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 renowned for its arts and crafts, galleries and festivals. Tonight meet your guides at 7.00 pm 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.
We run regular tours from October to April every year. Dates are listed below however availability changes by the hour – to see real-time availability click on the monthly calendar at the bottom of the page and select the month you require. We will also consider opening up a new departure date if we have enough demand. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Check below to see if your preferred departure has a Spot Specials savings. Conditions apply see pricing page.
|Departure Dates||Availability||Specials / Notes|
|26 Feb 2020||Available||Spot Special Savings|
|26 March 2020||Available||Spot Special Savings|
|16 April 2020||Available||Spot Special Savings|
|Oct 2010 - April 2021 departures||Released Soon||Super Earlybird Savings. Enquire for dates|
Date of your choice is available for groups of 10 -12 people. Subject to availability. Free Group T’shirts also available – see details.
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Spot Specials save $150 per person. Past Passengers save $250 per person
Spot Special Savings of $150 per person are available on some departure when you book and pay in full at time of booking. See our departure dates page for applicable dates. Life's An Adventure Past Passenger save $100 per person extra. (see conditions below).
Private groups of 10 -12 people can save $50 per person off Normal Prices when they book a departure. Choose the date of your choice subject to availability. Or enjoy a $200 savings if you book and pay in full at time of booking. Free Group T'shirts also available enquire for details.
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$ 2245 /p
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$ 2195 /p
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$100 extra Past Passenger discount available for those in the group that have travelled with Life’s An Adventure previously.
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PAST PASSENGER DISCOUNT: Those who have travelled with Life’s An Adventure previously, receive a past passenger discount of $100. In order to receive this discount please email us for your special “promo code” to use when booking. In your email, you should outline what Life’s An Adventure tour you have done with us in the past so we can cross-check.
EARLYBIRD CANCELLATIONS: Cancellations are not permitted for Earlybird Deals or Spot Specials, however, transfers to another date are permitted 13 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.
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