When to visit

What can you expect with the change of the seasons?

September / October / November

Higher concentration of dolphins
Pied shags are nesting – seen on all tours.
Spotted shags still prevalent on many outcrops
Late season sees massed flowers of manuka-kanuka, our ‘summer snow’
Average air temp 19°C Water temp 16°C

December / January

The Abel Tasman’s busiest time due to warm temperatures, sunny skies, great swimming and timing with national summer holidays.
Our own christmas tree, the Pohutakawa, is in flower – seen on all tours.
Sea breezes lend to great afternoon sailing conditions on most tours.
Average air temp 22°C Water temp 18°C

February / March / April

Increased seal encounters as this season moves on.
Calmer seas
Settled weather – still mainly shorts and t-shirt temperatures during the day.
Average air temp 20°C Water Temp 17°C

May / June / July / August

Provides magic paddling on settled days between 10am and 3pm.
Sea is generally dead calm.
Highest concentration of wildlife – seals, shags and penguins.
You can paddle all day and hardly see another soul.
Average air temp 14°C Water Temp 10°C