Our trips are run daily from the Awaroa Lodge. We always operate return trips which start and finish at Awaroa Beach. Being based at the Awaroa Lodge and having all of our gear on site means we can run trips which make the best of the conditions on any given day.
Awaroa is an exciting and dynamic marine environment. We like to keep our trips flexible to ensure your guide can use their local knowledge of the tides and weather patterns to run the best possible trip for you.
All of our guided kayak trips last for 3-3.5 hours, including a pre-trip safety briefing and a 20-30 minute stop on a secluded beach. We break up the trip by the guide providing interesting commentary at notable points of interest along the way.
All trips cost $130 per person and include hot drinks and snacks on the beach, as well as photographs taken by the guide throughout the trip. No experience is required for any of our trips, but we do enforce a minimum age of 12 years.
We understand that holiday plans can change. If you decided to cancel your trip 5 days or more prior to your trip, we will charge no cancellation fee. Cancellations made within 5 days of your trip incur a 50% fee, and cancellations on the day or no-shows will be charged the full trip price.
Awaroa is the perfect base to start a half day sea kayak adventure. We have immediate access to the Tonga Island Marine Reserve and the Awaroa Lagoon, both offering top class sea kayaking with a remote feel not experienced in the southern end of the park. The marine reserve trip explores the bays south of Awaroa where we view stunning granite sea cliffs, view marine life thriving in a pristine marine ecosystem and sea birds diving and foraging for food. The lagoon offers sheltered paddling conditions with stunning scenery, secluded beaches, the chance to see eagle rays feeding on the sea floor and a range of sea birds feeding on the sandy banks.
Where we go and what we see depends on the weather and tides of the day. Our guides are more experienced than anyone at working in this part of the park and strive to deliver the best possible trip they can on the day. Bookings are recommended to avoid disappointment, especially in the peak season (December - February).
Feel like learning some interesting facts about New Zealands flora and fauna? Interested in the natural and human history of the Abel Tasman National Park? Join us on a short guided walk around the Awaroa wetland where we have the chance to view a range of birds in their native habitat, spot some rare native fresh water fish species and learn about a regenerating native forest. These walks last about 1.5 hours and are targeted at those who wish to learn and have their curiosity for nature satisfied by one of our knowledgable guides.
Bookings are recommended to make sure we have a guide available for you on the day.
Stand up paddle boarding is a fun way to experience the Abel Tasman National Park, and Awaroa Bay is the perfect place to try it. Warm, clear water and golden sandy beaches provide an ideal environment to search for eagle rays foraging on the seafloor and soak up the scenery in a stress free way. All participants need to attend a mandatory safety briefing and there are some restrictions as to where and when you can go.
Bookings required, minimum age 8 years.