Because Marahau has one of the largest tidal ranges in New Zealand, and the bay out from Marahau is shallow, the water recedes a long way out during low tides. This means water taxi trips start on dry land with the boat still on its trailer which is coupled to a tractor. With you onboard, the tractor will then tow the boat down to the waterline before being launched into the water. This is a rather unique and fun way to start your trip.
If you’re travelling into the Park via kayak, you’ll first go through your safety briefing and do your other trip prep at the kayaking base in Marahau. Then you’ll either be taken down to the waterline in a van or walk across the sand flats to launch your kayak.
This website has listings and contact details for almost every commercial operator in Marahau: Abel Tasman Village