Kayak New Zealand
top of the South Island
March 10 - 18, 2018
Abel Tasman National Park
and Marlborough Sounds
Sheltered coves and islands offer some the best sea kayaking territory in the world. Abel Tasman National Park is home to New Zealand Fur Seals and a wealth of birdlife, including the Little Blue Penguin. The Marlborough Sounds encompasses 20% of New Zealand’s total coastline. Within the area is pristine native forest
– ranging from towering 800-year old rimu trees, to lush punga tree ferns and beautiful native orchids. The myriad of bays, coves and inlets are perfect for exploring by kayak.
The Abel Tasman Coast Track winds through sunny forest groves, tranquil fern grottos and along pristine, golden beaches perfect for walking and swimming.
For the first time, Freedom Outdoors offers you the opportunity to experience these adjacent waterways over 9 unforgettable days, hosted by Tony Carr, who grew up in the South Island and knows the area well.
Accommodation and meals at quality hotels, motels and lodges – no camping.
Seals, dolphins and penguins a common sight.
Special presentation by Darryl Wilson, CEO of Wilsons Abel Tasman, on the astonishing Maori and European history of the area.
Scenic cruise along the length of the spectacular Abel Tasman coastline.
Perfect mix of kayaking to islands and beaches and bushwalking on pristine trails.
All modern, top quality kayak gear supplied with full instruction and safety briefing.
The personal involvement of Tony and local guide Tim Graham who has looked after many of our groups in Fiji and New Zealand.
Every day is different - every day is special.
Includes superior lodge and hotel accommodation, most meals, kayaks, & guiding. A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is required to secure your booking. Balance due January 10, 2018.
9 days just $3095
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Booking and Payment Procedures:
A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is required to secure your booking. Balance payable by January 10, 2018 - $2,595. Please pay your deposit online here. We will then email you bank details for the balance.
If you do not bank electronically, payment may be made at any Westpac branch or by cheque (add $5 for processing). No credit card payments for balance. Limited numbers – allocations strictly in order deposit received.
Cancellations must be advised in writing to Freedom Outdoors – cancellations notified on or after January 10, 50% of total package cost. Cancellations notified on or after February 10, no refund.
… and other things you should know.
Should you decide to voluntarily alter your travel arrangements after the commencement of your trip, Freedom Outdoors is not responsible for any additional costs you may incur. Costs as published are based on the $NZ exchange rate at September 14, 2017. Should the NZ dollar appreciate by more than 5% before departure, a surcharge may be payable. While we are confident demand for this trip will be strong, if fewer than 10 people register, Freedom Outdoors may choose not to proceed. If the trip is cancelled, all monies paid will be refunded, including your deposit.
Australian health insurance is generally not valid in New Zealand. We strongly recommend you take out a personal insurance policy to cover sickness, accident, loss of baggage, trip cancellation due to weather or any other reason and in the unlikely event you need emergency evacuation by plane or helicopter due to illness or accident.
Your personal safety on the water is always our top priority. For that reason, it may be necessary to alter, substitute or abandon planned itineraries without advance warning. If conditions on the water are not suitable for kayaking our local partners may substitute walks. All paddlers must wear PFDs (supplied) while on the water. Trip guides will decide on safety matters, coordinate the group and advise changes. No compensation will be paid should itinerary changes be necessary. Guides will carry a first aid kit and have Senior First Aid Certification, however no doctor will accompany the group. You should ensure you are in sufficiently good health and are of at least average fitness. Guides cannot provide prescription medication. It is your responsibility to bring sufficient quantities of any specific medications you require. Those with particular dietary requirements (eg vegetarian) will be catered for. It’s a good idea to have a check-up prior to departure. Please advise any specific dietary requirements. The planned route involves remote locations and paddling on consecutive days. We strongly recommend you undertake at least three Freedom Outdoors day paddles in the three months leading up to the trip and that you attend one of the company’s Skills Workshops. The fitter you are and the more aware you are of paddling technique, the better you will enjoy the trip.
This trip is not suitable for children under 14 years of age. All participants will be required to sign the standard Freedom Outdoors Risk Waiver document. Inappropriate behaviour may result in you being required to leave the trip without compensation. Neither we nor our partners will not be liable for any injury, damage, loss, accident delay or irregularity which may be occasioned, either by reason of weather, or any defect in a vehicle, vessel or through acts or defaults of any company or persons engaged in conveying passengers in or carrying out tour arrangements. There will be no shopping opportunities once we start paddling so you should bring everything you need. Freedom Outdoors has for sale suitable dry bags, kayaking gloves and kayak shoes, which should be purchased before departure from Sydney. We recommend you bring a camera that is waterproof. Freedom Outdoors is not a travel agency. From the monies transferred by you to us, we pay the companies providing the services in New Zealand and retain an amount to cover the administration of your booking in Sydney.