New Zealand Walking Tour:
Abel Tasman Walk 3 Days
Nelson to Nelson
3 days / 2 nights
- Start Date Status
- MondayNov, Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr
- WednesdayNov, Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr
- FridayNov, Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr
- SaturdayNov, Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr
- SundayNov, Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr
Shoulder Season Dates! September 1 to October 31, April 1 to 30. Shoulder season pricing $1650
The Abel Tasman Coast Track is one of New Zealand’s ’10 Great Walks’ – and for good reason.
The mild climate, golden beaches and native forest shows off the wide variety and stunning beauty New Zealand has to offer.
This walk is great for those short on time, who want to see as much of the Abel Tasman Coast Track as possible.
A boat cruise will take you to the start of your walk through lush native forest and golden sandy beaches from Totaranui in the north to Marahau in the south. Wind your way along the famous beaches of the Marlborough region as you traverse Abel Tasman National Park, finding secrets like Cleopatra’s Pool and Cascade Falls along the way.
Choose to have time on your own, or share some insights into local culture and natural history of The Abel Tasman Coastal Walk in the South Island of New Zealand.
On the night prior to your tour we will deliver a gear bag to your hotel/motel reception. This is the bag you will use for your overnight luggage for the tour. It is a black sports bag with a plastic liner and is yours to take away after the tour.
Please pack into this the items you will need each night at the lodges. Any excess gear can be stored for you at the walk office on the day of departure.
On the morning of your first day, you will be picked up from your accommodation, or if you have a car, you will be directed to safe parking. Day Packs can be borrowed if required, and excess luggage can be safely stored. There is a safe in the office for use if you need to store valuable items.
Lodges operate on a tab system so any payments for drinks etc are settled at the end of the tour.
Please Note: This tour is very flexible, with a number of options available to take optimal advantage of weather conditions for your walking comfort.
- The trip direction may be reversed in some cases, with an earlier pick up in Nelson and Motueka.
- Walking each day is optional. Some people prefer to take the ferry between lodges. This flexibility is perfect for couples or groups who are visiting the park together, but wish to do different things. Please discuss options with your guide before each day’s departure.
Day 1 Nelson / Motueka to Awaroa via Totaranui
Location: Original 1884 Homestead
Board the comfortable Vista Cruise to travel the length of the golden Abel Tasman coast from Kaiteriteri north to Totaranui, relaxing on the viewing decks and enjoying refreshments from the cafe.
From Totaranui, walk through mature native forest and along secluded beaches to the breathtaking expanse of Awaroa Inlet where you’ll reach Meadowbank Homestead – a faithful recreation of the Wilson family’s original home on the ‘finest site in the bay’.
- Scenic drive to Kaiteriteri – 1 hour from Nelson, or 20 min from Motueka
- Cruise Kaiteriteri to Totaranui – 1 hour 40 mins
- Walk Totaranui to Awaroa – 2 hours 30 min (7km/4.5 miles) including tidal crossing; maximum elevation 100m/340ft
Pick up in Nelson or Motueka.
Meet your guide at the Motueka office for a welcome briefing with time for last-minute luggage organisation, before departing to Kaiteriteri by coach.
Vista Cruise departs Kaiteriteri.
Arrive Totaranui to walk to Awaroa Inlet. Either walk, if the tide is out, or take a boat ride across the stunning expanse of the largest inlet on the coast.
Enjoy a warm welcome at Meadowbank Homestead at Awaroa, right on the edge of the inlet. Freshen up with a hot shower in your ensuite room while your hosts prepare a delicious evening meal. Local beer and wine is available for purchase at the in-house bar. Accommodation: Meadowbank Homestead at Awaroa, Meals included: lunch, afternoon tea, dinner.
Day 2 Awaroa to Torrent Bay
Location: Nautical Themed Lodge
Your walk today follows the coastal track through cool native forest and reaches golden sand beaches, perfect for swimming. Start with a relaxing breakfast overlooking Meadowbank’s gardens and the beautiful waters beyond, then choose how much walking you want to do – your guide will arrange boat transfers to suit your needs.
- Walk in 3 sections of 2 hours each
- Awaroa to Onetahuti and Tonga Quarry – 6km/3.5 miles; maximum elevation 85m/280ft
- Tonga Quarry to Bark Bay (Medlands Beach) – 4km/2.5 miles; maximum elevation 120m/400ft
- Bark Bay to Torrent Bay – 7km/4.4 miles; maximum elevation 105m/340ft
Depart Awaroa for the scenic walk to Onetahuti, which features a beautiful boardwalk and bridge designed by local iwi (Māori tribe). Stroll along the golden sands and enjoy refreshments supplied by your guide.
Before climbing the low saddle out of Onetahuti, explore the site of Tonga Quarry and hear stories of the unusual granite features and historic relics. Descend to Bark Bay via the waterfall trail featuring views of the cascade from a sturdy swing bridge.
Relax over lunch at Bark Bay where Conservation campsite facilities include shelter, picnic tables, filtered drinking water and modern toilets. Rest in the shade, explore the bay or refresh with a swim. After lunch, you’ll walk the most varied section the coastal track as it winds through verdant gullies of mature beech forest, fern grottos and sunny groves of fragrant manuka framing coastal vistas. Cross the swing bridge at Falls River and continue to Torrent Bay.
Arrive at beautiful Torrent Bay with its village of beachfront holiday houses including our Torrent Bay Lodge where your ensuite room and evening meal awaits. Accommodation: Torrent Bay Lodge. Meals included: breakfast, morning & afternoon tea, lunch, dinner
Meals included: Breakfast, Morning and Afternoon Tea, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 Torrent Bay to Motueka/Nelson
Distance: 13 to 16km depending on the tides
Wake up to golden light on the sands of Torrent Bay and perhaps a coffee on the deck before breakfast. Today’s walk follows the easiest section of the coastal track through to Marahau, with panoramic views across Tasman Bay to Nelson. This is a day rich in history, too, as your guide recount stories of how major landmarks were named by early explorers.
- Walk 4–5 hours (depending on tides) – 13–16km/8–10 miles; maximum elevation 110m/360ft
- Scenic drive from Kaiteriteri – 20 min to Motueka or 1 hr to Nelson
Depart Torrent Bay Lodge. The tides will determine whether you walk around the inlet taking in views overlooking Anchorage Beach, or take the fun short-cut across the inlet to reach the main coastal track.
Stop for lunch at a sheltered beach with views over the Astrolabe Roadstead to Adele Island.
Finish your leisurely walk at Marahau, at the end of coastal track, where our driver will meet you for the return journey to Motueka via Kaiteriteri where you’ll collect your overnight luggage from the boat.
Meals included: breakfast, morning & afternoon tea, lunch
This tour is operated in conjunction with another operator.
Based on a twin share. Double or twin rooms with ensuite facilities. Communal lounge with tea and coffee making facilities
Night 1 Beachfront Lodge
Night 2 Beachfront Lodge
An experienced guide
The guides are very experienced, friendly walkers and bikers who love to share their knowledge of New Zealand’s flora and fauna and local history. They all hold current first aid certificates and are the very best people to ensure your experience will be one to remember.
You will enjoy great local cuisine; continental breakfasts and hearty packed lunches during the day, and wholesome home-cooked fare prepared by your lodge host/hostess in the evenings.
If you have any dietary issues or food allergies, we are happy to cater for these, please advise us of details when you make your booking.
All meals are included in your tour cost. Wine and other beverages are available to be purchased during dinners.
Safety and Risk Management
To ensure maximum safety for all, our guides are certified first aiders.
Luggage & Transfers
Your luggage is transported for the duration of the tour. All you carry is a small day pack with your personal gear, drink and lunch. An overnight bag is provided for you to pack your gear into.
(See pre tour checklist)