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Remote Marine Reserve Tour With Abel Tasman Sea Kayaks
From $274.80pp

The best one day kayak trip using the tide to explore the best of the park on any given day.

Join Abel Tasman Sea Kayaks for a stunning day trip that covers the entire marine reserve from start to finish. This stunning trip has been tailored around the tide timetable to explore the marine reserve to the fullest. And better yet, you have two departure choices to get your nature fix. That’s right, two different routes to try out.

Option 1 is from Awaroa to finishing at Bark Bay. Starting at Awaroa, courtesy of a water taxi transfer, visit Shag Harbour, a hidden inlet like nowhere else in the Abel Tasman. Then paddle south, focusing on the Tonga Island Marine Reserve and its playful inhabitants – the NZ fur seal, Kekeno. After a picnic lunch on one of the beautiful beaches, visit Tonga Arches, exploring south along the carved granite coastline to the tranquil lagoons and golden sand of the ‘heart of the park’ to Bark Bay.

Option 2 is from Onetahuti to finishing at Anchorage. Paddle from Onetahuti out to Tonga Island to see New Zealand fur seals, Kekeno. Paddle south with the breeze, exploring sculptured granite headlands, tranquil lagoons and everything that’s special about the heart of the Abel Tasman. Enjoy lunch at this beach, before heading to Anchorage. Finish at Anchorage and return to Marahau by water taxi.

Kayaking is this team’s thing with all activities supported by a purpose-built kayak base, free hot showers, free wifi, free equipment storage & client transporters. The team also provides high-quality soft and hard gear, fitted for each client by our guides.

On this trip covering the Tonga Island Marine Reserve coastline, you will have a professional guide with you for around 8 hours sharing their knowledge and passion of the Abel Tasman. We cater a snack and lunch designed around your health and energy to keep you boosted and moving throughout the day.

Trip Intinerary

Start Awaroa/Finish Bark Bay Itinerary

8.15am Check in and meet your guide.
8.30am Water Taxi.

9.45am Arrive Awaroa.
10.00am Kayak from Awaroa to Bark Bay. Total kayak time approx 4 hrs with breaks.
1.15pm Enjoy lunch in the Onetahuti area.
3.30pm Arrive Bark Bay.
3.45pm Water Taxi to Marahau

Start Onetahuti/Finish Anchorage

8.15am Check in and meet your guide.
8.30am Water Taxi.

9.30am Arrive Onetahuti.
9.45am Kayak from Awaroa to Bark Bay. Total kayak time approx 4 hrs with breaks.
12.30pm Enjoy lunch in the Bark Bay area.
3.45pm Arrive Anchorage.
4.00pm Water Taxi to Marahau.
4.30pm Arrive back in Marahau.

Inclusions & Extras


  • Double Sea Kayak
  • Life Jacket
  • Paddles
  • Dry Bag For Cameras
  • Lunch Included
  • Snacks
  • Beautiful Fringing Forest Coastlines
  • Amazing Tour Guides

Not Included

  • Breakfast
  • Fishing
  • Camping
  • Transport

Tour Type & Availability

Tour Inclusions Price

Remote Marine Reserve Option #1

Awaroa To Bark Bay


Remote Marine Reserve Option #2

Onetahuti To Anchorage


What to bring

  • Water Bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Insect Repellant
  • Towel
  • Swimsuit
  • Warm Top
  • Wind Jacket
  • Change Of Clothes
  • Camera

Pick Ups & Departures

Check in at Abel Tasman Sea Kayaks and meet your guide before your departure time and undergo a safety briefing.

BUS: $60 Nelson return, $30 Motueka return operating 1 Oct – 30 Apr. On request outside of these times (Optional Extra)

Supplier Terms & Conditions

Abel Tasman Kayaks understands that travel plans vary due to illness, accident and people simply changing their minds. In turn, we ask our clients to understand that we may have turned away a number of keen people for those reserved places. We may also have committed expenses for food, staff, transport or accommodation. We will have incurred expense in processing the enquiry and bookings. Finally, we have learned to respect the sea and the New Zealand weather, and not to take unnecessary risks.

To confirm your reservation, full payment or voucher details must be received by Abel Tasman Kayaks at time of booking.

Client Cancellation:
Day Trips

Client Cancellation within 48 hours of day of departure will incur a 50% cancellation fee. However, cancellation by client within 24 hours of day of departure – NO REFUND WILL BE MADE.
There will be NO refund on any portion or part of a guided trip once the trip has departed. PLEASE NOTE THAT IN THE EVENT OF A NO-SHOW FULL PAYMENT WILL BE CHARGED!
All other cancellations prior to 48hrs incur a 10% administration/cancellation fee.
Overnight Trips/Multiday Trips

Client Cancellation within 14 days of departure will incur a 50% cancellation fee. However, cancellation by client within 7 days of departure – NO REFUND WILL BE MADE.
There will be NO refund on any portion or part of a overnight/multiday trip once the trip has departed. PLEASE NOTE THAT IN THE EVENT OF A NO-SHOW FULL PAYMENT WILL BE CHARGED!
All other cancellations prior to 14 days of departure incur a 10% administration/cancellation fee.
Cancellation by Abel Tasman Kayaks Our policy is not to launch a Guided Trip or Freedom Rental on safety grounds if we consider that the wind and sea conditions are unsafe for that group. This is our decision. In this situation we give a refund in full.

One Day Guided trips Once your trip has commenced there are no refunds. There may be times when the weather changes during the day and the group is unable to return by kayak to Marahau or, very occasionally, must be cancelled at some stage during the day. In this situation we will cover the cost of water taxiing clients’ kayaks back to Marahau, and cover their passenger fare where there is no practical walk out option. Where a practical walk out option does exist, and clients seek to return via water taxi, their passenger fare is their own cost.

1. Abel Tasman Kayaks reserves the right to cancel a client’s tour in the event of non-compliance with the terms and conditions Abel Tasman Kayaks sea kayak rental briefing, or relevant rules and regulations governing the Abel Tasman National Park, its foreshore and adjoining waterways. In this situation, there is no refund.

2. Abel Tasman Kayaks reserves the right to change the direction of a trip due to such things as kayaking conditions and kayak availability. Such a change will not allow the customer to cancel a trip without application of the cancellation policy.

3. If you trip includes accommodation it is possible that the third party accommodation may be booked out between the time of booking and us securing the accommodation. On the rare occasion this occurs we will offer alternative options, if this is not possible then we will cancel and refund the booking.

We advise all clients to consider arranging appropriate travel insurance that covers Adventure Tourism. On guided trips, Abel Tasman Kayaks is responsible for all company equipment on that trip (e.g. kayaks, tents etc). On Freedom Rentals, the client is solely responsible for any loss or damage to all equipment. The hirers’ responsibility ceases once Abel Tasman Kayaks equipment has been loaded onto an approved water taxi or, where the kayak is paddled back to Marahau, loaded onto the kayak transporters. Under all circumstances, the client is solely responsible for their personal equipment.

In any adventure activity, there is an element of risk involved. Risks in undertaking this activity include, but are not limited to; Personal Injury, Property Damage, Illness as a result of Weather Conditions and Risk of Drowning. Abel Tasman Kayaks mitigate this risk through thorough preparation and providing you with the necessary information and training to participate in our activities. You are personally responsible for listening to our directions, adhering to our advice, and making responsible decisions to keep yourself safe.

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to reconfirm my bookings?

All bookings must be reconfirmed 48 hours in advance by contacting your tour provider directly using the contact information listed on your tour voucher.

What should i do if my trip is cancelled due to bad weather?

You may either re-schedule directly with the supplier or you can email our support team on [email protected] and include your voucher number, name of product you booked, planned departure date and your contact details. Once you’ve emailed us, you can drop us a line at +61 2 5633 1149.

Do you book tours with flexible dates? If so, how long are they valid for?

Yes, we do have open dated/flexible tickets available. Most tour vouchers are valid for 12 months from date of purchase, however please be aware that you may be subject to supplier price fluctuations. All ticket validity is specified on the tour voucher. If you are unsure of the validity of your voucher, just ask one of our wonderful staff.

What do I do if I need help with an existing booking?

Some tours have extra costs and you should be aware that there may be added expenses. These expenses will differ for each service provider, but some of the more usual extras are: EMC tax, stinger suit hire, luggage storage, sleeping bag hire, linen hire, national park fee, food, insurance, accommodation, equipment hire, petrol levy, etc. We will alert you to extra costs to the extent reasonably practicable. However, you must also check with each individual service provider when you re-confirm your booking.

Do I need travel insurance?

We endorse the recommendation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade that all travellers take out travel insurance. If you already have travel insurance, please understand that it is your responsibility to ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all of the adventure style travel you have booked with us.

Do you offer payment plans?

Absolutely, we understand that paying off a big trip in one go isn’t always that easy. We offer flexible payment plans to suit all types of travellers with zero interest or fee’s (minimum $100AUD deposit required).

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