Ab Fab Marine Reserve Paddle & Walk

One day Paddle and Walk Onetahuti to Anchorage

Your day begins with a fast water taxi ride up to the golden sands of Onetahuti Beach. Paddling offshore we head to Tonga Island and its flourishing New Zealand fur seal colony. From there we kayak south experiencing the bush clad coastline, and hopefully spotting the shy little blue penguin. At beautiful Bark Bay our kayaking adventure finishes.

This is where your walk begins. After time for lunch head off (unguided) to explore the flora and fauna of the New Zealand bush. Your walk (11.5kms on the high tide route, 8.4kms on a low tide route) will take your over the swing bridge at Falls River, and will end at Anchorage, where your afternoon water taxi will pick you up and transfer you back to Marahau.

Its not for the faint hearted!

Optional shorter walk 6.1km north to Onetahuti available.

Prices:
$199.00 per person (uncatered)
Lunch $15.00 per person please order at the time of booking

  •   CHECKIN - 7:45 Motueka / 8:45 Marahau
  •   LUNCH - $15pp
  •   TRANSPORT - Free Motueka Pickup / $20 Return from Nelson
  •   DEPARTS - October through April
  •   WATERTAXI - 2 Rides
  •   WALK - 11.5km / 3.5hrs
absolutely fabulous
$199.00 Ab Fab Marine Reserve Paddle & Walk

Ab Fab Marine Reserve Paddle & Walk $199.00 pp

One day Paddle and Walk Onetahuti to Anchorage

What our guests say

Tripadvisor Review
Ab Fab Marine Reserve Paddle & Walk was really fun


I booked this trip online. The Sea Kayak Company representative answered all of my questions about the various trips offered before I booked and suggested various options. We parked at the base in Motueka and were transported to Maraharu by bus. There we took a water taxi to Onetahuti and kayaked in the morning with 5 fellow kayakers and the guide. We saw some seals on Tonga Island before we ended our kayaking in Bark Bay, where we had a picnic. From there, we hiked to Anchorage Bay on our own, which was a beautiful hike that included a suspension bridge. We had plenty of time to spare on Anchorage Bay before our water taxi took us back to Maraharu. There was a delay in Marahua before we took the bus back to the base in Motueka. It was a long day with all of the transport but worth it. The guide was fine but not outstanding or very enthusiastic. Since it was our first day in New Zealand after 32 hours of travel from the USA, we decided to park in Motueka. It would have been more efficient to have driven to Maraharu on our own and started from there.

TAHES, Stratham, NH, Trip Advisor
Tripadvisor Review
Amazing kayak trip

We booked the Ab Fab Marine tour which started with a fast water taxi to Onetahuti beach. We kayaked over to Tongo island and saw quite a few seals and birds. The seals were all being lazy and sleeping on the rocks. We then kayaked across the shore to bark bay. It was the perfect day for a kayak trip, the weather was amazing. The kayaking was non strenuous and easy for beginners.

We stopped for lunch on bark bay which was a massive chicken salad baguette, carrot cake and caramel slices. There was plenty of food and drink. Our guide said we had time for a swim before embarking on our 12km track to anchorage bay. She also advised us to explore and see what we wanted as we had plenty of time.

We are very fast walkers (29 and 25 year old) even on the up hills. We made one small detour to see a view point (10 mins) and just about made it to cleopatras pool (30mins). We were that short on time we only had time to have a quick dip in before continuing on. We made it to the water taxi with 10 mins to spare and at points we had started trotting! I was a little disappointed as we thought with the speed we were going we would have a good 30 mins to have a dip at the end to cool off!

The costal walk is stunning and worth doing a walk, just wish we had some more time. Look out for vouchers in the AA book for money off!

The company were very professional and I would highly recommend them for a kayak trip. It's a New Zealand must do!


Sara-1720, , Trip Advisor
Tripadvisor Review
Perfect Introduction to Abel Tasman NP

We booked the Ab Fab Marine Reserve Paddle & Walk. Booking and check-in was quite efficient. The company is super organized as it handles a plethora of trips (and even in reverse directions) quite smoothly. Hailey was our guide, and she was super fun. She helped us navigate between rocks, helped us spot baby seals, penguins, and kept the entire group engaged.

I did have a moment of panic as we were riding the water taxi out for the drop in. I did think "O-M-G what did I sign us up for; I didn't take any sea sickness medicine!" as the ride was a bit hard over the waves. There was no need for me to worry. The hardest part of the kayak adventure is padding past the break (very beginning); you hardly notice the waves when out. In fact, we thought kayaking Milford was much more demanding than this. SKC provides you a dry bag to place your keys, cameras, phones, etc, which is secured in the center compartment of the kayak. It does stay dry. There are a total of 3 compartments, so you can bring a change of shoes (like hiking boots) if that's your preference. Your life vests have a zippered pouch in the front, which is quite handy for your point and shoot. Lunch was quite nice; there was coffee, tea, juice, sandwiches, and 2 desserts...yum! We appreciated the hike portion of the tour being unguided; this way you could hike at your own pace.

I do recommend bringing a change of clothes and maybe a light jacket as there was an almost constant wind that chilled us a bit when we weren't moving. We had no troubles with sandflies; maybe we got lucky?


NoLaNooga, Chattanooga, Tennessee, Trip Advisor