Walk the beautiful Abel Tasman track in style! We stay in lovely accommodation, and our bags are transported for us daily. Walk, swim, relax, indulge!
|Date & Duration:||20th-25th February 2021 - 6 days|
|Cost:||NZD2900 - What's included?|
|Arrival & Departure points:||Nelson|
|Accommodation:||Glamping and lovely lodges|
Day 1 - early arrival in Nelson
20 Feb, Saturday
Try to arrive in Nelson between 8am and 10am if you are flying in. Time permitting, we can have a wander through the wonderful Nelson market, before we head to Mapua to settle into our accommodation. In the afternoon we visit a local winery and that night we will enjoy a meal at Mapua wharf, next to the sea.
Meals: none included
Day 2 - Marahau to Anchorage - Approx. 4 hours - 12.4kms
21 Feb, Sunday
Today our fabulous adventure begins! You are in for a real treat - the Abel Tasman is a true gem: with it's stunning scenery, it is one of the best walks in New Zealand.
We spend the day walking/swimming/exploring the forest, the track and the golden sand beaches en route to Anchorage. The views from the track over the turquoise waters and golden beaches are breathtaking. Tonight we enjoy a glamping experience in large deluxe tents at Anchorage campground with very comfy camp beds. Our camp guide will prepare delicious meals, and after dark we head down to see the glow worm caves, do some star gazing from the beach, before drifting to sleep to the call of the Ruru (Morepork). The camp site doesn't have hot showers, but after a swim you can take a cold shower on the beach. The location is simply stunning.
Meals: B, L, D
Day 3 - Anchorage to Awaroa - Approx. 6.5hrs - 18.8kms
22 Feb, Monday
After breakfast we leave Anchorage, passing Torrent Bay before heading up and over to Bark Bay, stopping for a picnic lunch and a swim along the way, and continuing on to the long, golden Onetahuti Beach. From here it is only another hour to the wonderful Awaroa Lodge. After a rejuvenating shower we can relax in style with a wine in the lovely outdoor garden, before enjoying another wonderful meal. Meals: B, L, D
NOTE: There is the option of halving the walking distance on this long day by catching a water taxi from the half-way point of Bark Bay to your accommodation for the night. The additional water taxi is $38 per adult.
Day 4 - Rest Day at Awaroa Lodge
23 Feb, Tuesday
Today is your free day to enjoy this stunning setting! Awaroa is one of the park's most spectacular beaches. Explore the sandspit and lagoon, go for a swim, relax on the beach, or take one of the many little walks. You might like to join a guided kayak trip - see description below (NOTE: this must be booked in advance, ie when you book this trip).
Kayaking from Awaroa:
All guided kayak trips last for 3-3.5 hours, including a pre-trip safety briefing and a 20-30 minute stop on a secluded beach. All trips cost $140 per person and include hot drinks and snacks on the beach
Meals: B, L, D
Day 5 - Totaranui to Wainui - Approx. 5 hours 15.5kms
24 Feb, Wednesday
After a leisurely breakfast at Awaroa Lodge, we take a water taxi to Totaranui at 10.30am arriving there at 11am. We head down the Grand Avenue on the less well-travelled part of the track and come across the beautiful beaches of Anapai and Mutton Cove, where we stop for lunch and a swim. Before long we will be at Whariwharangi Bay, this is where Abel Tasman the explorer unsuccessfully tried his only landing in New Zealand (he was repelled by the local Maori). Then it's up and over the hill to the Wainui Bay, where we will be picked up by van for the short shuttle to Pohara Beach and the wonderful Ratanui Lodge, with it's wonderful gin cocktail menu :)!
Meals: B, L, D
Day 6 - Shuttle to Totaranui - Skinner point - Aquataxi to Marahau
25 Feb, Thursday
A slower start today - you may enjoy a walk along the beachfront at Pohara or perhaps a bike ride to begin your day - Ratanui has guest bikes - then at 9.45am a vehicle transfers us to Totoranui where we water taxi back to Marahau. Our van will take us to Kimi Ora Spa for a soak in the hot tubs, steam room or heated pool (massages can be booked in advance). Our wonderful trip is over - take a flight back home (airport dropoffs between 5pm and 7pm) after your rejuvenating nature experience!
Meals: B, L
-all transport/transfers, 4 nights luxury accommodation and 1 night glamping, all luggage transfers on the walk (you carry just a daypack with your lunch etc.), shuttle from Wainui Carpark to Ratanui Lodge and Ratanui Lodge to Totaranui, Water Taxi transport Marahau to Totaranui, walking guide, spa, airport transfers, all breakfasts, most lunches (see itinerary) and all evening meals except first night
· A single supplement will apply if single occupancy is required and rooms are available
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