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Level One, 518 Colombo Street
PO Box 7576, Christchurch 8240
0800 SEA SHUTTLE (0800 732 748)
+64 3 527 8688
Abel Tasman Sea Shuttles welcome you into the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park in New Zealand. Enjoy a scenic cruise of the Abel Tasman aboard one of our three purpose built (motorised) Catamaran Water Taxis, with easy walk on access for all age groups.
As a family owned business, Abel Tasman Sea Shuttles prides itself on giving you an experience to remember. Our purpose built water taxis have set the benchmark for visitor transport in the Abel Tasman National Park.
Sit back and relax on one of our Abel Tasman cruises, which depart up to four times daily from the picturesque Kaiteriteri Beach into the majestic Abel Tasman National Park.
Stay onboard our Abel Tasman water taxis for a scenic cruise or disembark at the beach of your choice and enjoy a walk through lush native bush to the next pick up point. You can also choose to go kayaking in the Abel Tasman National Park. Our Abel Tasman water taxi skipper's informative and entertaining commentary will bring the region alive.
Abel Tasman Sea Shuttles have water taxi options to allow you to experience the best our region has on offer. All our Abel Tasman water taxis have toilets on board and plenty of room to move around for photo opportunities. All of our boats have ramps so that you don't have to start your journey with wet feet!
Abel Tasman Sea Shuttles offer marine mammal watching, a variety of cruise/walk, cruise/kayak and cruise/sail options, for all budgets and activity levels and free transfers from Motueka to or from Kaiteriteri Beach.
Free, secure, off-street overnight parking available. For those travelling in a group and wishing to have your own departure, early morning or evening private charters of our Abel Tasman water taxis are available all year round to or from any bay within the Abel Tasman National Park.
Water and Wine – Experience both worlds in one day. Enjoy a full scenic cruise of the Abel Tasman National Park from Kaiteriteri to Totaranui return, view world-famous Split Apple Rock, fur seals, golden beaches and crystal-clear waters along the way.
Sea Kayak and Cruise – A wonderful taste of what this coastline has to offer. In the morning enjoy a guided Abel Tasman National Park kayaking trip along the golden sandy beaches between Marahau and Stephens Bay, then cruise along the beautiful Abel Tasman foreshore before taking a unguided walk to Torrent Bay.
Abel Tasman Sail and Cruise – Depart Kaiteriteri aboard a comfortable sailing catamaran to explore the southern end of the park. Then join the Abel Tasman Sea Shuttle from Anchorage and continue cruising north viewing fur seals on the way.
Seals, Cruise and Kayak – Start your day with a cruise aboard one of our spacious catamarans. On the cruise you will see the famous Split Apple Rock, a seal colony and learn some history of the Abel Tasman National Park. At Onetahuti Beach your two hour bush walk (unguided) begins. It finishes at Bark Bay where you will meet your Abel Tasman National Park kayaking guide.
You will then kayak out to the Pinnacles, where you will have the opportunity to once again have encounters with our inquisitive New Zealand fur seals. If tides permit, we will drift up Falls River, or paddle in Frenchman's lagoon. At historic Anchorage Bay we finish our Abel Tasman National Park kayaking adventure and meet our captain for a relaxing cruise back to Nelson or Kaiteriteri.
This Abel Tasman National Park kayaking and hiking adventure is particularly suitable for families.
There are three main gateways into Abel Tasman National Park—in the south is Marahau and Kaiteriteri, reached by road from Motueka, in the north is Totaranui, reached by road from Takaka in Golden Bay.
Abel Tasman is known for its glittering gold sand beaches, turquoise water and spectacular ocean views. A range of wildlife inhabits the area, including penguins, and there's a seal colony in the Tonga Island Marine Reserve. Regular launch and water taxis provide easy access to the Park from the water.
The Abel Tasman Coastal Track takes three to five days and can be undertaken with or without a guide. There are a number of accommodation facilities ranging from basic Department of Conservation huts and lodges to independently owned lodges with excellent facilities.
Sea kayaking in the Abel Tasman National Park allows you to explore the coast from the water. Freedom camping is an option when over-nighting. Kayak rental operators are based at Marahau, Kaiteriteri and within the park.