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“First-Rate Staff and Experience”

Wilsons Abel Tasman
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Lockers / storage, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 15 April 2018

We took the Adele Island kayak trip and our experience with the Wilson staff was superb--two different agents in the Motueka office, the phone service, the excellent friendly and helpful two people at the mini office in Kaiteriteri, and our kayaking guide, Paddy. Our first reservation was cancelled due to the weather and the Kaiteriteri staff were top-notch in helping us with our options for re-booking. We had cloudy weather (April) for our kayaking, but enjoyed it anyway. Our guide provided a regular stream of helpful and interesting information about the birds, trees, plants, and seals. Paddy also did a great job of connecting personally with all the kayakers throughout the trip. We highly recommend them.

Thank Larry P
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Reviewed 15 April 2018

We got on the boat in Kaiteriteri & headed out in to the Tasman Bay, various points of interest were pointed out, but unfortunately it was not easy to hear the commentary as some people just couldn't stop talking. However we were shown Split Apple Rock, a large granite rock in the sea, that is split down the middle & seals were pointed out to us. We then got off the boat at Tonga Quarry, were granite had been quarried in the early 1900s, (the steps to the Cathedral in Nelson & the Public Trust Building in Wellington are constructed with Tonga granite). We then did a lovely 2 hour walk through wooded headland, over the swing bridge at Bark Bay Falls to sandy Medlands Beach where we were picked up for the return boat trip. All in all a great day.

1  Thank NenNen
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Reviewed 14 April 2018

A boat takes you up the coast and drops you off and one of several beaches, you walk and then you get picked up at another beach at a pre-set time. You choose which beaches for drop-off and pick-up and therefore how long your walk will be.
When the boat starts it takes you to see 'Split Rock' and then some seals lying in the sunshine. We were dropped off at Tonga Quarry Beach and the boat dsappears. The path follows the coast going up and down and then inland for a while. The scenery is stunning with the different vegitation, or coast with the blue sea, but do note that there are some very steep hills up and down, and you need to be fairly fit to manage them. There are toilets available at most coves but it is a deserted area so no shops etc. We got to Medlands Beach with about half an hour before our boat was due. They do clearly tell you that Medlands is at one end of a larger beach, and another traveller was quite confused as to where they should be. The boat turned up 10 minutes early and if all the passengers who should be collected were there, then the boat left early. At another beach the boat waited until the correct time where the passengers only just made it on time . . . so don't be late for your collection!
It was a lovely excursion, walking through fantastic scenery, but it is very hilly and some places are steep.

Thank paulwithcheryl
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Reviewed 12 April 2018

The whole three day walk with transfer transport, accommodation and food was excellent and was superbly organised by the company. Pre-visit planning was clear and accurate and we were so lucky with the weather as well - largely warm sunshine, blue skies and a cooling breeze when required. The boat trip to the start of our walk was a great way to see the coastline for the first time and after disembarking we were able to complete the first part of the trail in a small group led by Erwin who was, throughout the trip, interesting and knowledgeable as well as being very personable. We stayed at two Wilson's lodges, ate hearty and tasty meals and enjoyed the days walking through the forest with regular glimpses of the sea and visits to largely crowd free beaches. Overall this was a super walk, in good company and within a wonderful environment.

1  Thank graeme54-11
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Reviewed 10 April 2018 via mobile

Had the half day kayaking guided tour. Great guide helping is for the kayaking. And a great adventure. Awesome stories as well! Cheers!

Thank Alex W
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