The Great Day Out (Trip #3 extended)

Make the most of our year-round sunshine. Cruise the golden coast and take walk.

  • Best For: Seals & Beach with extended cruise
  • Cruise: Kaiteriteri - Tonga via Totaranui 2 hour 20 mins; Medlands return Kaiteriteri 1 hour
  • Walk: 2 hours, 4.1 kms (2.5 miles), Tonga Quarry to Medlands Beach
  • Start: 9.20 am
  • Finish: 4.10 (all year) or 6 pm (high season)
  • Cost: A $82 C(5-14 years) $41, under 5 Free. On-line booking *prepay saver $79
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Travel in style and comfort aboard our Vista Cruise into Tonga Island Marine Reserve. Pause to view the antics at Tonga Island Seal Colony then continue along the remote northern beaches where nikau palms and native Rata (the South Island Christmas Tree) feature in the rainforest.

Turning around at the long, burnished sands of Totaranui, the Vista Cruise returns you to historic Tonga Quarry Beach to start your walk. A gentle climb over a forested saddle (maximum elevation 120 metres/400 ft) leads to the waterfall trail around the stunning Bark Bay Inlet with a new swing bridge beside Bark Bay Falls. Take some extra time to relax on the golden sands at Bark Bay before you continue on to picturesque Medlands Beach.

If the walk doesn’t appeal to you, then stay onboard the Vista Cruise to land at Medlands Beach. Then, relax in the serenity while you wait for the others to finish their walk, or take a stroll along the Bark Bay Waterfall trail to see the Falls.

All beaches feature open golden sands, azure water ideal for swimming, shady picnic spots and toilet facilities. Bark Bay Beach has Department of Conservations shelters and filtered drinking water (look for the tap/faucet labelled "drinking water only").

*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 2018.
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Other Options

We Operate These Options:
  • Explore a Bay
  • Seals and Beach (Trip #3)
  • Awaroa Pioneer Trail 2 hour Walk (Trip #9)
  • Awaroa Pioneer Trail Guided
  • Swing Bridge and Bush Walk (Trip #4)

    • W WilsonsAbelTasman08 Tonga Quarry
    • Bark Bay Bridge waterfall view
    • Pitt Head view
    • Mother and pup
    • Split Apple

    Departure Timetable

    20 October to 31 March
    Depart Kaiteriteri 9.20 am
    Arrive Tonga Quarry 11.50am
    Pick up Medlands 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.

    19 April to 19 October

    Depart Kaiteriteri 9.20am
    Arrive Tonga Quarry 11.50am
    Pick up Medlands 3.00pm
    Return Kaiteriteri 4.10pm

    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)