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“Wilsons Kayak, Seals and Walk day trip” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Wilsons Abel Tasman - Day Tours

Wilsons Abel Tasman - Day Tours
2 Inlet Rd, Abel Tasman National Park 7197, New Zealand
+64 3-528 2027
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Owner description: Year-round guided and independent walking, guided sea kayaking and water transport in Abel Tasman National Park. Options from 2 hours to 5 days in the Park. Fast, safe comfortable Vista Cruise. Overnight at Torrent Bay Lodge or Meadowbank Homestead – Awaroa on the beachfront within Park boundaries. Ensuite accommodation, fine food, no heavy packs to carry. Travel with 2010 NZ Tourism Award winners. Let us take care of the details while you switch off and enjoy.
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“Wilsons Kayak, Seals and Walk day trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

Had great weather in Abel Tasman. Arrived for hour and half kayak tour to Split Apple rock in the Marahau bay from Kaiteriteri, then boat ride past Tonga Island Sea Lion Colony and Tonga Quarry and to Barks Bay for a 2.5 hr hike back to Medlands Beach for boat ride back to Kaiteriteri. Great tour and overview for Abel Tasman. Very well run, kayak guide was very informative and great guide. Kayaks were stable but water skirts leaked so dress to get wet. Boat ride coming back was very windy and choppy so be prepared for changing weather. The hike was strenuous at the very beginning until you get on top of the plateau and then you hike along the coast amongst green forests of ferns & trees and stream. Trail is very clean and well maintained and was fairly easy once you were on top. We took the high tide trail even though not at high tide and this seemed to be a much more scenic trail the low tide trail. Great combination to get an overall taste of Abel Tasman. Definitely recommend.

Visited November 2012
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HLHAbeltas, Wilson team member at Wilsons Abel Tasman - Day Tours, responded to this review, May 2, 2013
Thank you for your helpful description of this popular trip. As you note, being well prepared is essential for any outdoor experience. I’m glad you enjoyed your introduction to our wonderful coast.
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“Single journey to Anchorage Bay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013 via mobile

We took the single cruise to Anchorage Bay with Wilsons from Kaiteriteri so that we could do part of the coast track from Anchorage Bay to Marahau in a day. The cruise was really smooth and the commentary interesting and informative. I was glad they took us to see split apple rock. The only drawbacks were the price which at $34pp is quite steep for a relatively short journey but then you have no cheaper alternatives so we had to pay it. Secondly, we booked a package that allowed us to then take a bus from Marahau back to Kaiteriteri where we left our vehicle. This bus isn't actually run by Wilsons and they rely on another company but don't actually book you onto the bus. Fortunately as we'd asked to keep one of our Wilsons tickets when we initially boarded the boat, we were able to give this to the bus driver so he could liaise with Wilsons to prove we should be able to travel on it. Had we not kept that ticket and had the bus been full, we'd have been stranded there. From what the bus driver said, Wilsons seem to have a habit of never booking people on the bus service so be aware if you choose this option with them!

Visited March 2013
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DJWAbelTas, Wilson family at Wilsons Abel Tasman - Day Tours, responded to this review, May 2, 2013
Thank you for your review. I’m glad you enjoyed the trip. The price reflects the cost of operating a boat along the Abel Tasman Coast. As you note, it is a competitive price, especially considering the superior design, comfort and viewing decks on our Vista Cruise. We have contacted the coach company that supplies our transfers. They are reviewing their driver training as you were misinformed by the driver. Rest assured, you would not have been stranded as we are but a phone call away.
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“Dipping our toes in the Tasman Sea”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

We did the 2 day/1 night walking option in March 2013.

There was an initial bit of confusion over bags ( specially provided overnight bags for clothes etc) and pick up at our B&B in Nelson - however, it was sorted and we were picked up on time early in the morning for the walk. The whole operation ran very smoothly, picking up other walkers and arriving at the HQ in Motueka to pick up more walkers etc. The next thing we were on the coach heading for the start of our walk with Annieke - our knowledgeable guide- who taught us quite a lot about local flora and fauna and cultures.

The walk track is mostly on a level ( although there are some ascents and descents of varying steepness) through bush and hugs the coast, with tantalising glimpses of the turquoise sea and lovely beaches. Sadly due to tides we were not able to drop down and short cut across the beaches at inlets but had to walk the longer high tide route- but Wilson's cant arrange everything to order! They did however, arrange lunch, and our comfortable overnight lodge at Torrent Bay with drinks and dinner provided ( meal just right for hungry walkers after a 16km walk!). A beautiful place to stop, and right on the beach. The next day we were up and walking , for us as far as Tonga Quarry. One or two steeper ascents/descents this day( but this is not Mount Everest).

We were part of a nice group of people from the US, Australia and the UK and we all got on well together, which helps! We didn't continue with a longer walk as there's so much of NZ to see and we were moving on. The boat ride back on the afternoon of the second day from Tonga Quarry to Kaiteretere gave us an opportunity to see from the water just where and just how far we had walked. Phew! We were dropped off back at our B& B in Nelson.

We felt the whole walk was well run, well guided and with friendly and helpful staff, and for us a wonderful experience.

We would definitely recommend this tour.

Visited March 2013
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DJWAbelTas, Wilson family at Wilsons Abel Tasman - Day Tours, responded to this review, May 2, 2013
Thank you for your considered review. We find that lasting friendships often develop on our trips, so are disappointed when people leave a trip early. There is a lot of New Zealand to see and we hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip. We’d love to host you on a full-length trip next time.
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“noisy students”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

A well run tour with good commentary and well appointed ship. We chose the return trip up and back the coast of Abel Tasman.

The disappointing thing on the return trip was the noise generated by a group of students who had been on an outing and boarded at the last stop before turning back. While their general behaviour was fine they were very noisy and drove the rest of the adults to the upper deck. The skipper had to tell them to tone it down as the teachers accompanying them did nothing to curtail the noise. We subsequently saw one of the students coming from the school opposite the library in Motueka. If this happens often I suggest tourists seek smaller companies. In fairness, the staff did apologize for the noise as we were leaving although a teacher behind me jokingly said "what noise?"

Visited March 2013
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DJWAbelTas, Wilson family at Wilsons Abel Tasman - Day Tours, responded to this review, May 2, 2013
As a family business we try to inspire local children to get out and enjoy the outdoors. We're sorry you found their exuberance disturbing, despite our crew's best efforts. This particular group took the time to send us a very thoughtfully crafted thank you poster for their trip. We have shared your review with local teachers so they better understand their responsibility to supervise.
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“Spectacular nz”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

We did the 3 day hike on 12th April with guides Marius and Sophie. The organization was faultless from the minute we were picked up from the airport to the moment we were dropped back. The boat ride from Kaiteretere to Totaranui was beautiful with great commentry. when we got to our destination tMarius and Sophie were so knowledgable about local history, flora, fauna and everything relating to Abel Tasman. We stayed at Meadowbank Lodge on the first night staff were so friendly the food was amazing and we were lucky enough to have Darryl Wilson staying at the lodge so had a interesting history lesson on his family and the whole area. The second night we were at Torrent Bay Lodge once again fantastic food and great staff. The hikes were amazing with perfect weather each day. The quality of the tracks was remarkable. I thoroughly recommend this.

Visited April 2013
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DJWAbelTas, Wilson family at Wilsons Abel Tasman - Day Tours, responded to this review, May 2, 2013
I’m glad you liked my stories. I know that all families have interesting characters and great stories. The trick is preserving them for a few generations. We're just lucky to share ours in such a special place. It was great to be out enjoying our place with guests. Thank you for your review.
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