4 Day All the Way Freedom Walk
Explore the lesser known parts of Abel Tasman National Park and complete the entire Abel Tasman Coastal Track with accommodation at the unique Aquapackers, elegant Awaroa Lodge and luxurious Ratanui Lodge.
Day 1 – Marahau to Anchorage (approx. 4 hours – 12.4kms)
Pick up from your accommodation (or nearby) in the Nelson area at approx. 7.15am. Road transport to Marahau arriving at the AquaTaxi base there at 8.30am. Here you will be met for your full briefing, collect your lunches for today, check-in your bags for luggage transfers and then head off. There is a great café right at the start of the track – perfect for a coffee and late breakfast if required. Spend the day hiking/swimming/exploring the forest, the track and the golden sand beaches en route to Anchorage.
Enjoy staying in a Private Cabin on-board the Aquapackers Boat (Shared bathroom) moored in Anchorage Bay, with dinner and breakfast included.
Accommodation on this evening can also be arranged as Glamping in Anchorage or returning to B+B accommodation in Marahau - please enquire for more details.
Day 2 – Anchorage to Awaroa Inlet (approx. 7.5 hours - 21.9kms or 6.5hrs - 18.8kms with available tidal shortcut at Torrent Bay)
Begin walking along the wonderful beach at Anchorage, pass civilised Torrent Bay before heading up and over to the iconic Falls River swing bridge and further to Bark Bay. From this lovely bay the track heads up a large ascent before making your way back to sea level at Tonga Quarry then Onetahuti Beach. A lovely walk along crescent shaped Onetahuti Beach follows and then the last saddle sees you over to wonderful Awaroa Lodge. After a rejuvenating shower in your room you are ready to enjoy the restaurant there (not included).
Stay in the wonderful Awaroa Lodge
Day 3 - Awaroa Inlet to Totaranui (approx. 3 hours - 8.1kms Plus additional loop track walk of 1 hour (optional))
After breakfast, your 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. For dinner enjoy a 3 course meal (set menu – not included in tariff) at Ratanui Lodge - they do food & service wonderfully well here!
Stay at Ratanui Lodge
Day 4 - Wainui to Totaranui (approx. 5 hours 15.5kms)
After breakfast, a short shuttle to Wainui Carpark takes you to the last section of your walk. From Wainui you are on the less travelled section of the track. The views of Wainui Inlet as you climb up into the native forest are stunning. The route today takes you up and over to Whariwharangi, then you’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 you up and return you 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.
Please note - Part of the track is tidal and the tides (and accommodation availability) indicate the direction of the walk and this may change from the itinerary above, according to the tide timetable of the dates you choose for your walk.
Price for this trip $1249 per person (based on twin share)
- Transport from Nelson to Marahau and back to Nelson
- A full trip briefing on arrival in Marahau
- 3 nights’ accommodation
- All Luggage transfers – you carry just a daypack with your lunch etc.
- Packed lunches each day
- Breakfast and Dinner on the Aquapackers Boat
- Breakfast at Ratanui Lodge
- Water Taxi transport Marahau to Totaranui
- Land shuttle from Wainui Carpark to Ratanui Lodge and Ratanui Lodge to Totaranui
- Your personalised itinerary, maps and other information
- Single room occupancy an additional $540NZ