Abel Tasman Four Day All the Way Guided Walk
Tick the Abel Tasman Coastal Track off your bucket list with this Four Day Guided Walk 'All the Way' from the beginning to end of this popular track, with the knowledge and experience of a local guide with you.
Our four day Guided All the Way walk takes you from the start of the track at Marahau up into the lesser known and walked reaches of the Abel Tasman Coastal Track where some of the best scenery awaits. Come and experience this Great Walk with your local guide and experience the track in its entirety!
Day 1 – Marahau to Anchorage (Approx. 4 hours/12.4km)
After pick up from your Nelson accommodation and introduction to your guide, your walk will begin in Marahau and passes through regenerating forest and alongside beautiful golden sand beaches. Linger at Apple Tree Bay, before gaining some altitude to enjoy great views over all of Tasman Bay. Anchorage is near, and your boat accommodation in private rooms for the night. A unique boat-stay with a BBQ evening meal served on the top deck of the boat – bliss!
Day 2 – Anchorage to Awaroa Inlet (approx. 7.5 hours - 21.9kms or 6.5hrs - 18.8kms with available tidal shortcut at Torrent Bay)
Begin walking along the wonderful beach at Anchorage, pass civilised Torrent Bay before heading up and over to the iconic Falls River swing bridge and further to Bark Bay. From this lovely bay the track heads up a large ascent before making your way back to sea level at Tonga Quarry then Onetahuti Beach. A lovely walk along crescent shaped Onetahuti Beach follows and then the last saddle sees you over to wonderful Awaroa Lodge. After a rejuvenating shower in your room you are ready to enjoy the restaurant there.
Stay in the wonderful Awaroa Lodge
Day 3 - Awaroa Inlet to Totaranui (approx. 3 hours - 8.1kms Plus additional loop track walk of 1 hour (optional))
After breakfast, your walk begins with the wide tidal crossing about 20 minutes from Awaroa Lodge. Then it is into some wonderful podocarp forest before bursting out on the golden sand of Waiharakeke Bay and Goat Bay before the ascent over to the popular camping spot of Totaranui. At Totaranui enjoy one of our favourite short walks (the Pukatea loop track) before meeting our land shuttle to the highly-rated Ratanui Lodge. Enjoy time at Ratanui Lodge and maybe go for a stroll along the beach, or relax in the spa pool. Bicycles are also available to explore the area. For dinner enjoy a 3 course meal at Ratanui Lodge - they do food & service wonderfully well here!
Stay at Ratanui Lodge
Day 4 - Wainui to Totaranui (approx. 5 hours 15.5kms)
After breakfast, a short shuttle to Wainui Carpark takes you to the last section of your walk. From Wainui you are on the less travelled section of the track. The views of Wainui Inlet as you climb up into the native forest are stunning. The route today takes you up and over to Whariwharangi, then you’ll have the option of walking the Separation Point Loop track (an extra hour) before heading on to Mutton Cove and Anapai Beach before arriving at Totaranui. Once at Totaranui the AquaTaxi will pick you up and return you past all those golden sand beaches to Marahau. Our land transport to Nelson departs conveniently from the AquaTaxi base dropping you in Nelson around 6pm.
Please note - Part of the track is tidal and the tides (and accommodation availability) indicate the direction of the walk and this may change from the itinerary above, according to the tide timetable of the dates you choose for your walk.
$2245NZ per person (based on twin share)
- Transport to Marahau to/from Nelson accommodation.
- 3 nights’ accommodation (Private room Aquapackers at Anchorage; Hotel room at Awaroa Lodge, Awaroa, Luxury Room at Ratanui Lodge, Pohara)
- All overnight luggage transfers – you carry just a daypack with your lunch etc.
- 4 packed lunches including fresh brewed coffee or tea.
- All food including restaurant dining at Awaroa Lodge and Ratanui Lodge
- BBQ evening meal & breakfast on Aquapackers Boat.
- Land shuttle from Totaranui to Ratanui Lodge & Ratanui Lodge to Wainui Carpark
- Water taxi shuttle from Totoranui back to Marahau.
- Foot towels for drying feet after tidal crossings.
- The services of a well-informed guide.
- Your personalised itinerary, maps and other information.
- A single supplement will apply if single occupancy is required - $540NZ
This trip can depart on any given date, with a minimum of 2 people and dependent on lodge/accommodation availability at the time of booking.