3 DAY SOUTHERN COMFORT
If you are wanting to walk the Abel Tasman but prefer a private room with a comfortable bed, rather than sharing a Department of Conservation hut with other trampers, then this is the package you are looking for. We explore the Abel Tasman coastline by day, walking from Marahau to Totaranui, and spend our evenings in comfortable accommodation, relaxing with a nice drink and enjoying a delicious meal. Our first evening is spent on the Aquapacker which is moored in the Anchorage Bay, and the next is spent in Awaroa in either a glamping tent or cabin. The perfect way to experience the Abel Tasman in comfort.
3 days walking
Total trip time
3 days / 2 nights
(incl travel time)
Kilometres 45 km
Price NZ$1250 (min 2pp)
Tasty meals, homemade snacks, beverages
Pick up & delivery to/from Nelson
Luggage transferred by water taxi
We pick you up in Nelson at 8.30am and we walk to Marahau. The trip begins with a lovely walk along the coast before we stop for a picnic lunch at the picturesque Appletree Bay. The track then climbs gently up to a saddle with a view over the Anchorage bay. In this bay, our accommodation for the night is anchored, the Aquapacker. Once on board we can sit back and relax with a drink, and enjoy a tasty BBQ for our evening meal.
This is our longest day and there is the option of catching an afternoon water taxi from Bark Bay (11.5 km) rather than walking the full 25 km.
Depending on the tide, we can either take a 'short-cut' across the Torrent Bay estuary, or walk the pleasant track around its perimeter. We stop for lunch at Bark Bay Hut before continuing on along the bays until we arrive into Awaroa and settle in to our comfortable accommodation.
The Awaroa estuary can only be crossed 2 hrs either side of low tide. Depending on the times of the tide (and the weather) we either walk across the estuary to Totaranui, or catch a water taxi, and continue on further to walk some of the northern section of the coast track. From Totaranui we catch the 3.15pm water taxi back to Marahau and arrive back to Nelson approximately 5.30pm.
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 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)