Astrolabe Explorer Guided Full Day

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A full day guided kayak

See more of the Abel Tasman National Park from a kayak than any other day trip! Explore the coastline between Anchorage and Kaiteriteri. A scenic Sea Shuttle cruise in the morning takes you into the heart of the Park to start your kayaking experience.

  • A one-way tour moving in the same direction as the predominant wind – the sea breeze.
  • No experience necessary
  • See the entire southern coastline and enjoy easier paddling with the wind
  • Plenty of open-water sailing when the sea-breeze allows
  • NZ Fur Seal encounters at Adele Island seal colony
  • Experience some of the secluded beaches of the Astrolabe area, paddle the islands and explore


Trip: Astrolabe Explorer Full Day
Food: Fully catered – lunch
Paddling: 10kms. Around 3 hours including breaks
Walking: None
Sailing: Up to 30 minutes if weather permits
Water Taxi: 1 Sea Shuttle. 30 minutes
Check-in: 8:30am at Kaiteriteri Base
Briefing: About 25 mins
Duration: 9am – 4:30pm
Return: 4:30pm
Age Limit: 12+

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Open Season

All year round (closed Xmas Day)


Adult: $150.00

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

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What You Need to Bring

Hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, warm top (wool or fleece), T-shirt, shorts, swimsuit, wind jacket, 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.

We also supply hot chocolate, fresh ground coffee, tea and biscuits and lunch.

Trip Itinerary

Like the name suggests, this trip has all the trimmings. A one-way tour, exploring the coast between Anchorage in the north and Kaiteriteri in the south. We embark on the 9.00am Sea Shuttle for a scenic cruise up to Anchorage. Some of the many highlights include exploring lagoons, paddling with the seals at Adele Island, visiting Te Pukatea Bay, the Mad Mile and stopping on Fisherman’s or Adele Island. We then check out Split Apple Rock on the last run home. Something else that makes this tour special is that we paddle in the same direction as the predominant wind; the sea breeze. It makes for relaxed paddling and great sailing opportunities when the weather permits.

Please note: This itinerary is an outline only. Your guide may decide to vary this program based on their judgement of weather and sea conditions and client ability/fitness levels.

Flora & Fauna

Increased time on the water improves the chance of random encounters with sea-life. Seals live at the back of Adele Island all year round. We also pass a couple of Cormorant colonies along the way.

Places such as Stilwell Bay are guide-favourites to be shared with you, as we paddle around distinctive caves and arches, surrounded by bright green tree-ferns. Adele Island is now part of a rodent-trapping programme to help revive native bird populations.