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5 Day Guided Walk

Itinerary

Stay longer, slow down, and immerse yourself deeper into Abel Tasman National Park. Choose to walk or relax.

Please confirm start times with us before you book connecting airline flights.
The longer daylight hours of summer (December 20 to 31 March) allow a more leisurely start to your trip, with pick-up time in Nelson from 10.15 am. There is an earlier start time for departures before 20 December 2020 and after 31 March 2021.

Day 1: Nelson/Motueka to Awaroa via Tōtaranui

Take a scenic drive through the coastal orchard and vineyards lining the highway from Nelson to Motueka and Kaiteriteri.

Board our comfortable Vista Cruise to travel the length of the golden Abel Tasman coast from Kaiteriteri north to Tōtaranui, relaxing on the viewing decks and enjoying refreshments from the cafe.

From Tōtaranui, walk through mature native forest and along secluded beaches to the breathtaking expanse of Awaroa Inlet where you’ll reach Meadowbank Homestead – a faithful recreation of the Wilson family's original home on the ‘finest site in the bay’.

Approximate times 

Scenic drive to Kaiteriteri – 1 hour from Nelson, or 20 mins from Motueka

Cruise Kaiteriteri to Tōtaranui – 1 hour 40 mins

Walk Tōtaranui to Awaroa – 2.5 hours (7km/4.5 miles) including tidal crossing; maximum elevation 100m/340ft

Accommodation: Meadowbank Homestead at Awaroa

Meals included: lunch, afternoon tea, dinner

Trip details
*Early times apply to trips during our shoulder season (before December 20 and after 31 March)

Pick up in Nelson: from 10.15am (from *7.00am)
Pick in Motueka: from 11.15am (from *8.15 am)
If you are self-driving please meet at our office by 11.30am (*8.30am)

11.30 (*8.15)am  Meet your guide at our Motueka office for a welcome briefing with time for last-minute luggage organisation, before departing to Kaiteriteri by coach.

1.00pm (*9.20am)  Vista Cruise departs Kaiteriteri.

2.40pm (*11.20am) Arrive Tōtaranui.
Walk from Tōtaranui to the Awaroa Inlet. Continue the walk across the inlet if the tide is out, or take a boat ride across the stunning expanse of the largest inlet on the coast.

5pm (approx.): Enjoy a warm welcome at Meadowbank Homestead at Awaroa, right on the edge of the inlet. Freshen up with a hot shower in your ensuite room while your hosts prepare a delicious evening meal. Local beer and wine is available for purchase at our in-house bar.

Day 2: Explore Awaroa

Relax over breakfast overlooking the beautiful waters of Abel Tasman's largest tidal estuary. Your guide will help you create your perfect day whether you want to be active in Awaroa’s beautiful surrounds just savour the comfort and tranquillity of Meadowbank.

Optional activities

–– explore Awaroa estuary on foot (up to 4 hours) or kayak (up to 2 hours; tides permitting)

–– visit early European and pre-European historical sites

–– unwind on the beach

–– relax and enjoy the comforts of Meadowbank Homestead

Accommodation: Meadowbank Homestead at Awaroa

Meals included: breakfast, morning & afternoon tea, lunch, dinner

Day 3: Awaroa to Torrent Bay

Your walk today follows the coastal track through cool native forest and reaches golden sand beaches, perfect for swimming. Wake up to another relaxing breakfast in Meadowbank’s lovely surrounds then choose how much walking you want to do; your guide will arrange boat transfers to suit your needs.

Approximate times

Walk in 3 sections of 2 hours each

Awaroa to Onetahuti and Tonga Quarry –7km/4.4 miles; maximum elevation 85m/280ft

Tonga Quarry to Bark Bay (Medlands Beach) – 4km/2.5 miles; maximum elevation 120m/400ft

Bark Bay to Torrent Bay – 7km/4.4 miles; maximum elevation 105m/340ft

A
ccommodation: Torrent Bay Lodge

Meals included: breakfast, morning & afternoon tea, lunch, dinner

Trip details

9.30am Depart Awaroa for the scenic walk to Onetahuti, which features a beautiful boardwalk and bridge designed by the ocal iwi (Maori tribe). Stroll along the golden sands and enjoy refreshments supplied by your guide.

11.30am Before climbing the low saddle out of Onetahuti, explore the site of Tonga Quarry and hear stories of the unusual granite features and historic relics. Descend to Bark Bay via the Waterfall Trail featuring views of the cascade from a sturdy swing bridge.

1.30–2.30pm Relax over lunch at Bark Bay where there’s a shelter, picnic tables, filtered drinking water and modern toilets. Rest in the shade, explore the bay or refresh with a swim. After lunch, you’ll walk the most varied section the coastal track as it winds through verdant gullies of mature beech forest, fern grottos and groves of fragrant manuka framing coastal vistas. Cross the swing bridge at Falls River and continue to Torrent Bay.

4.30pm (approx.) Arrive at beautiful Torrent Bay with its village of beachfront holiday houses including our Torrent Bay Lodge where your ensuite room and evening meal awaits.

Day 4: Explore Torrent Bay

Your guide will happily help you choose what to do today, whether you want to head off on adventures or just relax at the beachfront lodge.

 Optional activities

 – walk through breathtaking virgin forest up to the waterfalls on Falls River

 
– kayak or walk around the estuary and visit the peaceful grotto of Cleopatra's Pool

 – walk to the golden expanse of Anchorage beach and picturesque Te Pukatea cove visiting historic Maori sites at Pitt Head along the way

 
– unwind on glorious Torrent Bay beach

 
– 
relax and enjoy the comforts of the lodge

 
Accommodation: Torrent Bay Lodge

 
Meals included: breakfast, morning & afternoon tea, lunch, dinner

Day 5: Torrent Bay to Kaiteriteri/Motueka/Nelson

Wake up to golden light over the water and perhaps a coffee on the deck before breakfast. Today’s walk follows the easiest section of the coastal track from Torrent Bay to Marahau, with panoramic views across Tasman Bay to Nelson. This is a day rich in history, too, as your guide recount stories of how major landmarks were named by early explorers.

Approximate times

 
Walk 4–5 hours (depending on tides) – 13– 6km/8–10 miles; maximum elevation 110m/360ft

 Scenic drive from Kaiteriteri – 20 mins to Motueka or 1 hour to Nelson

 M
eals included: breakfast, morning tea, lunch

 

Trip details

9am: Depart Torrent Bay Lodge. The tides will determine whether you walk around the inlet taking in views overlooking Anchorage Beach, or take the fun short-cut across the inlet to reach the main coastal track.

12 noon (approx.) Stop for lunch at a sheltered beach with views over the Astrolabe Roadstead to Adele Island.

2.30–3pm Finish your leisurely walk at Mārahau, at the end of coastal track. Here, our driver meets you for the return journey to Motueka via Kaiteriteri where you collect your overnight luggage from the boat..

4pm Arrive Motueka

5.30–6pm: Arrive Nelson

Start/Finish times

  • Please confirm times with us before you book connecting airline flights.
  • After NZ Daylight Saving ends in April, all trips start early with pick up in Nelson 7.15–7.40am and Motueka 8.15am for the Vista Cruise departure from Kaiteriteri at 9.20am.
  • If Start/Finish times don't suit your itinerary, please contact us to make alternative arrangements. All our itineraries can be flexible to accommodate your needs or schedule.

 Other important information

  • Walking each day is optional. You are welcome to travel on any of our scheduled ferry services.
  • Our 5 Day Guided Walk runs at the same time as our 5 Day Kayak & Walk, so members of your travelling party can book different options, meeting up at the lodges in the evening.
  • We reserve the right to alter itineraries, timetables and vessel types.
  • All travel is subject to weather and tides which may cause delay or cancellation.