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 – Wainui Carpark van shuttle to Ratanui Lodge
Approx. 7 hours 18.5km
Shortly after leaving Awaroa Lodge, we reach a wide tidal crossing leading into a wonderful podocarp forest. We then burst out on the golden sand of Waiharakeke Bay and Goat Bay for some stunning views, before the final ascent over to the popular camping spot of Totaranui. From Totaranui we will be on the less well-travelled part of the track and come across the beautiful beaches of Anapai and Mutton Cove. If you wish to do an hour extra then we will walk the Separation Point loop track. Before long we will be at Whariwharangi Bay, where Abel Tasman the explorer unsuccessfully tried his only landing in New Zealand (he was repelled by the local Maori). We finish the track over a final hill to the Wainui carpark, where we will be picked up by our vehicle for the short shuttle to Pohara Beach and Ratanui Lodge.
Accommodation – Ratanui Lodge – Pohara Beach
Day 4 - Ratanui Lodge – Back to Nelson by road
A restful morning and a leisurely breakfast, perhaps followed by a casual stroll along Pohara Beach, a completely different beach to those in the Abel Tasman track.
Our transport leaves Ratanui at 11.35am and has you back in Nelson at 2.35pm.
Price for this trip $1999 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.
- Transport from Pohara back to Nelson arriving there at 2.30pm.
- 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.
- 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 ($630) will apply if single occupancy is required