Kayak, Seals & Cruise

Beaches and Seals

The total Abel Tasman experience in just one day

Check in time: 8.30am Kaiteriteri
After your morning kayaking adventure around the famous Split Apple Rock and
return, board the 12:40 Sea Shuttle for a scenic cruise past beautiful beaches, viewing
New Zealand Fur Seals and disembark at Anchorage at 1:20pm and enjoy the beach or the 1.5 hour Pitt Head loop track to Te Pukatea Bay. Sea Shuttle pick up time at Anchorage is 3.45pm returning to Kaiteriteri 4.30pm


Trip: Kayak, Seals & Cruise
Food: Self catered or choose our packed lunch (add $15)
Paddling: Around 5 kms and approx 3hrs (including breaks)
Walking: 1.5 – 2 hours. Leaves plenty of time for relaxing on a beach.
Sailing: As conditions allow
Water Taxi: Two Sea Shuttle trips. In at 12:40 – out to Kaiteriteri by 4:30pm
Check-in: 8:30am at Kaiteriteri base
Briefing: About 25 mins
Duration: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Return: 4:30pm back at base
Age Limit: 8+

Open Season

Join the fun all year round….


Adult: $145.00
Child: $86.00
Family: $390 per family (2 adults/2 children)/ $86 per additional child

To book the Family package please phone 0800 25 29 25 and speak to one of our reservations staff.

All prices are in New Zealand dollars and include sales tax (GST).

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Flora & Fauna

After kayaking (see kayaking flora & fauna) the Sea Shuttle cruise offers opportunities for dolphin and penguin sightings. If we ever come across a pod of dolphins while kayaking we always stop and spend time with them. Once in the marine reserve, we circumnavigate Tonga Island, the permanent home for a colony of N.Z Fur Seals.

The coastal track winds its way through established native beech forests with some areas of more open regenerating bush. Look for the ‘Rangiora’ plant, also known as the bushmans friend due to its very large, toilet paper textured leaves…….sometimes handy!! Flowering plants and bright leaf colourings change with the seasons and there is always something of note to look at along this trail.

Region History

Awaroa: The Hadfield family farmed 1000 acres in Awaroa. They felled trees and floated them out to barges waiting in the Awaroa Lagoon. The land here was pretty tough for farming though. The Gibbs of Totaranui were another pioneer family. Mr Gibbs was the MP for Golden Bay, They had 1000 acres and a license to farm a further 6000 acres from Totaranui to Awaroa River. It was quite an achievement that this farm proved almost self- sufficient, the only additional needs were flour and sugar, which were brought over in 70 pound bags.

Anchorage: The sheltered waters and spacious beach of Anchorage have long been popular for boaties, families and day walkers. There used to be a few illegally built holiday baches along the beach here. Pitt Head was once the site of a fortified  Maori village, or Pa. Te Pukatea is a real favourite beach for locals and is a true gem of the Park.

What You Need to Bring

Hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, warm top (wool or fleece), T-shirt, shorts, swimsuit, wind jacket, walking shoes/sandals, camera, change of clothes and water, additional snack food (for those of you that get hungry through the day).

What We Supply

We supply: top quality kayak, life jackets, paddles, spray skirts, dry bags for cameras, detailed maps, safety briefing and guide.