Sea Shuttle welcomes you into the Abel Tasman National Park, we are a locally owned transport & adventure tourism operator with purpose built catamarans and we specialise in taking clients into the Abel Tasman National Park by boat with our customized fleet of ferries and with our sea kayak company. It’s an exciting maritime environment and our team take pride in teaching our guests about the area, including the history, landscapes and creatures within it.
We are based in picturesque Kaiteriteri, with it’s stunning beach and proximity to the Abel Tasman National Park making it a mecca for kiwis and internationals alike! Sit back and relax as we depart from picturesque Kaiteriteri Beach, and seasonally from Nelson City, on a scenic cruise or walk into the Abel Tasman National Park. View world-famous Split Apple Rock, New Zealand Fur Seals and wildlife.
Our Number One Abel Tasman National Park Cruise! You get to enjoy the beaches and wildlife, and have a walk through some of the stunning forest the park has to offer!. Our famous Discoverer Day is the ultimate boat cruise and walk combination in the Abel Tasman National Park.
With three different walk options, the Discoverer Day offers all the best the Abel Tasman has to offer with a Full Park Scenic Cruise, visits to Split Apple Rock and a Fur Seal colony, golden beaches, forest walking and wildlife encounters all in one superb day out.
FREE bus transfer from Nelson and Motueka for 9:00 sailing.
BOOK NOW – Option A: Astrolabe Beaches and Bays
Walking Distance: 7 km – Walking Time: 2.5 hours
Details: Following a Full Park Scenic Cruise, drop-off at Apple Tree Bay at 12:00 for a walk through to fabulous Anchorage Beach with time to visit five different beaches along the way. There is also the option to add the 1 hour Pitt Head loop track to Te Pukatea beach. A great choice for beach lovers!
Pick-up from Anchorage 3:45pm or 5:00pm**. Arrive in Kaiteriteri 4:30pm or 5:30pm**
BOOK NOW – Option B: Forest and Swing-Bridge
Walking Distance: 10.5 km – Walking Time: 4 hours
Details: Following a Full Park Scenic Cruise, drop-off at Medlands Beach at 11:30 for a rewarding and varied walk to Anchorage Beach including the scenic highlights of the South Head lookout, the famous Falls River swing-bridge and Cleopatra’s Pool. Pick-up from Anchorage 3:45 or 5:00pm**. Arrive in Kaiteriteri 4:30pm 0r 5:30pm**
BOOK NOW – Option C: Five Beaches
Walking Distance: 8.8 km Walking Time: 3.5 hours
Details: Following a Full Park Scenic Cruise, drop-off at Awaroa at 11:00 and enjoy Five Beaches between Awaroa and your pick-up at Medlands Beach. This walk also features the option of stopping at the Peppers Awaroa Lodge Cafe, excellent views and native forests as well as a waterfall and lagoon at Bark Bay. A steep climb from Tonga Quarry requires a reasonable level of fitness.
Pick-up from Medlands Beach 3:30pm or 4:45pm*. Arrive in Kaiteriteri 4:30pm or 5:30pm
Catch the boat to Medlands Beach, viewing Fur Seals on the way, enjoy a forest walk right in the heart of the Park and take in the views from the Falls River bridge .
About this trip:
This tour departs from Kaiteriteri at 9:00 or 10:30*. Dropping-off at Medlands Beach at 10:00 or 11:30 you head south for Anchorage Bay. There is a short side track to the South Head Lookout, a short (but steep) side track leading to the secluded Sandfly Bay which is well worth a visit, and excellent views from the famous Falls River bridge where you may see kayakers or seals in the river below. The track continues through native forest, arriving at Torrent Bay where there are high and low tide tracks to Anchorage Bay. Check with Sea Shuttle staff for tide information. The high tide track is longer, more scenic, and offers access to the lovely Cleopatra’s Pool.
Walking Time: 3.5 – 4 Hours recommended to take a light day pack with water.
This is graded as a comfortable walk.
Take our informative cruise to Awaroa. Relax on the beach and enjoy a delicious lunch (additional cost) and the hospitality at *Awaroa Lodge and Cafe. Get picked up again at Awaroa or at your leisure, hike through native forest to Tonga Quarry (1.5 hours). A highlight – new boardwalk and bridges over Richardson Stream.
*The Awaroa Lodge and Café is seasonal. closed from May to October*.
A great family option! Depart Kaiteriteri for Anchorage and relax on the beach. Enjoy a one hour return walk to Te Pukatea Bay; a 1½ hour return walk to Pitt Head to view the lighthouse and panoramic views, or from Anchorage – walk to Cleopatra’s Pool. This is graded as a comfortable walk.
A great family option. Starting out from Kaiteriteri this tour takes you to Anchorage for a relax on the beach or you have the choice of several short walks:
For those short on time & still want to see the best of the Abel Tasman National Park, this trip is for you! You can experience a LOT in a couple of hours with us. Sit back and relax as we depart from picturesque Kaiteriteri Beach on a scenic cruise right into the bays, islands and beaches of the majestic Abel Tasman National Park.
You’ll get a chance to see and photograph the world-famous Split Apple Rock from close up, see native Fur Seals (Kekeno) in their natural habitat, marvel at the golden sands and the turquoise waters of the Astrolabe Roadstead, Anchorage, Bark Bay and Medlands beach all before you return to Kaiteriteri. This is a great cruise for all ages.
How about you just sit back and relax as we depart from picturesque Kaiteriteri Beach on a scenic cruise right into the bays, islands and beaches of the majestic Abel Tasman National Park.
You’ll get a chance to see and photograph the world-famous Split Apple Rock from close up, see native Fur Seals (Kekeno) in their natural habitat, marvel at the golden sands and the turquoise waters of the Astrolabe Roadstead, Anchorage, Bark Bay and Medlands beach and as far north as Totaranui all before you return to Kaiteriteri.
Looking at walking the full Abel Tasman National Park track? Our innovative and comfortable catamarans can take you to where you need to go in the Abel Tasman National Park.
The Abel Tasman Track is one of New Zealand’s finest. With rich, golden sand and bush to the beaches, it really is a subtropical paradise.
Abel Tasman Sea Shuttle provides water taxi options to allow you to experience the best our region has on offer with a ‘no fuss’ approach to your needs and desires. All our boats have toilets on board and plenty of room to move around for photo opportunities. Our boats all have ramps designed and built by our team so that you don’t have to start your journey with wet feet!
Our innovative vessels are designed and built by our team specifically for the Abel Tasman National Park and it’s sometimes often shallow waters. Drawing just 700mm of water our vessels are designed to minimise disruption to the seabed and beaches of the Abel Tasman National Park.
The Abel Tasman Track is accessible from Nelson City as we provide a daily service from Nelson City via coach.