Kayaking In Abel Tasman National Park

Kayaking In Abel Tasman National Park


Imagine a peaceful day out in the sea. All you hear is the water and the sea birds. This sounds like the perfect day to me. And this is how I spent a day kayaking in the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park.


About Abel Tasman National Park

The Abel Tasman is the smallest of New Zealand’s National Parks. But it is a great spot for hikes, beach days and exploring the nature. Located in the north of the beautiful South Island it offers visitors plenty of things to do.


Hiring A Kayak

You will find plenty of rental shops in Marahau, Motueka or Kaiteriteri to hire a kayak. And there are several options to choose from. Guided or freedom kayaking? Do you want to do a day trip or an overnight tour? My friend and I decided to do a freedom day tour and to explore the area on our own. We hired our kayak from these guys.

Kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park


Let’s go kayaking

Safety first! We started our self guided tour with instructions about kayaking. A guide showed us how to use the kayak and what to do in emergency. They provided waterproof bags for our cameras and wetsuits to keep us warm during the day. After about an hour we were ready to go out and explore.

Kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park

We took our time and paddled to Adele Island, the biggest island in the national park. The sun was shining and we stopped at a small beach for lunch. We saw a few other kayaks in the water but none of them came to Adele Island so we had the beach for ourselves. It was very relaxing and quiet there.


After the lunch break we continued to kayak around Adele Island to the left. We wanted to go that direction because it is the best spot to see seals from up close. And we saw a lot of them. Some were playing in the water and swimming right next to out kayak. Others were lying on rocks in the sun. It is quite funny to see them climbing up those rocks. It looks like they need help but of course they can manage it easily. During the day we also saw sea birds like shags.


Kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park
Seals are lying in the sun, Adele Island


The rest of the day we explored the coast line of Abel Tasman National Park but only from the water. There are plenty of tiny beaches to stop and have a rest. Usually you will have a beach for yourself as there are not many people around.

Kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park

The last thing we wanted to see before finishing the tour was the famous Split Apple Rock. It is located south of the national park and easily accessible with the kayak. It became popular with visitor because it looks like an apple split in half.


Kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park
Split Apple Rock and a few shags in front


Have you been kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park? What are your adventures?

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