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Great option for boating and hiking option in Abel Tasman Park

A great company to book a boat and/or hike option. The hikes along the coast require a boat to get... read more

Reviewed 10 May 2024
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Perfect Tasman Experience

Beyond expectations. Sarah our guide was absolutely fabulous! Interesting funny informative and so... read more

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Reviewed 7 March 2024 via mobile

We chose the Cruise/Walk tour with Wilson’s. With easy booking on line the day before, we turned up next day to a lovely girl behind the counter explaining exactly where to go and what to do. The boat staff were all friendly. The cruise was informative and enjoyable. We cruised to the top of the National Park and hopped off half way back at a beach for a walk and a swim and fill in 3 hours. Went fast. The lunch we chose, that they organised, was amazing. The walk was perfect for us and the weather was spectacular. First time on our 2 week holiday I had been in shorts and a t-shirt.

Date of experience: February 2024
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HLHAbeltas, Wilson Team Member at Wilsons Abel Tasman, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2024

Thank you for a lovely review.

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Reviewed 27 February 2024

Sarah was a wonderful guide and educator for our group walking from Tonga Quarry to Medlands Beach. Her excitement about all the wildlife and flora we saw was infectious and she described everything with clarity and good cheer. One of the best guides we've had in New Zealand. Thank you!

Date of experience: February 2024
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HLHAbeltas, Wilson Team Member at Wilsons Abel Tasman, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2024

Thank you!

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Reviewed 25 February 2024

We did the half-day cruise from Kaiteriteri along the coast and back again, without going ashore. The cruise talks you past all the islands, inlets and beaches of the Abel Tasman National Park, with stops at many beaches to let walkers on or off. Plenty of seals were sighted. Commentary was informative without being intrusive. We'd certainly go ashore and do a bushwalk if we return, but for a first-time visit to the park, it's a great introduction.

Date of experience: February 2024
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HLHAbeltas, Wilson Team Member at Wilsons Abel Tasman, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2024

Thank you. We hope to host you for a Cruise and Walk next time.

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Reviewed 15 February 2024

We had an amazing day in perfect weather on very clean well run boats Voyager and Vista. Wilsons staff are awesome. Went right to Totaranui and back to Kaiteri with a two hour stop off for swimming and snorkeling in beautiful clean water.

Date of experience: December 2023
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HLHAbeltas, Wilson Team Member at Wilsons Abel Tasman, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2024

Thank you for a lovely description of our Vista Cruise with beach stop day trip.

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Reviewed 12 February 2024 via mobile

The two of us had a lovely 2.5 days walking through the Abel Tasman Park on the Coastal track.
Day 1.
Drove to Motueka to the Wilson’s office where we picked up the bags to use for the overnight stays and were briefed by Phil and Jade, our guides. Left the car secure at Riwaya and went by coach transfer to Kaiteriteri
Caught one of the Wilson’s boats up the coast to the start. Stopped to view Split Apple Rock and the seal island and to drop others off.
Dropped on to the beach. (No wet feet!) and had a 2 hour 7.5k walk to Awaroa including a walk at low tide across the Estuary. Stayed in Meadowbank Eri lodge. , a replica of the original farmhouse. Dinner with our fellow walkers was good and wine and beer is available to buy.
Day 2. Just over 20km in three sections with food, water and swim stops. Quite a lot of ups and downs but fine if you are reasonably walking fit and spectacular views and beaches. Overnight at Torrent Bay.
Day 3 Short boat trip around the headland (due to tides) and 13k walk before being picked up at marahau at 15.00 to go and get our car. Again stops for drink breaks food and swims for those that wanted.

The trip seems quite expensive for two nights but you get a great boat trip with commentary on the sights and history, 2 nights accommodation, food and two knowledgable guides who talk you through the flora and fauna.
We had a lovely group and met some lovely people from NZ, Australia, US and UK.

Thanks to Phil and Jade, the staff at both lodges and the back office team who organised all. Wilsons is a small family company with great client service.

Date of experience: February 2024
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HLHAbeltas, Wilson Team Member at Wilsons Abel Tasman, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2024

Thank you for your comprehensive review. It is not easy to offer modern comforts in our wilderness lodges with no access to urban utilities. As you acknowledge, our staff do a great job.

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