Ocean and Earth

from $304
On the first day, water taxi to Onetahuti then explore all of the wonders of the Tonga Island Marine Reserve in your kayak before paddling south to Anchorage. Camp at Anchorage for the night before walking or freedom kayaking back to Marahau on the second day. Book Now
Availability: Oct - Apr
Summer Departure(s): 8.30am
Trip duration: 2 Days
Ideal for: Combining a guided kayaking trip and a walk / freedom kayak
Activity level: Challenging
Cruise info: Marahau to Onetahuti: 1 hr 15 min
Walk info: 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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Ocean and Earth

Travel by water taxi to Onetahuti in the morning to join your guided kayak trip. Paddle with your expert local guide southward through the Tonga Island Marine Reserve visiting the friendly local wildlife. Enjoy your lunch on a golden beach before continuing our kayaking trip southwards to Anchorage. Spend the night at Anchorage at a beachside tent site. On day two, walk or freedom kayak back to Marahau at your own pace stopping off at secluded beaches to take in the dazzling views of the Astrolabe Islands.

  • Minimum age 14 years
  • Minimum 2 people required for freedom kayak upgrade on day two

What’s included in this tour?

Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 1 day kayak hire
  • Optional lunch on day one $20
  • DOC Camp pass for 1 night (subject to availability)
  • Water taxi transfers for you and your kayak
  • Free pack transfer if required on day one


  • Water taxi from Marahau to Onetahuti
  • Kayak from Onetahuti to Anchorage
  • Stay night at Anchorage
  • 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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