Seals and Beach (Trip #3)

Our favourite two-hour walk, including seal viewing and crossing the new swing bridge at Bark Bay.

  • Best For: Seals, forest and waterfalls
  • Cruise: Kaiteriteri to Tonga 1.5 hours;
    Medlands return Kaiteriteri 1 hour
  • Walk: 2 hours, 4.1 kms (2.5 miles),
    Tonga Quarry to Medlands Beach
  • Start: 09:20 (all year),10:30am, 1pm (high season)
  • Finish: 4.10 (all year) or 6.00 pm (high season)
  • Cost: From $71 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 land at historic Tonga Quarry Beach. Walk over a forested saddle (maximum elevation 120 metres/400 ft) and around the Bark Bay waterfall trail, crossing the new swing bridge beside Bark Bay Falls. Take some extra time to relax on the golden sands at Bark Bay beach 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 Conservation shelters and filtered drinking water (look for the tap/faucet labelled "drinking water only").

Turn this trip into a Great Day Out: with an extended Cruise to Totaranui

Don't want to walk? Book our Option 5 (Tonga Seals & Beach) for a Beach Stop at Tonga Quarry.

*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 Tonga 10.50am 12.00 or 2.05pm
Pickup Medlands 1.10, 3.00 or *5.05pm
Pick up Tonga (Opt. 5) 11.50 am, 1.00 or 3.00 pm
Return Kaiteriteri 1.55, 4.10 or *6.00pm

*No bus connection with later pickup.

Departures: 1 May to 30 Sept
Depart Kaiteriteri 9.20am
Arrive Tonga 10.50am
Pickup Medlands 3.00pm
Pick up Tonga (Opt. 5) 3.00 pm
Return Kaiteriteri 4.15pm

*Shoulder Season (1-19 October and 1-30 April) no 5.05 pm pickup.

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)