Homeward Bound

from $332
Spend three days walking and kayaking from the northern end of the Abel Tasman back to Marahau. Book Now
Availability: Oct - Apr
Summer Departure(s): 8.30am
Trip duration: 3 Days
Ideal for: Combining a guided kayaking trip and a walk / freedom kayak
Activity level: Challenging
Cruise info: Marahau to Totaranui: 1 hr 45 min.
Walk info: Totaranui to Onetahuti: 5 hrs & Anchorage to Marahau: 3-4 hrs (option 1)
Kayak info: Onetahuti to Anchorage: 4 hrs & Anchorage to Marahau: 3-4 hrs (option 2)

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Homeward Bound

On day one, water taxi to Totaranui (or Awaroa depending on the tide) and walk to Onetahuti where you camp for the night. On day two, join the Magical Marine Reserve guided kayaking trip, exploring the the Marine Reserve with your guide before paddling south to Anchorage. Camp in Anchorage for the night and then explore the Astrolabe area on your paddle back to Marahau (requires minimum of 2 people). Alternatively, walk from Anchorage back to Marahau (3.5hrs).

  • Minimum age 14 years

What’s included in this tour?

Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Water taxi fares
  • 1 day kayak hire
  • Optional lunch on day two $20
  • DOC Camp passes for 2 nights (subject to availability)
  • Pack transfer on day two (if freedom walking on day three)
  • Water taxi transfers for you and your kayak


Day 1
  • Water taxi from Marahau to Totaranui
  • Walk from Totaranui to Onetahuti
  • Camp at Onetahuti
Day 2
  • Kayak from Onetahuti to Anchorage
  • Camp at Anchorage
Day 3
  • Option 1: Walk, unguided from Anchorage to Marahau
  • Option 2: Freedom kayak from Anchorage to Marahau on your second day  (+$50 upgrade)

For transport between Nelson, Motueka and Marahau we recommend The Better Bus. You can book your transfers online or give them a call on 027 577 6975

Environmental Access Fee (EAF)

A portion of your ticket price goes directly towards preserving the unique environment you will enjoy on your trip in the Abel Tasman. This includes the compulsory concession fees paid to the Department of Conversation as well as voluntary contributions to local organisations and projects to improve the environment, ecology and access to the national park.
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