Half Day Seal Sanctuary Kayak Tour with Water Taxi

See 12 stunning beaches in half a day in the Abel Tasman National Park and kayak from Marahau through to Observation Beach or the reserve.


Make a booking with your preferred option.


  • Taking you further! This kayak and water taxi tour travels one way into the park so you can see the most in just half a day.
  • Explore beaches and islands in the Astrolabe region.
  • In the morning, enjoy a guided paddle between Marahau and Observation Beach.
  • Return, thereafter by water taxi for a scenic cruise back to Marahau.
  • In early-afternoon, enjoy a scenic water taxi ride to Observation Beach. Join your guide at Observation Beach for lunch before kayaking to Marahau along the Abel Tasman Coastline in the evening.


  • Lunch
  • Top quality double kayak
  • Lifejacket
  • Paddle and paddle jacket
  • Spray skirt
  • Dry bags for cameras
  • Detailed map
  • Full safety briefing with a qualified guide
Day 1: Half Day Kayak with Water Taxi


Embark on an unforgettable adventure with our fantastic kayaking itinerary in the breathtaking Astrolabe area! If you're joining us between 1st October and 30th April for the morning trip, be sure to check in at 8.15 am, where you'll meet your friendly guide. A comprehensive kayak briefing will follow at 8.45 am, ensuring you're ready for the exciting journey ahead. At 9.30 am, we'll set out from Marahau, paddling our way to the stunning Observation Beach. Along the way, you'll have ample time to enjoy the picturesque surroundings during approximately 2 hours of paddling, with well-deserved breaks interspersed. By noon, we'll reach Observation Beach, where refreshing delights await.

Alternatively, if you prefer the afternoon trip between 1st October and 30th April, the check-in time is 11.15 am. Upon arrival, we'll promptly depart for Observation Beach via a convenient water taxi at 11.30 am. After reaching the beach at 12.30 pm, a brief kayak orientation will get you up to speed before commencing the adventurous paddle back to Marahau. This part of the trip also offers around 2 hours of kayaking, granting you the opportunity to soak in the natural wonders and take well-deserved breaks throughout the journey. As the clock nears 4.00 pm, we'll be back in Marahau, cherishing the memories of a day filled with captivating sights and thrilling experiences. Don't miss out on this extraordinary opportunity to explore the Astrolabe area from the tranquil waters - join us today!

Meals: Lunch


Departs: Daily

Pickups: Abel Tasman National Park

8.15am (1 Sept - 30 Apr) excluding Christmas Day

9.00am (1 May - 30 Oct)

Return: 4.00pm Arrive back in Marahau

What to Bring:

Water bottle
Insect repellent
Warm top (wool or fleece)
Wind jacket
A change of clothes
Any medication

Dietary Requirements:

Can cater for dietary requirements

Extra Costs:

Bus Transfer from Nelson or Motueka is extra.



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