Kayak Excursion to Observation Beach in Abel Tasman National Park
Kayak Excursion to Observation Beach in Abel Tasman National Park

Activity Snapshot

  • Sport level
  • Spoken languages
  • Duration
    1 half day
  • Opening seasons:

Activity description

Explore the picturesque scenery of Abel Tasman on this kayaking trip to Observation Beach.

Short on time but big on adventure; explore Abel Tasman National Park in less than a day with this sea kayaking trip to Observation Beach. A jewel in the coastline’s crown, the short Water Taxi back to Marahau helps maximise the time spent exploring beaches and islands in the Astrolabe region.

This activity is run & operated from Marahau and travels to Observation Beach in Abel Tasman National Park.  Travelling by sea kayak and returning via water taxi, this tour visits the New Zealand Fur Seals Kekeno at Adele Island Bird Sanctuary.

Meet your guide at the activity base for this half day sea kayaking tour of Abel Tasman National Park. Exploring the scenic beaches and island sanctuaries that make this area so special, this easy and accessible trip offers a taste of New Zealand’s wild side! Receive a short briefing and kit breakdown before you hit the water on a two-hour sea kayaking excursion – learning more about the wildlife to look out for as you explore. Paddling north past sheltered islands and caves, visit the area’s unique golden beaches and Adele Island Sanctuary, spotting New Zealand fur seals, penguins and rare birds. Stopping at Observation Beach, enjoy a light lunch and a chance to discover the shoreline on foot – returning by water taxi at your own leisure.

A four-hour excursion suitable for beginners and children alike, trips are organised according to the time of day – either starting in Marahau (AM) or at Observation Beach (PM).  Including two-hours of light paddling, all activities are supported by a purpose-built kayak base, with free hot showers, free wifi, free equipment storage & client transporters. 

minimum 12 y/o
Cancellation policy: 
moderate1) Cancellation 10 days or more prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are automatically refunded for the full activity price

2) Cancellation between 4 and 10 days prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are entitled to a 50% refund

3) 4 days or later, prior to the agreed activity starting date, is considered last-minute cancellations
→ No refund will be made

8.30am Check in and meet your guide.
9.30am Kayak from Marahau to Observation
1.15pm Water Taxi to Marahau.


11.30am Check in and meet your guide.
12.00pm Water Taxi to Observation Beach.
1.00pm Kayak from Observation Beach to

Activity requirements

Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian

Special terms

Pick up available: $30 Nelson return, $15 Motueka return. Please note only one pick up in the morning and one return in the evening.

  • Kayak Guide & Rental
  • Lunch & Light Refreshments
  • Return Water Taxi
Do not forget to bring
Do not forget to bring
  • Swimwear/Towel
  • Spare Change of Clothes
  • Hat/Sunscreen
  • GoPro/Camera
Meeting point
Abel Tasman Kayaks 273 Sandy Bay Marahau Rd Main Rd, Rd 2 Marahau Get directions
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