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3 Day guided hike and kayak was amazing!

Our experience was top notch in every respect. We did a three day trip. Wilson's picked us up at... read more

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Reviewed 20 March 2023 via mobile

My son who is 12 years old and I, just finished the Wilson’s Abel Tasman self guided 3 day hike! Wow what an incredible experience. Our host/guide Phil was exceptional, kind, communicative and with a great sense of humour. He kept us up to speed with everything and pointed our things of interest. The lodging was also exceptional and the food first class! Our packed lunches were delicious - everything very well organized.

The scenery and wild life were some of the best in the world - beyond gorgeous - white sandy beaches! My son and hiked from Totaranui (heading north) to Anapai Bay on the first day. We had lunch and the entire beach to ourselves - just magical! We wore hiking boots - probably would have been better in sneakers - especially for my son! Some of the group did kayaking on the second day - I will definitely book this in the future as it gives your feet and legs a rest and allows you to explore the coastline!

In a nutshell - I would highly recommend this adventure - either as a single, couple, group or with kids (although I think 12 and older is the ideal age). Wilson’s was well organized, professional and allows you to truly enjoy the journey - without carrying tents and cooking supplies etc!

This was truly a trip that my son and I will remember for many years to come! Thank you Wilson’s and Phil!

Date of experience: March 2023
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HLHAbeltas, Wilson Team Member at Wilsons Abel Tasman, responded to this reviewResponded 2 June 2023

Thank you for reviewing us. We hope to see you and your son again.

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Reviewed 16 March 2023 via mobile

Booked this as a tour. All it was is a water taxi dropping people at different places along the coast.
We were packed on like sardines until people started departing.
I originally booked the BBQ lunch tour which had been pulled from the services, therefore left with the 9:20 so called tour.
Very Disappointed.

Date of experience: March 2023
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HLHAbeltas, Wilson Team Member at Wilsons Abel Tasman, responded to this reviewResponded 2 June 2023

We're sorry your trip with us didn't meet your expectations. March is a very busy time of year and many people would have disembarked after the first 30 minutes of the cruise. The reservations team would have explained why the BBQ lunch was unavailable.

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Reviewed 16 March 2023 via mobile

From the time we arrived at Wilson’s at Marahau Sarah and Kevn the guides were very helpful and obliging. Sarah was very helpful with giving us advice for our self guided walk and when we joined the guided walk she was very informative. Kevin was also very helpful and informative as well when we were kayaking. Our accommodation and meals were excellent.

Date of experience: March 2023
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HLHAbeltas, Wilson Team Member at Wilsons Abel Tasman, responded to this reviewResponded 2 June 2023

Thank you for your review. As you note, our guides are there to help, whether you choose self-guided or not.

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Reviewed 14 March 2023

Great trip and very informative. Service outstanding. Very well organised and they stick to the timetabl which is refreshing. Very clear instructions. Loved hiking in the Abel Tasman. I’ll be back to do more. Highly recommend

Date of experience: March 2023
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HLHAbeltas, Wilson Team Member at Wilsons Abel Tasman, responded to this reviewResponded 2 June 2023

Thank you. We'd love to have the opportunity to host you again.

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Reviewed 8 March 2023

Our family did the 3 day self guided walk with Wilsons Abel Tasman first week of March. Our 1 year old and 3 year old came with us in backpacks and Grandma had our lunches in her backpack. We have a good level of fitness and the kids have spent a bit of time in the backpack so are comfortable to spend long periods sitting on our backs.

Day 1 we walked from Marahau to Torrent Bay (16km) and was achievable but a big walk and big day. Our backpacks were approximately 18-20kg. Started walking at 11.30am, stopped at Apple Tree Bay for a swim (1.5hr stop) and we arrived at Torrent Bay lodge at 5.30pm.
Day 2 we thankfully decided to reduce the walking down to 7km and catch a water taxi from Torrent Bay to Tonga Quarry Campsite. We spent 2.5hrs at Onetahuti Bay which was amazing then walked to Meadowbank Homestead at Awaroa Bay. The walk was significantly steeper and harder than Day 1 so we were grateful to only walk 7km.
Day 3 we were unable to do the walk from Awaroa to Totaranui due to a 2hr walking time limit to get there (water taxis at each end of the walk determining the 2hr limit). So instead our guides advised us to take water taxi back to Anchorage and do the loop walk to Te Pukatea Bay which was an easy walk and beautiful beach swim spot.

The accommodation was perfect and catered well for our 1yr olds with cots provided at both Torrent Bay Lodge and Meadowback Homestead. Hot showers, comfy large beds and plenty of towels and toiletries to recover from the big walks.
Cold beer, cider and wine was great at the bar.
The food was delicious with good menu selection and really thoughtful meals specially for the children. The lunches provided were also great for everyone.

Recommendations for people thinking of doing this experience with young children - take LOTS of snacks and allow enough time for plenty of stops. You definitely need a good base level of fitness to do this walk with heavy backpacks on.
Good footwear is critical as there are steep sections of the walk which are slippery due to loose stones on the track. A walking stick would have been helpful to maintain stability going downhill with the extra weight on the back.
Take lots of water - we carried about 4L and never had any left over once we reached camp each night so probably wasn't enough.

The water taxi are really safe and easy to onboard with children - this was not a concern.
There were no carseats or seatbelts in the Wilsons transfer bus so children sat on our laps.

The guides were really helpful and although we did the 'self guided walk' this time we would recommend having a guide for the walk with children next time. The best way to ensure you safely reach your destination in reasonable time.

Date of experience: March 2023
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HLHAbeltas, Wilson Team Member at Wilsons Abel Tasman, responded to this reviewResponded 2 June 2023

Thank you for such a detailed description of your trip. The Wilson family's goal it to introduce other families to the joys of outdoor adventures.

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