The Great Day Out (Trip #3 extended)

Cruise all the way to Totaranui and include our favourite walk: Tonga to Medlands.

  • Best For: Seals & Beach with extended cruise
  • Cruise: Kaiteriteri-Totaranui-Tonga 2 hrs 20 min
    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: From $83 per adult.
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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.

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").

If the walk doesn’t appeal to you, then stay at Tonga Quarry for pick up on a later Vista Cruise. This is called our Option 5: Tonga Seals & Beach trip.

*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

20 October to 31 March
Depart Kaiteriteri 9.20 am
Arrive Tonga Quarry 11.50am
Pick up Medlands 3.30 or *5.15pm
Pick up Tonga (Opt. 5) 11.50 am, 1.00 or 3.00 pm
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
Pick up Tonga (Opt. 5) 3.00 pm
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)