Wilsons Abel Tasman 5 Day Guided Walks



5 DAY GUIDED WALK from $1673 per person

Wilsons Abel Tasman 5 Day Guided Walks

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All aboard the Vista Cruise vessel! As we cruise from Kaiteriteri at the southern tip of the national park, north to Totaranui, we echo the contours of the spectacular Abel Tasman coastline. Relax on the upper or lower viewing decks and enjoy a hot drink from the cafe. From Totaranui, walk through mature beech and rata forests and along secluded golden beaches to the breathtaking expanse of the Awaroa Inlet. Here, a warm kiwi welcome awaits you at Meadowbank Homestead – Awaroa, a faithful re-creation of the Wilson family’s original home.

  • Pick-up Nelson (10.15-10.45am) or Motueka (11.30am), or if you are self-driving please meet at our office by 11.30am. Wednesday departures and some low season departures have an earlier start.
  • Meet your guide at our Motueka office for a welcome briefing with time for last-minute luggage organisation, before departing to Kaiteriteri by coach.
  • 1.00pm: Vista Cruise departs Kaiteriteri for a fast, safe, comfortable cruise along the coastline. Hot and cold drinks, open and enclosed viewing decks, and bathroom facilities on board.
  • From Totaranui, walk through mature beech and rata forests, and along secluded golden beaches to the tidal inlet at Awaroa.
  • Either walk, if the tide is out, or take a boat ride across the stunning expanses of the largest inlet on the coast.
  • At Meadowbank Homestead – Awaroa, right on the edge of the inlet, you’ll be welcomed with pre-dinner drinks and fine food.  Here you’ll find comfortable accommodation full of history and kiwi charm.

Approximate times:

  • Scenic drive to Kaiteriteri – from Nelson 1 hour, from Motueka 20 mins
  • Vista Cruise Kaiteriteri to Totaranui – 1.5 hours
  • Walk – 2.5 hours (7km / 4.5 miles) including tidal crossing
  • Maximum elevation 60m (200ft)

Meals included: Lunch, afternoon tea, dinner


Wake up to a home-cooked breakfast and sweeping views across Awaroa Inlet, the largest tidal estuary in Abel Tasman National Park. Enjoy the comfortable surroundings of the lodge and perhaps a coffee on the veranda watching the movement of the tides over golden sand. Then, let your guide design your day to be as active or relaxed as you wish with another night at Meadowbank Homestead – Awaroa.

Options include:

  • Explore Awaroa Estuary on foot or by kayak (tides permitting)
  • Visit early European and pre-European historical sites
  • Unwind on the beach
  • Relax and enjoy the comforts of Meadowbank Homestead

Approximate times:

  • Walking – up to 4 hours (optional)
  • Kayaking – up to 2 hours (optional)

Meals included: Breakfast, morning and afternoon tea, lunch, dinner


After a relaxing night’s sleep and home-cooked breakfast overlooking the gardens by the sea at Meadowbank, you’ll be ready for your scenic day walk to Torrent Bay. If you’re not feeling energetic, your guide will arrange for a boat ride so can choose the amount of walking to suit.

Section 1:  Awaroa to Onetahuti and Tonga Quarry 6km (3.5 miles), max elevation 85m (280ft)

  • 9.00am (approx.): Leave Awaroa to enjoy a morning walking through native forest with magnificent coastal views, then walk along the golden sands of Onetahuti Beach.
  • Continue on to explore the historic sites and picturesque golden cove of Tonga Quarry’s beach.

Section 2:  Tonga Quarry to Bark Bay 4km (2.5 miles), max elevation 120m (400ft)

  • From Tonga Quarry, walk over a forested saddle and around the Waterfall Trail to Bark Bay.
  • Midday, stop for lunch at Bark Bay, taking time out to relax, explore, swim or sunbathe on the golden sands.

Section 3: Bark Bay to Torrent Bay 7km (4.4 miles), max elevation 105m (340ft)

  • From Bark Bay, walk the most varied section of the coastal track as it winds through shady gullies of mature beech forest, fern grottos, and sunny groves of manuka framing coastal vistas.
  • Cross the swing bridge at Falls River and continue on to Torrent Bay.
  • Around 4.30pm: A welcome awaits at Torrent Bay Lodge, right on the beachfront. This was the Wilson family’s holiday home, now tastefully extended and renovated to include all modern comforts whist keeping its relaxed, beach holiday atmosphere.

Leisurely options:

  • 11.50am: Board the Vista catamaran at Tonga Quarry. Cruise to Bark Bay to join the rest of your group for lunch or continue on to Torrent Bay.
  • 3.00pm: Board the Vista catamaran at Medlands Beach (Bark Bay) to cruise to Torrent Bay.

Maximum total walking time: 7 hours (17km / 10.5 miles)  

Meals included: Breakfast, morning and afternoon tea, lunch, dinner


A day of choices! Let your guide plan an adventurous or relaxing day to suit you with another night at Torrent Bay Lodge, right on the beach.

Options include:

  • Walk through breathtaking first-generation forest, up to the waterfalls on Falls River
  • Canoe or walk around the estuary and visit the peaceful grotto of Cleopatra’s Pool
  • Walk to the golden expanse of Anchorage Beach and picturesque Te Pukatea Cove, visiting historic Maori sites at Pitt Head along the way
  • Relax on the beach at Torrent Bay

Approximate times:

  • Optional walking – up to 5 hours (10km)
  • Optional canoeing – tide dependant

Meals included: Breakfast, morning and afternoon tea, lunch, dinner


Wake up to morning light on the golden sands of Torrent Bay and perhaps a coffee on the deck before breakfast. Then on your final day, walk the easiest section of the coastal track from Torrent Bay to Marahau, with panaromic views across Tasman Bay to Nelson. Along the way you’ll rediscover the pristine bays and beaches named by French explorer Dumont D’Urville in 1827.

  • Depart Torrent Bay Lodge at about 9.00am
  • Around midday, stop for lunch at a sheltered beach with views of the islands in the Astrolabe Roadstead
  • Our driver meets you at Marahau (or Kaiteriteri) to return you to Motueka (4.30pm) or Nelson (5.30-6.00pm)

For less walking time: Join the Vista Cruise at Torrent Bay, Anchorage, or Apple Tree Bay to cruise to Kaiteriteri.

Approximate times:

  • Walk 4-5 hours, depending on tides (13-16km / 8-10 miles)
  • Maximum elevation 110m (360ft)
  • Scenic drive Marahau/Kaiteriteri to Motueka (20 mins) or Nelson (1 hour)

Meals included: Breakfast, morning and afternoon tea, lunch

5 Day TASMAN 5 DAY GUIDED WALK from $1673 per person.

Contact us on 1300 573 044 to find more about this deal!