3 Day Classic Kayak - Abel Tasman Kayaks

Every journey is unique but our premier tour always delivers a slice of paradise with the chance to kayak from Awaroa  through to Marahau.


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  • THIS IS WHY YOU CAME HERE! The best way to experience the Park...Our three day classic trip is the only trips to explore the northern reaches of the park.
  • Fully catered camping experiences where everything is supplied, you just need to bring your personal gear. We stay at beach front campsites in 2-person tents with thermarest mattresses.
  • The Abel Tasman Classic version of going bush...remote and spectacular coastline with a little luxury for good measure.
  • You have travelled a long way to be here, these classic trips serve up everything that is special about the Abel Tasman National Park. Treat yourself to memories you’ll cherish for life.
  • Kayak the coastline from Totaranui to Marahau. Spacious and spectacular; the northern section is seldom visited by others.
  • Immerse yourself in unique Abel Tasman experiences from paddling with seals, relaxing on numerous beaches, exploring lagoons, islands and Maori Pa village site to learn about local history and lore.
  • It’s a relaxing, content rich and incredibly memorable three day experience!
  • The classic trips are the only trips to explore the northern reaches of the park.
  • Fully catered with delicious kai food.

Abel Tasman Kayaks reserves the right to alter trip due to weather or sea conditions.


  • All meals and accommodation
  • Top quality double kayak
  • Lifejacket
  • Paddle and paddle jacket
  • Spray skirt
  • Dry bags for cameras
  • Detailed map
  • Full safety briefing with a qualified guide
  • 2 person tents
  • Thermarest inflatable mattresses
  • Sleeping bags if required
  • Plates
  • Cutlery
  • Cups
  • Gas cookers
  • Park maps
  • Filtered water

Breakfast: Some
Lunch: All
Dinner: Some

Day 1 : Day One

At 8:30 am, you'll start your adventure by checking in and meeting your knowledgeable guide. The excitement builds as you receive a thorough kayak briefing at 9:00 am. At 10:30 am, it's time to head to Awaroa, and by 12:15 pm, you'll have arrived there. Once at Awaroa, you'll enjoy a well-deserved lunch while packing your kayak for the journey ahead, which begins at 1:00 pm as you paddle from Awaroa to the picturesque Onetahuti area. Anticipate a total kayak time of approximately 4 hours, including invigorating breaks along the way. By 5:00 pm, you'll reach the enchanting Onetahuti area, where you'll promptly set up your campsite. As the evening sets in, you'll relish a delicious dinner followed by a mouthwatering dessert.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 : Day Two

Day Two starts at 8:00 am with a hearty breakfast to fuel your adventures. By 9:00 am, you'll be ready to decamp and embark on a captivating kayak journey from Onetahuti to Anchorage. This leg of the trip will take around 4 hours, factoring in refreshing breaks to soak in the natural beauty around you. Around noon, indulge in a scrumptious lunch amidst the Bark Bay area. The day's activities culminate as you reach Anchorage by 3:45 pm, where you'll swiftly set up camp and relish another delightful dinner, complete with a delectable dessert. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 : Day Three

On Day Three, the morning sun rises at 8:00 am, inviting you to savor a delightful breakfast. By 9:00 am, it's time to decamp and embark on the final leg of your memorable journey – kayaking from Anchorage to Marahau. This captivating stretch takes approximately 4 hours, allowing you to savor the surroundings during leisurely breaks. At noon, take a well-deserved break for lunch in the Astrolabe area before reaching Marahau at 3:30 pm to unpack your gear. Reward yourself with refreshing showers and invigorating refreshments at the Abel Tasman Kayaks base. It's essential to keep in mind that this itinerary serves as a sample and might be subject to changes based on prevailing weather conditions.

Meals: Lunch


Departs: Tuesdays & Saturdays at 8.30am (Period 1 Nov - 31 Mar) 

Pickup: Abel Tasman National Park

Return: Marahau



What to Bring:

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

Kayaking clothes:


Campsite clothing:

Long pants
Long sleeved shirt
Rainproof jacket

Personal items:

  • Toiletries
  • Torch
  • Sleeping bag (bring your own or we can supply a sleeping bag if you prefer).

Extra costs:

Bus Transfer from Nelson $60 return $30 from Motueka is additional, please book separately.

Dietary Requirements:

All meals included.  Dietary requirements can be catered for please discuss at time of booking.



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