What to Bring

An exhaustive list(?) of what to bring for day walking and kayaking in the Abel Tasman.

Bottom Half

  • Light comfortable walking shoes
  • Walking sandals are also a great option
  • Water shoes are great for crossing estuaries.

You don’t need walking boots, unless you prefer them.

Middle section

  • Shorts
  • Quick dry long pants (that you can roll up, if required).

Top Bit

  • T-shirt
  • Polypropylene or Merino top (for water taxi or just-in-case)
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat – wide-brimmed is better (if less stylish) than a cap.


  • Small day pack
  • Towel & Swimming costume (if you want to go swimming)
  • Insect repellent (we sell it here if easier)
  • Sunscreen (again we sell it if you don’t want to bring it with you)
  • Drinking bottle (no plastic) – we sell stylish options at the Lodge
  • Medication
  • Camera
  • Packed Lunch – we do lovely homemade options (including GF & DF options).

Walking poles are not required, but you can bring them if you prefer


  • Flip-flops (except if you are doing an all-day kayak trip)
  • Jeans

All day kayaking trips where there is no walking involved, you can take flip-flops as your footwear.

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