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Wilsons Abel Tasman

Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand
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About Wilsons Abel Tasman
Vista Cruise, Water Taxi, Walk, Sea Kayak and Beachfront Lodges in Abel Tasman National Park. Guided and self-guided Combinations to suit you, year-round. A family business welcoming visitors since 1841! Options from 2 hours to 5 days. Overnight at Torrent Bay Lodge or Meadowbank Homestead – Awaroa on the beachfront within Park boundaries. Ensuite accommodation, fine food, no heavy packs to carry. Travel with multiple NZ Tourism Award winners. Let us take care of the details so you can switch off and enjoy. Relax! Life just seems better here.
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GaryandLesleyTravel wrote a review Jun 2021
Auckland Central, New Zealand4920 contributions394 helpful votes
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Leaving and returning to Kaiteriteri the VISTA - Great day out boat cruise gave us a great introduction to the National park. Leaving at 9.20am and travelling along the coast as far as Totaranui (stopping to view Split rock and the NZ Fur seal colony) before returning and letting us off the boat at Tonga Quarry where we completed the native bush walk (90 mins) across the headland and Bark bay beach before being collected at Medlands beach for the final trip back to Kaiteriteri. Great service and on board commentary by the on crew, organised, professional and on time. Hot and cold drinks and light food available on board. Pre purchased lunches also available.
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Glenys S wrote a review May 2021
New Plymouth, New Zealand8 contributions
Lack of narration on this trip. Given a pamphlet and had to try and guess where you were and read the blurb. Seating very uncomfortable. Not good value for money
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Response from DJWAbelTas, Wilson Family Member at Wilsons Abel Tasman
Responded 23 May 2021
We are sorry your trip didn’t meet your expectations. At times, due to reduced to traveller numbers in this era of Covid disruption, we have chosen to run smaller vessels so we can continue to offer this service over the winter. There is a more personal experience with the skipper stopping and talking to passengers at key points along the way. The Interpretation and Trail Guide map that we give all passengers is usually appreciated as a useful resource.
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LittleBlondeChick wrote a review May 2021
Auckland Central, New Zealand21 contributions12 helpful votes
Did the 3 day walk with Wilsons - everything was excellent, well-organised, knowledgable and friendly guides, good lodges and great food. Pick-ups and drop-off transfers as arranged and the promised bag was awaiting me at my Nelson accommodation. The track itself is not a hard walk, although there are a few hills, but you are only carrying your day pack, so no real issues at all. I didn't take my walking poles and I didn't regret that decision. Wilson's made everything very easy - great service from the point of booking online, through to being dropped off at the end. Would highly recommend
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from HLHAbeltas, Wilson Team Member at Wilsons Abel Tasman
Responded 23 May 2021
Thank you for a lovely review, and for recommending us.
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Wayne K wrote a review May 2021
Hamilton, New Zealand1264 contributions333 helpful votes
Well organised trip and they couldn't help the huge amount of rain for the 1st day (we had to do the trip south to north because of boat access to Totaranui). I think starting at the south is better - leaves the short day to the end when you may be more tired. Lodges were comfortable but the shower at the Meadowbank House (upstairs) was pitiful. Good food throughout, quality and quantity were good for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Helpful and knowledgeable guides. The trip isn't too strenuous and the track was in good condition. Warning - the plastic bags that they give you for putting your clothes in (for the nights) to make sure they stay dry have 4 little holes in the bottom. If you don't allow for this, and get lots of rain and have to carry a night's clothes (because the boat can't get your night bag into the lodge) in the small packs they supply you may end up with absolutely sodden 'dry' clothes. Wasn't fun and a really silly idea to have a 'dry bag' with holes in it.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from HLHAbeltas, Wilson Team Member at Wilsons Abel Tasman
Responded 23 May 2021
Thank you for your feedback and review. It seems you were on the same trip as julia s. when we experienced exceptionally heavy rain, unusual for this region. If everyone arrives at the lodge and turns showers on at the same time, it will reduce water pressure. By law, our suppliers are not permitted to sell large plastic bags without holes to minimise the chance of children suffocating themselves. The back packs we have available to borrow have pack covers that are often forgotten because we rarely experience such heavy rain. We appreciate your feedback, and have updated our pre-trip briefing to deal with the points you make.
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CelesteF wrote a review May 2021
Auckland, New Zealand5 contributions
I cannot speak more highly of our recent experience walking the Abel Tasman Track with Wilsons. Their customer service exceeded all expectations as did the absolute beauty of this national park. Amazing accommodation, incredible food, knowledgeable staff who went above and beyond (AJ, Sarah and Paddy). I have recommended this trip to so many friends and family who have already booked with Wilsons!
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from HLHAbeltas, Wilson Team Member at Wilsons Abel Tasman
Responded 23 May 2021
Thank you for your review, and great to hear you will be able to share stories with your friends and family.
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