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“National Treasure”

Wilsons Abel Tasman
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Vista Cruise, Water Taxi, Walk, Sea Kayak Abel Tasman National Park, guided and independent Combinations to suit you, year-round. A family business welcoming visitors since 1841! Options from 2 hours to 5 days. 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 multiple NZ Tourism Award winners. Let us take care of the details while you switch off and enjoy.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Lockers / storage, Activities for older children
Reviewed March 1, 2013

Abel Tasman is one of the popular parks in New Zealand with its beautiful beaches and coastline and some great inland bush trails that run parallel to the coastline. Some first rate kayaking is also available in this park.

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HLHAbeltas, Wilsons Team Member at Wilsons Abel Tasman, responded to this reviewResponded March 17, 2013

Thank you for rating our National Treasure

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Reviewed February 27, 2013

We signed up for one of the Wilson’s tours along the coast of Abel Tasman Park, consisting of a water taxi out to one beautiful, golden beach on Barks Bay and a pickup several hours later at another, Medlands Beach. Between the two was a 6.6 km walk along mountainsides, listening to strange and melodious bird calls and examining all sorts of flora new to us. The views of the sea and beaches below were magnificent, and from time to time a small waterfall could be seen. The path contains a little bridge over a beautiful natural pool where one of the rivers is flowing down to the sea, and there is also a swinging bridge high above another river. That one provides a little excitement for anyone afraid of heights, but it is perfectly safe. The hike was about 3 hours, but could have been done in two if we had not stopped for lunch beside that beautiful little pool. And we had an hour of so to lie on the beach awaiting transport back—the boat rides themselves were worth the price. It was the most beautiful little trip we had, from Bay of Islands to this point. Of course, more beauty and magnificence was to come as we journeyed south along the coast on to Milford Sound.

Thank Charlie S
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HLHAbeltas, Wilsons Team Member at Wilsons Abel Tasman, responded to this reviewResponded March 17, 2013

We are so glad you enjoyed your trip, not just with us but throughout New Zealand. Thank you for writing about it.

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Reviewed February 26, 2013

We wanted to ot walk ans iconic part of the track and do the boat trip to the very end to see the ther beaches. After lookng at all the brochures I booked with Wilsons mailh because their brochure presented their information more concisely and eas to read layout with information summarised in point form.
We did the 10.30 water taxi to Torrent Bay to Medlands beach before beng picked o at 1.45pm. We had 2.5 hours to complete the walk, the brochure says 2 hours. We are fit >60 and did the walk in 1.5 hours. We had lunch and sit on the beach before beng picked up at 1.45lm. We boarded the "Vista" boat for a cruise trip to the end of the Abel Tasman to Totaranaui and return to Kaiteriteri. Both the smaller water taxi and laarger boat provided information and & commmentary. The afternoon boat did get very busy on the return journey. Due to low tide, the return to Kaiteriteri had to be. "wet landng" where passengers had to wade knee deep from the boat to Little Kaiteriteri beach. However I noted that the opposition, the Sea Shuttle could land quite easily at Kaiteriteri beach without the need for a wet landIng. That company also seemed to nave less of the "day trippers"

Thank Heather M
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DJWAbelTas, Wilson family at Wilsons Abel Tasman, responded to this reviewResponded March 20, 2013

Thank you for your review. As noted, we are not the only operators in Abel Tasman National Park. We do pride ourselves with offering professional and friendly service and sought-after experiences. Combine this with the quality interior and best views from the upper deck on our purpose built Vista catamaran and, yes, we do get more people enjoying our trips. The Vista does draw a few more inches of water and on a spring low tide can occasionally result in getting your feet wet at Kaiteriteri. Every boat in the National Park will require a wet landing on very low tides at some beaches and sea conditions. We pay this small price to work with nature rather than modify the scenery with wharfs.

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Reviewed February 25, 2013

We had booked a kayak and walking tour with Wilsons, but having read a few somewhat negative reviews, were a bit unsure of what to expect. We were delighted with our day, and with our guide, Emma. We checked in and met Emma, who directed us to the boat to get great top deck seats for the cruise to our bay. She had the kayak and gear ready, gave us our picnic lunches to put in a dry bag, instructed us on kayak procedures and off we went. The rain jackets she provided came in handy as a steady, soft and warm rain started. She pointed out all the baby seals on the rocks, the calm green waters of the estuaries we were able to enter due to the high tides, and the large stingrays warming themselves in the shallow warm waters below us. We stopped for lunch once the rains stopped and it was hearty and very good, with sandwiches, quiche (they call it pie here), apples, brownies, chips and juice. We could not finish them. We continued to kayak at an easy pace, while Emma told us about the area. My husband continued with a walk along the Abel Tasman track with Emma, while I took the ferry back to Kaiteriteri beach to wait for him. Emma was flexible, knowledgeable and very friendly. Wilsons clearly hires people who love what they do.
A large group of German tourists from a nearby cruise ship were coming in from a hike, and we had to wait a while for them. However, the Wilson people operating the multiple ferries and small boats were wonderful. The unusually large numbers were a real challenge clearly, but both my husband and myself felt we got individual attention and a wonderful day.

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HLHAbeltas, Wilsons Team Member at Wilsons Abel Tasman, responded to this reviewResponded March 17, 2013

Thank you for writing such a great review, despite the rain. Have to admit, I was out there serving tea and biscuits to the cruise ship passengers and I didn't notice any rain. I think it only fell on the northern beaches but happily it cleared up and I'm glad you enjoyed your day.

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Reviewed February 21, 2013

My friend and I just returned from a 3 day walk/kayak trip with Wilsons. We had an absolutely brilliant trip..... we had extremely high expectations and the Wilsons team smashed them. Our walking guide Caitlin was incredibly helpful guiding our first day from Totaranui to Awaroa. She was able to cater to everyones needs and we had a spectacular day getting to know more about the Abel Tasman, On the second day we met up with our Kayak guide Shannon who was extremely knowledgeable on the park and kept us all safe without being a kill joy. Our last day was a full day kayaking back to Kaiteriteri which was great fun with a combination of kayaking and rafting up as a group and sailing. Each night we were treated to a gorgeous lodge with fabulous facilities and our hosts cooked up some culinary delights. I'm a tad painful as I'm both gluten and dairy intolerant and both evenings the team catered to my needs with delicious meals including dessert. They had a brilliant wine list which highlighted local wineries. I can not rate this trip highly enough. As kiwi's in our 20's we recommend this trip to all ages and stages. Paradise sprinkled with a little slice of heaven.

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HLHAbeltas, Wilsons Team Member at Wilsons Abel Tasman, responded to this reviewResponded March 17, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to write us a great review. It's lovely to know we are appreciated.

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