3 DAY (NORTHERN) EXPLORER
If you wish to spend 3 days in a peaceful, pristine, natural environment then it is worth considering a walk in the Northern end of the Abel Tasman. This 3 day trip gives you the opportunity to explore some of the parks finest beaches and forests without the crowds of people detracting from your experience. With your luggage transferred by boat and your meals lovingly prepared, all you need are some comfortable walking shoes and a day pack and you are ready to explore the Abel Tasman with us!
3 days walking
Total trip time
3 days / 2 nights
(incl travel time)
Kilometres 40.5 km
We pick you up in Takaka at 8.30am and we drive to Wainui, the Northern start point for the Abel Tasman coast track. The trip begins with a magical walk along this peaceful coastline. With fewer people in this end of the park, there is a wonderful quietness that prevails. From Totaranui we catch the afternoon water taxi to Awaroa where we spend an enjoyable evening together with other trampers in the Department of Conservation (DOC) hut.
The walk to from Awaroa to Bark Bay is a favourite for many. As the track climbs over the Awaroa headland, one gets superb views of the expansive Awaroa estuary below. The golden sands of the Onetahuti Beach are a delight to walk along and the historic Tonga Quarry makes for an interesting stop along the way. We spend the evening in Bark Bay hut.
One of the classic pictures one sees of the Abel Tasman is looking down into the sparkling turquoise waters of Frenchman's Bay from the track between Bark Bay and Torrent Bay. The long wooden swing bridge over the Falls River is also a highlight for many on this walk. We enjoy an early lunch at Torrent Bay before either crossing the estuary (if the tide is right) or walking around it's perimeter. We catch the 2.15pm water taxi from Anchorage back to Totaranui and return to Takaka by 5pm.
Carry less, enjoy more!
To help you plan your trip, we offer the following list of what to pack
You need to supply a pack, sleeping bag and comfortable footwear. The weather can change quickly on this track so you must be prepared for adverse conditions. It is a good idea to make your pack as light as possible for your own comfort.
• 1 Comfortable day pack for walking (with waterproof inner pack liner)
• 1 Bag for overnight belongings (with waterproof inner liner)
• 1 Sleeping bag (in a plastic bag)
• 1 Sleeping bag liner (optional)
• 1 or 2 walking poles (optional)
• 1 Good quality weatherproof jacket
• 1 Good quality pair of weatherproof pants (optional)
• 1 Pair of comfortable shoes
• 1 Pair of gaiters (optional)
• 1 Rain poncho (optional)
• 1 Pair of lightweight sandals/jandals/crocs for evenings (and estuary crossings)
• 1 Pair walking shorts (non denim)
• 1 Woolen jersey or polar fleece
• 1 Polypropylene/merino leggings/long johns
• 1 Polypropylene/merino long sleeved walking shirts (non-cotton)
• Spare socks
• Spare underwear
• 1 Spare shirt for evening
• 1 Pair light trousers for evenings
• 1 Head torch (with full batteries)
• 1 Sunhat
• 1 Simplified toilet bag (eg toothbrush + toothpaste)
• 1 Small micro-fibre towel (optional)
• 1 Pair swimming togs (optional)
• 1 Sun block
• 1 Insect repellant
• 1 One litre drink bottle
• 1 Camera (optional)
• Ear Plugs
• Travel pillow (optional)
• Personal nibbles (optional)
• Personal medicines (if required)