Three Day Classic Walk

Three Day Classic Walk


Duration: 3 Days

Spend three days walking independently one of New Zealand's premier walks and let us take care of the rest.

Explore the Abel Tasman coastal track walking at your own pace. Relax and recharge over three glorious days exploring the many golden beaches and lush coastal native bush. Take your time to explore side tracks, relax and swim at beaches, the days are yours to savour and independently explore this great walk. In the evening relax and be taken care of by your knowledgeable guide.

This trip offers the best of both worlds, independent walking with the added luxury of being hosted by a guide in the evening and mornings. Your guide will take care of logistics and meals so you can concentrate on enjoying walking one of New Zealand's great walks. Your guide will arrange the following:

Provide a map and outline track highlights for each day

Provide you with packed lunch and snacks 

Transfer bags/items you don't want to carry to your evening campsite

Set up and pack down your campsite and relocate to the next campsite

Host and prepare pre dinner drinks and nibbles, evening meals and breakfasts

The Abel Tasman is part of New Zealand’s great walk network and this premier track is designed for all levels of fitness. An outline of the journey is below. DoC's full track brochure can be downloaded here. Summers call for lasting memories, and our Walking Classics do just that. 

On this trip walking the coastline from Totaranui or Awaroa and surrounds to Marahau you have a professional guide with you in the morning and evenings sharing their knowledge and passion of the Abel Tasman. All meals are catered and designed around your health and energy.  Accommodation for this trip is at stunning beachside campsites and all camping gear is included. We offer a complimentary return bus transfer from Nelson/Motueka with Classic bookings.

Every trip is unique like each of our clients.

We have set a summer schedule but are flexible outside our Tues/Sat departures, please contact us directly for alternate dates. 





Day One

Check in and meet your guide.
Water Taxi to Awaroa or Totaranui.
Arrive Awaroa or Totaranui.
Start walking. Totaranui to Awaroa 2hr 20min, 7.1km (tidal)
Awaroa to Onetahuti, 1hr 30min, (4-5km)

Highlights: Skinner point lookout, Goat Bay, Awaroa Lagoon, Tonga Saddle, boardwalk prior to Onetahuti beach.
Arrive Onetahuti campsite.
Dinner & dessert.

Day Two

Pack any additional gear not required for the day.
Walk from Onetahuti area to Anchorage.
Onetahuti Bay to Bark Bay Hut (high tide track), 2 hr, 6.4 km
Onetahuti Bay to Bark Bay (low tide crossing, Bark Bay estuary), 1 hr 45 min, 4.6 km
Bark Bay to Anchorage (high tide track), 4hr, 11.5km
Bark Bay to Anchorage (Low tide Torrent Bay estuary), 3hr, 8.4km

Highlights: Tonga Quarry, Bark Bay Estuary, Falls river & 47-metre long suspension bridge, Torrent Bay lookout, Torrent Bay Lagoon.

Side trips: Cascade Creek, Cleopatras pool.
Arrive Anchorage campsite.
Dinner and dessert.

Day Three

Pack any additional gear not required for the day.
Walk back to Marahau.
4 hrs, 12.4km

Highlights: Lookout at top of Anchorage, Yellow Point, views of Adele Island Marahau wetlands.

Side trips: Te Pukatea Loop, Observation Beach, Apple Tree Bay
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 toasted bagels.
Lunch: Abel Tasman Kayaks pita pockets.
Dinner: Chickpea Curry.

Day Three

Breakfast: Muesli and fruit and/or French toast.
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 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 for your evening and mornings.

Three Day Classic Walk