands Beach.  Facilities at Bark Bay include Dept. of Conservation shelter, flush toilets, picnic tables and filtered drinking water (look for the tap labelled "drinking water only").

*PREPAY online or by phone at least 2 hours before sailing to SAVE $3 PER ADULT ($1.50 per child) off price displayed in booking table.

Terms and Conditions

Departure Timetable:

Departures: 20 October to 31 March
Depart Kaiteriteri 9.20, *10.30am or 1.00pm
Arrive Medlands 10.20, 11.30am or 1.50pm
Pickup Medlands 12.00, 1.10, 3.10 or *5.05pm
Return Kaiteriteri 12.55, 4.15 or *6.00pm

*No bus connection with later pickup.
*Shoulder Season (1-19 October and 1-30 April) no 6.00 pm pickup..

Departures: 1 May to 19 October
Depart Kaiteriteri 9.20am
Arrive Medlands 10.20am
Pickup Medlands 3.10pm
Return Kaiteriteri 4.15pm

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)