Wilsons Abel Tasman National Park Sea Kayaking | Day Trips

From NZ$86 per adult

Wilsons Abel Tasman National Park Sea Kayaking Day Trips

No Experience Necessary! Let your friendly Wilsons Abel Tasman guide introduce you to the Abel Tasman National Park with some of the best sea kayaking territory in New Zealand.

Protected from most weather, the Abel Tasman coast is renowned for clear azure waters, golden-sand beaches fringed by native forest, hidden coves and carved granite headlands.

The coast is home to many sea birds, including the Little Blue Penguin. NZ Fur Seals breed on the islands close to shore. Dolphins visit the idyllic coast, perhaps on the same day as you.

Abel Tasman Kayaking Options

Split Apple Paddle (Half-Day Trip)

  • Experience the stunning Kaiteriteri coastline with up to 2 hours easy paddling
  • Coach or drive to Kaiteriteri to check in at the Wilsons Abel Tasman Ticket Office by 8.50 am (morning trip) or 1.00 pm (afternoon trip)
  • Meet your guide who will settle you into your stable double kayak with full training
  • Your guide knows all the best, secret spots & visit the famous “Split Apple Rock”
  • Returning to Kaiteriteri by 12 noon (morning) or 4.00 pm (afternoon)  in time to catch a boat cruise into the Park if you wish

Full Day Trips

Beaches, Bays & Seals

  • Four hours paddling in the heart of Abel Tasman National Park
  • Coach or drive to Kaiteriteri to check in at the Wilsons Abel Tasman Ticket Office by 8.50 am
  • Meet your guide to board your boat cruise to the best sea kayaking territory
  • At Torrent Bay, your guide will settle you into your double kayak with full training
  • Then, it’s on to the water to explore the wondrous headlands, coves and islands
  • Pause at a sheltered cove for lunch (supplied), take time out to relax on the beach
  • On your return journey to Torrent Bay, visit the seal colony at Pinnacle Island
  • Rejoin the boat to cruise back to Kaiteriteri at 6.00 pm
  • Times & itinerary can vary slightly 19 April to 19 October, please confirm details the day before your trip

Tonga Island Seals

  • Available 20 October to 18 April (or on request)
  • Guided kayak from 2 hrs 30 mins from Onetakuti to Medlands with breaks
  • Coach or drive to Kaiteriteri to check in at Wilsons Abel Tasman Ticket Office by 8.50 am
  • Boat cruise into Tonga Island Marine Reserve or meet your guide at Onetahuti beach
  • Paddle from Onetahuti Beach to the Tonga Island seal Colony then onto Medlands Beach
  • Boat cruise from Medlands return to Kaiteriteri at 6.00 pm.

Kayak, Seals and Walk

  • Available 20 October to 18 April
  • A taste of everything in one day
  • Coach or drive to Kaiteriteri to check in at the Wilsons Abel Tasman Ticket Office by 8.50 am
  • Meet your guide who will settle you into your stable double kayak with full training
  • Paddling north, this relaxing trip explores all the secret spots for up to 2 hours
  • Stop on a golden beach for a short break before heading back to Kaiteriteri around midday
  • Swap your kayak for walking shoes, farewell your guide and join your 1 pm cruise to the golden sands of Onetahuti, visiting the fascinating seal colony at Tonga Island
  • Disembark on the mainland at historic Tonga Quarry Beach, and relax or take an unguided walk
  • Rejoin the boat at 4.55 pm for return to Kaiteriteri, where your coach or car awaits

Beaches, Kayak and Walk

  • Available 20 October to 18 April
  • Paddle in the morning, then cruise into the Park for some quality beach time
  • Coach or drive to Kaiteriteri to check in at the Wilsons Abel Tasman Ticket Office by 8.50 am
  • Meet your Guide who will settle you into your stable double kayak with full training
  • Paddling north, this relaxing trip explores all the secret spots
  • Stop on a golden beach for a short break before heading back to Kaiteriteri by 12 noon
  • Swap your kayak for walking shoes and join your 1pm Cruise to Anchorage Bay
  • Choose to relax on the golden expanse of Anchorage Beach or take a leisurely walk to the beautiful protected cove of Te Pukatea Bay and return (approx 45 mins, 3 kms)
  • If you take the Pitt Head Loop track with fabulous coastal vistas it will take approx 1.15 hours (4 kms) 3 or 5 pm board the Vista Cruise to return to Kaiteriteri at 4.10 or 6.00 pm

Beaches, Bays and Walk

  • Available 19 April to 19 October (low season)
  • Best options for the low season, when it’s not summer
  • Coach or drive to Kaiteriteri to check in at the Wilsons Abel Tasman Ticket Office by 8.50 am
  • Enjoy a scenic cruise into Torrent Bay, where you will disembark and start your kayak
  • Paddle guided for 2 hours around shelter inlets and spectacular granite headlands
  • Stop for lunch of one of the man beaches in the area
  • Take an unguided 6.6 km walk (approximately 2 hrs) from Bark Bay to Torrent Bay
  • Once you arrive you will be greeted by the boat to take you back to Kaiteriteri by 4.10pm.

Beaches, Bays & Seals with Walk

  • Available 20 October to 18 April
  • This is a great trip to view seals, kayaking sailing and coastal vistas
  • Drive to Kaiteriteri to check in at the Wilsons Abel Tasman Ticket Office by 8.50 am
  • Cruise from here passed the island and golden coves of the Astrolabe Roadstead to Anchorage Beach
  • Disembark at the Torrent Bay Lodge and settle into your stable double kayak
  • Paddle around the headlands, passed coves and island of the granite coast for 2 hrs 30 mins
  • At the end of the paddle take an unguided 5 km walk (approximately 2 hours) around the picturesque Torrent Bay inlet to the long golden beach at Anchorage
  • Meet the boat again to cruise back to Kaiteriteri by 6.00 pm.

Tonga Island Seals with Walk

  • Available 20 October to 18 April
  • Explore the Marine reserve and walk along golden beaches
  • Drive to Kaiteriteri to check in at the Wilsons Abel Tasman Ticket Office by 8.50 am
  • Cruise along the spectacular golden coast to Tonga Island Marine Reserve
  • From Onetahuti settle into your stable double kayak at set off to explore Tonga Island Marine Reserve
  • Enjoy lunch on a golden sand beach then paddle to Bark Bay by 3.00 pm
  • Rejoin the cruise at Medlands Beach at 4.55 pm, this allows for an 1 hr 45 mins to take an unguided walk to Bark Bay Falls
  • Return to Kaiteriteri by 6.00 pm.

Departures

Departures from Kaiteriteri with bus connections to Motueka, Nelson and Marahau.

Other Information

  • Please note children under 10 years old must have a private guide to participate in the day trips. Age limited of 12 years old applies to longer day trips.
  • Your trip includes all technical & safety gear, incl full instructions and safety briefing
  • You provide: Towel, hat, sunscreen, warm top (plus polypropylene thermals if you have them), swimsuit, change of clothes, camera and walking shoes
  • Bring your own lunch, or order a scrumptious Picnic Lunch the day before your trip
  • Lunch included in Beaches, Bays & Seals day trip

Location

Wilsons Abel Tasman Ticket Office. Kaiteriteri waterfront, Kaiteriteri, Abel Tasman, New Zealand.