The Abel Tasman region enjoys glorious weather, summer and winter. Temperatures can be crisp in the mornings and cool in late afternoon with summer sea breezes.

You are visiting a wilderness area with beaches, tidal estuaries and limited shelter. Be prepared for sudden weather changes. For your comfort, you might need to remove shoes and socks if you want to keep them dry.

Go to recommended footwear.

We recommend a small day pack, with the following items:
  • Extra clothing. New Zealand weather is renowned for providing four seasons in one day so quick-dry thermal fabrics are best.
  • Sun protection. A hat, sunglasses and sunscreen are essential in all weather. We enjoy the highest number of sunshine hours in the country. Our clear skies with no pollution result in a very high risk of sunburn, even on cloudy days.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Waterproof jacket with hood.
  • Swimwear and towel (optional).
  • Drinking water.
  • Lunch. If it has not been ordered the day before you travel, please bring your own.
  • Camera/phone. Remember to check the batteries!
  • Hand sanitiser. No hand wipes or paper tissues/towels please. They create litter and clog the toilet systems.

Walking poles are recommended for stability on uphill and downhill sections.They assist with balance, and relieve pressure on knee and ankle joints.

What to wear for kayaking

Bring a spare set of clothing and warm layer to be stored in the kayak so you can change into dry gear if necessary.

Footwear for kayaking is optional. Light shoes or water socks are best. Your feet will get wet.

Always bring shoes and socks for walking, in case weather causes you to land on a beach where some walking might be necessary.

We provide a spray jacket and buoyancy vest that will keep you warm on most days when paddling. On cooler days, we provide booties (bring socks for lining) and gloves for added comfort.

Not recommended: cotton clothing, especially denim. It is very heavy and cold when wet, and takes a long time to dry. Thermal, quick-dry fabrics are best e.g. polypropylene, polarfleece, wool.

Download printable PDF documents:
What to Bring for a day Cruise & Walk
What to Bring for Kayaking