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3 Day Self-Guided Walk

What to bring

What to pack (self-guided)


  • Good sports/hiking shoes.
  • Shoes for tidal crossings, fixed at the heel
  • Light shoes or slippers to wear at the lodges
  • Walking poles are not necessary on the well-formed track but bring them if you like

Quick-dry and thermal fibres are recommended for walking and kayaking. Avoid cotton as it takes a long time to dry. Layers are the key to comfort:

  • Thermal layer close to your skin. In the cooler months (Apr - Oct), bring extra thermal layers and socks
  • Quick-dry shorts and t-shirts
  • Warm wool or polarfleece layer
  • Waterproof jacket with hood (disposable rain coats are for sale at our offices)

Other essentials

  • Personal first-aid kit with plasters, blister prevention and antiseptic.
  • Cellphone in case of emergency but be aware that cellphone reception quality varies through the Park. Click through to WiFi Internet and Cellphone Access for details.
  • Download the Abel Tasman App to your phone. It has a comprehensive map fascinating stories about the park. It's free! Go to the Project Janszoon website.
  • Re-usable water bottle to be filled at our office and lodges
  • Insect repellent, sunscreen, sunhat, sunglasses
  • Hand sanitiser (please no tissues or hand wipes as they add to litter to the park)
  • Phone/Camera with charger and memory card
  • Swimwear and beach towel (optional)
  • Credit Card for Wifi access. In-house bar takes credit card or Eftpos (no cash).
  • Essential personal medication must be carried with you each day

Overnight gear                                                                                     

  • Casual evening clothes and light footwear
  • Underwear, including socks and sleepwear
  • Personal toiletries
  • Flashlight/torch (on rare occasions, our generated electricity can fail)
  • Sleep apnoea machines and battery chargers can be run on our generated electricity
  • Cellphone reception varies depending on your provider.

Please do not bring valuable items or travel documents. There is safe storage at our Motueka office.

Down load your packing list (PDF file)

Included in multiday trips

As well as a wonderful holiday experience with skilled, friendly hosts, chefs and boat crew, your trip includes:

  • all meals from lunch on your first day to lunch on the last day of your trip. Our innovative wilderness menus are sourced from environmentally responsible providers. Enjoy full cooked and continental breakfasts, picnic lunches and three course dinners
  • fresh fruit, hot drinks, water, juice and a range of snack foods are available throughout the day
  • all linen (bedding and towels) at the lodges
  • waterproof plastic liners for bags
  • 30 litre daypacks are available to borrow
  • 40 litre lodge luggage bag (47x35x25cm) is yours to keep. Click here for image and dimensions.
Download Track Notes

Track Notes for Northbound Trips
Walk Marahau - Torrent Bay - Awaroa - Totaranui then boat return to Kaiteriteri

Track Notes for Southbound Trips
Boat Kaiteriteri to Totataranui, then walk Totaranui - Awaroa - Torrent Bay - Marahau

Recommended Footwear

Comfortable walking shoes or sports sandals. Heavy hiking boots are not necessary on the well-formed coastal track. You can wear them if you prefer.



Light shoes with fixed heel for walking on shells, rock and sand for short distances. They will get wet. There is time to change into walking shoes after tidal crossing.



Slides, jandals, flip-flops etc.