Abel Tasman Lodge

Abel Tasman Lodge

Kayaking in the Abel Tasman


Kayaking is the perfect way to explore the bays and beaches of the majestic Abel Tasman National Park.

The Perfect Sea-Kayaking Experience

The Abel Tasman National Park is famous for it's crystalline waters and gorgeous bays and coves, some of which are only accessible from the water, making kayaking a great choice for exploration.

New Zealand’s famed natural beauty can be found in abundance in Abel Tasman National Park. Many visitors agree the best view of Abel Tasman is from a kayak. Exploring Mārahau and Abel Tasman by sea kayak is an essential experience here.

Plus if you want something that is environmentally friendly. Use your own (or your travel companions’) muscles to explore the coastline of the Abel Tasman .

Kayaking with seal pups
The coastline is indented with headlands, bays, and inlets that offer paddlers a wonderful sea-kayaking experience. The waters are crystal clear and often calm as kayakers weave between islands, secluded coves, and granite outcrops, glide through quiet, green estuaries, accompanied by playful, silky seals, all against a backdrop of 225 square kilometres of forested hills.

This is the corner of New Zealand that basks in some of the country’s highest sunshine hours – warm in summer and mild in winter. The climate makes the Abel Tasman National Park is not only magic on a warm summer day, but it’s also ideal for kayaking at any time of year.

Kayaking the crystal blue waters
Things to Do - Kayaking

Mārahau is home to most of the kayak companies in the Abel Tasman, offering a range of different guided kayaking tours and freedom rental sea-kayaking trips. There is no better place to try kayaking for the first time or enjoy a new unique kayak adventure.

Choose an Adventure to Suit

Guided kayak adventures can suit those with limited kayaking experience or anyone who prefers their adventures served with a good lunch, good company and great information.

On the other hand, freedom kayaking packages allow you the independence to experience the coastline at your own pace on a day paddle.

We can recommend a number of great trips through excellent companies, all offering an unforgettable New Zealand kayaking experience.

There are a range of half-or-full-day trips. You can also mix in some walking with your kayak trip, providing lots of options. There is even a trip for the youngsters. Our local favourite partners include:

So, if you’re looking to get some one-on-one time with spectacular Abel Tasman scenery, Mārahau is the best place to start. The gateway to Abel Tasman National Park, all this beauty is right on our doorstep at the Abel Tasman Lodge.

Free booking & information service

Let us take away any holiday hassle.

Use our local knowledge of the Abel Tasman National Park to help tailor and book your activities at no extra charge.

What’s more, if you book ahead, you don’t need to pay for any activity until you arrive.