Marahau is located about an hour’s drive from Nelson and is a great base to explore the Abel Tasman National Park with its numerous marine, wildlife and nature based activities.
Drive the short distance from Marahau to Kaiteriteri Beach, the starting point for your Swing Bridge, Bush and Beach cruise and walk. Cruise into the heart of Abel Tasman National Park, pausing at Anchorage to view your destination. Continue to Medlands Beach where you disembark. Walk the most varied section of the Abel Tasman Coastal Track, around the spectacular Torrent Bay estuary to the golden sands of Anchorage Beach.
The track weaves through sunny groves of Manuka and fern between breathtaking views of the granite coast and lush gullies of mature forest, to reach tranquil forest pools (maximum elevation 105 metres/340 ft). Cross the rushing Falls River by an impressive swing bridge. At Anchorage rejoin your boat & cruise back to Kaiteriteri arriving at 5.45pm.
Your half-day guided kayak tour paddling between Marahau and Watering Cove (approximately three hours) takes you through the safe, sheltered and scenic southern reaches of the Abel Tasman. Home to more than a dozen beautiful golden beaches, two islands, several sea caves, reefs and tidal lagoons, this area a delight to sea kayak. After your kayak take an easy unguided walk (approx three hours) through native fern gullies and bush clad headlands back to Marahau and your accommodation.
Your stay is at the Ocean View Chalets in Marahau at the southern entrance to the Abel Tasman National Park. These beautiful, natural timber chalets are set on an elevated position on a 50 acre farmlet in a peaceful bush setting with panoramic sea views. Each chalet provides you with self-contained accommodation but is located close to the local restaurants and cafes in Marahau.
- Category: Adventure Holiday
- From: Nelson to Nelson
- Duration: 4 Days
- Valid: 10 Mar 2016 to 30 Apr 2017
- Tour Code: SBNSN4A
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- Day1On arrival, please collect your rental car and make your way to Marahau. The rest of today is at leisure to enjoy the local sights.
- Day2Drive to Kaiteriteri Beach this morning for the start of your full day Swing Bridge, Bush and Beach cruise and walk excursion in the Abel Tasman National Park.
- Day3 Another full day exploring the Abel Tasman National Park by kayak and on foot.
- Day4Free time for some last minute sightseeing before returning your rental car & departing Nelson for your next destination.
Short Break Inclusions
- 3 nights self-contained accommodation at the Ocean View Chalets
- Optional Buffet breakfasts daily
- 4 days rental of 1.8L Toyota Corolla or similar (other car categories available on request)
- GPS Navigation unit
- Unlimited kms and vehicle insurance (excess applies)
- Full day Kayak, Seals & Walk tour
Short Break Exclusions & Extras
Additional travel arrangements can be organised by Relaxing Journeys based on your requirements. International & domestic flights within New Zealand are not included in this package price.
Short Break Small Print
Valid for the following travel periods:
- 10th March 2016 to 30th September 2016 (NZ $728 pp)
- 1st October 2016 to 30th April 2017 (NZ $779 pp)
Accommodation & activities are offered subject to availability at the time of booking. A credit card deposit is required to secure a booking. Please refer to our booking terms and conditions.
Frequently Asked Questions
If I want check availability on this short break what do I do?
Relaxing Journeys needs to confirm availability and provide you with an emailed quote based on the number of people travelling & room type. Select your start date on the right and complete our 'Request Quote' form and one of our tour consultants will be in touch within 24 hours (during business hours).
Isn't it cheaper just to book it all ourselves?
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What happens after I 'Check Availability'?
Your dedicated tour consultant will email you through a quote. If it looks good, then full payment is required to confirm the booking (within 45 days) or a deposit of $100 per person is required outside this period. This must be paid by credit card (Visa or Mastercard only). We do not charge credit card fees on our short break packages. If the properties listed in the holiday package are unavailable at this time, we will provide you with alternatives until you are happy.
Can I book this short break if I'm not in NZ, and how do I pay?
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Can I book things like internal flights & car hire to go with my short break if it's not included?
Some short break packages do not include (or may not require) a hire car, or internal flights. Relaxing Journeys can organise these extras for you and include them in your quote if you wish - or you can just book the short break 'as is', and organise everything else yourself. These extras can be requested after choosing your date and clicking 'Confirm Availability' on the right of this page.
What about airport transfers? If not, what would you recommend we do on arrival?
The cost of getting to & from the airport to your accommodation is generally not included, although on some occasions it is, in which case we have specifcally mentioned it in the itinerary. There are always plenty of taxis or shuttles waiting at the airport. You also have the option in most cases to catch a bus into the city centres.
What happens once I have booked my short break?
Once your deposit has been paid and you have received your deposit confirmation, we will organise your short break and when completed (normally within 48 hours) we will email you confirmation. When you pay your balance (45 days before the start date) we will email you a 'Short Break Voucher' shortly after along with your arrival information and everything else you need. Print this off and take it with you to NZ.
What happens once I have booked my short break?
Your deposit is non-refundable. Relaxing Journeys would have already booked and confirmed all the components of your holiday and we will have to cancel everything and adhere to each suppliers cancellation policy. Should it become necessary for you to cancel your reservation 45 days or more prior to departure date, your deposit only shall be forfeited. Cancellations made within 45 days of departure date will incur the following charges: (Expressed as a percentage of the confirmed tour & holiday price plus your deposit).
44-22 days prior to departure - 25%
21-10 days prior to departure - 35%
9 days or less prior to departure - 50%
Why should I book this short break with Relaxing Journeys?
That's a no-brainer! All of the short break holidays on our website are exclusive and unique to Relaxing Journeys. We are New Zealands' leading inbound touring specialist, with an in-depth knowledge of New Zealand and it's regions. Our expertise will ensure your New Zealand holiday is second to none, and we have locals on the ground in NZ in case anything needs attending to while you are here.