Welcome to Marahau

Top experiences in Marahau

Amazing hotels and hostels

We've pre-picked the best hotels, hostels and bed and breakfasts to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.

Travel guides

Starting at $27.99

Image for

Marahau activities

$168.32 Water Sports

Full-Day Abel Tasman Kayak and Walk

Your day starts with a bus transfer from the kayaking base in Motueka, followed by a quick water-taxi ride to the northern beach of Onetahuti. From there, you'll paddle by kayak with your guide to Tonga Island and its flourishing seal colony. Appreciate the beauty of these sleek mammals while you observe them from a distance in their natural environment. Tides permitting, explore the spectacular Tonga Arches, and head south to Bark Bay.After lunch (own expense), you have the option to continue kayaking to Anchorage or leave your guide for a 7-mile (12-km) hike to Anchorage, which includes the Falls River swing bridge. Afterward, catch the water taxi back to Marahau and shuttle back to the base in Motueka, where you're free to access the Wi-Fi or a hot shower.

$168.32 Water Sports

Full-Day Abel Tasman Relaxed or Late Riser Kayaking

This tour offers you two different, but equally enjoyable, options to choose from!Join the Relaxed tour and take a scenic 9.00am cruise from Kaiteriteri to Tonga Quarry, explore Onetahuti beach then head south on your unguided walk over the headland to Bark Bay, a leisurely 90 minute stroll. Join your kayak guide for the afternoon kayak trip, via the seal colony on Pinnacle Island, taking in Falls River and the spectacular scenery along the coast line to Anchorage. Return to Kaiteriteri on the 4.45pm Water Taxi.Or join the Late Riser tour and take a scenic 10.30am cruise from Kaiteriteri or Marahau to Bark Bay, passing Split Apple Rock and Adele Island. Relax for an hour, swim or explore the beach before joining your guide for the afternoon kayak trip. Kayak south visiting the seal colony on Pinnacle Island, Falls River and beautiful scenery along the coastline to Anchorage. From here catch your return Water Taxi back to Marahau or Kaiteriteri at 4.30pm.Both options are sure to leave you with amazing memories that will last a lifetime!

$929.26 Outdoor Activities

National Flexible Travel Pass - Auckland to Auckland Return

Auckland to HaheiDepart Auckland to Hahei, CoromandelFree Day HaheiHahei to RotoruaLeaving Hahei we head to Rotorua, an area rich in Maori heritageFree Day RotoruaRotorua to Lake AniwhenuaStay at the stunning Lake Aniwhenua and learn more about Maori traditions as well as how to prepare a ‘Hangi’Lake Aniwhenua (via Taupo) to Blue Duck StationOur destination is Blue Duck Station, a remote high country conservation farm Free Day Blue Duck StationBlue Duck Station (via Tongariro) to RaetihiToday, hike the epic Tongariro Alpine Crossing and spend the night in an historic Nurses Home in RaetihiRaetihi to WellingtonDepart to the vibrant Capital City!Wellington to Marahau (Abel Tasmann)Catch an early Bluebridge Ferry to Picton then we'll make our way to Marahau, right on the edge of Abel TasmanFree Day Marahau (Abel Tasman)Marahau (Abel Tasman) to Franz JosefDepart early for a full day of sight seeing and then head to the home of the mighty Franz Josef Glacier Free Day Franz JosefFranz Josef (via Fox Glacier) to WanakaToday, travel through the mountainous Haast Pass and Makarora towards WanakaWanaka to QueenstownTravel to Queenstown, known in New Zealand as the ‘Adventure Capital of the World’Free Day QueenstownQueenstown (via Milford Sound) to Gunn’s CampMilford Sound is one of NZ’s most famous destinations, sometimes referred to as the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’. Later we go to our Stray overnight stop, Gunn’s Camp.Gunn’s Camp to Invercargill/Stewart IslandTravel further south to Invercargill and on to Bluff, where you can catch a ferry to Stewart IslandInvercargill/Stewart Island to QueenstownIn the late afternoon we take an express journey back to Queenstown.Queenstown to Aoraki/Mt CookHead to New Zealand’s highest mountain, Aoraki/Mt CookMt Cook (via Tekapo) to RangitataContinue to our overnight stop in Rangitata Peel Forest.Rangitata to ChristchurchFind some of New Zealand’s most modern architecture nestled next to some of our oldest buildings in ChristchurchChristchurch to KaikouraTravel up the coast to the incredible marine world of KaikouraKaikoura (via Picton) to WellingtonThose heading to Wellington will catch the FerryWellington (via Raetihi) to Auckland

$98.19 Water Sports

Full-Day Astrolabe Kayaking Eco-Tour

Join this guided, Eco-friendly tour for a full day out kayaking in the Abel Tasman National Park! After a brief kayak familiarization your full day kayak trip begins in Marahau (the gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park). Head north into the safe and sheltered waters of the Astrolabe Roadstead, which is home to over twelve beautiful golden sand beaches, two islands, sweeping sand spits and tidal lagoons. During the day visit Adele Island, which is home to numerous species of protected native birds and one of the best hang out spots for the local New Zealand Fur Seals. Listen to the chorus of the birds while watching the friendly Fur Seals bask in the sun on the rocks and frolicking around the kayaks. Have lunch on that untouched dreamed of beach, then paddle back or if the conditions allow harness the sea breeze and sail back into Marahau to end the day.

$133.25 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Full-Day Sailing Adventure in the Abel Tasman National Park

Your day begins when you check in at our ticket booth on Kaiteriteri Beach at 9:30am.You will depart on your sailing adventure at 10am. Along the way, expect to see secluded coves, golden sand beaches, pristine clear waters and native wildlife. Stop at Adele Island bird sanctuary and Paradise beach on Fisherman Island. Arriving at Anchorage Beach at 12:30pm you will have free time to explore and have lunch.You will depart Anchorage Beach at 1:30pm. While sailing back you will visit Pinnacle Island and see the New Zealand furs seals. Learn about the Abel Tasman National Park, its history, features and highlights. Enjoy a stop at the famous Split Apple Rock for photos.You will return to Kaiteriteri Beach by 4:30pm. A packed picnic lunch, tea/coffee and juice all included. Free transfers between Marahau and Kaiteriteri beach upon arrangement.

$68.73 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Anchorage Sail and Walk

Sailing Schedule: 8:30 am: Catch your free van transfer from Marahau (free all day parking available) to Kaiteriteri Beach. 9:30 am: Check-in with our friendly staff at the Abel Tasman Sailing Adventures ticket booth (located on Kaiteriteri Beach). 10:00 am: Meet your skipper who will help you on board your sailing catamaran, departing Kaiteriteri Beach for the Abel Tasman National Park. Along the way expect to see secluded coves, golden sand beaches, pristine clear waters and native wildlife. Stop at Adele Island bird sanctuary and Paradise beach on Fisherman Island. Visit the NZ Fur Seal colony and see the iconic Split Apple Rock. 12:30 pm: Arrive to Anchorage Bay where you have time to explore the area before starting your self-guided walk, following the clearly marked signs back to Marahau.  3 - 4 hours later: Arrive to the National Park Entrance. As you have parked your car at the National Park Entrance earlier that day, you are under no time constraints to complete your self-guided walk.  Complimentary tea/coffee and juice is provided on board. Free morning transfers between Marahau and Kaiteriteri beach. 2.5 hour skippered sail & 3-4 hour self-guided walk