At the top of the South Island of New Zealand lies the spectacular Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand’s smallest and most visited National Park. Our superb 4 day Pack Free walk showcases the best of the Abel Tasman Coast Track through landscapes of rich native forests, beautiful beaches and idyllic inlets. By private boat, we reach the best sections of the trail each day, whilst at night we stay at the secluded Awaroa Lodge offering magnificent views, stunning local produce and superb New Zealand wines.
Note: This journey can be combined with our 3 day Queen Charlotte Track walk to create a 6 day New Zealand walking experience.
Pack Free Walking Holiday
This walking holiday has been designed for those looking for a guided multi-day walking experience with everything taken care of for you. You won’t be asked to carry your clothes or overnight packs for the entire tour, as our tours are designed to be pack-free experiences. This is a big advantage for our guests, in that you will avoid carrying a heavy rucksack on your back every day. With Life’s an Adventure you will carry as little as your water bottle, lunch and of course your camera.
2 nights at the waterfront Awaroa Lodge
Enjoy 2 nights at the secluded Awaroa Lodge. Not accessible by road, this unique accommodation is surrounded by pristine beaches and native forests and is simply paradise. Located in the northern end of Abel Tasman National Park this superb accommodation is warm and inviting with a lounge area, library and bar in the main lodge, to relax and enjoy your surroundings.
Wow Factor – Abel Tasman Kayaking experience
The wilderness reserve of Abel Tasman National Park reaches from Marahau in the south and Wainui in the north. As well as the many beautiful walking trails of this area, the coves and waters of this area are just as fascinating and home to New Zealand fur seal colonies. For an up-close experience, we have included a guided kayak tour from our accommodation for the chance to see these playful creatures.
Our tours are designed to be personal and intimate with a maximum group size of 10″-12 people. However, if you have a bigger group please contact us for details.
Our guides which we refer to as our CEOs – Chief Experience Officers” who are passionate, well trained and enthusiastic with the ability to bring to life a depth of information. We have two guides on every walk to ensure we can cater for different walking abilities, with at least one guide a local to the area.
Fabulous meals featuring local produce
Each evening we will enjoy a la carte dining at Awaroa Lodge in the lovely Harakeke Restaurant. The restaurant prides it’s self on providing fresh regional produce and even has its own organic garden which gives a plentiful supply of herbs, vegetables. An evening meal wouldn’t be complete without indulging in New Zealand’s finest wines which are included as part of the experience.
Photos courtesy of Nelson Tourism
Organise your flights to arrive into Nelson anytime today. Nelson can be reached by flying from Christchurch or Wellington airports.
Welcome to Nelson, a city reknowned for its arts and crafts, galleries and festivals. Tonight meet your guides at 7.00pm for dinner in the Oceano Panorama Restaurant at the Rutherford Hotel Nelson. Offering a superb a la carte menu and wonderful local wines this is an excellent opportunity to get to know your fellow guests.
After a hot breakfast, transfer by minibus to the charming seaside town of Kaiteriteri. We join our boat and cruise along the stunning coastline of Abel Tasman National Park, taking in spectacular views of crystal clear aqua water, pretty coves and picturesque beaches along the way. We reach the golden beach of Totaranui where we disembark to start our walk. We cross a stunning granite headland above Skinners Point to reach Goat Bay and then head on to pretty Waiharakeke bay, the track crosses a substantial headland to the north end of Awaroa inlet, the largest in Able Tasman National Park. We walk into our accommodation, the secluded Awaroa Lodge, surrounded by pristine waterways and native forest. Enjoy time to relax before joining the group for a fabulous a la carte dinner in the Lodge’s restaurant featuring creative local produce, accompanied with fabulous New Zealand wines.
After breakfast, there is the option to kayak from the lodge on the stunning waters of this spectacular marine park. Local New Zealand fur seal colonies can often be seen frolicking in the waters on this journey, and it is one of the most memorable kayak tours of a lifetime. For those not wanting to join the kayak enjoy time to relax or enjoy a sleep in.
We then all head from the lodge on our walk to Bark Bay. We reach Tonga Bay by climbing over Tonga saddle, reaching Onetahuti, a stunning beach surrounded by imposing granite headlands. We continue on, passing a historical Granite Quarry site. Beyond the quarry, the track once again climbs over another forested headland, descending to beautiful Bark Bay. Afterwards, we are met by our boat for the return boat ride back to Awaroa Lodge. Tonight the group comes together for dinner in the restaurant served with New Zealand’s fine wines and modern creative cuisine.
After an enjoyable breakfast, we transfer by private boat to Anchorage. Anchorage is one of the most popular parts of the Able Tasman. We take a detour to Pitt Head for a picnic lunch and the exquisite Te Pukatea Bay, arguably the most appealing of all the beaches in the Park. We allow 90 minutes for the side track and then head back on the coastal track crossing a forested saddle, descending to the sea beyond Yellow point and to our final destination at Apple Tree Bay. From here we join our boat transfer back to Kaiteriteri before joining our minibus back to Nelson arriving at approximately 6.00pm. The end of a remarkable journey.
For those wanting more walking, why not add a 3 day Queen Charlotte Sound walk before your Abel Tasman walk for a 6 day New Zealand journey.
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Private Groups Dates
Groups can choose a date of their choice for 8 or more people. Subject to availability of accommodation. Please contact us for more details on (02) 9975 4553 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Super Earlybirds Save up to $400 per person
SUPER EARLYBIRDS ON NEXT SEASON: October 2019 to April 2020
Book now and save $300 per person off when you book and pay in full on any departure from October 2019 to April 2020.
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Earlybirds available for bookings made in full by 31 August 2019.
Private groups of 10-12 people can save $250 per person off Normal Price when they book a departure. Choose the date of your choice - subject to availability. Book and pay in full at time of booking to receive these special offers.
| 4 day walk|
$ 1995 /p
|Pack Free Walk|
|2 nights accommodation at the remote and charming Awaroa Lodge|
|1 night accommodation at the stylish Rutherford Hotel, Nelson|
|Kayaking experience with the opportunity to see New Zealand fur seals|
|Private Boat transfers to the trail each day|
|A la carte dining in the Lodge Restaurant every evening featuring local produce|
|Fine New Zealand wines with evening meals|
|2 x Hot and cold breakfasts|
|3 delicious lunches to enjoy whilst walking|
|Fresh fruit and trail mix to enjoy during your walk|
|Trail mix & fresh fruit|
|Professional and passionate guides with at least one Local Guide|
|Return transfer to and from Nelson|
Group Normal Price…. $2345
Singles wanting their own room in a two bedroom apartment. Add $470
Subject to availability at time of booking.
PAST PASSENGER DISCOUNT: In order to receive the $100 Past Passenger Discount, you must state on your booking each tour you have been on with Life’s An Adventure and what year, so we can cross check these details for each client. Please note our Reservation staff will apply this discount manually, so select “Deposit Only” at the booking checkout stage (even if choosing a Super Earlybird price) and will send you a payment link for the remaining payment once the discount is applied.
EARLYBIRD CANCELLATIONS: Cancellations are not permitted for Earlybird Deals or Spot Specials, however, transfers to another date are permitted 8 weeks or more prior to departure. We advise taking out travel insurance, in case unexpected circumstances prior to the trip, prevent you from joining this tour. Early bird or Spot Special discounts cannot be used in conjunction with another offer. To receive these special discounts, full payment must be made at the time of initial booking.
We advise taking our Travel Insurance to cover items such as cancellation of tour due to minimum numbers not met, or adverse weather conditions, injury, evacuation, delayed flights, illness, etc. We have organised through NIB Insurance for you to purchase travel insurance directly with them – please click here for details.