4 Day All the Way Guided Walk
Stay in a private room on board the Aquapackers, ensuite room at Awaroa Lodge and luxury room at Ratanui Lodge, Pohara.
Day 1 – Marahau to Anchorage (Approx. 4 hours – 12.4km)
The day starts with a collection from your accommodation in Nelson or Motueka at around 8am. We’ll drive to Marahau, the start of the track, for an approximate 9.30am start.
Today’s walk passes through regenerating forest, along beautiful golden sand beaches and the Astrolabe Roadstead – with fantastic views of the Adele and Fishermans Islands.
Usually we linger at one or more of the beaches – Apple Tree Beach being a favourite, before gaining some altitude (approx. 100m) with resultant magical views over all of Tasman Bay, before dropping into the perfect beach of Anchorage and our accommodation for the night.
Accommodation – Aquapackers, Private Room with Shared Bathroom
Day 2 – Anchorage to Awaroa Inlet (Approx. 8 hours 23.5km (or 19.8km with available tidal shortcut))
After a hearty breakfast we begin our walk for the day – a big day in the heart of the park. We begin crossing the Torrent Bay Inlet to the settlement there before heading inland and a descent into Medlands Bay and Bark Bay. From Bark Bay we ascend again to the day’s highest point (approximately 135m) before descending into the historic, long-abandoned Tonga granite quarry. It’s a great spot for a break, with Tonga Island directly in front of the quarry, and it’s a great place for a swim. The long Onatahuti beach is the next feature and we meander along it soaking up the beauty – and a tidal estuary crossing meets us at the end of the beach.
From there we complete the day with a gentle ascent through manuka and tree fern forest on approach to Awaroa Lodge, our accommodation for the night.
Accommodation – Awaroa Lodge
Day 3 - Awaroa Inlet to Totaranui (approx. 3 hours - 8.1kms Plus additional loop track walk of 1 hour (optional))
After breakfast, our walk begins with the wide tidal crossing about 20 minutes from Awaroa Lodge. Then it is into some wonderful podocarp forest before bursting out on the golden sand of Waiharakeke Bay and Goat Bay before the ascent over to the popular camping spot of Totaranui. At Totaranui enjoy one of our favourite short walks (the Pukatea loop track) before meeting our land shuttle to the highly-rated Ratanui Lodge. Enjoy time at Ratanui Lodge and maybe go for a stroll along the beach, or relax in the spa pool. Bicycles are also available to explore the area.
Stay at Ratanui Lodge
Day 4 - Wainui to Totaranui (approx. 5 hours 15.5kms)
After breakfast, a short shuttle to Wainui Carpark takes us to the last section of our walk. From Wainui you are on the less travelled section of the track. The views of Wainui Inlet as we climb up into the native forest are stunning. The route today takes us up and over to Whariwharangi, then we'll have the option of walking the Separation Point Loop track (an extra hour) before heading on to Mutton Cove and Anapai Beach before arriving at Totaranui. Once at Totaranui the AquaTaxi will pick us up and return us past all those golden sand beaches to Marahau. Our land transport to Nelson departs conveniently from the AquaTaxi base dropping you in Nelson around 6pm
Price for this trip $2245 per person (twin share)
- Transport to Marahau from your Nelson accommodation.
- 3 nights’ accommodation (Aquapackers at Anchorage, hotel room at Awaroa Lodge, Awaroa. Luxury room Ratanui Lodge, Pohara)
- All luggage transfers – you carry just a daypack with your lunch etc.
- 3 packed lunches including fresh brewed coffee or Tea
- All food including restaurant dining at Awaroa Lodge & Ratanui Lodge.
- BBQ evening meal & breakfast while staying in Anchorage.
- Land shuttle from Totaranui to Ratanui Lodge & Ratanui Lodge to Wainui Carpark
- Water taxi transport from Totaranui to Marahau
- Foot towels for drying feet after tidal crossings
- The services of a well-informed guide
- Your personalised itinerary, maps and other information
- A single supplement ($540) will apply if single occupancy is required