Anchorage has the first large camping area and hut in the national park from Marahau at the southern entrance.

Anchorage is well sheltered by headlands to the north and south so is the ideal spot for yachties to anchor their launches - hence its name. To the south of Anchorage is the Pitt Head Loop track and the quintessential golden-sand, crescent shaped Te Pukatea Bay. To the north of Anchorage, across a tidal estuary, lies Torrent Bay. During low tides, you can walk directly across the estuary to Torrent Bay in about 20 minutes. The high-tide track goes around the estuary and takes around 1 to 1.5 hours.

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    Best of Both Worlds

    Full Day

    Guided kayak trip: Kayak in the Tonga Marine Reserve and then walk most the scenic section of the Coastal Track in one day!

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      Paddle and Walk

      Full Day

      Guided kayak trip: Walk the best section of the Coastal Track in the morning and then see it all again from a completely different perspective – from the water as you kayak south again.

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        Torrent River

        Full day

        With a fantastic combination of slides, jumps, ziplines and abseils, this is the most popular canyoning trip in the Abel Tasman!

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          3 Day Freedom

          3 days

          Freedom kayak rental: Paddle at your own pace for three unforgettable days exploring the southern and middle areas of the Abel Tasman.

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            Freedom Totaranui

            3 days

            Freedom kayaking package: Paddle from Marahau to Onetahuti over two days and then walk through to Totaranui on your third day.

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              Freedom Anchorage

              Full Day

              Freedom kayak rental: The classic Abel Tasman freedom kayak trip. Paddle from Marahau to Anchorage and then walk back to Marahau, or continue north through the Abel Tasman on foot.

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                Freedom Tonga

                2 days

                Freedom kayaking package: Paddle from Marahau to Onetahuti over two days spending the night at a beachside camp of your choice.

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                  Anchorage Deal

                  Full Day

                  One way water taxi + return bus to/from Nelson: Bus from Nelson, water taxi to Anchorage and walk back to Marahau to catch your return bus to Nelson.

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                    Abel Tasman Adventure

                    2 days

                    Water taxi and accommodation package: Day 1: Water taxi to Onetahuti, walk to Anchorage (6hrs), overnight onboard Aquapackers. Day 2 walk from Anchorage to Marahau (3.5hrs).

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                      Ocean and Earth

                      2 days

                      Guided kayak trip: Combine the Magical Marine Reserve guided trip with a night at Anchorage and walk back to Marahau.

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                        Homeward Bound

                        3 days

                        Guided kayak trip: Explore the entire Abel Tasman Coast with the ultimate combo of water taxi rides, walking, guided and freedom kayaking.

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                          Gone With the Wind

                          2 days

                          Guided kayak trip: Combine the Magical Marine Reserve guided trip with a night at Anchorage and a freedom kayak leg back to Marahau.

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