When to visit

What can you expect with the change of the seasons?

September / October / November

Higher concentration of dolphins
Pied cormorants are nesting – seen on all tours.
Spotted cormorants 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 trees, the Pohutakawa and Rata, are in flower – seen on all tours.
Sea breezes lend themselves 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 often very calm.
Highest concentration of wildlife – seals, cormorants and penguins.
You can paddle all day and hardly see another soul.
Average air temp 14°C Water Temp 10°C