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Adele Island Birdsong & Seals Kayaking

What to bring

What to wear kayaking

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.

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.

Included kayak gear
  • A stable double kayak with paddles, so two people share the paddling effort. If you are travelling on your own, your guide will find you a suitable kayaking partner
  • Kayak skirt to minimise water splashing into your kayak
  • Spray jacket (water resistant but not waterproof)
  • Buoyancy aid
  • Dry bags for spare clothing and camera gear. Bags are waterproof if sealed correctly. We cannot guarantee your sensitive electronic equipment against splash damage.
  • Maximum eight people per guide
  • Boat back-up
  • In the cooler months, we provide gloves and booties (bring socks for lining)
Lunch options
Picnic Lunches

For a delicious picnic lunch prepared for you and delivered to the boat, or to your kayak guide, please give us your order by 5 pm the night before your trip. (Not available in June, July or August). Standard, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, and Dairy-free/Vegan options available.

Classic picnic lunch (NZ$27 per person)

  • Fresh Baked Baquette Roll
  • Salad Bowl - with sliced corned beef & swiss cheese (marinated Tempeh slices for vegan/vegetarian options)
  • Blueberry Muffin (Blueberry Chocolate Brownie for GF option)
  • Vegan Chocolate Bar
  • Cashew Nuts
  • Crisp Apple
  • Aioli & Dairy-Free Spread Portions
  • Wooden Cutlery Set, Napkin and Carry Bag
Onboard Menu

The Vista Cruise has a selection of hot and cold drinks (including beer and wine), ice creams, snacks and light meals. Click through to the Vista Cruise Menu.

Other Lunch Options

You are welcome to bring your own lunch. Takeaway food is available at the Kaiteriteri departure point. Please allow extra time to choose your lunch. The shop can be busy when boats are departing.

There is one public restaurant/cafe in the park at Awaroa Lodge, open during the summer months. Please book directly with them by phoning 03 528 8758.

Classic Kiwi Barbecue

Click here for details of barbecue lunches available in the park.