Swing Bridge, Bush & Beach (Trip #6)
- Availability: All year
- Best For: Great active day out
- Cruise: Kaiteriteri - Medlands: 1 hour. Anchorage - Kaiteriteri 35 minutes
- Walk: Medlands to Anchorage 10.6 kms (6 miles), 4 hours + extra options
- Start: 9.20 (all year) or 10.30 am (high season)
- Finish: 4.10 (all year) 6.00pm (high season)
- Cost: A $74 C(5-14 years) $37, under 5 Free. On-line booking *prepay saver $71
Cruise into the heart of Abel Tasman National Park pausing at Anchorage to view your destination then continue on to disembark at idyllic Medlands Beach. Read Earth Trekker's story here.
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 to start your walk. Cost: A $86 (*prepay $83) C(5-14 years) $43, under 5 Free
Walk the most varied section of the Abel Tasman Coastal Track, around the spectacular Torrent Bay estuary to the long, golden sands of Anchorage Beach.
Watch the highlights:
Crossing Falls River Swing Bridge.
The track weaves through sunny groves of Manuka and fern between breathtaking views of the granite coast and lush gullies of mature forest, to reach tranquil forest pools and long golden-sand beaches (maximum elevation 105 metres/340 ft). Cross the rushing Falls River by an impressive swing bridge.
Allow an extra 30 minutes to take a short (500 metres) side track beside a crystal forest stream to visit tranquil Cleopatra's Pool. If you want to try the natural waterslide, allow some extra time. Watch a visitor's story: A Nature-Made Waterslide in Abel Tasman.
If you are feeling energetic, you can add up to 1.5 hours walking to Te Pukatea Bay, return. For details, see the Pitt Head Loop.
*PREPAY online or by phone at least 2 hours before sailing to SAVE $3 PER ADULT ($1.50 per child).
Prices valid to 30 September 2019.
Terms and Conditions
Departures: 20 October to 31 March
Depart Kaiteriteri 9.20 am or *10.30 am
Arrive Medlands 10.20 or 11.30am
Pickup Anchorage 3.30 or *5.15pm
Return Kaiteriteri 4.15 or *6.00pm
*No bus connection with later pickup.
*Shoulder Season (1-19 October and 1-30 April) no 5.15 pm pickup.
Departures: 1 May to 30 September
Depart Kaiteriteri 9.20am
Arrive Medlands 10.20am
Pickup Anchorage 3.10pm
Return Kaiteriteri 4.15pm