We did a guided tour from Marahau toTotoranui (a three day hike and four day trip) with Wally Bruce, owner of Abel Tasman Guides. I won't elaborate on the beauty of the hike---others have done that already and I can only say that it is truly magnificent scenery, regardless of weather. However, I do want to give Wally Bruce and Abel Tasman Guides a five-star recommendation. Through email from North America to New Zealand we arranged the perfect trip. We wanted to add on to the usual walk to Totoranui and go on the less traveled trail to Wainui. Unfortunately, the weather turned bad on the last day and we decided to give ourselves a break and only go as far as Totoranui. Wally provided a wealth of information on the flora, fauna, and history of the area as we walked. He made all the arrangements for meals and wonderful accommodations so that we only had to carry what we needed for the day plus his excellent lunches. A special treat was having a cup of hot tea or coffee at a beach stop---Wally carried the water, a small camp stove, and real coffee with a coffee press! Such luxury! Throughout the trip, Wally was always looking to meet our needs--the pace of the walk etc. He is a very knowledgeable and experienced guide and a great companion on the trip. He does guided as well as unguided trips where he can arrange for your accommodations and transfers as well as recommended times for tidal crossings (important!) for those who prefer to walk on their own. He even contracts to have your overnight bag delivered to each night's stop via the Aquataxi. If you are planning a trip to New Zealand, the Abel Tasman walk is a must and we highly recommend contacting Wally Bruce at Abel Tasman Guides.
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