Wilsons Abel Tasman 5 Day Guided Walk


Take time for the full experience. Explore further into the national park, try some easy enclosed-water kayaking, or relax by the beach.

Members from: $1,669 P.P Twin ShareNon-members from: $1,673 P.P Twin Share

  • Type

    Walking Tours

  • Destination

    New Zealand South Pacific

  • Booking Code

    ANZWATGW


Includes


  • Accommodation in share-twin/double room with ensuite bathroom, including wonderful hot showers and all bedding.

  • Delicious fresh meals prepared by our skilled lodge hosts. From lunch on your departure day to lunch on your final day, meals include 3-course dinner, breakfast (cooked or continental), picnic lunch, snacks, fresh fruit, morning and afternoon teas

  • Track notes, maps, and advice from our expert guides to help you design each day to be as active or relaxed as you wish, with boat back-up to shorten each day's walk.

  • All luggage transfers and luggage storage*. We supply a lodge luggage bag (yours to keep). You can choose to use your own daypack or borrow one of ours.

  • Scheduled coach transfers from and to Motueka or Nelson

  • Scenic cruise along the length of the spectacular Abel Tasman coast.


START/FINISH TIMES

The direction of this trip may be reversed on some departures with earlier pick up in Nelson (7.15-7.40am) and Motueka (8.15am).

The earlier pick-up applies to most Wednesday departures and all departures after NZ daylight savings time finishes at the beginning of April.

If start/finish times don’t suit your itinerary, please contact us to make alternative arrangements. All the itineraries can be flexible to accommodate your needs or schedule.


Itinerary


  1. Day 1

    Day 1: Nelson/Motueka – Awaroa via Totaranui

    All aboard the Vista Cruise vessel! As we cruise from Kaiteriteri at the southern tip of the national park, north to Totaranui, we echo the contours of the spectacular Abel Tasman coastline. Relax on the upper or lower viewing decks and enjoy a hot drink from the cafe. From Totaranui, walk through mature beech and rata forests and along secluded golden beaches to the breathtaking expanse of the Awaroa Inlet. Here, a warm kiwi welcome awaits you at Meadowbank Homestead - Awaroa, a faithful re-creation of the Wilson family's original home.
    Pick-up Nelson (10.15-10.45am) or Motueka (11.30am), or if you are self-driving please meet at our office by 11.30am. Wednesday departures and some low season departures have an earlier start.
    Meet your guide at our Motueka office for a welcome briefing with time for last-minute luggage organisation, before departing to Kaiteriteri by coach.
    1.00pm: Vista Cruise departs Kaiteriteri for a fast, safe, comfortable cruise along the coastline. Hot and cold drinks, open and enclosed viewing decks, and bathroom facilities on board.
    From Totaranui, walk through mature beech and rata forests, and along secluded golden beaches to the tidal inlet at Awaroa.
    Either walk, if the tide is out, or take a boat ride across the stunning expanses of the largest inlet on the coast.
    At Meadowbank Homestead - Awaroa, right on the edge of the inlet, you’ll be welcomed with pre-dinner drinks and fine food. Here you’ll find comfortable accommodation full of history and kiwi charm.

  2. Day 2

    Day 2: Explore Awaroa

    Wake up to a home-cooked breakfast and sweeping views across Awaroa Inlet, the largest tidal estuary in Abel Tasman National Park. Enjoy the comfortable surroundings of the lodge and perhaps a coffee on the veranda watching the movement of the tides over golden sand. Then, let your guide design your day to be as active or relaxed as you wish with another night at Meadowbank Homestead - Awaroa.

  3. Day 3

    Day 3: Awaroa – Torrent Bay

    After a relaxing night’s sleep and home-cooked breakfast overlooking the gardens by the sea at Meadowbank, you’ll be ready for your scenic day walk to Torrent Bay. If you're not feeling energetic, your guide will arrange for a boat ride so can choose the amount of walking to suit.
    Section 1: Awaroa to Onetahuti and Tonga Quarry 6km (3.5 miles), max elevation 85m (280ft)
    9.00am (approx.): Leave Awaroa to enjoy a morning walking through native forest with magnificent coastal views, then walk along the golden sands of Onetahuti Beach.
    Continue on to explore the historic sites and picturesque golden cove of Tonga Quarry's beach.
    Section 2: Tonga Quarry to Bark Bay 4km (2.5 miles), max elevation 120m (400ft)
    From Tonga Quarry, walk over a forested saddle and around the Waterfall Trail to Bark Bay.
    Midday, stop for lunch at Bark Bay, taking time out to relax, explore, swim or sunbathe on the golden sands.
    Section 3: Bark Bay to Torrent Bay 7km (4.4 miles), max elevation 105m (340ft)
    From Bark Bay, walk the most varied section of the coastal track as it winds through shady gullies of mature beech forest, fern grottos, and sunny groves of manuka framing coastal vistas.
    Cross the swing bridge at Falls River and continue on to Torrent Bay.
    Around 4.30pm: A welcome awaits at Torrent Bay Lodge, right on the beachfront. This was the Wilson family’s holiday home, now tastefully extended and renovated to include all modern comforts whist keeping its relaxed, beach holiday atmosphere.

  4. Day 4

    Day 4: Explore Torrent Bay

    A day of choices! Let your guide plan an adventurous or relaxing day to suit you with another night at Torrent Bay Lodge, right on the beach.

    Options include:
    Walk through breathtaking first-generation forest, up to the waterfalls on Falls River

    Canoe or walk around the estuary and visit the peaceful grotto of Cleopatra's Pool

    Walk to the golden expanse of Anchorage Beach and picturesque Te Pukatea Cove, visiting historic Maori sites at Pitt Head along the way

    Relax on the beach at Torrent Bay

  5. Day 5

    Day 5: Torrent Bay – Motueka/Nelson

    Wake up to morning light on the golden sands of Torrent Bay and perhaps a coffee on the deck before breakfast. Then on your final day, walk the easiest section of the coastal track from Torrent Bay to Marahau, with panaromic views across Tasman Bay to Nelson. Along the way you’ll rediscover the pristine bays and beaches named by French explorer Dumont D'Urville in 1827.


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Disclaimer


Prices are per person, twin/double-share and subject to availability. Prices are correct at the time of submission (Jul 18) but are subject to change without notice. Valid for travel 1 Nov 18 to 19 Jan 19 ex Nelson. Blackout periods may apply. Discount if applicable is included in the advertised price.