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$164.15 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.

$464.40 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Self-Guided 3-Day Coastal Tour from Nelson

Day 1: Your adventure starts at the base in Nelson, where on arrival at our depot you will be fitted with your bikes and briefed on your tour. From here you will start your cycle ride to Mapua on the Tasman’s Great Taste Trail. Suggested you be at the departure location by 9am for a 9:30am departure. You may choose to explore Nelson City before following the blue Great Taste Trail markers and heading south out towards the seaside village of Mapua. Along the way you can visit the ‘World of Wearable Art’ exhibition. There are also many craft breweries and wineries to sample along the way. Continuing on the Great Taste Trail you will turn off the coastal path and experience the coastal boardwalks of the Waimea Estuary and fertile farmland there, which is home to a range of internationally significant bird species including the white heron. The trail takes you alongside the main beach of Rabbit Island where you will shortly arrive at the ferry landing. A short trip across the channel on the iconic Mapua Ferry lands you at the Mapua Wharf where you can enjoy the buzzing atmosphere of galleries, studios, restaurants, cafes, shops and the boutique Golden Bear Brewery.Day 2: After breakfast, you begin on your bike for a short ride through Ruby Bay towards Tasman and to New Zealand’s number 1 café, ‘Jester House’. Here you can enjoy the lovely gardens and feed the tame eels! On leaving Tasman, a steady climb up to Tasman View Road is all worthwhile as you enjoy the spectacular 360 degree views of Tasman Bay and the ranges beyond (this section is grade 2-3 and has a climb of 200 meters over 4 km). Next you will drop down into the riverside community and on to Motueka. Some recommended lunch or coffee stops are the ‘Riverside Café’ at the bottom of Tasman View Road, or ‘Toad Hall’ at the beginning of Motueka. As you make your way around the amazing coastal trail of Motueka, you can enjoy the variety of bird species and gorgeous scenery. From the edge of Motueka you will be approximately 12km from Kaiteriteri. The short bike ride into Kaiteriteri takes in boardwalks and bridges through the farmland and orchards of Riwaka, before entering the ‘Easy Rider’ trail of the Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park. A reasonable level of fitness is required to bike this section and caution must be taken by inexperienced riders as there are tight turns and switchbacks.Day 3:Last day, you will experience something magical! Departing at 9am the famous Discoverer Day is the ultimate boat cruise and walk combination in the Abel Tasman National Park. With two different walk options, the Discoverer Day is the best way to experience all the Abel Tasman has to offer including a scenic boat cruise, a visit to Split Apple Rock and a Fur Seal colony. Arriving back at Kaiteriteri, transport will be awaiting you for your trip back to Nelson.

$134.05 Day Trips & Excursions

Abel Tasman and Golden Bay Tour

The pickup is in Nelson or Motueka at the information center. If you need another pickup, please advise with your booking. Travelers will be driven in the  new 12 seater bus along the coastline to Kaiteriteri. Enjoy the wonderful beach and views over the bay before starting to enter our cruise boat.Choose the seat on the cruise boat inside or outside before cruising from Kaiteriteri Beach to Totaranui along the coastline of the Abel Tasman Park while the driver guide drives the bus over the Takaka Hill to Totaranui. There is coffee, tea, and snacks available on the boat.Enjoy the stunning beach in Totaranui, have about half an hour before driving to the next destination and you could even fit a swim in, in the crystal clear sea. Then you will be blown away by the 20-minute drive to a stunning bush with the option for a short walk.AfternoonAfter the walk to a lookout, drive about 10 minutes to Takaka for a break. Takaka is a colorful interesting lifestyle town with wonderful lunch stop options, interesting shops, and locals. 3km out of Takaka there is the well-known springs "Waikoropupu Springs", known for the clarity of the water and the volume of water discharged. The springs are spiritually significant to the Maori people. Depending on how much time the whole group as it might be able to have a short stopover there.The tour ends with a scenic drive over Takaka Hill with stunning views over Abel Tasman and Golden Bay before going back to Motueka and Nelson. Arrive Motueka at about 4.30pm, Nelson at about 5.30pm.There is no better way to experience so many diverse landscapes in one day. 

$120.38 Day Trips & Excursions

Golden Bay Wharariki Beach Farewell Spit

Number one on every to-do list of Golden Bay is Wharariki Beach. Not far behind is  Farewell Spit, a 26 km long arm of fine golden sand which is the country's longest sandspit. Our day trips begins either at Nelson at about 7.30am or Motueka at about 8.30am. We will drive through  picturesque Tasman, a pip fruit and hop growing area with some vineyards. We will  drive over the Takaka hill (791m)  On the way we pass dramatic lookouts over Tasman Bay,  Abel Tasman National Park and Golden Bay. We try to orientate our trip on the tide in Wharakiki Beach. Our order of how we do the trip may change. There is time for a lunch break either at Farewell Spit Cafe or in Takaka.  We have a stop at Te Waikoropupu Springs. " Pupu Springs" is a colourful little lake refreshed with around 14,000L of water per second surging from underground vents. It is a sacred Maori place.We will have a stop at Farewell Spit Cafe. You will be able to take in the stunning views over Farewell Spit.We will walk to Wharariki Beach (about 20 min through sand dunes and along green hills). You arrive at the most amazing beach, sand dunes and huge rock formations. If you are lucky you might see seals.In Takaka - halfway on our trip from Motueka to Wharariki Beach - there is time for shopping and cafes.Driving time for the whole day, starting from Motueka, is about 5 hours in total, add 1 1/2 hours if you start in Nelson. Walking time on the beach is about 1 hour, partly through sand. This part of the West Coast can be very windy. Please be prepared for a walk with a lot of wind on the beach.