Abel Tasman Sea Shuttle Ltd

Abel Tasman Sea Shuttle Ltd

Abel Tasman Sea Shuttle Ltd
4.5
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
About
Abel Tasman Sea Shuttle is a family owned company that offers tours in the Abel Tasman National Park. Our boats are designed for easy access with ramps(no steps or stairs), protection from the elements and toilets on board. Our reputation is built on customer care. Our boats are comfortable, fast and roomy allowing excellent photographic opportunities. Experience the best New Zealand has to offer with Abel Tasman Sea Shuttle.
Motueka, New Zealand

Awards
Travelers' Choice
2022

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famadven
Wellington, New Zealand310 contributions
Dec 2022
Abel Tasman Sea Shuttles were amazing to deal with from enquiry to booking to travel. I had a couple of questions before we booked and they were answered quickly. We booked a three day pass and also used the bus service from Motueka. When we did the pass booking, Amy came back to ask if we needed help with looking at tides etc - we already had it sorted but thought it was great that they asked. Day one we collected all the boarding passes so didn't have to go back each day. Boat was very comfortable with toilets and a little shop selling drinks and nibbles which did a roaring trade (after doing the walk it was very appreciated). We were lucky enough to see seals, dolphins and stingrays over our three days and they were all pointed out by the captain. Bus transfer was excellent with Mark imparting some great local information with humour:-) 100% recommended.
Written December 30, 2022
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Simon D
Auckland, New Zealand684 contributions
Apr 2022
We were fortunate to have a sunny, calm and quiet day and Rory as our skipper for a civilised 10:30am departure time and a small group of about 10 of us. At almost 4 hours duration including a lunch stop for about half an hour at Totaranui campground for a quick look, we thought $79 was good value for a lengthy comfortable cruise.
It is certainly a beautiful part of the world and Rory did his best to showcase and guide us through the best of it with some knowledgeable and helpful commentary and great stop close ups for photos.
Highly recommend this trip as a way to see a bit of the Abel Tasman National Park.
Written April 17, 2022
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504debra
1 contribution
Apr 2021
I was hugely impressed by the team at Abel Tasman Sea Shuttle, the price was amazing and the extras were so worth it. The fact that they picked me up at my hotel in central Nelson and drove an hour to Kaiteriteri to start the tour for $30 return was a huge saving to me. I got the lunch added on and it was sufficient for lunch and afternoon tea, it was tasty fresh food too. The cruise was informative and amazing to hear about the history of the area. They made sure I knew where I was walking to and what way to go before I left the boat, so I felt confident in going solo on my 10.5 km walk.
Written April 28, 2021
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xj40jag
Auckland, New Zealand5 contributions
Jun 2021
The boat trip from Kaiteriteri to Totaranui and back to the drop-off at Medlands Beach was great, with beautiful weather, fantastic scenery and a good look at the seals. However, the walk back to Anchorage was not fun at all. We are pretty fit and used to walking long distances up and down hills, but unfortunately there was not enough time allowed for this walk. We got to Torrent Bay in reasonable time, even with stops for photos. But luckily we decided to cut our lunch break short and carry on walking as the hike back to Anchorage required an SAS style fast pace to make sure we got back to be picked up by the boat. The signage at Torrent Bay was not helpful as it said 1 hour 30 minutes walk back to Anchorage from the north end of the beach, but when you walked a few minutes south, it said 1 hour 50 minutes via the high-tide path which we had to take. The low tide walk was substantially shorter, but you would miss out on a lot of the views. We made the mistake of doing the diversion to Cleopatra's Pool which just robbed us of 10-15 minutes. There was nothing to see, just a sign, with no clear path to get to anything worth looking at.

We were told at the ticket office that this was an easy 3 hour walk, but it certainly was not. It was about 4 hours of mostly hard slog, with very few signs to give you any indication of how much further we had to walk. We luckily made it to Anchorage around 3:30pm and the boat was already waiting there. It would have been nice to know that we could have walked a bit slower for the second leg of the journey, but we couldn't trust the signs (what few there were). In summer the pick up from Anchorage is at 5pm, not 3:45pm as it is in winter. That would have been a reasonable time, although the summer heat would have made it much harder.

We would not recommend this walk to anyone with less than a very good level of fitness unless they could be guaranteed to be able to take the low tide path. Whatever you do, don't spend too much time gazing at the views or taking photographs, or enjoying your lunch if you don't want to spend the night camped on the beach at Anchorage.
Written July 6, 2021
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Felicity W
Greater London, UK7 contributions
Feb 2021
We were absolutely impressed by the skill and local knowledge of the staff. We went from Awaroa to Totaranui on a day when the wind had picked up. What a landing! Jackson was amazingly skilled at navigating into the beach and the size of the boat made us feel safer than if we had been on smaller boats. We took the shuttle back to Kaiteriteri and were so grateful to the captain who gave us a tour which included seal watching and little blue penguins! It was such a treat. We'd use again in a heartbeat.
Written February 17, 2021
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Rubecca S
8 contributions
Jun 2021
We were so lucky with the weather and the trip was fantastic for our conference group!!
Thanks to the skipper , the commentary on the boat was interesting and informative with a nice shot of humour so that was excellent. Such a beautiful area and such a great way to see it, can’t wait to return with my kids and husband to do the same trip again, they will love it.
I am more than happy to recommend this trip to anyone!!
Written June 22, 2021
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Mia C
Auckland, New Zealand62 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
Amy with Abel Tasman Sea Shuttles is simply stunning.
She organised our entire seven days ensuring we got picked up and dropped off everywhere we needed to be to have the best walking holiday of the Able Tasman.
We used Awaroa Lodge as our base which was also exceptional. When we asked to change our last day she facilitated everything so easily. Could not recommend more highly both she and the service. All the staff were fantastic and the service impeccable. Thanks so much team. We had the best holiday ever. We will be back.
Mia
Written December 28, 2021
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Kathy
573 contributions
Feb 2020
The Sea Shuttle was a very professional operation with clean, comfortable seating inside and out, informative commentary en route, and punctual pick-up times. Whenever we approached an outstanding feature along the coast (eg. Split Apple Rock, Fur Seals) , they gave us ample time to take pictures. After seeing how crowded the passengers were in the water taxis we passed, we were thankful we had chosen the sea shuttle, with its spacious seating and the option of moving from the top deck to the enclosed cabin.
Written May 2, 2020
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Simon O
Nelson, New Zealand22 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
Went with my wife and elderly parents-in-law today. My wife and I took the AT Sea Shuttle and combined it with a walk on the track for a couple of hours ending up at Awaroa for lunch. The oldies took the same shuttle as us but cruised the whole way to the Awaroa Lodge and chilled out there. We met for lunch at Awaroa, enjoying the beautiful setting together before all cruising back to Kaiteriteri together after a magical day. The boat was great, ATSS staff friendly, knowledgeable, efficient, competent and fun ! The staff went out of their way to make sure the customers had a great experience. Great tour on the way there and back. Great for the fit walkers and great for the ones who wanted to take it easy (just like the seals we saw 😀). Thanks from all of us for an unforgettable day ! Would highly recommend.
Written March 20, 2021
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MagdaNZ2021
Napier, New Zealand1 contribution
Feb 2021
The company bus picked up passangers from Nelson in the morning and dropped us off after the trip. It was so convenient! The boat left on time and we were shown the Split Rock and seals on the nearby rocks. The Anchorage beach was amazing but if you want more privacy - go to Te Pukatea Bay on the way to the Pitt Head Lookout.
The great thing about this option is its flexibilty - you can take i.e. 2 walks and still have time for sunbathing and swim. The weather was PERFECT!! It was worth every penny!
Written February 21, 2021
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