Abel Tasman National Park is a scenic highlight of the Nelson-Marlborough region. But if you’re pressed for time and can’t spend multiple days hiking the park, this day trip packs a lot into the few hours you have available. Cruise around Split Apple Rock and then anchor at Tonga Island Marine Reserve. Once there, take the opportunity to explore the Park on your own terms: go snorkeling by the beach, take a kayak down the coast, or disembark and hike along the Pitt Head loop overlooking Te Pukatea Bay.
Keep an eye out for local wildlife, including fur seals, penguins, and even dolphins
Lunch is served on board, and drinks and refreshments are available throughout
Save some cash at the dive shop: use the cruise’s free snorkels and kayaks
Take advantage of a mid-afternoon departure time to get a sleep-in
Emma, our skipper, was great. She ensured a smooth day of sailing and introduced Abel Tasman. Our boat had 6 people so it was very comfortable. We did a short and longer hike (45min). Great views. We also enjoyed a fantastic lunch on board.