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Walk & Kayak 5 Day

Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,390

This tour joins kayaking along the Abel Tasman Coast Track with excellent walking plus two free days at beachfront lodges. Kayaking and walking are optional and no experience is necessary.


Enjoy the South Island’s unspoiled North Coast on this 5 day walk and kayaking trip through vehicle-free Abel Tasman National Park. A coastline cruise takes you to Totaranui, your jump-off point for the walk to Awaroa. Explore the Park’s largest tidal estuary on either land or water, visiting pristine beaches and historic sites. Walk over the Tonga Saddle to Onetahuti and meet your sea kayak for a short, but comprehensive training brief, then enjoy an inland walk or beach-hop the sights of Torrent Bay. Your coach awaits you at Kaiteriteri for your onward journey.


 

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Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,390

Itinerary

Day 1

Awaroa

This morning you will be picked up from Nelson at (7:30am) or from Motueka (8:30am). There will be time for last-minute luggage organisation at our Motueka office. Launch departs Kaiteriteri for a leisurely cruise along the National Park coastline. Hot drinks, covered or open deck areas and bathroom facilities on board. When you arrive at Totaranui, you can relax on the beach or take a walk through the lush, untouched rainforest on the Pukatea Loop (approximately 1.5 hours). Walk south, approximately 2 hours from Totaranui to the fascinating Awaroa estuary, through rainforest with magnificent specimens of Nikau Palm and Rata fringing idyllic sandy coves. Cross the Awaroa estuary and be introduced to its fascinating history. Spend the night on the beachfront at Meadowbank Homestead - Awaroa.

Approximate times: Bus to Kaiteriteri from Nelson (1.5 hours) or Motueka (20 minutes); Cruise Kaiteriteri to Totaranui 2 hours; Walk which is including options, ranges from 3.5 to 4 hours (8 to 10 kilometres)

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Meadowbank Homestead

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    In 1884 William Hadfield built the original two-storeyed home, Meadowbank, on the best site in the bay in order to catch the stunning panoramic views and the all-year-round sun. One hundred and ten years later, his great granddaughter, Lyn Wilson, and her family built a ...

    In 1884 William Hadfield built the original two-storeyed home, Meadowbank, on the best site in the bay in order to catch the stunning panoramic views and the all-year-round sun. One hundred and ten years later, his great granddaughter, Lyn Wilson, and her family built a replica homestead on the same site. It is set amongst the original camellia and rhododendron trees, which were bought from England as a memory of a homeland left behind. The character of Meadowbank has been brought back to life through the extensive use of period windows, doors and timbers, yet all the conveniences of today have been included. Meadowbank Homestead - Awaroa is filled with memories of the earlier homestead, Meadowbank. Eleven comfortable twin rooms with ensuites have been named after William, Adele and their children, and features photographs of them as they grew up.

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Day 2

Explore Awaroa

Plan your day to be as active or relaxing as you wish. Visit early European and pre-European historical sites. Unwind on the beach. Relax and enjoy the comforts of Meadowbank Homestead - Awaroa.

Approximate walking time: up to 4 hours

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Awaroa to Onetahuti

Depart Awaroa to walk over the Tonga Saddle to Onetahuti. Here, your guide will settle you into your kayaks with full training and safety brief. You do not leave the beach until your guide is satisfied you can safely negotiate the coast in your kayak. In good weather, visit the Seal Colony on Tonga Island where New Zealand fur seals breed. Spot new-born pups in December and Jaunary. Cruising past Tonga Quarry and the Tonga Arches, your guide will explain the history of this granite area, pointing out some of the features and quarry relics. Stop for lunch at Bark Bay. Take time out to explore, swim or relax on the golden sand. Continue beach hopping along the coast to our beachfront lodge at Torrent Bay, taking in points of interest: Falls River, Frenchman's Bay.

Approximate times: Walk from Awaora to Onetahuti 1.5 hours (5 kilometres), Sea Kayak Onetahuti to Torrent Bay 4 hours (10 kilometres)

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Torrent Bay Lodge

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    Torrent Bay Lodge



    Sitting on the edge of a golden beach, Torrent Bay Lodge has been the Wilson family holiday home for over 30 years. Their home has been continually extended and remodelled to be shared with visitors. The latest upgrade provides private rooms, each with its own ...

    Sitting on the edge of a golden beach, Torrent Bay Lodge has been the Wilson family holiday home for over 30 years. Their home has been continually extended and remodelled to be shared with visitors. The latest upgrade provides private rooms, each with its own ensuite bathroom, for 22 travellers. This realises a dream of 20 years - to provide one of New Zealand's best outdoor experiences.
    Modern facilities blend with the informal atmosphere of an open dining area, mellow with natural wood. French doors open to a deck, which continues out to the beach, perfect for morning coffee or drinks at the end of the day.

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Day 4

Explore Torrent Bay

A day of choices! Plan an adventurous or relaxing day to suit you. Options include: a walk through breathtaking first generation forest, up to the waterfalls on Falls River. Canoe in the estuary and visit the peaceful grotto of Cleopatra's Pool (tides permitting). Walk to the protected golden beaches of Anchorage and Te Pukatea and visit historic Maori sites at Pitt Head.

Approximate times: Optional walking up to 5 hours (10 kilometres) and canoeing (tide dependant)

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Torrent Bay to Kaiteriteri

Paddling along the coast, discover the pristine bays and beaches named by French Explorer, Dumont D'urville in 1827. Cruise the Astrolabe Roadstead, visit the stunning bays of Te Pukatea and Appletree, or paddle along the coast of Adel Island. If the wind is with you, your guide will help you hoist a specially designed sail so you can ride the sea breeze. Stop for lunch at any one of the bays, then continue on to Kaiteriteri. Our coach meets you at Kaiteriteri to return to Motueka (4:30pm) or Nelson (5:30pm).

Approximate times: Sea Kayak Torrent Bay to Kaiteriteri 4.5 hours (12 kilometres), Bus Kaiteriteri to Motueka (20 minutes) or Nelson (1.5 hours)

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DEPARTURES:

Tuesdays and Fridays 

PRICE INCLUDES:

4 nights accommodation, transfers, launch cruise, and meals as indicated. 

TB ABELTASNEL0213WA: 5DKW
27 Apr 2018
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