FAQ

Why should I come kayaking with Awaroa Sea Kayaks?

There are lots of sea kayaking companies to choose from in the Abel Tasman National Park. We are the only company to be based inside the national park and we are separated from the hustle and bustle at Kaiteriteri and Marahau (lucky us!). If you want to escape the masses and experience some solitude, look no further. In terms of paddling options – Awaroa is hard to beat. The coastline both north and south of Awaroa Bay contain the best beaches in the Abel Tasman National Park, a very productive marine environment and stunning scenery in all directions. Add to this the immediate access to the Awaroa Lagoon and you have a sea kayakers dream.

How do I get to Awaroa Bay?

Most of our customers arrive by boat from Kaiteriteri or Marahau. You can walk the Abel Tasman Coastal Track or park in the Awaroa carpark and walk across the lagoon, however, walking to Awaroa is tide dependent and needs to be planned in advance. There is an airstrip and a helicopter landing pad which is used by commercial operators in the area.

Where can I stay in Awaroa?

The Awaroa Lodge offers luxury accommodation in a secluded environment with a range of room options, a fully serviced restaurant and bar, and even a pizzeria/beer garden! Other accommodation options in Awaroa include Awaroa Glamping and the Department of Conservation hut and campsite.

Do I have to stay at the Awaroa Lodge to come on a trip?

Nope. We are based on the Awaroa Lodge property and most of our customers stay at the Lodge, but everyone is welcome.

Do I need to book, and how do I do this?

We are a small company with a limited number of seats available in the kayaks. We recommend booking in advance to ensure you don’t miss out. This is especially important through the busy summer period – mid-November to the start of March. Booking is easy – send us an email.

Where do your trips go?

Our trips are designed to work around the weather and tides. Your guide on the day makes the decision as to where the trip runs based on the current and anticipated weather conditions. Our most common routes are inside the Awaroa Lagoon and heading south into the Tonga Island Marine Reserve.

What will we see and do?

All trips begin with a safety briefing/familiarisation with our gear by a qualified sea kayak guide. Each trip is different but you can bank on seeing beautiful golden sand beaches and paddle in a pristine marine environment. Our trips are designed to be educational and your knowledgeable guide will point out lots of interesting features in the area. We always stop on a beach for a hot drink and some snacks.

Can I rent a kayak and go by myself?

No. At this stage Awaroa Sea Kayaks does not offer a rental service. Other operators based in Marahau or Kaiteriteri may be able to rent some kayaks to you, but at this stage we run guided trips only.

What if the trip is cancelled due to bad weather?

Kayaking on the open ocean obviously presents a range of hazards to all participants. The decision to run or cancel a trip is the responsibility of the guide. If a trip is cancelled for any reason on our behalf we will fully refund the trip cost.

I have more questions, how can I contact you?

Feel free to ask us any other questions! Check out our contact details here.