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 an Abel Tasman National Park 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.

Slice of Paradise - enjoy an Abel Tasman water taxi ride and a walk in the park!

Slice of Paradise

Walking & Hiking | Full Day
from $130
Return water taxi and walking trip: Travel the length of the park to Totaranui and back to Onetahuti or Bark Bay then walk the picture-perfect bays.
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Water Taxi – One Way Fare

Water Taxi | Half Day
from $52
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 $102
Return water taxi and walking trip: Water taxi to Bark Bay, walk the scenic Abel Tasman Coast Track to Anchorage (3.5hrs).
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Full Day Adventure

Gourmet Platter

Guided Kayak & Walk | Full Day
from $230
Guided kayak trip: Walk the best section of the Abel Tasman Coast Track in the morning and kayak through the Astrolabe in the afternoon.
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Falls River - Cruise & Walk | Abel Tasman - An Abel Tasman Day Trip

Falls River

Walking & Hiking | Full Day
from $102
Return water taxi and walking trip: Water taxi to Torrent Bay, walk the scenic Abel Tasman Coast Track to Bark Bay (2.5hrs) crossing the Falls River Swingbridge.
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Awaroa Inlet - Take a day trip in the Abel Tasman National Park. Totaranui day out.

Totaranui Day Out

Walking & Hiking | Full Day
from $86
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 $103
Return water taxi and walk: Water taxi from Totaranui to Torrent Bay before walking through to Bark Bay. Water taxi back to Totaranui.
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Abel Tasman Water Taxi Charter

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

Guided Kayak | Half Day
from $264
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 $248
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 $270
Guided kayak trip: Kayak in the Tonga Marine Reserve and then walk the most scenic section of the Abel Tasman Coast Track in one day!
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Abel Tasman Day trip - Kayak and Walk - Falls River Swing Bridge

Paddle & Walk

Guided Kayak & Walk | Full Day
from $260
Guided kayak trip: Walk the best section of the Abel Tasman Coast 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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Abel Tasman Classic

Walking & Hiking | Full Day
from $130
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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Awaroa Escape

Walking & Hiking | Full Day
from $114
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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2 Day Kayak Hire - Abel Tasman Kayaking

Freedom Totaranui

Freedom Kayak | 3 Days
from $279
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 $244
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 $257
Freedom kayak package: Paddle from Marahau to Onetahuti over two days spending the night at a beach side camp of your choice.
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5 Day Freedom

Freedom Kayak | 5 Days
from $300
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 $260
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 $210
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

Local Abel Tasman expert - Brendan Alborn - Experience the best Abel Tasman walking and hiking trips

“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! ”

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