Our History

We’re proud to be a family owned business connected with the Abel Tasman area for eight generations.

Our story starts in the mid 1800s with pioneering farmers, sailors and builders, and continues today through our acclaimed adventure company anchored on responsible, sustainable tourism.

When John and Lynette Wilson launched their boat service in Abel Tasman National Park in 1977, they continued a legacy of ocean journeys and adventure dating back more than a century.

Back in 1841, Lynette Wilson's great-great grandparents – the Newths and the Snows – sailed from England with the first official British settlement fleet to Nelson. Young Amelia Newth is said to have waded ashore, impatient to make landfall ahead of the official landing party.

Today, their descendents are no strangers to getting their feet wet, with three generations of the Wilson family involved in the award-winning business.

The intervening 160 years or so are filled with stories of this pioneering family – of determined women, dedicated men, and children growing up as wild and free as can be. With the endless turning of the tides have come tragedies and triumphs, and the realisation that Abel Tasman is a remarkable place to be protected and shared.

For the full story, read the Awaroa Legacy co-authored by Lynette Wilson.