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We did the 5 day guided walk/kayak trip with several families (10 adults & 13 children aged 9-16yrs) and had the entire trip booked as our own private group.
I cannot recommend Wilson’s Abel Tasman highly enough. The whole experience was outstanding from start to finish. The communication with the reservations staff was very professional, friendly and patient when dealing with a group our size. They were very helpful and made sure we had all the information we needed, so the entire trip ran extremely smoothly, it was exceptionally well organised, we didn’t have to worry about a thing.
The lodge at both Awaroa and Torrent Bay was very comfortable and relaxing and the food at both was delicious with a variety of choices. The staff were also very accomodating when we wanted to change a few options to cater more for the children.
Our guides Miles, Karina and AJ were fantastic!
Very knowledgeable, friendly, encouraging and engaging. The kids loved the beach games that were arranged on our day off in Torrent Bay and the beach/water balls kept the kids occupied and entertained for hours. The Mums also enjoyed the yoga session which Karina put on for us too, very relaxing. We appreciated all the options our guides gave us, really made the trip so memorable.
As for the scenery of the Abel Tasman, it is absolutely stunning!! An incredible part of NZ and we feel very lucky to have experienced amazing weather during our trip, so we were able to enjoy the gorgeous beaches, sunsets and sea kayaking.
Thank you Wilson’s Crew for an unforgettable experience!
From the ChanKayakers
Thank you so much for your wonderful review. The team specialises in tailoring each day to suit every group so it's always good to hear it is appreciated.
Incredibly blessed to call this place our home. We travel the world in hope that we see such beauty, and it’s right here in our own backyard.
Wilson’s Abel Tasman - highly recommend!!
Well organized, food amazing including packed lunches on the go as you venture out for the day trekking the well formed tracks of the Abel Tasman National Park.
Accommodation: big tick on accom facilities -
Meadowbank lodge and Torrent Bay lodge ❤️
Our guides Phil & Caleb were brilliant! Engaging, knowledgeable, down to earth and professional.
We are hooked on coming back!!
Thank you for such a lovely review. We hope to welcome you back soon.
3 day self guided walk. We were fortunate to have stunning weather and the Abel
tasman is definitely one of nzs jewels.
We especially liked torrent bay lodge dining, lounge and outdoor area. its pure beachfront.
We had a few things that could be improved. The beer and scallop pie were lukewarm. I like my beer cold and pie heated. Actually, i like hot meals hot!
It seems that everyone is paying different prices for the trip. We paid exactly the same price as guided 3 day - shoulder season $1350. But some on our trip got deals through various sources including one on grab one for a little over $850 each. Others got deals $1050 each. Ironically the best rooms at the front of torrent bay lodge went to those who got the cheapest deals. We unfortunately got a bedroom above the kitchen. And were woken at 5.30 with staff moving around and then full on prep from around 6am. Definitely request a room not near or above kitchen when you book.
The other thing which was disappointing is that there was no afternoon tea when you arrived at the lodge. So after 18km walk people arrived mid afternoon and were drinking alcohol with no food. A scone or muffin or cheeseboard not even peanuts or crisps to purchase would be great. We had nearly eaten our arms off by 5,30pm each day when nibbles were served.
one of the other people in our group advised they removed the electric blanket from their bed - a really good move and i wish i had done this. the electric blanket was too small for the bed so the hard plastic cord attachment was very uncomfortable.
The good aspects is that all the staff were fantastic and helpful. The lodges are in absolutely stunning locations. Torrent bay lodge has comfortable outdoor dining and lounge area and wrap around windows in the lounge area. It was purebeach front. Sunrise and sunset were worth waiting for. The two front beach upstairs rooms looked to be the best choice of rooms.
The flexibility of travelling is great - you can get wilsons water shuttle arranged if you arent able to walk any of the sections. This makes the experience achieveable for all.
It’s a great comfortable way to see the park with lots of options available as well. But while some little things could be improved, its worth doing.
Thank you for joining us. We share your delight in Torrent Bay Lodge. Our other lodge, Meadowbank Homestead at Awaroa, competes in popularity with its grander setting and heritage.
Having operated guided trips for almost 40 years, we are still developing our self-guided trips. No radio contact with the lodges means that guest arrival times can vary considerably. Groups traditionally arrived around 4pm but self-guided walkers not willing to take the time and absorb the delights of our golden beaches and diverse forest can arrive as early at 1pm.
Visitors used to modern comforts often don’t understand what compromise is required to live off the grid. In our pursuit of carbon neutrality and sustainability, we reduce all non essential power use. Our bar fridges are not run through the day, programmed to turn on at 3 pm. We plan to install more photovoltaic generation, and more energy-efficient fridges to allow us to chill drinks earlier in the day.
Both lodges have self service areas for hot drinks, juice, water and cookies to sustain walkers through to pre-dinner drinks and nibbles. Our hosts will make this clearer when early guests arrive.
We cannot explain the cold pie. They are heated just prior to serving. Our chef could have fixed the problem if you had commented at the time.
This is the first negative feedback we have received about heat pads on the beds. Electric blankets require a specialised style to operate off-grid, with a removable power cord to allow for off-site washing. The ‘lump’ you refer to is a sophisticated controller that measures and regulates the bed temperature so it doesn’t use power continuously. To ensure further comfort, hygiene and safety this is nestled under a mattress topper pad and sheet.
Variable pricing is a common feature of travel and accommodation. To use resources most efficiently and assist with planning staffing levels we offer Early Bird deals. We also had some deals running to inspire commitment to a trip during the uncertain time of the Covid lockdown. Room allocation is done on the basis of those booking first having first choice as we work through best available room configuration
Your feedback is valuable to us, and our teams are working on the points you mention.
It was a wonderful experience. Great guides Jack and Phil who were very informative and fun. The lodges, food and wine was exceptional and the accomodation amazing. A few things to take note of to potentially make your experience better
1/ We had attrocious bad weather on our first day so the boat could not drop off our night bag at the lodge which would have been ok as they warned us to take a change of clothing. However, the inner waterproof bags of our day packs they gave us to keep our contents dry did the reverse. There are small holes punched in them (apparently for health and safety) that draw in water that leaks through into your clothing. Many of us arrived at the lodge with wet gear inside. The drying rooms do not have the capacity to dry much so please take your own inner plastic bag to protect your clothing and overnight things. 2/ We did the guided walk and the guides were great However, with only one guide one day, we decided we wanted to go a quicker pace than the others so decided to self guide. I would suggest that anyone doing the guided walk also joins the unguided briefing as there are tips on shortcuts and finding lodges etc that we found very tricky doing it ourselves.... A great trip anyway.
Thank you for the great feedback and review. Torrential rain is rare in the Tasman region, but we are now aware of the problem created by the small holes in our plastic bag liners. 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. It is good advice to bring your own plastic bags if you are expecting very wet weather.
We completed the 3 Day guided walk with Wilson’s Abel Tasman. Our guide Sylvan knew lots of stories about the area and flora and fauna. Well organised with great accommodation and food. Lunch stops had time for swimming along with eating. Beautiful bays and inlets along the walk through native forest. Highly recommend.
Thank you for your review. It captures how our guides add to the experience.
We were a couple with minimal walking experience and opted for a guided three day trek. Wilson’s were professional in all aspects providing a seamless and quality service. The lodges and food were of a high standard. The park itself simply stunning. What made the trip was the relaxed yet vigilant approach of our walking guide Phil who constantly added to the experience by pointing out items of interest and providing snippets of history. The absolute highlight was seeing a Kaka doing its thing in the bush as we passed by.
This was a great introduction to multi day walking.
Thank you. We're glad you enjoyed the guided experience.