Day tour in Abel Tasman from Wellington
The Abel Tasman National Park’s popularity is entirely justified by the various breath-taking scenery that are combined in this small park. From turquoise waters and golden beaches, thriving wildlife, to granite cliffs and the very famous coastal hike ... the park has so much to offer. Our team, in collaboration with our local partner, have created an exclusive activity which will allow you to discover the beauty of this park. A day-long excursion in the heart of the national park including a scenic flight and cruise. The perfect activity for those of you who have little time, but do not want to miss out on this gorgeous park!
Your day begins with a one-hour flight in a small plane, from Wellington to Takaka. As you fly over the Cook Strait, have fun spotting the ferries that cross it daily. As you approach the top of the South Island, you will begin to spot impressive rocks emerging from the water. Make sure to have your camera handy at this point: you are now flying over the Marlborough Sounds, a real treat for your eyes! Then the coast starts appearing and you will be able to see Nelson, followed by the park’s golden beaches, in particular the famous Awaroa Bay. For a bit of history: previously privately owned, this beach became available for private sale in 2016, and was bought by ... the New Zealanders themselves! A fantastic crowdfunding campaign touched the heart of 40 thousand people who together gave the impressive amount of NZD 2.3 million, to buy the beach! The beach is now forever protected and public access is guaranteed, a great gift from the New Zealanders to the New Zealanders.
After landing in Takaka, you will go on a short walk to reach the Te Waikoropupū cold springs, which are considered the clearest in the world. After this refreshing stop, a transfer will take you to Totaranui Beach, and your driver will take this opportunity to tell you a little more about the history of the Golden Bay region.
Enjoy two hours of free time in the fabulous Awaroa Bay. The perfect lunch break, and the opportunity to get a great feel for this magical place, or even swim if the weather is nice.
You will then board on a 1.5-hour cruise along the coast towards Kaiteriteri. Keep your eyes peeled during the cruise, as this may be the opportunity to spot dolphins and seals. You will also pass by the famous "Split Apple Rock".
Finally, a 40-minute transfer will take you to Nelson from where you will fly back to Wellington, blown away, and with great photos in your camera.
The organisation by OUAT was excellent, communication was brilliant, facilities on the Milford Track were of a high standard and Hippo Lodge in Queenstown...
John Dali, Australia
Carolyn, I thought we should tell you how much we enjoyed the trip. NZ was great - the people, the food, the scenery. We liked all the places you booked for...
Glynis Williams, USA
OUAT organised a great trip on the Hollyford Track. The lodges were wonderful with the most decisions food. The guides really knowledgeable and friendly....
Susie and Alice Hoddell, UK