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“Discover the Beauty of Abel Tasman Park”

Wilsons Abel Tasman
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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: Lockers / storage, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
near Hamilton
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
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“Discover the Beauty of Abel Tasman Park”
Reviewed March 9, 2009

This is an awesome holiday spot for all tourists who enjoy getting away into unspoilt, beautiful, isolated places. We spent 3 days exploring and walking and sunbathing in the little golden bays. One day a dolphin swam with our boat, another we saw fur seals with their babies. Kayaking is also a great way to see the park and get into the more remote places.
We stayed in Kaiteri Lodge just outside the park and went in each day by boat to different starting places. At the end of the day, the boat picked us up. Other people did the whole walk in 3 days from top to bottom and camped along the way. Boats can take your back packs for you.
We came away feeling as if we'd been in a back-to-nature, isolated place away from our normal busy lives.

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“Abel tasman kayaking”
Reviewed February 11, 2009

We spent three sun drenched days kayaking and walking Abel Tasman with the guidance of Wilsons. The experience was fantastic and a must for all ages. The guides were professional and friendly, food was extremely good and the lodge accommodation well above expectations. We were able to go at our own pace and had ample time for sightseeing. Saw plenty of seals, a few penguins and fish jumping, also enjoyed the walking part of the trip with our Guide pointing out interesting flora and other features along the way. A must do if you get to this part of the world whatever your age.

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Broomfield, Colorado
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“Wilson's Kayaking in Abel Tasman”
Reviewed February 8, 2009

We took a day long kayaking trip in Able Tasman with Wilson's. There were 3 couples plus 2 guides. The guides were very good! After a water taxi ride from Kaiteriteri to where we picked up the kayaks, the guides gave us a complete safety briefing which turned out to be very important. We kayaked for a couple hours to our lunch spot. We saw lots of seals along the way. Lunch was tasty and plenty of food. After lunch as we were heading back, we sailed - we held the 3 kayaks together and held up a square piece of cloth that acted as a sail. This kept us from getting overly tired on the way back. Unfortunately, after our sail, my husband and I capsized our kayak. It was totally my fault. The good news is because of the safety briefing, we knew what to do. The guides quickly helped us back into the kayak and we were no worse for the wear. All of our stuff in the dry bags stayed dry. Once we got back to the end point of the trip, we had a hot shower and were given the biggest cup of hot tea I have ever seen. Then it was back on the water taxi to Kaiteriteri.

This trip was wonderful and exactly what our travel agent told us it would be. Truthfully, I wish I had taken a combination kayaking and hiking trip, but my travel agent did not make us aware of that option.

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“Sea kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park”
Reviewed December 25, 2008

Wilson's were magnificent. We booked three hours kayaking, lunch, then a boat trip to sea seals, then an hour and a half walking through the park. We were then picked up by water taxi and taken back to Kaiteriteri.
This was truly spectacular. The scenery is wonderful, the guides friendly, very informative, and great fun.
The size of the group was just right.
The picnic lunch was just lovely. A perfect day.

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