Awaroa

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Awaroa made headlines all over the world in 2016 when a couple of Kiwis decided to mount a crowdfunding campaign to buy a stretch of Awaroa beach that was put up for sale by its private owner.

The fear was that the new owners could deny access to the beach for the New Zealand public, and access to our coast is something many Kiwis have strong feelings about.  In a major triumph for people power, the New Zealand public donated over two million dollars, purchased the beach and ceded it into the national park.

Awaroa is the other main settlement of private baches in the Park, all of which are located around the tidal estuary.  Awaroa Lodge is located a short walk inland from the main beach front.The track north of Awaroa is only accessible 1.5 to 2 hours either side of low tide.  At other times the water level is too high to cross and there is no alternative route.

Water Taxi – One Way Fare

Water Taxi | Half Day
from $37
Water taxis provide quick and convenient access to the six major bays along the spectacular Abel Tasman coastline.
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Totaranui Day Out

Walking & Hiking | Full Day
from $62
Return water taxi and walking trip: Water taxi from Totaranui to either Bark Bay or Onetahuti, walk to Awaroa before returning to Totaranui on your water taxi.
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Water Taxi Charter

Scenic Cruise | Full Day
from $350/hr
Special charter services available upon request
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Awaroa Escape

Walking & Hiking | Full Day
from $86
Return water taxi and walking trip: Water taxi to Bark Bay or Onetahuti and then walk to Awaroa Bay (from Bark Bay 3hrs, Onetahuti 1hr).
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Freedom Totaranui

Freedom Kayak | 3 Days
from $240
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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Locals Tip

“The estuary behind Awaroa is shallow and perfect for kids to play in. It’s also about the warmest water you’ll find in the Park because it heats up as it flows across the sand as the tide comes in.”

Brendan Alborn, Owner Operator

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