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Introductory
Activities
  • guided walk
Accommodation
  • 1 night motel, 2 nights private lodge
Meals
  • 2 Dinners
  • 3 Lunches
  • 2 Breakfasts

4 Days$USD

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Small groups only
Guided group sizes are strictly limited to maximum 16 people, average of 8-10


 
 
Trip Code: GGA

Trip highlights


  • Golden sand beaches, rocky granite headlands, clear blue water, native coastal and beech forests of the Abel Tasman National Park
  • Boat cruise between Kaiteriteri and Totaranui with informative commentary
  • Hike the best sections of one of New Zealand's Department of Conservation Great Walks with a knowledgeable guide
  • Enjoy all the home comforts of private lodges with charming local heritage and freshly prepared meals
  • Learn about Maori and early European history in the area

The Abel Tasman National Park on the northern coast of the South Island is well known for its picturesque vistas of golden sand and azure blue ocean. With ample time for stops to enjoy the views, the beaches, the lush native forest and the birdsong, this walk between Totaranui and Marahau on the Abel Tasman Coast Track will not disappoint. The well graded track passing through diverse and spectacular scenery is one of New Zealand's ten premier trails classified as a Great Walk. A boat trip is included in the journey and allows a great overview of the trail from an offshore perspective as well as a chance to spot seals, penguins, dolphins and other marine life. After a night in Nelson, the city at the geographical centre of New Zealand, accommodation is at private beachfront eco lodges along the track, each one exuding charm and heritage. Fully serviced and fully catered, with all the comforts of home, these provide the perfect setting to relax after a day's walk.


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Make your own way to Nelson, the city at the geographical centre of New Zealand, and check-in to your accommodation any time after 2:00pm. It is worth spending some time in and around this city with its colourful main street, historic cathedral, lovely walking and cycling trails, the Centre of New Zealand Lookout (a 20 minute walk with superb panoramic views), vibrant arts and cultural scene, and the beautiful Tahunanui Beach popular with surfers and kite surfers. Food lovers will be spoilt for choice with a multitude of cafes, restaurants and award-winning breweries showcasing seasonal, regional flavours and artisan produce. Nelson is also home to the world famous Pic's Peanut Butter.

Meals:  Nil

You will be collected from your accommodation this morning (timing will be advised upon booking) and transferred to Motueka (approx 50 mins) for a short trip briefing and to meet your guide. Another short transfer (approx 25 mins) takes you to the seaside settlement of Kaiteriteri with its brilliant golden beach foreshore. Here you will board your scenic boat cruise, travelling northwards along the impressive granite coastline of the Abel Tasman National Park to Totaranui (approx 1 hr 40 mins). Watch out for seals and other marine life along the way as you pass by protected Marine Reserves. Totaranui is so named due to the large Totara trees originally found here by Maori inhabitants who used them to build 'waka' (canoes). Commence walking south from Totaranui, passing through lush forest that has regenerated after farming and saw milling activities from the late 1800's and early 1900's. Your guide will lead you across Awaroa Inlet, the largest tidal estuary in the National Park, or arrange a barge if the tide is too high. Not far from there Meadowbank Homestead appears, the private lodge where your friendly hosts will take care of you this evening.

Meals:  L,D

After a hearty breakfast, today's walk includes a mixture of undulations and flat sections as you cross headlands and traverse yellow sand beaches. Natural features such as interesting granite formations, native beech and rimu forests, ancient sand spits and lagoons merge with human history. Maori settlement and burial sites, and current day baches (holiday homes), mostly still owned by generations of the same families, represent both Maori and European activity along the coast. Farming, ship-building, tannin extraction and granite quarrying have all taken place since Maori occupation. Torrent Bay, where tonight's lodge is located, is a village of privately owned land with no road access. Areas such as this have historical links prior to 1942, when the Abel Tasman National Park boundaries were first established. Enjoy home comforts once again this evening while your hosts at Torrent Bay Lodge take care of all your needs.

Meals:  B,L,D

Another delicious breakfast at the lodge sets you up for your final day of walking. After crossing or skirting Torrent Bay Inlet, depending on the tides, and traversing the golden curve of Anchorage Bay beach, the track climbs inland for a while. There are many viewpoints across Tasman Bay towards Nelson. Returning to the coast, the track follows ridgelines with tall kanuka forest and drops in and out of small forested gullies of lush beech and tree ferns. There are several optional side tracks today where you can drop down to secluded bays and beaches, tides permitting. These make ideal places for swimming and a picnic lunch. The bays, beaches and headlands are all named after Maori settlements, pioneering European landowners, ships of early explorers or natural features, again showcasing the fusion of natural and cultural history within Abel Tasman National Park. The walk concludes after crossing the Marahau estuary along a boardwalk. From here you will transfer by bus back to Motueka and onwards to Nelson, where trip arrangements end.

Meals:  B,L

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Make your own way to Nelson, the city at the geographical centre of New Zealand, and check-in to your accommodation any time after 2:00pm. It is worth spending some time in and around this city with its colourful main street, historic cathedral, lovely walking and cycling trails, the Centre of New Zealand Lookout (a 20 minute walk with superb panoramic views), vibrant arts and cultural scene, and the beautiful Tahunanui Beach popular with surfers and kite surfers. Food lovers will be spoilt for choice with a multitude of cafes, restaurants and award-winning breweries showcasing seasonal, regional flavours and artisan produce. Nelson is also home to the world famous Pic's Peanut Butter.

Meals:  Nil

You will be collected from your accommodation early this morning (timing will be advised upon booking) and transferred to Motueka (approx 50 mins) for a short trip briefing and to meet your guide. Another short transfer (approx 30 mins) takes you to the seaside settlement of Marahau, at the southern entrance to Abel Tasman National Park. First cross the Marahau estuary along a boardwalk as you begin the Coast Track, then pass through open country where native vegetation is regenerating. Following the coastline, gradually ascend to ridgelines with tall kanuka forest, dropping in and out of small forested gullies of lush beech and tree ferns. There are several optional side tracks today where secluded bays and beaches make ideal places for swimming and a picnic lunch. (Note that some of these are only accessible at low tide.) The bays, beaches and headlands are all named after Maori settlements, pioneering European landowners, ships of early explorers or natural features. Turning inland for a short while a panoramic vista overlooking the golden curve of Anchorage Bay unfolds before descending to its shoreline. After traversing the beach then crossing or skirting Torrent Bay Inlet, depending on the tides, you arrive at Torrent Bay Lodge. Located in this village of private holiday houses, the lodge has a relaxed atmosphere and your friendly hosts will ensure you feel at home.

Meals:  L,D

After a hearty breakfast, today's walk includes a mixture of undulations and flat sections as you cross headlands and traverse yellow sand beaches. Natural features such as interesting granite formations, native beech and rimu forests, ancient sand spits and lagoons merge with human history. Maori settlement and burial sites, and current day baches (holiday homes), mostly still owned by generations of the same families, represent both Maori and European activity along the coast. Farming, ship-building, tannin extraction and granite quarrying have all taken place prior to the establishment of Abel Tasman National Park in 1942. Take in the view as you descend to Awaroa Bay, where there is evidence of Maori settlement from the 16th century and a cluster of holiday homes. One of these is Meadowbank Homestead, originally built 1884 and still owned by descendants of the original family. This private lodge is your accommodation tonight. Enjoy home comforts once again this evening while your hosts take care of all your needs.

Meals:  B,L,D

Another delicious breakfast at the lodge sets you up for your final day of walking. Awaroa means "long river" and this morning you cross Awaroa Inlet where this long river meets the sea, forming the largest tidal estuary in the national park. Continue walking north to Totaranui, passing through beautiful native forest that has regenerated after farming and saw milling activities from the late 1800's and early 1900's. Totaranui is so named due to the large Totara trees originally found there by Maori inhabitants who used them to build 'waka' (canoes). Bask in the satisfaction of completing the walk here while waiting to board your scenic boat cruise. Travelling southwards along the impressive granite coastline of the Abel Tasman National Park, reflect on your journey and keep a look out for seals and other marine life as you pass by protected Marine Reserves. After approximately 1 hr 40 minutes, the boat arrives at the seaside settlement of Kaiteriteri with its brilliant golden beach foreshore. A short bus transfer (approx 25 mins) takes you back to Motueka and then onwards to Nelson, where trip arrangements end.

Meals:  B,L


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.


Inclusions

  • 1 night motel accommodation in Nelson (twinshare) with private bathroom
  • 2 nights private lodge in Abel Tasman National Park (twinshare) with private bathroom
  • 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners, snacks along the trail
  • Drinking water
  • Daily luggage transfer - 1 bag only, must use the sports bag supplied (40L, 47x35x25cm)
  • Professional local guide
  • Return transfers from Nelson hotel to meeting point in Motueka
  • Transfers from Motueka to Kaiteriteri (boat launch) and Marahau (trailhead) to Motueka
  • Car parking in Motueka if self-driving
  • Scenic boat trip between Kaiteriteri and Totaranui (trailhead) - one way
  • Excess luggage storage in Motueka if required (or your hotel in Nelson can also arrange this)
  • Access and Concession fees paid to Department of Conservation
  • $20 per person donation to Project Janszoon (see www.projectjanszoon.org/about)

  • Travel to Nelson on Day 1 and onward travel from Nelson on Day 4
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Drinks other than water - good drinking water is available at each night's accommodation and at marked locations along the trail
  • Optional activities, extras and upgrades (such as extra boat transfers, sea kayaking)
  • Items of a personal nature (eg. laundry, shopping, internet)
  • Daypack (30L daypacks are available if you need to borrow one; please request in advance)
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa (if required)

Accommodation


Trail Surface


Departure dates

Daily except Monday and Wednesday (modified conditions and dates from 1 May to 30 Sep)

Notes

Note:
Modified itinerary staying two nights at Torrent Bay Lodge operates on request from 1 May to 31 August for minimum 5 people. Regular itinerary min 8 pax for same period. Cost variance may apply.
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Single travellers will be required to pay a single supplement for the hotel in Nelson. An additional supplement will apply to guarantee a single room at the private lodges.

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Total Priceper person from

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Options & Supplements*
  • Single supplement Nelson hotel onlyUSD$80
  • Shoulder season reduction (Sep, Oct, Apr)USD$100
  • Single SupplementUSD$750
  • Child rate (8 - 14 yrs inclusive)USD$860
*Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Abel Tasman Guided Explorer trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


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