Abel Tasman AquaTaxi
Abel Tasman AquaTaxi
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Experience the breath-taking beauty of the Abel Tasman National Park from the comfort of our purpose-built, eco-friendly water taxis. Whether you're looking for a short walk, a scenic day out, or a multi-day hiking adventure we have an option to suit. AquaTaxi gets you closer to those out-of-the-way spots along the Abel Tasman coastline and to the Park's incredible golden-sand beaches. Let the friendly team at AquaTaxi help you create an itinerary best suited to your needs, time and budget.
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  • Cigogne72
    Issy-les-Moulineaux, France148 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good
    Good organization but the cruise was too speed. We did the same 6 years ago and the skipper provided more informations and the cruise lasted 1h (instead less than 45 minutes this year). Too many tourists right now ?
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 November 2023
  • Youtoo2013
    Tauranga, New Zealand44 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Abel Tasman walk to rave about!
    A big hats off to Abel Tasman Aqua Taxis. Excellent easy to use booking system and good followup service. Service was running right on time with a friendly knowledgeable skipper. Picked up at Anchorage and delivered to Marahau. Overall a very enjoyable experience with professional people!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 December 2023
  • RizzoRules
    Frinton-On-Sea, United Kingdom42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing trip with a great skipper
    We took the afternoon 3 hour scenic cruise round trip from Marahau and had a great time especially with our skipper Vaughn at the helm. We visited several beautiful places on route. Unfortunately there were no seals at the seal colony but Vaughn went out of his way to find one. We also got to see some stingrays and to top it off we saw a pod of around 200 dolphins with some following the boat and jumping in the wake. Absolutely amazing!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 January 2024
  • Flyer18107833096
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Abel Tasman Aqua Taxi Experience
    Excellent service with these guys. The skippers have all the knowledge of the area with the safety factor on point. It was nice to tour through various parts of the Abel Tasman by water as it gives you another perspective after walking it. We got given a deluxe tour of seeing some special places. Thank you.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 30 January 2024
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Voyage124253
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Cruised back from Awaroa to Marahau at the finish of our Abel Tasman walk. Doing the walk years ago, I bussed back to Nelson from Totaranui- this was sooo much better! The tractor back to base at Marahau was a great surprise. The skipper even then took us back to ghe carpark af the start of the track.
We also took an un-planned trip- Bark Bay to Awaroa as some of our group had been struggling. We were lucky and grateful to time it right to meet the boat and there be room to take all 5 of us. However was surprised at the cost- almost the same as the Awaroa to Marahau trip. Note there is almost no cell phone coverage in the park to be able to check timetables or book un-planned sections- print out a timetable beforehand!
Written 22 May 2024
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manysights2see
United, PA32 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
I read the website and called prior to booking to ensure I booked our trip properly. We received a confirmation email with details on when to arrive and where to park. We were not given any indication, that we would get soaked on the taxi. Given that it was a sunny day, we did not wear waterproof pants or take a rain jacket. Wish we had. We were soaked when we were dropped off to start our 2 hour hike. We were not made aware of the level of the hike, even though I inquired prior to booking. It was a beautiful, walk, but we cut in close in making it on time for the return taxi. We were not adequately prepared, due to lack of information.
Written 3 April 2024
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Flyer18107833096
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Excellent service with these guys. The skippers have all the knowledge of the area with the safety factor on point. It was nice to tour through various parts of the Abel Tasman by water as it gives you another perspective after walking it. We got given a deluxe tour of seeing some special places. Thank you.
Written 30 January 2024
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Faith B
Auckland Central, New Zealand1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Views and place amazing, experience with Aqua Taxi not so much. Only do this walk from Bark Bay to Awaroa if you want to RUN and not have any swims at the glorious beaches or stop for a snack!

Went with friends catching the aqua taxi from Totaranui campground to Bark Bay, to do the 3 hour walk to Awaroa but was pretty much impossible to complete in an enjoyable way and got poor service from Aqua Taxi afterwards.

Website and ticket advertises pickup at 10.30 from Totaranui. Boat arrives after 11.15, so we disembarked at Bark Bay 11.45. Skipper tells us pickup is “around” 3pm…that gives us 3 hours to complete a walk that DOC advises can take 3 hours (doesn’t factor in any stops). We did it in about 3h25min, even with a 6 month old baby so we ended up missing our boat back. But basically if they’re only allowing you 3 hours to do a 3 hour walk, you can ONLY do the walk. No swims, no enjoying the scenery, no stopping to take photos, no water breaks, and certainly no beer at the Awaroa Lodge! We ended up having to pay for another taxi back because we missed it by 10 mins and it was disappointing since the morning boat was at least half an hour late so it was a pretty unavoidable delay. I’d think carefully about doing this trip, I think Aqua taxi are trying to squeeze too much in and would be better if the pickup time was later — even if someone finishes the walk quicker, who would mind getting an extra swim and a drink at the lodge at the end while waiting? But it felt rushed and stressful.

Customer service experience afterwards was a disaster with the person my friends spoke to saying “well it was a bit ambitious” to do the walk with a baby, even though a) they had already checked with the company months ago when booking and b) we are 3 fit adults and didn’t even stop to change the baby once, just feed him when we were all having our own lunch. She also suggested other people on our same boat in the morning had made it to the afternoon, but only one couple got dropped off with us at Bark Bay and they were walking to Anchorage (other direction), and didn’t take into account the boat’s lateness in picking us up in the morning. It wasn’t great service and was disappointing because otherwise a gorgeous trip!
Written 28 January 2024
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RizzoRules
Frinton-On-Sea, UK42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We took the afternoon 3 hour scenic cruise round trip from Marahau and had a great time especially with our skipper Vaughn at the helm. We visited several beautiful places on route. Unfortunately there were no seals at the seal colony but Vaughn went out of his way to find one. We also got to see some stingrays and to top it off we saw a pod of around 200 dolphins with some following the boat and jumping in the wake. Absolutely amazing!
Written 23 January 2024
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Youtoo2013
Tauranga, New Zealand44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
A big hats off to Abel Tasman Aqua Taxis. Excellent easy to use booking system and good followup service. Service was running right on time with a friendly knowledgeable skipper. Picked up at Anchorage and delivered to Marahau. Overall a very enjoyable experience with professional people!
Written 19 December 2023
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Cigogne72
Issy-les-Moulineaux, France148 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Good organization but the cruise was too speed.
We did the same 6 years ago and the skipper provided more informations and the cruise lasted 1h (instead less than 45 minutes this year).
Too many tourists right now ?
Written 29 November 2023
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Jim M
Clontarf, Australia7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Great service from all the crew.
Paul was a standout. My wife doesn't do boats very well but felt totally at ease when Paul was at the helm.
Written 26 November 2023
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Andrew S
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Great service. We found out about Abel Tasman AquaTaxi from other trampers who were getting there gear moved from one hut to another My father was struggling with walk after getting sick and we thought we were running low on gas. When we got phone coverage we were able to make arrangements for a gas bottle to be delivered to our next overnight stop and get my father moved from stop to stop via water taxi. We made a couple more changes and the team were very helpful. We received the gas bottle with an extra partly used one thrown in at no charge.
Written 9 October 2023
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Andrea
10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
These guys are quick and efficient however some skippers are friendlier than others which is a pity as they let the team down.
Written 17 April 2023
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