Coastal kayaks in Abel Tasman
Explore the truly beautiful coastal Abel Tasman National Park with a day’s kayak hire, priced from $85 each, or pay $105 each to kayak from Marahau to Anchorage, see the resident seals and take a water-taxiride before walking a stretch of the Abel Tasman track, surrounded by native birdsong. Marahau is about an hour’s drive from Nelson or you can cross over Tasman Bay by ferry.
Contact: R&R Kayaks at Marahau, freephone 0508 223 224, email [email protected] or book online at rrkayaks.co.nz
On the trail of a whale in Kaikoura
Kaikōura was the first community in New Zealand (and second in the world) to achieve Benchmark Status and Certification Status through the EarthCheck Sustainable Destinations Programme. One of the coastal town’s best known adventures is Whale Watch. As New Zealand’s only vessel-based whale-watching company, Whale Watch takes its passengers to sea for up-close encounters with the giant sperm whale, and the company guarantees an 80 per cent refund if a tour does not see a whale. Children under 3 are not permitted on the tour. Family and group discounts are available. Nearby accommodation options are plentiful and before your visit is over, you can purchase a native tree through Trees for Travellers which will be planted locally (iwk.org.nz/trees-for-travellers).
Contact: kaikoura.co.nz/stay forgottenworldadventures.co.nz/routes-and-trails/ and whalewatch.co.nz, email [email protected] or
freephone 0800 655 121
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