Out on the water

Out on the water

Posted on Monday 9 September 2019

Renowned for its spectacular ocean environment, the Nelson Tasman region is unsurprisingly a hub for water-based activities. Bordered by the beautiful Tasman Bay, the glistening seas and sweeping coastline that characterise the Top of the South prove irresistible for water babies of all ages.

The beating heart of the bay’s activities can be found in a place that easily rivals the seven wonders of the world; the Abel Tasman National Park. Kaiteriteri and Marahau, also known as the ‘gateways to paradise’ are bustling all year round with water-lovers heading out on their days adventures aboard sailing boats, kayaks, paddleboards and scenic cruises.

Excitable and curious, these visiting families, couples and friends begin their journey into the Abel Tasman National Park, where sparkling golden sands, crystal-clear bays and lush native forest are just the beginning.

But with so much choice in the way of water-based experiences, how do you decide which is right for you? We’ll give you the lowdown, that’s how.

Sea Shuttle Split Apple 5 of 30 credit Abel Tasman Sea Shuttle

Photo: Abel Tasman Sea Shuttle



Boldly go where no boat or walking track can take you with a guided waka or kayaking trip, suitable for the whole family. With grandma in the back, and baby in the front, you might get stuck doing all the mahi, but at least you’ll be creating lifetime memories with your loved ones.

Paddling the pristine coastline, you’ll discover an array of hidden coves, secluded beaches and granite ocean-carved archways just perfect for gliding through. Let the gently rolling tide lead the way for a few moments as you take a look around at the idyllic scenery that surrounds you, watching playful seal pups as they frolic around in the water nearby.

Marahau Sea Kayaks Shag Harbour credit Marahau Sea Kayaks

Photo: Marahau Sea Kayaks



Cruising the length of the Abel Tasman National Park by boat is an experience like no other, offering unparalleled views of the wondrous coastline and the fascinating marine life that call this place home. Frequently referred to as paradise for nature lovers, kids will have a whale of a time spotting little blue penguins, seals, shags, gannets, and dolphins as they pass by in the ocean below.

Whether you choose to ride top deck on a scenic cruise, get up close in an aqua taxi, or immerse fully in nature with an eco-tour, a boat trip is the perfect way to tick off the key scenic highlights during your time in the park. Marvel at the natural shape of Split Apple Rock, swoop under the swingbridge at Falls River, cruise onto the famed sands of Awaroa Beach and amuse the kids at the wildlife sanctuary that is Adele Island.. it’s all possible when exploring the Abel Tasman by boat.

However you choose to explore the coastline of this extraordinary national park, you’re guaranteed to leave with a smile on your face and a wealth of memories to reminisce on for years to come.

Boat and Seals credit Abel Tasman Eco Tours

Photo: Abel Tasman Eco Tours
Feature Photo: Marahau Sea Kayaks