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Abel Tasman Track in Comfort

4 Days & 3 Nights
  • The Abel Tasman Track, one of New Zealand’s Great Walks
  • Stay in deluxe and superior rooms in stunningly located accommodations
  • Idyllic pristine golden beaches, crystal clear waters and native wildlife
  • Walk across an impressive 47m suspension bridge over the Falls River
  • Enjoy the scenic splendour of New Zealand’s smallest national park
Walk the Abel Tasman Track, New Zealand’s most relaxed Great Walk, staying in superior accommodations. Situated at the very north of the South island, see a great diversity of wildlife, including fur seals and little blue penguins. Also experience a picturesque mix of inviting sandy beaches, lush coastal forest and pristine clear streams that tumble into the sea. You will be immersed in scenic splendour during your 3 days of walking in New Zealand’s smallest national park. It was established in 1942, exactly 300 years after Abel Tasman, the Dutch explorer anchored here. Enjoy overnight stays in deluxe, superior and spa rooms in a hotel in Nelson and lodges in impressive locations.

What To Expect

If you want to walk on the most easy-going Great Walk in New Zealand, where wildlife is very prevalent, the coastal views are second-to-none, staying in a hotel and lodges in first-class rooms, then this 4-day self-guided itinerary is for you. With turquoise seas, golden beaches and mostly smooth trails enjoy this “tramp” on the Abel Tasman Track.

Tour Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active trip.

Activity:

Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travelers, Families, Multi-Generational, Avid Adventurers

As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveler this tour would be suitable for is: 12 Years

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Elegance & Unique Stays
  • Coastal & Island

Activity Level & Terrain

Rated easy to moderate, this track has a few elevation gains and losses. It is undulating, although there are some steep sections. You will mainly be walking on beaches, on coastal paths and through forest. The terrain can be rough at times but is usually smooth.

It is important to note that on this track there are 3 tidal estuaries that need to be crossed. Whilst there are high tide routes at Torrent and Bark Bay these are less fun than the low tide alternatives. At Awaroa Inlet you have no choice but to walk across the estuary. Please see the Availability section for more details on this.

Navigation

The track is well marked and signposted, and if you stick to the main track, there is very little chance of losing your way. This track involves tidal crossings. Our local hosts will provide information on this as you book, as it may require some flexibility with your itinerary, according to the tides.

We also provide a track guide and GPX tracks are accessible on the Macs Smartphone App, so you can simply follow the route on your phone if you wish.

Accommodations

This tour provides accommodations that are at the deluxe end of the scale. At each accommodation you will always be booked in either the deluxe, or superior options and in Nelson a Spa Studio. 

The accommodation normally used is detailed below. However we may use alternatives of a similar standard should the dates you request not be available.

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable. We welcome solo walkers on the Abel Tasman Track, although you should of course take extra care in the outdoors when walking solo and there is also a solo supplement payable.

Meals

2 Breakfasts will be provided by your accommodation. However breakfast in Nelson is not included and you will have to purchase breakfast yourself here.

Whilst hiking on the Abel Tasman Track 3 packed lunches will be provided. A 3-course dinner is included at Ratanui Lodge in their highly-rated restaurant. At Awaroa Lodge there is a restaurant and you can find plenty of local restaurants in Nelson.

Included
  • 1 Night in a hotel in Nelson (Spa Studio Room)
  • 1 Night at Awaroa Lodge (Superior Room)
  • 1 Night in Ratanui Lodge (Luxury Room)
  • 2 Breakfasts (at Awaroa Lodge and Ratanui Lodge)
  • 3 Packed lunches
  • 1 three-course dinner at Ratanui Lodge
  • Luggage transportation
  • Transfer from Nelson to Marahau
  • Transfer from Totaranui To Ratanui Lodge
  • Transfer Ratanui Lodge to Wainui Car Park
  • Water taxis from Marahau to Torrent Bay and Totaranui to Marahau
  • Information Pack and personalised itinerary
  • Access to the Macs Smartphone App with GPS Tracks
  • Full briefing in Marahau
  • 24-7 Emergency telephone support
Excluded
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to and from Nelson
  • 2 Dinners
  • 1 Breakfast
  • Drinks and snacks
  • ETA & IVL requests (mandatory as per 1 Oct 2019)
Extras
  • Additional nights
  • Rental car (if required)

When To Go

The Abel Tasman Track is one of New Zealand’s 9 Great Walks and therefore is  extremely popular. You will have to book quite far in advance in order for us to be successful with confirming the dates you request, especially if you wish to travel in the height of the season which is February and March. (Between Christmas and New Year is also very popular). You can take this tour anywhere between October and April. To avoid disappointment please try to plan your trip well in advance ( at least 6-9 months), if possible.

Since this track has 3 tidal estuaries to cross and the accommodation is limited in one of the areas please bear in mind that when you book our local hosts will check the dates of your tour and may have to adjust your route/itinerary accordingly. For example, your itinerary could be reversed or changed according to the tides or indeed the availability of the accommodation. We will let you know if this is the case.

Why not try one of our alternate walks in New Zealand too, such as the Queen Charlotte,  Routeburn, Kepler, Milford or Kaikoura Coast Track?

Time of Year

The best time of year to walk the Abel Tasman Track is between October and April, during the spring, summer and Autumn/fall months. Also this is when all of the accommodations are open. The weather will be more settled during these times of year, although it can be unpredictable at any time of year. 

Getting to the Start

You can fly into and out of Nelson Airport which is located only 5 miles from central Nelson. There are domestic flights into Nelson from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch Airports. You can catch a taxi or a shuttle bus to get into Nelson from the airport. The shuttle bus needs to be booked in advance and you can check the following company website in order to arrange this, Jayride.

We offer car rental so you will have to check with your Destination & Adventure Specialist about the details on this.

You may have also been using a rental car to get around before the start of your Abel Tasman Track, if this is the case you can simply follow the directions on the accommodation list to the first place you are staying in Nelson or Motueka. Our local hosts can provide secure parking while you are on the track.

* Please be aware that when booking flights from the UK to New Zealand you will arrive 2 days after you set off and on return you will arrive 1 day after you set off. So, for example, if you leave on a Tuesday you will arrive on a Thursday and on return if you leave on a Saturday you will arrive home on the Sunday. This is obviously because of the time it takes to get there but also because you are travelling back and forth across the International Date Line. Similar principles apply when travelling from other places in Europe and from the USA and Canada. Please make sure that when you book you take this into consideration so that you are arriving on the correct day that the tour begins.

Getting from the End

A transfer is included on the final day to either Nelson or Nelson Airport, so you can make your way onward journeys from here.

Luggage Transfer

Overnight luggage is transferred by boat each day to be at your accommodation when you arrive. The luggage has to be lifted in and out of boats with no jetties around for easy unloading, so for this reason we ask our guests to follow the list of required items and pack lightly – aim for a bag weighing around 10kg (20 pounds). Our local partner provides free luggage storage for your extra luggage in Marahau. Special loaner bags for you to use for your overnight gear if required. Duffel bags or small suitcases suitable for carry-on luggage on airplanes are perfect for your Abel Tasman trip if you have them. One of the local staff will drop a loaner bag around to your accommodations along with your information/map pack for your trip if required. 

The loaner bags are 50 litre duffel bags made by Macpac, a well-known outdoor equipment company founded in New Zealand. If you’d like to keep one as a souvenir of your Abel Tasman trip (complete with our company logo embroidered on it) they can be purchased for $80(NZD) each.

Please take your luggage with you when you are being transferred to Marahau on Day 2.

General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack. On this tour we can provide you with the essential equipment for this tour locally.

Car Rental

We can arrange car rental for your trip. Please contact your Destination & Adventure Specialist for details.

Equipment

Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes and a day pack.

here are a couple of places along the track where you’ll be required to cross tidal estuaries and we strongly recommend the use of water shoes (crocs, sports sandals etc) for these as there are sharp shells and small stones that can cut bare feet.

 

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Nelson & Overnight Day 2 Transfer to Marahau. Water taxi to Torrent Bay. Walk to Awaraoa Inlet 9.5 miles / 15 km Day 3 Walk Awaroa Inlet to Totaranui 5 miles / 8 km Day 4 Walk Wainui to Totaranui 9.5 miles / 15 km

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