Bark Bay

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A short way along from Medlands is Bark Bay, so named because once upon a time, bark was harvested from trees here for various purposes.

Nowadays you won’t find any bark being taken from trees, but you will find a tree-lined strip of land with the beach on one side and a tidal estuary on the other. There are tent sites along this strip of land and a DOC hut on the northern tip.  The northern end of Bark Bay is also the beginning of the Tonga Island Marine Reserve which stretches north to Awaroa Heads.

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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Beaches & Bays

Walking & Hiking | Full Day
from $76
Return water taxi and walking trip: Water taxi to Bark Bay, walk the scenic Coastal Track to Anchorage (3.5hrs).
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Full Day Adventure

Gourmet Platter

Guided Kayak & Walk | Full Day
from $195
Guided kayak trip: Walk the best section of the Coastal Track in the morning and kayak through the Astrolabe in the afternoon.
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Slice of Paradise Option 1

Walking & Hiking | Full Day
from $86
Return water taxi and walking trip: Travel the length of the park to Totaranui and back to Onetahuti for a 1.5hr walk to Bark Bay.
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Slice of Paradise Option 2

Walking & Hiking | Full Day
from $86
Return water taxi and walking trip: Travel the length of the park to Totaranui and back to Bark Bay for a 3.5hr walk to Anchorage.
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Falls River

Walking & Hiking | Full Day
from $76
Return water taxi and walking trip: Water taxi to Torrent Bay, walk the scenic Coastal Track to Bark Bay (2.5hrs) crossing the Falls River Swingbridge.
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Abel Tasman Classic

Walking & Hiking | Full Day
from $86
Return water taxi and walking trip: Water taxi the length of the Park to Totaranui and then back to Torrent Bay. Walk north to Bark Bay (2.5hrs).
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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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Bridge and Beach

Walking & Hiking | Full Day
from $77
Return water taxi and walking trip: Water taxi from Totaranui to Torrent Bay before walking through to Bark Bay. Water taxi back to Totaranui.
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Water Taxi Charter

Scenic Cruise | Full Day
from $350/hr
Special charter services available upon request
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Marine Reserve Express

Guided Kayak | Half Day
from $220
Guided kayak trip: Spend the morning exploring the wonders of the Tonga Island Marine Reserve in your kayak.
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PM Paddle

Guided Kayak | Half Day
from $200
Guided kayak trip: Spend the afternoon kayaking between Bark Bay and Anchorage.
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Best of Both Worlds

Guided Kayak & Walk | Full Day
from $225
Guided kayak trip: Kayak in the Tonga Marine Reserve and then walk the most the scenic section of the Coastal Track in one day!
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Paddle & Walk

Guided Kayak & Walk | Full Day
from $205
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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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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Total Freedom

Freedom Kayak | 3 Days
from $205
Freedom kayaking package: Explore the Abel Tasman coastline from Marahau to Onetahuti, unguided and at your own pace.
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Freedom Tonga

Freedom Kayak | 2 Days
from $215
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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5 Day Freedom

Freedom Kayak | 5 Days
from $220
Freedom kayak rental: Paddle at your own pace for five unforgettable days exploring the length of the Abel Tasman.
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4 Day Freedom

Freedom Kayak | 4 Days
from $190
Freedom kayak rental: Paddle at your own pace for four unforgettable days exploring the length of the Abel Tasman.
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3 Day Freedom

Freedom Kayak | 3 Days
from $160
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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Locals Tip

“When the tide is going out the water rushes out through the narrow mouth of the estuary. It’s great for swimming with the current or in a kayak for a bit of fun! ”

Brendan Alborn, Owner Operator

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