Pitt Head Walk (Trip #1)
- Best For: Te Pukatea Bay, Cleopatra's Pool
- Cruise: Kaiteriteri - Anchorage return: 45 minutes each way
- Walk: Anchorage - Te Pukatea return: 2 kms (1.2 miles) Pitt Head Loop track: 4 kms (2.5 miles)
- Start: 9.20 am (all year) or 10 am, 1 pm (high season)
- Finish: 4.10 pm (all year) 12.55, 2.30, 6.00 pm (high season)
- Cost: From $61 per adult
Cruise through the sheltered waters of the Astrolabe Roadstead into the heart of the Park. Disembark on the long golden sands of Anchorage Beach, then relax or explore with 3 different scenic strolls to choose from.
Extended Cruise Option: (available 1 October to 30 April) Cruise all the way to Totaranui, pausing to see the seals in Tonga Island Marine Reserve, then return to Anchorage Beach. Cost: from $83 per adult.
Te Pukatea Bay:
An easy 45 minute return walk (2 kms, 1.2 miles) takes you to this enchanting golden-sand cove, one of the most picturesque bays in the Park. Its azure waters are ideal for a swim before you amble happily back to Anchorage.
Pitt Head Loop Track:
A 1hr 30mins (4 kms, 2.5 miles) return walk from Anchorage through sunny Manuka forest to Te Pukatea Bay via Pitt Head, the site of an ancient Maori Pa (fortified village). The panoramic views of the coast and some evidence of earth works are all that remain of this strategic site.
The walk to Cleopatra's Pool takes approx. 1hr 30mins return around the Torrent Bay estuary, but don't forget to allow extra time to enjoy this crystal mountain swimming pool complete with natural water slide. See A Nature-Made Waterslide in Abel Tasman for pictures and stories of this idyllic place. (Please note: their estimation of a 3 hour return trip includes the time taken to swim in Cleopatra's Pool.)
*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
Departures: 20 October to 31 March
Depart Kaiteriteri 9.20, *10.30am or 1.00pm
Pickup Anchorage 12.20, 2.00, 3.35 or *5.20pm
Return Kaiteriteri 12.55, 2.40, 4.15 or *6.00pm
*No bus connection with later pickup.
*Shoulder Season (1-19 October and 1-30 April) no 5.20 pm pickup.
Departures: 1 May to 30 September
Depart Kaiteriteri 9.20am
Pickup Anchorage 3.25pm
Return Kaiteriteri 4.15pm