Five Day Classic


Duration: 5 Days

This is an incredible journey exploring the full length of the Abel Tasman Coastline from end to end.

Our classic trips serve up everything that is special about the Abel Tasman National Park. Treat yourself to memories you’ll cherish for life. The Five Day Classic allows time to really get to know the park. Five days in the National Park allows the freedom to showcase the gems of the park on the best tides and weather conditions. We hand pick our most experienced guides who will take you where few others get to go. Our guides have the time to share their depth of knowledge about this beautiful coastal environment. We stay in the best beach side campsites and explore the coast by sea and land. Each trip is unique and we tailor your journey to your interests, the weather and tide conditions.

The 5 Day classic does not have a set itinerary our aim is to introduce you to as many of the following highlights: Fisherman Island, Adele Island, Cleopatras Pool, the Pitt Head Loop Walk, Falls River, Tonga Island,Tonga Island Marine Reserve, various lagoons, Shag Harbour, Awaroa Inlet, the sky walk, and if we’re lucky even Separation Point for the really energetic. And then there are the secret spots... there will be plenty of adventure and relaxation and much more.

Paddling is our business, with all activities supported by our purpose-built kayak base, free hot showers, free wifi, free equipment storage & client transporters. We also provide high-quality soft gear - fitted for each client by our guides and high-quality hard gear – customised for comfort for each client.

On this trip you have a professional guide with you for 5 days sharing their knowledge and passion of the Abel Tasman. This is a fully catered trip which includes all meals and snacks for the journey. Highlights include fresh plunger coffee, local wines beer and juices, we cook with seasonal ingredients and where possible we source them locally. Vegetarian and dietary requirements can be catered for, please ask at time of booking. We offer a complimentary return bus transfer from Nelson/Motueka with Classic bookings.

Every trip is unique like each of our clients.

If we don't have a date open please give us a call on 64 3 527 8022 or click here to send us an email.


Check in and meet your guide.
Packing kayak and briefing.
Kayak out from Marahau to explore the southern end of the Abel Tasman. Total kayak time approx 4.5hrs including lunch and breaks.
Arrive and set up camp.
Dinner & dessert.

Day Two - Four

Kayak the best spots of the park. Total kayak time approx 4hrs with breaks.
Relax and enjoy lunch.
Arrive and set up camp.
Dinner and dessert.

Day Five

Kayak back to Marahau. Total kayak time approx 4hrs with breaks.
Relax and enjoy lunch.
Arrive Marahau and unpack gear. Enjoy showers and refreshments at the Abel Tasman Kayaks base.

Sample Menu

Day One 

Lunch: Abel Tasman Kayaks freshly baked roll filled with local produce.
Dinner: Mediterranean Pasta.

Day Two

Breakfast: Muesli and fruit and/or french toast.
Lunch: Abel Tasman Kayaks pita pockets.
Dinner: Chickpea Curry.

Day Three

Breakfast: Muesli and fruit and/or bagels.
Lunch: Abel Tasman Kayaks wraps
Dinner: Risotto

Day Four

Breakfast: Muesli and fruit and/or muffin split & eggs.
Lunch: Abel Tasman Kayaks sandwiches
Dinner: Pad Thai

Day Five

Breakfast: Muesli and fruit and/or french toasts.
Lunch: Abel Tasman Kayaks platter.

What to bring

Please bring personal water bottle, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, towel, swimsuit, warm top (wool or fleece), wind jacket, a change of clothes, camera and any medication. Evening: Long pants, t-shirt, warm top (wool or fleece), trainers and socks, rain proof jacket. Personal: Toiletries, sleeping bag (we can provide this), torch.

we provide

We provide a top quality double sea kayak, lifejacket, paddle, spray skirt, paddle jacket, dry bags for cameras, 2 person tents, thermarest inflatable mattresses, sleeping bags if required, plates, cutlery, cups, gas cookers, filtered water, all meals, accommodation in beachside campsites and of course an awesome Abel Tasman Kayaks guide.

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